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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.  

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.

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.

My workshop: Where the 'magic' happens.

My workshop: Where the 'magic' happens.
As a creative person, it is so important that I have a space to work and to be ... well .... creative.  All my handmade creations are made by me. I...

Where my love of all things African print began.

Where my love of all things African print began.
I'd always grown up with African print but I always associated it with 'African' events such as African weddings, birthdays, anniversary celebratio...