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Spotted Mini Collection

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have been making dresses for a client and I finished them all! This time I made the polka dot Summer dresses, same style but different colours.

I haven’t made anything like these before but I pretty much knew how to. Figuring out how to finish the armholes and hem splits were the tricky parts (I should have taken close up pics on the splits…damn!)

Here’s my “mini collection”!

This is the first one I made which I used as a template for the others.

I had some difficulty about how I would attach and finish the neck tie. I could have tucked in the edges but I liked the rough-ish look, also the former would take longer to execute.

I made this one longer as my client says it’s more elegant, I agree.

I have a smaller size of this one to finish off, its cute on but I’m not sure if I’ll keep it.

This one is my favourite, it’s cute yet spooky looking, like a middle aged version of Kreepsville. This wouldn’t look out of place at a Halloween party (believe me when I say I can make this work!) I may have to make myself one of these now…

She’s ecstatic with these and she’s planned where and when to wear them already. Yes, I am making more dresses for her but I’m having a little break. I may make the odd thing or two for myself though

Stay busy

Montana

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

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

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

Velvet Cowl Dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

After the success of my cowl skirt I thought I’d give sewing a dress version a go, so that’s exactly what I did. I used the same pattern pieces I used for my skater dresses (my default patterns for stretch knit bodices) this time I drafted longer sleeves. I should have cut them and the bodice pieces slightly larger as the velvet look fabric didn’t have as much stretch in it than I’m used to so it’s a little tight.

I looks lovely on and I’m glad I was able to make it as I think cowl skirt dresses look elegant and I don’t see them in shops, which I think is a major bonus! I made this dress in black so it’s quite hard to pick up the details on the camera, I think you’ll be able to see some drape on the skirt.

This was a quick make once I sorted out the sleeve length, I originally wanted them very long so I could cut a point at the cuffs and attach a band to put my middle finger through. The fabric is restrictive so I left them as is.

Front Dress

 

I attached the skirt to the bodice but the latter was too short, this resorted in me looking 3 months pregnant. Luckily I have a scrap left over so I made a 3 1/2″ thick waistband to break it up which worked a treat!

Side Dress

If you look closely, you can see the lovely, glossy drape at the side there… do you see it? Good!

Back Dress

Here you can see the style lines clearer, the sleeves are well fitted and turned out great for my first attempt at long sleeves on a knit dress. I’ll do them more often, I only sewn them on bought patterns as I know how they should turn out.

Close Up

I took this to try figure out if it looked alright with the added band, J wasn’t in and I don’t have a full length mirror (on my shopping list). By the way I want to wear this on Halloween with a green checked, hooded cape I’m sewing. I don’t have plans but I every year I like to take note of what I’m wearing and make sure it’s suitably dark and spooky-like.

I’ve bought the fleece to line my cape so it’ll be good on colder days after Halloween, I hope I get a few wears from both this dress and cape!

Montana

P.S: CANNOT WAIT FOR SEW BRUM MEET-UP TOMORROW! Hello to everyone coming along đŸ˜€

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

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