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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

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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

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

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

 

Primary Coloured Cardigan

Posted in Cardigan/Jumpers, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

While I’ve been sewing loads of projects, I’ve been knitting a brightly coloured v neck cardigan which seems to have taken two life times to finish. I have done it but I need to attach the buttons I bought this week.

As most of you know, I don’t do bright colours at all (besides red) for some reason, I saw this yarn and wanted to  make something cool with it. I wasn’t sure I’d like it or if I’d end up wearing it, well I thought there’s no harm in having one colourful cardigan. PlusI invested so much time into it I grew to like it.

Here I wore it with my Drape Drape dress, it matches the blue in this cardigan!

I like how light weight it is and it effortlessly brightens up all the black outfits I have, I can take it off and look moody again, which is great. I got buttons to match each colour (I had to repeat some) which it a cute touch, it saves me deciding which colour to pick.

This will match with most of my wardrobe as 1) it’s mostly black; 2) I have a few red and blue items and 3) it’s cute and unusual.

I have most of a 100gm ball left so I thought mittens could be my next knitting project. I want to make a crew neck version of this in a purple and green yarn similar to this, it looks like punk so I want it!

More crafting to come!

Montana

Baby Bambina Cardigan

Posted in Cardigan/Jumpers, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

A client requested that I knit a cardigan as a gift for a friend at her work place as she was going on maternity leave. She liked the pattern I used for her niece so I went with that one. In the photo below I knitted all the main pieces.

This is a true likeness of the colour

This is a true likeness of the colour

I ran out of the original, darker yarn I used so I tried merging it with the yarn you see above (which is called Teddy Bella Bambina, hence the post title), the client didn’t like that. I ended up knitting some pieces twice, it looks nicer this way. Cardy Front   I like looking at the cinched in waist, it’s cute and girly especially with this colour. Cardy Back   Below is a photo of the slip stitch detail on the top half of this cardigan. This is my second time knitting this and I’m pleased that I remember the pattern after a few goes, so I was quicker at making it this time around. Front close Up   I think the simple design of the buttons finish it off nicely, they’re not too bold but they don’t get lost in the colour. I think that’s a nice balance. I have a lot of this yarn left over so I’m thinking about making a pair of mittens ready for winter or rainy summer days. Montana

Birthday Wish List

Posted in Knitting, Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , on February 18, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

It was my birthday on the 15th of Feb so I got thinking of a sewing/knitting list  for making gifts just for me!

I’ll start with my sewing:
1. Coat
I’ve been going on about sewing one at some point and my mom bought me a pattern some time ago, I’ll be using wool fabric possibly in tartan.

2. Blazer
I have a kwiksew pattern that looks cute, I wanted to make one as the ones I like cost way too much. I’ve seen a lot of By Hand London blazers so I’m tempted to try it.

3.Socks
I was browsing Twitter when I saw a pair of handmade fleece socks, I need these in my life… end of story there.

Knitting
1. Hoodie
My mom bought a pattern so I thought I should give it a go, it’s a chunky pattern so it should knit up quite quickly (I’ll post pics when it’s made) I also want to sew one too but I haven’t got all the materials yet.

2.Socks
There are loads of knitting patterns for socks, it’s just hard choosing one! I tried making some chunky ones but that was a fail. Somehow I ended up knitting the heel the opposite way.

3. Long Coat
I’ll most certainly be making a longer version of my Beth coat! It’s warm, has a lovely texture and I get compliments when I wear it. This time I’ll use brightly coloured wool.

There is a hell of a lot more I want to make but these are top of the list… I’m going to be very busy!

Montana

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