A Scuba Deer & Doe Zephyr Dress

I’ve been up to my old naptime tricks again… and somehow managed to rush a quick-sew project to wear to The GBSB Live on Saturday! As is my way, I left it so late to make this. And ended up rushing it off of the sewing machine at 11pm the night before I needed it. Classic Jen activity.

Anyway, here it is. It all of it’s scuba-rific glory.

For so long I was completely disinterested in sewing or wearing anything scuba. I used to look at garments in the cheaper high street shops and think it looked, well, kind of tacky. But in the last few months I have been hearing more and more positive stories about sewing with scuba. So I thought, what the hell, I’ll give it a go! For one, I was sold on it being great for quick makes, as the seams don’t necessarily need finishing (scuba doesn’t fray). One massive tick from me.

I came across this gorgeous patterned scuba on probably my favourite website (although my bank account would say otherwise), Fabric Godmother. It arrived and I was so surprised at how soft and smooth it was… and kind of laid to rest my concerns about scuba looking a bit cheap. It has a lovely drape and great swishy movement to it too – not at all what my preconceived idea of scuba was.

I decided to give the Deer & Doe Zephyr a crack, after being drawn to it for way too long. I made version B (V-neck), and decided to make the bodice from a plain black scuba, with a neckline matching the skirt.

The whole pattern was super simple and easy. The trickiest part was the neckline, for sure. But the rest was dead simple. Perfect for me stitching this up in a total rush!

It feels more of a going out/evening dressy dress – but I definitely didn’t let that stop me wearing it to the GBSB Live. No sir-ee.

I love the fit of this dress so much. I instantly fell in love with it when I put it on mid-make, and gave it a good swish (because that’s just what you do when you are happy in a dress).

Such an easy make – I will be sure to make this again! I want to dry making the skirt/top versions too.

Pattern: Zephyr Dress by Deer & Doe

Fabric: Patterned and plain scuba, Fabric Godmother

Size made: 40

Alterations made: None

Alterations for future versions: I would need to make a slight adjustment for narrow shoulders. There was just a small amount of gape at the top of the back.


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