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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 / 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!
3  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!
4  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!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sweet floral dress and dino jammybums! on: September 06, 2011 06:31:18 PM
6  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:
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Am I a bad sewer? on: May 15, 2011 04:18:35 PM
Hey - so I make loads of stuff - I've made trousers, tops, blouses, dresses, skirts etc. The thing is I always feel ashamed to wear them, I know all the flaws and I can't bring myself to wear flawed stuff. It always ends up being thrown out, I think I regularly wear two things I've sewn. Am I just noticing flaws because I'm overcritical or am I bad?

Things just never look quite right to me, or there's a fitting problem or I can't get a technique quite right. I've got a fantastic step by step book but if anyone has any info or personal experiences I'd be happy. I've been sewing for four years now and I feel like I should be good by now, but I think I'm not :|
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Time for me to be a pain up the arse - a few technique questions on: April 28, 2011 11:45:29 AM
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pic heavy, two skirts and some trousers! 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 :|
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Put your paws up! 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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