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Sassy in Stripes

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

Some how, in between sewing for my client, I’ve managed to whip up something from the left over material from one dress.

It is basically a straight tube when laid flat like so: 

This has four holes in it, two for the arms to go through, one for your head and another for your torso… just thought I should explain that

I had a few ideas for these pieces before sewingg them, such as centre pieces for bodycon dresses. I sew a LOT of dress so I decided on this crop top!

This is an outfit I’d actually go out in… but where? The chip shop thats where! Do I really need an excuse?

Hat: H&M, Top: MontanaDesigns, Trousers: Forever 21

In these next photos I’m wearing them with black pleated trousers

Trousers: H&M in Prague

Here I flipped the top upside down so it’s more flowy at the top, I would attach straps and thread a string throughout the hem to create gathers

You could wear this with a bra or bikini top as an extra feature or support, there are many ways this can be worn.

I’ll be selling this one but I’ll be making another for myself as I like this so much!

Now it’s back to it

Montana

Wrapped In Silver

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All, 

My collection is on hold while I’m sewing (FIVE) dresses for a client, don’t worry she’s great and I’m more than happy to sew for her. I was working on the first one for most of today, she’s so happy with it she’s been paying me in cake and ice cream.

Before this I made myself a wrap dress using yet another tutorial I found on Pinterest. It’s for a black/silver/gold themed family birthday party. I couldnt be bothered to search for something to buy so I used this as an excuse to buy more fabric.

I’ve been meaning to make a wrap dress for a while, especially using this tutorial as it looked straight forward. I was right!

Now to show you my working out and my final answer:

These were posted on my Snapchat, I like to show what I’m making on there, amongst the goofery (montanastrange).


I added gold lace pieces along the neckline because I wanted it to look classy and dressy. 

I’m happy with the results and it fits really well, I’ve bought the same fabric in red and purple to make more (I’ll be making a wrap top in the purple fabric).

I’m looking forward to wearing it, I’ll try to updated this post with me out in it.

Happy Crafting,

Montana

Stained Glass Overcoat

Posted in Cardigan/Jumpers, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have just finished this bright and chirpy overcoat!! I’m happy with it but it’s one of those garments that I’m not sure where to wear it to, that’s if I don’t sell it on Depop (@montanastrange). Then again I do have a random collection of clothes, I’m leaning towards keeping this one to myself.

If you have followed me long enough, you may remember that I have used this sewing pattern (M6084) twice before (excuse my fat face) but as thick coats.

This unlined overcoat is part of a collection. I haven’t come up with a name yet… Afro Punky and Tribal Goth come to mind but I’m still undecided.

Here is photographic evidence *Law & Orders dun duns sound effects*

I look so mischievous

Basking in evil glory

Lace cuff detail 

Featuring my odd Doc Martens, they got a lot of attention today. I had my picture taken for a bridal challenge due to these, glad I could help!

I’m thinking about adding pockets because: 1) FUNCTIONAL! 

2) I don’t like chucking things into my bag and

3) there’s so many ways to attach them

I don’t really want them traditionally sewn so to speak. Would it be odd to place them unevenly? Say one way higher than the other? I am the one designing it sooo anything goes I guess!

Happy sewing!

Montana

Jigsaw Cardigan

Posted in Cardigan/Jumpers, Dresses, Knitting, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I thought my outfit today deserved to be shared and it’s about time you met my Jigsaw Cardigan.

I matched it with my handkerchief skirt dress I also made… I should really make another one already.

Featuring my African print triangle bag, will post soon

I got the idea when I began knitting it, I like to buy my yarn in bits and pieces rather than in bulk (I’m not sure why, to create the illusion of saving money as well as space?. I thought “why not use different shades of purple and differing textures too?” 

I wanted to knit this particular cardigan in black for years after asking my mom to do it. I’m happy with the final garment but I was looking for buttons to add, I was thinking maybe different shades of the same button but now I’m not sure that I want any

I hope you’re all having a good Me Made May!

Montana

Glitzy Flowers

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,
I sewn yet another dress for my mom for a birthday party, the theme was black, gold and silver.

We hunted around The Fancy Silk Store and she found what she was looking for (eventually)!

I altered another dress I made using McCalls M6465 and flared it out, cutting it free handed.

Here the result

I made a matching tote bag but she stuffed it so much the handles ripped!

This fabric was fun to work with, it also cane in gold if anyone is interested.

Happy crafting! 

Montana

Ankara Print Collection

Posted in Cardigan/Jumpers, Coats, Knitting, Sewing, Tops, Trousers/Shorts/leggings with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I know it’s been a very long time since I have posted on here but I have been very active!

I post everything I make on my Instagram (@montanastrange) now! I’m setting up a new business account (@montanadesignz) there too in the mean time.

I’ve decided to make a bold collection using bright and bold African prints and mixing them with delicate lace and sheer fabrics. I have also added chunky knits to the mix, I’m liking the clash they make so far.

Here is what I have so far (this will be photo/video heavy)

The above pics re showing handkerchief/circle top pinned to my mannequin. Heres the finished product

This is me wearing it

Next up is the long shorts!

I’ve put in a waistband and worn them but I want to attach frills on the hems before I show them finished. Not sure whether to use the same fabric or a lace/sheer version instead.

I cannot wait to show you this piece as it’s my favourite!

Did you see I attached a red lace frill on the cuffs! So cute, that what I want to do to the shorts with a wider piece. It’ll be more exaggerated

Last but not least is a pattern I made up, my Chunky Crop! My pattern instructions are on my Ravelry

There’s a video on my Instagram that shows it’s true glory, not enough space to upload it here, sorry!

I started this collection because I was invited to the Young Designer Awards, only to find out that I needed an Avante Garde entry. I haven’t done that for a while but it drove me to make whatever I wanted, I know this isn’t Avant Garde but I am working in some pleats and frills here and there haha

I really do hope this has made up for my absence, I’ve moved house about 3 times and the laptop isnt working. I was thinking to pack this in too, I couldn’t leave so I’m posting this via my phone.

All the best, stay creative!

Montana

Disco Dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2016 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

My mom (S) requested I make a dress for her as she wanted something new to wear to a family function. What she asked for was simple enough, so simple I made sewn it before I went to work the same day… so around 1\2 hours.

I went with her to source the fabric at our town centre market, cut around an old dress she bought from Primark. S wanted an A line, swing type shape so I cut diagonally as wide as I could from the underarm to give a fanned out shape. I used google images and Pinterest to make sure it was a tried and tested method.

S also wanted an asymmetrical hem. After a fitting she pinpointed how high up she wanted the slant to start and decided she liked the look of the unfinished edges on the neckline, sleeves and the hem. The chosen fabric is a printed knit that doesn’t roll or fray so it looked very neat.  This made an easy project more simpler which is always good for me!

I was asked to cut a head scarf from remaining fabric but it turned out to be too short to tie properly, more fabric was needed! I managed to attach two pieces to each end of the scarf to fix this problem.

Here’s the end result

Silver Dress

Disco wall!

S said it was a comfortable fit and she liked that she was able to wear a matching head wrap to tie in her outfit, so much so that she wants a similar dress. Currently on the hunt for fabric.

‘Til next time!

Montana

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