I’m rather addicted to Colette Patterns.
I can’t help it. First off, its my style of clothing. Second, many of their patterns are printable (I am in West Africa and patterns just don’t exist. But printers do). Thirdly, most importantly, most of their patterns are perfect for stiff cotton fabrics, which are what dominate the fabric market here. Don’t be too surprised if all of their summery patterns end up here in my journal in West African Wax.
The fabric I used this time actually isn’t wax. It’s fancier stuff, a bit more expensive because it has raised gold dots all over it. It also is sold in blocks of five yards rather than the usual six. I don’t know what it’s called, because when I asked the Beninese they told me there was no name for this type of fabric. When I pressed further about how they would describe it if they wanted to buy it from a shop, they said that they would just bring a swatch of the fabric to show the seller rather than trying to explain what they want. So it will remain a mystery fabric for now.
The Peony dress was very easy to put together. However as I neared the end, there was one major problem… the hem. It was wrinkling and pulling diagonally as I tried to hem it. Normally an iron would solve this problem, but with this fabric, the iron was just melting off my glue dots and killing the fabric. What to do, what to do?
Easy answer: online forums, specifically Burda Style. I asked a question, and instant answers. The solution was: baste the hem, then hand stitch the hem. I went with a catch stitch, and voila, a nice flat non wrinkly hem to my Peony dress.