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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

Baggy Trousers

Posted in Sewing, Trousers/Shorts/leggings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2016 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

Back in the summer my mom wanted me to make a few harem pants as I have a pair myself from American Apparel. In total I have made three in different shapes (I don’t have pics), they turned out well so ill be making some for myself.

As per usual I searched Pinterest for sewing patterns and tutorials, for the harem pants I’m posting here I used a pattern similar to this.

This is how my version turned out, my mom chose the fabric. She all for colour and patterns!

harem

This was a quick make like most of the others which was convenient because I was working a lot. Thinking back to it I’m wondering how I managed to fit any sewing in between work and sleep!

I will try to get photos of the other pairs I made, (I think will be wearing them more often) plus photos of some I have on my list to make.

Until next time!

Montana

Just Keep Swimming

Posted in Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2016 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I’ve had a very looong hiatus from WordPress/blogging but never fear as I have been sewing. Its just fitting it into work and finding the energy to do anything creative, I think I’ve got my sewing mojo back.

I’m really pleased with my latest make as its my first swimsuit, I’m more pleased as its a refashion and I found it on Pinterest! So this is a Pinterest win… bonus!

I’ve wanted to make a bikini or swimsuit for some time now, I’m going on holiday soon so that’s a good excuse! I’ve a few pairs of knickers to practice different styles which have turned out well. It turns out that making them is good for using scraps (I’m planning on using some old t shirts for bikinis, see how that turns out).

I came across the above video on how to refashion a swimsuit from leggings, I was intrigued and thought “it can’t be too hard” it wasn’t! Some of the work is done for you.

Here’s how my version turned out:

It fits well and it looks classic/timeless… I’m not bragging just surprised it was so easy and looks great. I’m trying out a few bikini styles to see what works on me but I will be buying a few too as I’ve been telling myself I don’t have to make everything.

I think I’m on a roll so there will be more from me, happy crafting!

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

White Tartan (A Coat For My Sister)

Posted in Coats, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I wanted to make another version of my blue tartan coat but wasn’t sure on what colour, so I asked my little sister if she wanted one. That day we went out to pick the fabric she wanted, I know she can be picky so I made sure she really wanted the combination you’ll see below.

First I’ll show you how it looked without the fleece lining attached, I shared this on FaceBook as I was pleased with how nice it looked.

 

It hurst my eyes but this is the front

It hurst my eyes but this is the front

This is the back view

This is the back view

At this point I wanted this for myself, even thought I think this is bright for me I could style this to suit me. Oh! This is the first garment I used my brand new overlocker, Brother 1034D, it’s noisy but I really like it!

 

While I was sewing this I realised that the fleece is thicker than the one I used for my own coat, this proved a bit tricky but it’s nothing my machines can’t handle!

One change I did was put a seam in the centre back, which was actually an accident, I get distracted a lot while I’m working! I cut a size large like before so I had room to play with.

My sister came over today to collect her prize of a bold, new coat as I only just finished it. I took this opportunity to take some photos.

Tartan Side 2It looks better worn than on a hanger, the pink fleece reminds me of yoghurt, it’s cute and girly so it suits my sister well.

Tartan side

As you can see, she’s pleased with her new coat

Reverse

This is how it looks worn with the fleece on the outside, I suggested rolling the sleeves up so you the tartan on the outside, I think that’s a cool look.

Before I forget I’ll show you my Christmas sewing present haul! I was so happy that J got me these, I still am!

My beautiful overlocker!

My beautiful overlocker!

I’ve just decided to call her Bertha… first name to pop into my head. Then I thought Jason Jr after J, he didn’t like the idea 😦

Sewing books

Moar sewing books, moooaaarrr! Pattern Making by Dennic Chunman Lo, Pattern Cutting Made Easy by Gillian Holman and Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha. I already have pattern books but there’s no harm in reading a few more, there’s more than one way to make a dress!

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 😀

Side Splitter

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I wanted to sew a cowl necked dress the easy yet effective way, so as usual I trawled Google to see what I could find. I came across a tutorial on Sewing With Trudy that requires you to cut around your chosen dress instead of a pattern and do a bit of shifting around with a measuring tape.

I bought some jersey that was meant for the skirt of a skater dress but I only had 1 metre which wasn’t wide or long enough (I need 2 for a maxi version), so I decided on a cowl dress. I used some for a cowl top too but I’ll need more fabric and that’s for another post.

Here’s how it turned out

 

I need to find them small cuffs to adjust the shoulders

I need to find them small cuffs to adjust the shoulders

Cowl Side

 

After thinking it over I decided to leave the edges raw, I think it gives it a more grunge look which suits me. A cowl looks grown up and ladylike so I wanted to toughen it up a bit.

Side Split

I left splits in both sides because as well as not owning any cowl tops or dresses, I don’t have a dress with splits.

Cowl Back

 

Originally the length was almost at the ankles but J said it would look better above the knee, I agreed with him this time so I hacked at it. I wore this yesterday and I got two compliments and a lot of looks, I think that’s a good thing.

It clingy but it’s amazingly comfortable due to the chosen fabric, I could sit in this all day and I like that I can wear the cowl in different positions. I could wear this dress back to front too!

The tutorial was so simple, I know I’ll be making loads of different versions in various colours.

Montana

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