Archive for August, 2014

Purplishous So Delicious

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have a wedding to go to next month and I was wondering what to wear, I wanted something different to what I usually have but I could wear it again and feel comfortable in it. I also didn’t fancy trawling around shops or looking online until the early hours, so I thought “why not make a dress and see how that turns out”.

I think it turned out great, simple and sassy!

Here’s a quick tutorial of how I made the pattern and the make up

1 a. Find a dress you like the fit of and trace around it (I used fabric as pattern paper, I couldn’t be bothered with taping A4 paper). You will need one pattern piece as the front and back are the same.

1 b. If you would like to use the fabric method, find some scrap fabric and cut around your chosen dress leaving a 1cm seam all over.

Fabric Pattern

Fabric pattern on final garment fabric

2. Lay your pattern on your chosen fabric, as this is a stretch/body con dress, make sure you lay your pattern on the cross stretch. This means the most stretchiest side of the fabric across your body. Pull it to be sure, then cut out.

Make up


3. For the flounces on the neckline I used the same method as I would for a circular skirt, the only difference being you’ll measure from one shoulder across to your under arm. The length of these flounces are up to you and you can use one. The length of mine are 4″ and 7′.

4. Attach those flounces to each other to make sure they stay in place, then attach them to the neckline of the dress.

5. Overlock or zigzag your seams as you go along, the same goes for your hems.

6. Turn and hem your flounces 0.5cm and 1″ for the bottom of your dress.

I bought some lace that I’m in two minds on weather to use it on the flounces or not, I may leave it as it’s extra hassle.



Lace 2

Lace laid on top of the main fabric


Here’s the final product, I think it’s sassy!

A big, proud smile!

A big, proud smile!

Purple Front

Purple Side

Underwear options: Thong, g string or commando

Underwear options: Thong, g string or commando… don’t laugh, this is important!

This was a good dress to make and the fabric makes it look more formal, this will look great with my matching studded heels.

I am most certainly making a black studded version of this when I run out of stash, it’s a good excuse for more fabric!

I hope you guys like it as much as I do.




Drape Drape Top

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I pieced together another pattern from Drape Drape 2, this time it was the one scoop neck piece asymmetrical top (n0. 4). I went for this one as it’s a small pattern, I didn’t have much room to work with.

After tracing the pattern, it was simple to tape them together as the diagrams in the book are clear enough that I didn’t have to read the instructions. The same goes for actually sewing the garment.

So it’s more understandable I’ve taken photos of the layout.

Open layout

Open layout

Layout 2

Folded layout

One of the armholes is in the top left of the garment, you sew so far then leave it open then neaten that hole.

I haven’t completed this top yet but you can see what it looks like on. The only things I need to do is hem the bottom and attach a neckband… which I’m dreading!

Top 1


I am not sure how I managed to cut the neckline so deep but I’m thinking about fixing by attaching a small chain across the chest. That may hold it together.

Top Gather


Showing the gathered affect on the side and the sleeve detail.

Top Stretched


I’m pulling it down to show how long it can be worn, I want to wear it as a dress at some point.



Here’s how it looks on the hanger, showing where the drape is formed. It’s some kind of magic.

This could be my last Summer make now, besides the dress I made to wear at a family wedding. I’ll show you that in my next post!



Dressy Halter Tee

Posted in Refashion, Sewing with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I haven’t posted on here for a while as I’ve moved in with J, on our seventh year anniversary! We’ve settled in ok it’s some of the appliances and neighbours that are annoying us at the moment. So that was hectic and I did wonder where I’d take my blog photos, I’m working on it… bare with me.

I’m still making t shirt refashions as they’re easy to make and wear, they’re not too hard to dress up either.

I saw a tutorial for this while looking for my halter tee idea. I can’t find the actual one so here’s a similar¬†version, the only difference is I didn’t cut the back off completely. I thought it looked cute and easy to embellish so I pinned it to go back to it (I do actually have a go at the things I pin!)

My dress was made using a XXXL mens t shirt, the only sewing I did was shaping the sleeves to make pockets. I won’t use them much, it’s just nice to know they’re there.

The red version is slightly different to mine as my mom wanted it loner and with a drawstring, which was fairly simple to do.

I made her two halter tees too, one is longer to make a dress version. I think I should start autumn sewing now as a lot of my new makes are looking the same and it’s getting colder.

Until next time crafters!


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