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Scuba Batwing Top

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Scuba! I got this awesome thick scuba knit in the garment district when I was in New York a few weeks ago.  I bought it in two colors, and my initial plan was to make a colorblocked sheath dress out of it, but I knew that if I didn’t also make something with some body I would be wasting that scuba!

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The Blair Batwing Shirt by Named Clothing seemed like an obvious choice, because of it’s big boxy shape and huge sleeves. Since I already had the pattern and have made it before, it only took me an hour or two to whip it up

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I love the way this top turned out!  It looks great with jeans or a skirt.  Dan kind of hates it- he thinks it makes me look like I have t-rex arms.  Oh well, you can’t please em all!

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I cut the scuba in a single layer because it was so bulky that cutting a double layer with my rotary cutter was too tough.

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I sewed the whole thing up with a zigzag rather than my serger, because scuba doesn’t fray or ravel.  The only problem is that the seams can be kind of scratchy on the inside- does anyone have a fix for this problem? I didn’t realize scuba could be itchy…..

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I left the bottom edge raw because I like the way it looks, but I turned under the sleeve and neck openings and zigzagged them down. I think I may be at the beginning of a scuba love affair.  It’s so easy to sew and it looks so cool! The aforementioned sheath dress is all sewn up and just waiting to be photographed, so stay tuned!

One thought on “Scuba Batwing Top”

  1. I love your top! Such fun! I don’t think I would want to wear it myself, I’m still very suspicious of this “scuba” stuff, it sounds so very … polyester-y. I’m a natural fabrics snob. But this is probably the best use of “scuba” fabric that I’ve seen so far! (:

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