Frequent question: Can you use scuba fabric for swimwear?

Is scuba fabric good for swimsuits?

Scuba fabric is often called a thin Neoprene because of its impermeability and ease to manipulate. For the adventurous open water swimmers, this fabric makes excellent swimsuits providing great warmth and resistance.

What fabrics can be used for swimwear?

Swimwear fabric should be composed of 100% man-made fibers. Natural fibers such as cotton will absorb water, making it an impractical choice. Look for fabrics that are mostly composed of nylon (from 80% to 90%) but also have a significant amount of Lycra or spandex (10% to 20%).

What is the best fabric to make swimwear?

The best fabric for swimwear is a polyester/elastane blend. Elastane is the super stretchy fabric better known by the brand names Spandex or Lycra. Polyester is colorfast and resistant to chlorine, making it a perfect choice. Nylon is another good fabric for swimwear, but it is more likely to pill over time.

What is scuba fabric used for?

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 ‘spongey’ texture of the fabric.

Is scuba fabric waterproof?

While neoprene might be a dream come true for scuba divers, this waterproof feature detracts from its performance in the wider world of apparel.

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