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The Humbug Crop Top

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

As usual I’ve been busy with other sewing projects (three dresses using McCall’s M7408 sewing pattern), and life in general.

I haven’t sewn for myself for a long time so I’m bringing back an oldie. A striped crop top with a cowl neck attachment and elastic in the hem.

My reason for making this was to test a pattern which I self drafted in college. I’ve been meaning to make another, this will once I find the pattern pieces!

Turban: Beauty Queens, dress: Forever 21, crop top: MontanaDesigns, Vans: Vans store in Prague.

After much deliberation I have decided to keep this, it’s up for sale atm but I’ll be making different coloured replicas instead.

Stay Creative



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


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!


Glitzy Flowers

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,
I sewn yet another dress for my mom for a birthday party, the theme was black, gold and silver.

We hunted around The Fancy Silk Store and she found what she was looking for (eventually)!

I altered another dress I made using McCalls M6465 and flared it out, cutting it free handed.

Here the result

I made a matching tote bag but she stuffed it so much the handles ripped!

This fabric was fun to work with, it also cane in gold if anyone is interested.

Happy crafting! 


Neckline of Skulls

Posted in Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

As promised I have embellished my purple dress with tiny skulls.


wpid-2013-01-15-03-21-33The bracelet was getting a little stretched but I wanted to keep them.

It’s cheaper and maybe more thoughtful to use jewellery you already have, unless you’re looking for something specific.

Stay crafty


Venusaur! I Choose You!

Posted in Cross Stitching, Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have been hard at work on a cross stitch project I wanted to do for a long time now, I mentioned this in my last post.

So here it is.

I'm anime mad and J is obessesed with Pokemon.

I’m anime mad and J is obessesed with Pokemon.

This is Venusaur, just one of the original 151 Pokemon. I will be sewing a few more as J is impressed with how animated he/she looks.

The list so far is: Charizard and Blastoise (maybe /butterfry). For myself there’ll be Pikachu and Raichu.

I got the pattern and idea here, by Makibird-Stitching. I got the DMC embroidery threads from Ebay… I have plenty of threads to play around with 🙂

“Gotta catch ’em all!”


V-Neck Delight

Posted in Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I haven’t done any sewing for a while now so I brought a new stash of fabric to make myself a few things.

I decided to start with this purple velvet I had to get! Here are some photos.

I used a dress I sewn before.

I used a dress I sewn before.

I wanted to make a dress similar to the jersey dress I posted before, so I folded it in half and cut around it (do same for back, but cut the neckline a little higher).

While still folded, cut the front neckline in a downward slant to create a v-neck shape.

Snazzy dress!

Snazzy dress!

I would advise to adjust the shoulder seams while wearing your dress to see how deep your neckline is. You can always snip a little off at a time but check as you go along… you can’t go back!

As usual I will be embellishing this dress as I can’t leave it too plain. I’ll be sewing a skull or two around the neckline, because I can 😀

This was very quick and simple to make, I would recommend this dress for beginners.

Hope you enjoyed


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