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The Moonlit Skirt

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

In my last post I mentioned I’d be making another split skirt? I did just that in my favourite colour (besides black) purple!

I made the splits higher as this will be my “night out” skirt, (hench why I’ve called it The Moonlit Skirt) I need at least one! It had to look comfortable but different which is pretty much my style

I’ve been doing weird poses lately I’ve noticed, because why not… embrace them!

It’s fair to say I like these skirts, they look cool, are easy to make and can be dressed up or casually.

I’ll try not to make myself another one, two is enough. The next one I make is for my Depop.

Merry sewing!

Montana

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Splits In Spots

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have made another quick garment for myself while sewing for my client. 

She gave me left over material she’s had for years, so I made this skirt. 

She has a good eye for quality, printed fabric.

I wanted to keep the length but also have room, you know… for ventilation.

I’ve sewn skirts for others that have requested splits, I realised I don’t have any skirts like this and thought I needed one.

I did realize my whole outfit is monochrome, this was no accident

To make this I sewn two long rectangle pieces together and kept fitting it to me until it was snug. I hemmed the edges and side splits, then inserted elastic in the waistband. Make sure to wrap the elastic to your waist, plus an inch overlap before cutting it.

I finished and wore this yesterday, I feel as though this is slightly different to what I’ve seen in any shop. I’m keeping this one but I’ll be making more from different fabric for my shop.

Happy crafting,

Montana

The Birthday Two Piece

Posted in Sewing, Skirts, Tops with tags , , , , on June 26, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have been sewing as usual, I just haven’t got around to taking a lot of pictures… this seems to be a regular thing now.

I had a request to make a cute two piece for a friends birthday party in August, these were the photos I was given as a reference.

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I was wiling to make the all as the skirts looked simple enough and she could swap the tops, she wanted a version of the last one. I’m thinking of making a version for myself to be honest!

To make sure it fit and she liked it I made a toile, I sent her these pictures before she wore it and she was excited already, I didn’t want to disappoint her at the viewing!

Top Toile skirt Skirt split

Great news! I didn’t disappoint and she was happy with how it looked, I just needed to adjust the waistband. Here’s how it looks on.

Toile outfit

I used a cheaper version for the toile as I figured I wouldn’t lose out too much, It looks decent but you can tell the difference after looking at the final garment fabric.

As this was a thin, springy type of jersey I ended up having to interface the final garment to make sure it stayed flat. This didn’t take long at all but it’s a lesson for next time.

This is the final garment before I interfaced and hemmed the skirt.

Making Final Outfit

Now finally how it looks on the client, she and her mom were happy with the outcome and now I really want to make my own, slightly different version.

Final Outfit

There are so many options to try with something as simple as this and I have a lot of jersey laying around at the moment to when I have time I’m going to try a few things. Until then I’ve been making my mom a few harem pants which will be posted on here at some point.

Montana

Two Tone Ginger

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , on October 27, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I haven’t posted for a while but trust me when I say I have been sewing a lot, I have a few more garments to photograph. I really wanted to hurry and take pics of my Ginger skirt as I waited long enough, so sorry for the dark bathroom photos.

This pattern is for beginners and wow it’s simple to sew! I recommend this for anyone starting their sewing journey or wanting a break from the more complicated projects, it was quick and the instructions are easy to follow.

 

My first Ginger skirt!

My first Ginger skirt!

While I was cutting this out my sister came to visit so I got distracted, that’s why I cut the front wrong! I was going to scrap it but I thought that would be a big waste of time, money and fabric. I think it looks kooky in a subtle way.

I also thought I sewn this wrong as it has a slight dip in the centre front, so I wasn’t sure if I sewn the side seams together (I’ve done that before). I googled other sewists skirts and they looked the same

Close up on the pattern

Close up on the pattern

I opted for the pointed waistband (I don’t think you can see that here… sorry again), I want to make another pointed version as it looks cute and sophisticated, I like the stiffness of this skirt too.

Ginger Back

Oh this is my first woven garment I’ve sewn in a long time so this it’s been a while since I sewn a zip, I did it weirdly but it works and it looks decent! Yay!

Since I’ve worn it this week I had two orders! So that’s a bonus right there.

 

Montana

Flaming Cowl Skirt

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I finally got around to making a cowl skirt pattern after botching it up the first time 4 years ago in college, I was really put off by it. I have been seeing Sew Smitten’s version for years, after reading it over and over I knuckled down and got to work.

I made sure I was doing everything right, which is abnormal as I like to do things my way… as long as it looks right. I kept referring to the photos on Sew Smitten’s blog and it turned out great! I do have the Winifred Aldrich book this pattern is from but it got confusing without diagrams.

Here is what the pattern piece looks like (cut 2 for both sides)

Cowl skirt pattern

Cowl skirt pattern

It looks odd I know but I’ll try to break it down as best as I can.

*The line in the centre of the pattern is the side “seam” which is actually the drape.

*The sides of the pattern are the centre and back seams (imagine it folded).

*You’d fold the fabric in half and sew the top edge together to form the drape.

*The curved corners are half the waistline at the front and back.

I hope it make sense now, I didn’t get it until I cut the fabric out. I knew the pattern itself was right it was piecing it together.

I measured a 2.5″ wide and 29.5″ long piece of the same fabric to cover 1″ wide elastic. Photos after the jump!

 

 

Cowl Skirt 1

I got this fabric at a fabric store local to where my mom lives, they got a batch of new patterned jersey. I was this and wanted liked it so much, I was going to make a fitted, bodycon dress but the flaming roses are wide so I wasn’t sure that having them run down the middle would look good. I’ll have them at the top, yes that means I’ll be buying more!

Cowl Skirt 2

This is how the shape looks stretched out.

Cowl Skirt 3

I think it drapes nicely on the sides, I want to make a solid black version for interviews/work.

Cowl Skirt 4

 

As you can see I’m very happy with this skirt, I think that’s because it took over 4 years to make! I have completed a cowl skirt dress, I took pics of it after taking these so they’ll be here shortly. I may wear it as a Halloween dress as it’s made from a velvet like jersey, it looks like something I’d buy from alternative stores like Oasis and Blue Banana so thats a massive bonus! Yay!

Montana

Polo Skirt

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have returned to my refashioning for a bit and decided to try it out on an oversized polo shirt. As it had buttons on the front I looked around for a tutorial to find the best way to cut it without the skirt being too short, I used this one which was very helpful.

These are the before and after photos

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The changes I made from the tutorial were I slightly gathered the front of the skirt so it fit the “yoga” waistband and I used some scrap jersey fabric for that waistband.

It turned out better than I expected it to, I wore it today with my “Black Waves” cowl top. It looks like I’m wearing a dress from afar.

Pose copy

Skirt copy

Odd pleat/gathering effect in the front

Waistband copy

I like the little split in the sides

 

Front B copy

 

I like this project as it was quick and I didn’t have a spend money on it really, those are some of the best projects.

These photos would have been better were they taken outside but I had been out and I didn’t want to take awkward photos in the back garden as I think the lady next door thinks I’m a vain nutter as it is.

Maybe next time I’ll feel better about an out doorsy photo shoot. I’m planning on sewing a dress to wear to a wedding and a swim suit at some point… that would have to be indoors.

Montana

Skulls & Webs

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I enjoyed sewing my first 1 hour skirt so much that I made another! I  added a printed net fabric for this one, which I decided to make my first french seams on. They turned out great, I don’t know why I was nervous about.

Here’s a gallery of the finished skirt, it turned out a lot better than I expected it to.

I am aware that this is way too early for Halloween I dress like this a lot.

I used the same tutorial I followed for my last skirt, the only difference was repeating it for the net (but with french seams) and being careful to fold both materials together at the waist.

I left the netting raw at the hem as is doesn’t fray and I thought it would look a little bulky for such a delicate fabric.

At this point I think I’ll have way too many 1 hour skirts…

Montana

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