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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Completed projects and little beg for help 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!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two breastfeeding-friendly dresses on: March 09, 2014 04:34:05 AM
I love the plaid one, especially the skirt! I also love the blouses underneath! Well done!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Floral Dress - Japanese sewing book clothing for everyday wear 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!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Drape drape 1 no3 gather drape dress in plum! (Please be nice I'm new to jersey) 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!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Thread has started getting caught in machine after months of successful use! 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!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sunset in Black & White! on: September 06, 2011 08:15:45 PM
I like how the pattern is striking but not too busy - it goes well with the style of skirt. Very nice :O)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sweet floral dress and dino jammybums! on: September 06, 2011 06:31:18 PM
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / An odd question 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:
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am I a bad sewer? on: May 26, 2011 08:45:55 AM
Thankyou <3
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am I a bad sewer? on: May 22, 2011 08:30:36 PM
Hey Alexus with knitwear isn't it better to use an overlock? I have quite a shoddy machine as it is (students need some love) so was wondering about stretchy techniques. I'll make sure to have a google but if you have any advice or info I'd be very grateful. Smiley
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