Super Scuba Your 2018 Sewing Challenge

The Olivia Palermo Lookbook

If you have not yet sewn with scuba this may well be the year to change all that. Those of you who have followed me for a while will have heard me banging on about how amazing scuba is. And it really is, I’m not joking. It is the fabric I get asked most about. People always want to know what is scuba fabric, how do you sew with it and what patterns are best. So here I am to give you the low down on scuba.


Scuba is technically a double knit jersey fabric. This means it is similar in weight to ponte roma jersey, so it is a thick jersey rather than a T- shirt weight jersey. It is usually made from polyester, sometimes with added elastane. Don’t let this put you off, I know many dressmakers who turn their noses up at polyester, but it really does have a place in fashion. In fact many top designers use polyester in their collections. Scuba has a matte finish and a bouncy texture. It takes print really well so you can find many bold designs in scuba.



Sewing with scuba is like sewing with any jersey. I suggest using a jersey or ball point needle as this will prevent pulling or laddering in the fabric. An overlocker can be a really great way to sew with scuba, but if not, then a normal machine set to a stretch or zig zag stitch works just as well. One of the things I love about sewing with scuba is that it does not fray, so you can leave your seam allowances trimmed without the need to finish them. I also often don’t hem my scuba. As it is quite bouncy it can create bulky hems unless you go for a wide hem, so you get a much sharper finish with a cut edge.

Bold geometric hoodie in shades of blue. Hanelli Mustaparta is such a style icon


As for what to make with scuba, popular garments are skater style dresses, leggings and full skirts. Scuba is also great for making swimwear, tee shirts, fitted dresses and jackets. A jersey pattern is ideal but you can easily use a woven pattern as scuba fabric is pretty stable. You may want to size down if using a woven pattern to allow for the extra ease in the fabric. The body of scuba fabric makes it ideal for anything with a frill, a flounce or a  peplum. Read down for my tip Scuba sewing patterns.

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I have added more to my Scuba Sewing Inspiration board over on Pinterest so go and check it out.

Here are our newest Scuba fabrics, see the full collection here.

Chaffinch bough in Old Gold is one of our favourite designs so you can imagine how excited we are to now have this beautiful print on a scuba fabric.

The Vintage Roses scuba has a wonderful delicate feel to it.

Voilet Roses scuba features a vibrant floral design on an inky background.

This new embossed scuba is stunning. Subtle roses give it an interesting textural finish. In Black or Navy.

Our popular crepe scuba now comes in 2 new colours. Choose from Grey and Ivory for a clean contemporary look.

This Suede scuba is really breathtaking. A soft suede finish on a scuba backing.

Want to know the best scuba sewing patterns? I’ve collected them all together for you…

Gaia coat would make a stunning statement coat in scuba.

Named Gaia Quilted Coat (Intermediate)

With its cute frill round the bottom the Saiph Dress was made for this fabric.

Papercut patterns Saiph Tunic (Beginner)

A Sweatshirt looks really contemporary when made of scuba. Try Gemma or Sloane

Named Gemma Sweater & Maxi Dress (Intermediate)

Panelled dresses are having a moment, my favourites are the Zadie and the Washington dress.

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I’ve made the Scout Tee in our Crepe scuba and it is a favourite make of mine.

Scout Tee Pattern

Happy sewing xxx

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