Archive for March, 2013

Red Snow

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I just did a little performance in the cold and snow to showcase a quickly knitted cowl scarf.

I title this post “Red Snow” not just because my cowl is red and im in the snow, it’s also a nood to a German film called Dead Snow (it was originally called Red Snow… I think).

The pattern is simple: with 1 ball of Fab Big yarn, cast on 18 sts (stitches) and knit using stocking stitch until near end of ball. Cast off and sew ends together. Us a slip stitch at both ends on right side of work so your cowl doesn’t roll (I forgot to do this).

Here are the results



It is very cold and my Js’ mom was watching so I didn’t want to go too crazy with the poses.

I’m still going through my Unfinished Projects so I will be posting updates on those (just need a suitable zip for that skirt).

I hope your all keeping busy!



Starlight Sorbetto

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have completed a new Sobetto top, I really like this one because of the fabric. I also lengthened it by 2″, I was going to sort out the arm holes too but I was too bothered by them.

Plenty of photos, and a ‘sort of ‘ tutorial.

I've wanted to do something with these laces for a long time now.

I’ve wanted to do something with these laces for a long time now.

I used laces to make the box pleat stand out more and they matched the fabric perfectly.


I was going to attach it in the centre but that didn’t make much sense.



I think this looks cute! This is just placement before I cut and sew them on.


As the ends frayed, I decided to over stitch the ends so that they looked a bit neater.


Attaching laces from the back.

When I was attaching the laces, I was careful not to go straight through to the other side.


I am quite proud of this and thats just because of the fabric alone. This is my forth Sorbetto now but I want to do more! I need to move on to other blouses.


A close up on the details.

I’m going to make a habit of buying print fabric as I find it more interesting.

Happy Sewing


Pencil Skull

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

After some lovely comments from fellow bloggers and family, I decided to make a pencil skirt.

It actually looks marvelous! I did a test walk in it today while going to the shops. I was waddling as the hem was to tight!

When I got back I put a little split in the one seam it has in the back and it was back to wonderful again. It’s really comfortable, I’m wearing right now!

Here’s a little tutorial I put together, I hope you find it as easy as I did:

1. Get some elastic and wrap it around your waist (or hips), make sure you it overlaps by inch just in case. Then cut.

2. If your chosen fabric is see through (like mine was) you can attach some lining on the inside, I think it gives a ‘finished look’. I used a straight meter of fabric and just sewn all the edges together. I used a zigzag stitch to stop fraying edges.


These next two steps can be done the other way round, as step 4. was an after thought.

3. Attach the elastic to one end of the fabric, stretching as you go(I used the selve edge as it was neat). There are different ways to sew in elastic I did my research and test runs beforehand.

Don't forget to stretch the elastic, in front and behind, as you sew!

Don’t forget to stretch the elastic, in front and behind, as you sew!

4. As I wanted to make a paper bag waist, I neatened the the edge. Little details do make a big difference.

I've come a long way since my college days.

I’ve come a long way since my college days.

5. Sew sides together so that you have one seam. At this point it’s always good to try on the skirt to adjust the shape. Also practice moving around in it.

6. Measure and pin where you would like to cut. I adjusted my skirt at the seam to get the the shape I wanted.

7. Hem the the bottom of the skirt and open the seam and the back to create a split if needed.

So finally, here’s my pencil skull!


Here’s a close up on the paper bag waist.


I  like to see your results if you attempt this. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this or any other projects on my blog.


Clashing Skulls

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

Just a quick post, I would like your opinions on what to make from this  fabric I have.

I was set on a short skirt but I tried out a few things, I gathered the ‘waist’ with elastic.


Maxi dress


Under bust skirt

It’s between those two and a shorter version of the skirt above.

I wanted to do a poll but I’m posting this via phone.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!


“Velvet” Legs

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I sewn up those leggings I cut out! They were very quick and easy to make, I made two high waisted pairs when I was at college in lycra material that came out looking great.

Here’s me modelling my velvet-look pair, or is this velveteen with stretch?

This is the front view (maybe I should have lifted my shirt abit)

This is the front view (maybe I should have lifted my shirt a bit)

Side view

Side view

Back view

Back view


Making them quarter length was a last minute decision as I didn’t have enough fabric. I can’t wait for it to be warmer out so I can wear them!


I’ve got more projects to finish!






New Fabric Stash!

Posted in Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I got some new print fabric delivered today which I have so many plans for, but I only got a metre… just in case.


I’m definitely buying this again!

I want to make a elastic waist skirt with this and a corset. I think I’ll do the skirt first.

I've been looking for decent star print fabric for a while...

I’ve been looking for decent star print fabric for a while…

I cut out another Sorbetto too from the fabric above, will post when done!


I also got some nice Chinese silk, got all of them from Chawlas’ Efabrics.

Happy crafting!




Polka Dot Outfit

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I made a quick outfit but I’m not sure where I would where it. Maybe just out and about or to a party.

I may have to stitch down the waistband again.

I may have to stitch down the waistband again.

The collar has hand stitched ties at the back, I used yarn as the ties.


I changed the shape of the shirt to a tulip shape by sewing these seams.

I think it looks fun, it took no time to make with only one seam at the back. The same goes for the necklace/collar.


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