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Scuba Dress

September 10, 2014

I got sidetracked. Although V1258 is cut and the Manequim coat is traced and only waiting for the fabric to be pre-treated, this neoprene fabric screamed to be sewn up first and I had to obey 🙂 I made it up into this cute little number, also from Manequim 04/2014:



This is only available in one size and according to the size table, it’s one size smaller than what I would need a basis for a FBA. To account for that, I made my usual FBA alteration (princess seam FBA) and then cut the front and back 1.5 cm away from fold/center back line. I think doing a FBA and cutting only the back 1.5 cm away from CB line would have been enough, but I still like it a lot. I also made a 0.5 cm round shoulder adjustment. The side fabric is a doubleknit fabric, claimed by the seller to be some leftovers of the stuff used to cover car seats, so that I don’t expect it to pill anytime soon. The dress seemed simple enough, but there are a lot of curved seam and seam matching to do. Lucky enough, with my new fork pin needles, the seam matching was a breeze. I would have loved to have in-seam pockets, but didn’t want to risk disrupting the seam matching on the side seams.

This was my first time sewing from Manequim. Finding the pattern pieces on the sheet is the most difficult part of the process. Similar to Burda, the seams are numbered, so that I was able to figure out the order of construction without having to understand the instructions (Eu não falo Português). This pattern was well drafted and all the markings matched.

The exposed zipper in the back is more a design element, this can be put on and off without opening it. I’m not too happy about the pattern repeat in the back but I only noticed it on the picture and I trust that it’s also less obvious IRL than as shown here:

Mine appears to be longer than the one pictured in the magazine, although I did not lengthened it (except for the FBA).

Are you interested in the fabric? Take a look

4 Comments leave one →
  1. sewbussted permalink
    September 10, 2014 16:14

    Great dress!


  2. September 10, 2014 21:33

    Love this on you! What a happy dress!


  3. September 11, 2014 01:04

    Oh wow! LOVE IT. I want to make this too, but the number of post it notes sticking out of my Manequim issues grows faster than the number of garments I can actually make.

    I don’t even see whatever pattern repeat you are talking about.


  4. September 14, 2014 14:00

    The end result is quite spectacular! I’ve been sewing with neoprene and I really love it! I’ve also tried Manequim patterns once or twice and I really loved them. The Manequim magazine is Brazilian and not that easy to find where I live,… Only a few newsstands have it and none of them is near my office or home, so there has been a long time since I’ve bought a Manequim magazine…


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