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Has anyone here ever tried it?
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Date: 5/9/13 8:29 AM

Sooo I'm on another farfetched costume mission, this one in a shorter timespan (than, say, the crocheted chain mail or the Glinda overdress....). I'm going to make a duster, with a steampunk/mad scientist sensibility. Ankle length.

Waxed cotton--black denim, prob'ly--would give us the right look, but the time and budget constraints may prevent me getting the actual stuff. So I may get some inexpensive denim or broadcloth and wax it meself. Apparently people sometimes do this to their own jeans. Would that include any of you kind & helpful PR'ers? If so--how much wax and (especially!) how much time??

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Date: 5/9/13 10:17 AM

Cool! Looks like a simple task - I would wax the fabric before sewing probably. Unless you have an electronic machine, I don't think the old machines would be too upset about a bit of wax. and it is definitely a low-skills job that you could get a lowly assistant to do for you.

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Date: 5/9/13 10:57 AM

Yep, tried it with stretchy denim jeans and a non stretch light denim skirt. Epic fail. Don't know where I went wrong but the stuff never really dried. I was able to wash wash wash the wax out of the jeans to make them wearable.

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Date: 5/9/13 4:45 PM

You might find this thread on Stitcher's Guild of interest:
waxed duck

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Date: 5/9/13 5:03 PM

I have a Waxed Barbour jacket (that I just sent in to be rewaxed). They sell the wax on Amazon, it looks to be a fairly easy process, you heat the wax and brush it onto the fabric, then "buff" with a piece of fabric to work the wax in and remove the excess.

Or I found this article on mixing your own.... How to wax cloth

Here is the link to the Amazon Barbour Thornproof dressing They don't really tell you how big the tin is, so I'd look at that closely.

My jacket came with a tin, but it was very small about the size of a shoe polish tin, and no where near large enough to cover the coat.
Good Luck keep us posted.

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Date: 5/10/13 7:16 AM

This is great information--thank you so much!!

Tourist--I think you're right about waxing in advance--getting the material as flat as possible seems key.

Ann--yes, this does seem like a risky endeavor. Will definitely try on scraps first. Did you use the Otter wax or just plain wax? I don't know if I can even get the former in real time, though I have beeswax (and can get more).

Blue Mooney, that stitchers' guild thread is just fascinating. I love this, which is just an aside: "The outer layer of duck for the pants project was dyed with Butternut nuts....." Wonder if that guy lives off the grid.

Loti--"about the size of a shoe polish tin, and no where near large enough to cover the coat....." I was afraid that might be so (that lots is necessary). This may not work in a world where dress rehearsals start next week....though all I need is the look, not the function (that is, it doesn't actually have to be waterproof or thornproof------
Jeanne
2015 inventory:
Yards sewn: 15
Yards purchased: 0

"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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Date: 5/10/13 8:14 AM

Yup, you "meet" the most interesting people on the sewing boards!

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Date: 5/10/13 12:07 PM

Yes, I believe it was Otter wax. It was close to a year ago....

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