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Dovetailed London featured in the Voice Newspaper | 21st January 2020

Dovetailed London featured in the Voice Newspaper | 21st January 2020
Growing up, the Voice Newspaper, was something that was always in our house. So you can imagine that being featured in the news section of the pape...

Introducing the Meghan Tunic in sizes 8 - 26 : Dovetailed London's newest sewing pattern.

Introducing the Meghan Tunic in sizes 8 - 26 : Dovetailed London's newest sewing pattern.
Introducing Meghan: Dovetailed London's newest sewing pattern.  This boat neck line tunic is an absolute wardrobe staple that is both stylish yet v...

Dovetailed's African Wax Print Fabric Pop-Up Shop Saturday 25th January 2020

Dovetailed's African Wax Print Fabric Pop-Up Shop Saturday 25th January 2020
Join us at our first ever pop-up in our new and exciting premises at Unit 116, 397 - 411 Westferry Road, London, E14 3AE. Come along to shop for beautiful African wax print fabrics, sewing patterns and sewing supplies that you will need to complete your garments such as threads, bias binding, zips and elastic.  You can also bring your own sewing patterns to get advice on fabric selection and amount.  

Dovetailed London has a new studio!!

Dovetailed London has a new studio!!
This move means that the company can meet the increasing demand for the beautiful African wax print fabrics that we sell. The increased space will also allow us to run more sewing workshops.

'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.

Real wax v Imi wax: How to tell the difference.

Real wax v Imi wax: How to tell the difference.
The design is only printed on one side of the fabric. This is perhaps the easiest way to distinguish Real Wax from Imi Wax. 

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.