DIY Scuba Knit Dress

This week, I’m excited to share with you my printed asymmetrical scuba dress. This is a project I completed over a year ago, but loved so much I had to get it up on the blog. Better late than never, right?

Patterned Black Scuba Knit A-Line Dress with Asymmetrical Skirt Panel- Front View

As a gal who loves a crazy print every now and again, this medium-weight scuba knit fabric from JoAnn’s Nicole Miller collection immediately caught my eye. I mean, how could I pass up what looks like a mix of multi-colored sound waves and bursts of electricity?!

Well, I almost did pass it up. I know scuba fabrics have been popping up pretty much everywhere the past few years, but I had yet to pick some up. I was unsure how it would drape and sew, and without a plan for this fabric, I didn’t want to condemn it to a life at the bottom of my stash.

Luckily for me, I found Simplicity 8213, which…was designed for scuba knits! Also, lucky for me, it is an A-line style – one of my favorites. I decided on view B, with the asymmetrical skirt and cap sleeves. The only alteration I made to the pattern was the omission of the sleeve tabs. I was originally going to add the tabs, but once they were on the dress, my already broad shoulders looked even broader. So, off they went.

The pattern went together incredibly well, and the scuba fabric sewed up like a dream. I love sewing with knits, and I must say that the scuba knit is no exception. Aside from being easy to sew, it is very comfortable, if not the most breathable. I lined the bodice with a simple black polyester lining, and since the fabric is completely opaque, a lining wasn’t necessary for the skirt.

The most challenging part of the project was deciding how I wanted to handle the print. Since it is basically a plaid, I decided to treat it like any other plaid or stripe – and for me, that means matching up as many of the stripes as humanly possible. It took a bit of work to figure out the best way cut out all of the pieces, but I’m quite happy with the result. I love how the print matches from the bodice through to the asymmetrical skirt panel.

Front view of DIY patterned black scuba knit A-line dress with asymmetrical skirt panel

Overall, I had a lot of fun making this dress, and I’m happy I get to take off my scuba knit floaties!

Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Happy Sewing!

Patterned Black Scuba Knit A-Line Dress with Asymmetrical Skirt Panel- Front View

Patterned Black Scuba Knit A-Line Dress with Asymmetrical Skirt Panel- Side View

Patterned Black Scuba Knit A-Line Dress with Asymmetrical Skirt Panel- Front View

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