Fabric wax. It is hard for me to even think where to start with this post. I feel like I’ve been thinking and experimenting with fabric wax for so long that I can’t even sort out my thoughts and conclusions.
It all started when I received the latest issue of Vogue Patterns Magazine, the one about jeans and denim. They mention a product called Otter Wax, which you can use to get a wax finish on your jeans. Now, waxy jeans are something that I lust after every time I see a pair in a store, so I went immediately online and ordered a bar of Otter Wax. It shipped right away, but took a while to arrive on my doorstep (through no fault of the people at Otter Wax).
In the meantime, I could think of little else but wax. I ran around the house looking for stuff to wax. As I looked out the window, I thought, “If that squirrel were waxed, she would not get so wet in the rain.” I came across this youtube video about how to make your own fabric wax. I looked in my fabric closet, came across some silk taffeta, and remembered a Barbour waxed silk jacket that I saw a while back that was insanely great.
When my bar of Otter Wax finally arrived, I broke it out and applied it to my cotton twill. I was underwhelmed by the results. It’s certainly not awful, it’s just not, well, WAXY enough for me. I made the jeans anyway, using the Jalie pattern that everyone uses, and they are just fine, but the wax effect is subtle at best.
I consulted the video mentioned above, then shocked and amazed my husband with a request that accompany me to Home Depot for the ingredients. HD, unfortunately, doesn’t carry beeswax. I was a little stumped about where to buy it, but my husband came through with the suggestion that we go to Michael’s. And there it was! I went home and mixed it all up in my backyard. It’s pretty pungent at first. My neighbor, who lives across the street and nearly a block away, said she could smell it from her house.
I dyed my silk taffeta because I wanted black, then applied the wax. The effect is a lot like what I wanted, but it was really, really uneven. My application technique clearly needs work. I still like it, though, and think it looks pretty cool. My raincoat, at this point, requires buttons and buttonholes. I’m hoping this will happen before it rains again.
Apologies for doing a post without photos. The wax effect is pretty much all textural. I tried to take some photos of the fabric before and after waxing to give you an idea of the difference, but in the photo it was impossible to see.