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1  Completed projects and little beg for help in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by queenorivers on: March 18, 2014 03:55:28 PM

Here is my Deer and Doe Belladone ducks in a row dress! I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, except I have a pretty harsh fitting issue in the back. At first I thought it may be a problem with the length of each diagonal line on the lower and upper back busts but after tucking and pinning and stitching and repeating and the gaping just seeming to not go away, we (me and my boyfriend) thought the fit problem might be in the height of the waist. Does anyone think from the pics that my waist may be a little bit high and I may actually benefit from shortening the bust? Or shall I alter the upper bust pattern like http://lladybird.com/2013/07/29/completed-a-stripey-belladone/ <- that? It's a beautiful pattern and I was so disappointed when the bottom was so perfect and the top wasn't fitting well at all, if anyone has any other suggestions to try they would be much welcome.

Rest of the pics here:

I am aware of the bias binding sticking out and am pretty sure I know how to prevent that, more cutting into the seams, understitching, less stretching and grading down the bias binding should help, but if anyone has any other advice on keeping bias binding flat too that would be much appreciated!
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2  Floral Dress - Japanese sewing book clothing for everyday wear in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by queenorivers on: March 09, 2014 04:26:33 AM
Oh my goodness, busy florals are so hard to photograph!

I made this from a pattern out of a Japanese sewing book, tracing them out may be annoying but I love having so many patterns available, and they're all so lovely! I also found a happy accident when I was trying the dress on and accidentally put it on backwards:

I think it looks pretty nice both ways! It was my first time trying out rouleau loops, which was quite successful, so I'm pleased with that!
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3  Drape drape 1 no3 gather drape dress in plum! (Please be nice I'm new to jersey) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by queenorivers on: March 09, 2014 04:17:38 AM

I made this dress for my sister, who is a huge fan of jersey knit and also a huge fan of dark tertiary colours like plum and mauve! I'm usually not a fan of making things for other people because I'm sure we all know people can be a-holes when you make stuff for them, but the pattern and the jersey were so perfect for her that I decided why not? The fit wasn't perfect, I think the drape drape books maybe have a LOT of ease, because I used my measurements (we're a very similar size) and you can probably see it's quite spacious on me. If you were wondering the tights are cats!
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4  Thread has started getting caught in machine after months of successful use! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by queenorivers on: March 09, 2014 04:12:21 AM

As you can see, the upper thread has wrapped itself around that bar, catching the bobbin thread in the process - with every revolution of the upper thread it loops around the bar, tangling up. I visited John Lewis and the woman in the shop had a look at it, but it didn't cause her any problems and appeared to be 'fixed'. I used it successfully for one night, but as of today it's playing up again. The tension is correctly set and I ensured to thread it correctly as per the manual instructions. Is this a problem with the user (am I effing up?) or is it broken? Thanks!
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5  An odd question in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by queenorivers on: June 06, 2011 07:06:48 PM
Hello! When there are pattern guides on printed magazines are they to scale? As in could i blow it up to the right measurements and print it without having to draw it out myself? Example:
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6  Re: Too-Small Jeans in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by queenorivers on: April 30, 2011 01:13:38 PM
Another thing you can do is make jogging bottom jeans, they're quite trendy here in the UK. You can cut the waistband off a pair of joggers, cut the waistbands off the jeans and sew it on? Ill get a pic.

You could also do the bottoms for the effect?
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7  Pic heavy, two skirts and some trousers! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by queenorivers on: April 16, 2011 06:04:28 PM
Firstly I'm quite proud of this. It was meant to be a silly sort of thing that looks good, like if a child was let loose with some paint they'd make this. Making it into a skirt means theres no fuss/pleats/gathers etc to distract from the striking fabric. I love it! I painted it myself.

Secondly I found some darling fabric at my LFS, patchworkesque floral print. Makes me want to buy a bundle of FQs and make my own patchwork!

(Needs an iron)

And finally my slightly more structurally complicated pattern, pseudoharem floral trousers!

OH YEAH all of these are handsewn with needle and thread. I left my lead in my uni halls so that was fail :|
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8  Put your paws up! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by queenorivers on: April 01, 2011 06:05:45 PM

This is my Lady Gaga drawing

Hello! This is probably my first 'proper sit down and draw' drawing ever. I love criticism it makes me feel like i have something to work with so please do break it down and tell me what's what, having said that please let me know what I've done well Smiley thanks!

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9  Orange Fun Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by queenorivers on: September 21, 2010 04:22:55 PM

Here are pictures of my nice hat! I knitted it to go with a scarf I've got, it was on straight 10mm needles sewn up at the back with pom poms and braids and tassels to add to the madness! I love it Smiley
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10  She Makes Hats Too! in Knitting: Completed Projects by queenorivers on: September 01, 2010 03:01:00 PM
This was my first hat and I'm very proud! It's fairisle knit from the bottom to the crown then stitches picked up around the bottom and earflaps added on.
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