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Dragon Age 2 Malcolm's Bequest robe - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
June 9th, 2011
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Dragon Age 2 Malcolm's Bequest robe
*grumble, grumble* My sewing machine's tension is.... variable. Makes adding trim an 'adventure'.


But trying to paint the trim on was... well, I was surprised at how close to round my freehand circles were, but the whole thing still looks too messy for my taste.



First, the paint. The 'puffy' paint ended up with bubbles and glops and general messiness. The brushed on 'matte' paint shows promise, but still looks messy.




The pattern woven into the fabric really lent itself to this pattern. I am really tempted, for all I think it looks messy; I need to figure out how to make it a little more uniform. Also, it required two passes with the brushed on paint: one to make the line, the second kind of dabbed on to have enough coverage and no fabric showing through. Pondering.



The three trims I had on hand that seemed appropriate are here, along with one strip of braid I toyed with adding to either side to make the trim wider.




Ugh. I was playing with the tension the whole time (having a very different thread color for the bobbin thread helps with this) and never really found a 'good' one. Not to mention it rather changed by itself as I sewed. And if there's a way to end that rippling, I don't know what it is. I might have to try hand sewing the stuff down to see how that goes. But I think some Stitch Witchery would help, too, to hold everything in place while the sewing occurs. Not sure that's going to help that damned rippling, though, as I suspect that's a product of tension and feed.

On top of all those issues, I am not sure I actually like any of those for the project. :( Anyone have opinions?

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From:clevermanka
Date:June 9th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
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I very much like the way the diamonds on the trim on the far right echo the diamonds in the fabric.

To make hand-stitching more palatable, maybe you could consider doing a bit of beading along the stitch line of the trim? Not a heavy line, but maybe a little seed bead or something small at regular intervals. A gold-lined lavender bead would help tie the two together, as well.

*shrug*

I'm not familiar enough with the source material to know if this would be appropriate or not.
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From:solan_t
Date:June 9th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I suppose I can do whatever I want, since I am already changing the color of the fabric and the design of the trim. Hrm, while pearly or gemlike ones probably would look weird, I do have some carved bone beads that might just... they are kind of big, though.... hrm.....
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From:rowangolightly
Date:June 9th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Sounds to me like you really need to have your machine looked at. *sigh* I need $175 to get my newer machine back from that shop after its recent problems.

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From:solan_t
Date:June 9th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
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It was in the shop not long ago (I think it just wanted a tune up, because I could NOT get the needle in the right way 'round and thought I was remembering wrong. Embarrassing.) but that wasn't specifically for tension issues. Maybe I should take it back in.
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From:affreca
Date:June 9th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Also, trim guy at Lilies has a great selection.
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From:rabid_bookwyrm
Date:June 10th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
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I can try to remember to look at the shop. I won't be in until Tuesday, but I guarantee we have something. Does it have to be metallic? How wide do you want? Do you really care about the pattern or colors (you've got black and white with gold, so I'm guessing it's not that big a deal)? Max cost and yardage? And so forth.
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From:rabid_bookwyrm
Date:June 10th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
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Had another look at the screencap - this would be for down the front? So the original is white rings and lines. Ok.

Have you considered making/finding a stamp? Even if you did the rings as one stamp and painted the lines in after, it might help make them more even.
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From:solan_t
Date:June 10th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
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I did indeed consider a stamp and thought really hard about it. I bet I could even find one of about the right size. But I went with the white-and-gold. CR was right that it reflects the pattern in the fabric and it's rather striking.
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From:solan_t
Date:June 10th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
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That is a kind offer, but I am trying to use up stuff in my stash as much as possible. (and I already glued the white-and-gold to the robe. :x )
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