Multi Coloured Scarf

Posted in Hats/Hoods/Scarves, Knitting, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I’m sorry I haven’t been able to post in which seems like forever but work life has taken over, which is great as I have money to spend on fabric… but not much time to actually spend it -_-.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been able to fit in time to be creative at home, I still have some showing to show you, although I haven’t taken pictures yet and it’s getting ridiculous!

However I managed to bag an order while I was leaving work, I guy commented on how bright and colourful my scarf was. I soon as I told him I made it he wanted me to make him one, I agreed to. I have never spent so long knitting one damn scarf! I was so fed up with it! The worse thing is it looks so much better than the original and it’s longer, to top it all off it’s been months since I last seen my original scarf.

Enough rambling, here’s the foreverlong scarf, I wanted to take photos of it on but I wanted it gone!

The design is simply knitting squares that measure your tension, the usual 4″x4″ instructions you find on the back of the band. The bright chunky wool required casting on 15 stitches and knitting 20 rows.

It wraps around four time and is wide, it covered half my face when I wore it so it dwarfed me (like I need to look any smaller). It’s eye catching but I found it suffocating, maybe that would be because I was wearing it indoors.

When worn how it is shown in the second photo it almost reached my ankles, it wasn’t like I didn’t keep checking the length of it as I went along. I thought I’d play it safe and use just under one ball of each yarn, needless to say my client is a lot taller than me so it’ll look fine on him. He should be more than happy as he wanted it to wrap around three times.

Well I have defeated the scarf demon and now it will find another soul to strangle… that didn’t sound good. It is a cuddly demon so that means something!

Montana

 

White Tartan (A Coat For My Sister)

Posted in Coats, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I wanted to make another version of my blue tartan coat but wasn’t sure on what colour, so I asked my little sister if she wanted one. That day we went out to pick the fabric she wanted, I know she can be picky so I made sure she really wanted the combination you’ll see below.

First I’ll show you how it looked without the fleece lining attached, I shared this on FaceBook as I was pleased with how nice it looked.

 

It hurst my eyes but this is the front

It hurst my eyes but this is the front

This is the back view

This is the back view

At this point I wanted this for myself, even thought I think this is bright for me I could style this to suit me. Oh! This is the first garment I used my brand new overlocker, Brother 1034D, it’s noisy but I really like it!

 

While I was sewing this I realised that the fleece is thicker than the one I used for my own coat, this proved a bit tricky but it’s nothing my machines can’t handle!

One change I did was put a seam in the centre back, which was actually an accident, I get distracted a lot while I’m working! I cut a size large like before so I had room to play with.

My sister came over today to collect her prize of a bold, new coat as I only just finished it. I took this opportunity to take some photos.

Tartan Side 2It looks better worn than on a hanger, the pink fleece reminds me of yoghurt, it’s cute and girly so it suits my sister well.

Tartan side

As you can see, she’s pleased with her new coat

Reverse

This is how it looks worn with the fleece on the outside, I suggested rolling the sleeves up so you the tartan on the outside, I think that’s a cool look.

Before I forget I’ll show you my Christmas sewing present haul! I was so happy that J got me these, I still am!

My beautiful overlocker!

My beautiful overlocker!

I’ve just decided to call her Bertha… first name to pop into my head. Then I thought Jason Jr after J, he didn’t like the idea :(

Sewing books

Moar sewing books, moooaaarrr! Pattern Making by Dennic Chunman Lo, Pattern Cutting Made Easy by Gillian Holman and Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha. I already have pattern books but there’s no harm in reading a few more, there’s more than one way to make a dress!

Montana

Blue Tartan (My First Coat)

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have been busy being festive and working so I haven’t had the chance to blog, although I have a lot of garments to showcase.

Do you remember the bright blue tartan I bought at the Sew Brum Meet Up? I wanted to make a chic blazer but I was being picky about patterns. As it’s Winter I decided to make a sort of overcoat and here’s the result of that decision! I used this sewing pattern for both the outer fabric and the lining in a size large.

Blue Tartan 1

If I bought this RTW this would have cost between £60-£150, probably more! I’m sooo proud of myself, it looks different and well made too, yay me!

Blue Tartan 2

I like how my hand made hat matches it too (bonuses)! I lined the coat with fleece to make it warmer, I do wear layers which helps to keep warm.

What’s also good is it’s reversible so I could wear the tartan on the inside… but why would I do that? I feel much more fancier wearing it as I did above!

Needless to say I get a lot of looks when I wear this, which is often, and I do get complimented on it. When I say I made it, the shock on their faces makes it worth the make alone.

I want to make another 2 with press studs, but it’s just getting the time to sew. I want to find some black tartan so I can make a more subtle version of this, maybe for the warmer months.

Montana

My 2014 Review

Posted in Sewing on December 30, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

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Boxy Top

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I last posted but I assure you that I have been busy sewing and making patterns, I haven’t got enough daylight hours or a willing photographer!

I’m going to show you a top I sewn using pattern instructions I found on Pinterest (again… trust me, you will be inspired by the fashion alone on there!), which are suitable for a beginner. you could alter them to make a dress.

This is the picture and measurements I used and the results of my version.

suzy

I wanted to try this as I’ve been sewing a few fitted garments and I want to try it out to make a black version to work. I think it went well, I’ll try out a woven version too.

relaxed shape

relaxed shape

This material was £1.00 and end of the roll, there was a table full of off cuts… like a butchers! So I couldn’t pass that opportunity.

I drafted the sleeves slightly longer as I wanted that crumpled look, I also like the raised hem at the front as it looks like I cut it that way.

square bingo wings!

square bingo wings!

This is how it looks when I wave my arms about, pretty much like the separate pattern pieces, I like the effect and the flow in the fabric.

I’ll cut a round/crew neck the next time I sew this and of course make a dress version. I resembles the Hemlock Tee, it’s just larger.

I saw a similar picture to the first one on Pinterest which was a crew neck, no matter how much I stared at it I couldn’t figure out how to sew it. Then I found that diagram! Thanks again Pinerest!

Montana

Clutching At Skulls

Posted in Accessories, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

Thanks to another Pinterest find (I’ve made 2 skirt patterns this week alone), I made a toile of a clutch about two months ago, heres the mini tutorial.

Make your own clutch

 

My version turned out fine but as it’s made using a flimsy cotton fabric it doesn’t stand too well, so I was thinking about cutting this out in leather and line my clutch with it. Let me know what you think!

I used this fabric for a One Hour Skirt I made much earlier in the year.

Clutch, one piece

This is the shape before sewing

I really like this fabric, it’s in your face but when making simple shapes it looks cute.

Clutch, opened

I interfaced it to give it a bit more body

I haven't added any tabs or buttons yet

I haven’t added any tabs or buttons yet

This was made for practice but I really like how it’s turned out, so I want to keep it. I have a few large pieces of scraps so I’ll make this once more, then try another shape.

Pinterest has saved me buying RTW items as well as buying beauty treatments, I make my own now! I didn’t know there were so many  life hacks… as you can see, I’m hooked on the thing!

Montana

Backless Draped Dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

Do you remember this picture from Pinterest I showed you a while back? Well I’ve only gone and made the damn dress!

The instructions are very simple and easy to follow yet they create such an elegant dress, the measurements are for a taller girl than myself so I’d decrease them by 5cm all round next time.

I like the gathering at the sleeves

I like the gathering at the sleeves

I decided to go with grey this time as I don’t own many grey dresses and it’s a slight change from black. It’s still a tone and I think a muted colour brings more elegance to a dress like this.

Sleeved Side

 

The way this hangs at the hem is unusual and asymmetric, which is my thing… why didn’t I make this sooner? Oh yeah, I only had Pinterest 4 months ago!

The shoulders look wide but I can pull them in for a more slim line look.

The shoulders look wide but I can pull them in for a more slim line look

I modelled this for J long before taking these photos, he said it hangs too low on the back, so low that he could almost see chocolate creek! This got me thinking “there most be other ways to wear this dress”, so I tried a few things.

It can be worn quite a few ways but I’ll show you one other way, (J was getting bored of taking photos).

This is another two toned mistake. The front was cut on the wrong side which has created this look... this mistake seems to be working out so far!

This is another two toned mistake. The front was cut on the wrong side which has created this look… this mistake seems to be working out so far!

I left the hem unfinished for now, mainly due to laziness and not wanting to mess the dress up. If I don’t hem this one I’ll hem the next one… I promise.

Sleeveless Front 2

Welcome to the gun show!

 

Looking at it from this angle makes me want to sew more two toned garments using the same fabric, I really like the affect.

Sleeveless Side

 

I like how the drape follows my body shape, I look all womanly and stuff! :D

 

Sleeveless Back

 

I have to mention this, it’s been bothering me as I’ve seen it in a few posts. My back is wonky as hell! What’s going on, is one shoulder blade bigger than the other? The hell?

Well it’s safe to say that I’ll be wearing this whenever I can and I’m making another one, adjusting the measurements as afore mentioned… in black.

Montana

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