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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

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

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 Madness

Posted in Refashion, Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I worked on a small project which involved splicing two different coloured t shirts together. It’s simple, cheap and fills a sewing gap.

Oversized two tone

From Killstar co

I was inspired by the photo above (that I found on Pinterest) to go for a monochrome look, only my versions are fitted. I’ll make an oversized mini dress at a later date. My project went well so I think my copy of the above should go smoothly.

I grabbed two t shirts from Primark to make two monochrome tops, I brought larger sizes than I needed to account for any errors I could make.

Here’s how they turned out:

I made one of these before I had my overlocker, so one is sewn and zig zagged, the other is overlocked which was quicker and looks a lot neater on the insides. Plus, doing a project like this means most of the work is done for you.

Raglan two tone

I originally wanted to make the pattern shown above from scratch (which I will still do at some point) but I thought why not try a quick refashioned version to see if I could pull it off. That’s what I did, here are the results.

I also made a reverse version of this, while I was making this I thought it looked like active wear/gym clothing and that was confirmed by J saying the same thing. I think it’s the colours, I may wear it for that.

The only thing I’d change would be cutting a thicker strip of purple t shirt for the sides, so they can be seen from the front like the reference photo

I think the monochrome tops will good with leggings and heels or a pencil skirt, I don’t know I’ll figure something out.

Oversized versions of these are being drafted, I’ll need a lot of very large mens t shirts for them and the scraps can be used as t shirt yarn… which I’ve been meaning to make for months!

Montana

Boxy Top

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I last posted but I assure you that I have been busy sewing and making patterns, I haven’t got enough daylight hours or a willing photographer!

I’m going to show you a top I sewn using pattern instructions I found on Pinterest (again… trust me, you will be inspired by the fashion alone on there!), which are suitable for a beginner. you could alter them to make a dress.

This is the picture and measurements I used and the results of my version.

suzy

I wanted to try this as I’ve been sewing a few fitted garments and I want to try it out to make a black version to work. I think it went well, I’ll try out a woven version too.

relaxed shape

relaxed shape

This material was £1.00 and end of the roll, there was a table full of off cuts… like a butchers! So I couldn’t pass that opportunity.

I drafted the sleeves slightly longer as I wanted that crumpled look, I also like the raised hem at the front as it looks like I cut it that way.

square bingo wings!

square bingo wings!

This is how it looks when I wave my arms about, pretty much like the separate pattern pieces, I like the effect and the flow in the fabric.

I’ll cut a round/crew neck the next time I sew this and of course make a dress version. I resembles the Hemlock Tee, it’s just larger.

I saw a similar picture to the first one on Pinterest which was a crew neck, no matter how much I stared at it I couldn’t figure out how to sew it. Then I found that diagram! Thanks again Pinerest!

Montana

Toad dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have sewn another stretch dress, this time using Burda 7520. I’ve called this the Toad dress in honour of Toad from Super Mario, he’s the same colour and he’s cute like this dress! I’m glad I picked this up from the swap at Sew Brum as it was a very quick sew and it looks a lot better than I thought it would.

The fabric I used is also from the meet up, I didn’t know what I was going to make from it at the time but it was cute and I like polka dots.

It’s a shame that summer is over as I want to wear this, in fact, I was about to wear it today but J advised against as he didn’t want to draw attention (most of my clothes do, so I thought Id give him a break). If I was to wear this at this time of year, I’d just layer up… which reminds me! I’ve come across this Japanese style called Mori that involves layering brown and grey dresses with white doilies (scroll through Pinterest). It looks cute and easy to recreate, so that’s on my to-do list now!

Back on track! Here is photographic evidence of Toad.

Front

 

This is a very simple make with a simple shape, it’s the fabric that makes it stand out plus they match my converses!

Front 2

I could see my sister in this as this is her style, slightly figure hugging and cute. I’ll be making a more subtle one for myself when I get the fabric, I like to make more than one of each pattern as I’m getting good use from it and I get my moneys worth. If I drafted it then thats a bonus, it shows that my pattern works!

Side

You’re probably wondering about the large holes at the bottom here, I was too as I’m still not sure if I’ve seen them right. I left them as they are and did the magic below.

Top

 

Place your arms through them and it can worn as a top! I know the wrong side of the fabric is showing when worn like this but this is a demonstration, I didn’t think about wearing it like this. I’ll pay more attention to the fabric when I sew this again.

Montana

Hemlock Tee Joins A Cult

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , on September 16, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I mentioned in my last post that I was making another Hemlock Tee (free pattern) as I had a lot of fabric left from making that swing top.

Like before, it didn’t take long to sew at all, but as it’s not as stretchy as the jersey it requires the sleeves are a little snug. I think it’ll be nice to wear on colder nights with an oversized cardigan and skinny jeans.

A striped version would look nice, the creator of this pattern has made one and it looks cool.

Bare with me as the pictures aren’t that good, I have been meaning to take these for a week now but life!

Hemlock Front

 

You can see the shape and the pattern ok but I guess I should have held on to take better pics. I really want to make a dress version of this, I said this last time but I haven’t got around to it yet.
Hemlock Side

 

Due to the rigidness of the fabric it came out slightly smaller than my original one, I don’t mind that as it’s kept it’s shape and it fits over my head.

Hemlock Back I really like this fabric, it looks kinda spooky and mysterious. Just in time for Halloween too! I have more daring clothes than this to celebrate though if I’m do get up to anything!

Montana

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