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'Press' as you sew: 'Pressing' tips for a professional finish.

'Press' as you sew: 'Pressing' tips for a professional finish.
Pressing blends and sets your stitches, eliminates or reduces bulk in some areas and helps create a garment that lies flat and falls properly when you wear it.  When you "press," you move the iron across the fabric by lifting it up and putting it back down in an overlapping pattern. When you "iron," you slide the iron across the fabric with a back-and-forth motion. Ironing may stretch or distort the fabric; pressing won't. 

Knitting & Stitching Show Autumn 2019

Knitting & Stitching Show Autumn 2019
Dovetailed London is super excited to be exhibiting again at this event! The Knitting & Stitching Shows are the definitive events for anyone wi...

PRISCILLA TEE Sizes 8 - 26 with box pleats at the neckline finished with bias binding

PRISCILLA TEE African wax print sewing pattern Sizes 8 - 26 with box pleats at the neckline finished with bias binding
This pattern is perfect for beginners.  Whether you are new to sewing, new to African wax prints or both! For more experienced sewers, you'll be able to complete this project in about an hour or so. Pattern matching can be tricky when sewing with wax prints, however, with only 2 pattern pieces, pattern matching is a breeze!

Some of your frequently asked questions

Some of your frequently asked questions

Can I wash the fabric?

Yes, as with most fabrics it is good practice to wash and 'press' before you cut and sew. Simply put in your machine on a cool wash.  However, given that the fabric has a stiff / waxy finish, you may wish to skip the washing step if you are bag making, for example.

How Dutch-made wax print fabric penetrated the African market.

How Dutch-made wax print fabric penetrated the African market.
Unlike Indonesians, West Africans regarded the crackles as unique and special rather than as imperfections. The West African fondness for the crackle effect is so pronounced that wax manufacturers today still program these imperfections into the printing process.

What is African Wax Print Fabric?

What is African Wax Print Fabric?

The term ‘African wax print’ is a term of art used to identify a category of textiles in vibrant colours which are printed by machine using wax resins and dyes so that they have a batik-like effect on both sides of the fabric. 

 

The Great Big Pattern Swap 2019

The Great Big Pattern Swap 2019
It's been fantastic being one of the sponsors of this event: The Great Big Pattern Swap! Following last year's success, this event is running again! 

The Festival of Quilts is back!!!

The Festival of Quilts is back!!!
The Festival of Quilts is back!! This event is the biggest patchwork and quilting event in Europe and will be taking place between 1 - 4 August 2019 at the Birmingham NEC.

Dovetailed African wax print fabrics featured in Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!!

Dovetailed African wax print fabrics featured in Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!!
Great news! Dovetailed African wax print fabrics have been featured in the dressmaking section of Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!  

Thread .... A festival of textiles, Farnham, Maltings Saturday 8th June 2019 9 am - 5 pm

Thread .... A festival of textiles, Farnham, Maltings Saturday 8th June 2019 9 am - 5 pm
With a marketplace of quality exhibitors selling supplies for your own textile projects, artists and makers selling handcrafted work, a programme of talks, participatory sessions, demonstrations and bookable workshops, thread is a packed day out.

'Althea' Sewing Pattern: The A-line Skirt with an elasticated waistband and huge pockets!!

'Althea' Sewing Pattern: The A-line Skirt with an elasticated waistband and huge pockets!!
I wanted to create a sewing pattern that was genuinely easy and 'Althea' is that pattern. It's perfect for new sewers and with only two pattern pieces, it makes pattern matching a breeze. More experienced sewers should be able to make this skirt in about an hour or so. 

Sewing Quarter Friday 10th May 2019

Sewing Quarter Friday 10th May 2019
African Wax Fabrics with Adaku Parker on Sewing Quarter Friday 10th May 2019.