An oxymoron if ever there was one.
I wonder if the creators of McCall’s 8118 envisaged anyone fashioning their dress in such a fabric? Given that in the year of its making both the Russians and the Americans were slipping the surly bonds of Earth, vacating their crafts and having a bit of a walk about in space, maybe they did imagine such a fabric.
It’s pretty sturdy, possibly it would be suitable for orbital undergarments. Although. You’d have to watch yourself on re-entry as I suspect the high polyester content would make it a bit of a melty mess of a fire hazard.
It was the details of this vintage pattern that lured me into a little flutter on a well-known auction site: Notched shawl collar, welt pockets and a fold-up sleeve finish that you only find out about when you come to construct the thing.
That sleeve finish would sit more satisfyingly in a traditional dress fabric. The spongy nature of the scuba creates, to my mind at least, a little too much bulk to be attractive. I’m going to be wearing that sleeve hem flapped firmly down.
For full length photos we’ve got some iPhone selfies:
Thanks to the brilliant Better Pictures Project I’ve been thinking about arm angles and I’ve popped myself into the shade. So much to learn! I’ve even had a little dabble at editing, although this feels very much like cheating because I was just tinkering with the filters on instagram:
Finally, I’ve added a new badge to my social sewing area. I’m a regular user of patterns that some would consider past their prime so I thought that it was about time that I formalise this fandom! #vintagepledge