New to UV Gear this material comes in cheaper than Lycra with almost all the same properties.
Scuba fabric is a heavier material with one-way stretch. We've located a particularly good quality but this is not yet available in all UV neon colours.
At present we can supply in pink, Green and Orange. If you are looking for yellow or white material, choose either stage satin or Lycra. Hopefully it won't be long before we can add these colours to our scuba range.
Scuba is generally used to make dance-wear, leggings and dresses (think of evening or party dresses) and is quite easy to care for. When sewing scuba, we would recommend using larger stitches than you may normally do so, to account for both the stretch and the ‘spongy’ texture of the fabric.
We would also suggest using a ball point needle, these can be easily (and cheaply) purchased and make the world of difference for knit fabrics. Knit fabrics such as scuba, jersey and Ponte Roma are knitted rather than woven, and a ball point needle will be able to slide through the gaps in the knit rather than piercing it.
If you are in a hurry to make a dress for a special occasion, scuba is a brilliant fabric to choose as you do not always need to hem it. In fact, if you are a sewer that is short on time, you can more often than not get away with no hemming as the fabric doesn’t fray!