African batik shortsSunday, July 01, 2012
Way back I talked about African fabrics, and it sure took a while before I put that thought into action. I bought this genuine wax batik from Ebay.co.uk and was very impressed with how rich the print is, and it's just as prominent on both sides. I don't know how they do that, but I guess the colour must run very deep.
The fabric was stiff before washing, but afterwards it feels like all the residue is gone. I wouldn't use this fabric for flowing styles, but for pants, straights skirts and fitted dresses I think wax batik fabric would work fine.
The pattern is from Burda magazine issue 2010/10. The waist lacks waistband, instead the design calls for facing. But I used grosgrain ribbon and will post a tutorial on that soon. The only thing that didn't work out perfectly was the side pockets, I never seem to get them to lie flat. Perhaps the issue wasn't helped by the fact that I forgot to use interfacing, but even when I do I still get the same issue with gaping. And advice would be deeply appreciated.