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DIY Neoprene

DIY Neoprene

The moment I woke up and the temps were in the 50’s, I immediately started thinking fall and remembered how much I love neoprene and structure.  So enters this royal blue and white neoprene.  If you aren’t familiar with neoprene, it’s a stretch scuba material that doesn’t wrinkle or lose it’s shape, it makes sexy skirts and dresses as well as awesome structured pieces.  The one downside to neoprene is because it’s a thick fabric and doesn’t iron or lay flat, creating a hem to lay flat with certain neoprene is close to impossible.  In order to combat that issue, I chose to do without hemming and because the fabric cuts with such precision, as long as you cut with a rotary blade it leave you with a clean finish.

The top was made using Butterick 5948 view D with the following alterations:

-Removed 8″ from the length

-Added a top stitched front seam

-Removed 10″ from length of the sleeve

-Added a 10″x38″ inverted pleat bell sleeve

-Added a 9″ back zipper

The skirt was made using vintage McCalls 2905 with the following alterations:

-Removed 18″ from the length

-Added 4″ to the width of the waistband

-Removed the front darts

-Added a 20″x 20″ pleated drape to the right front of the skirt

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  1. September 30, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Great bell sleeves! I can’t get enough of this trend, and you’re rocking it!

    By the way, I’m hosting a blogger linkup on my blog today. I’d love for you to come share a post!

    Style by Joules

  2. October 3, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Your top looks great. I loooooove a nice bell sleeve. That top looks nothing like the pattern. I have looked for bell sleeve patterns, but they are tricky to find.

    Bonus for the colour, too!

  3. celeste
    October 3, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Beautiful!!! I love your impeccable style.

  4. October 4, 2016 / 3:49 am

    I love the design of this top. It is so cool! I can’t wait for your new patterns to come out!

  5. Timesa
    October 5, 2016 / 5:30 am

    Yes!!! I have some red/white polka dot neoprene that I ordered and I was trying to figure out what to do!!! Now I just need to order the white neoprene! You are brilliant! I love this!!!

  6. Mo
    October 9, 2016 / 8:16 am

    Hi Nikki – love the outfit particularly the top. Please can you let me know how you achieve the boxy fulness in the top. Do you cut a bigger size and if so by how many. I’m always a bit torn, think I’m bigger than I am and end up looking swamped when I just want a top to have a bit of ‘exaggerated’ fullness. Many, many thanks

    • Nikki
      October 9, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you

      I cut one size larger because neoprene naturally creates a boxy shape unless it’s pulled tight. Keep in mind you may have to alter the neck or add darts to the back so the neck won’t gap.

      • Mo
        October 13, 2016 / 2:20 am

        Thanks – much appreciated