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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

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

Wrapped In Silver

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , on June 5, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All, 

My collection is on hold while I’m sewing (FIVE) dresses for a client, don’t worry she’s great and I’m more than happy to sew for her. I was working on the first one for most of today, she’s so happy with it she’s been paying me in cake and ice cream.

Before this I made myself a wrap dress using yet another tutorial I found on Pinterest. It’s for a black/silver/gold themed family birthday party. I couldnt be bothered to search for something to buy so I used this as an excuse to buy more fabric.

I’ve been meaning to make a wrap dress for a while, especially using this tutorial as it looked straight forward. I was right!

Now to show you my working out and my final answer:

These were posted on my Snapchat, I like to show what I’m making on there, amongst the goofery (montanastrange).


I added gold lace pieces along the neckline because I wanted it to look classy and dressy. 

I’m happy with the results and it fits really well, I’ve bought the same fabric in red and purple to make more (I’ll be making a wrap top in the purple fabric).

I’m looking forward to wearing it, I’ll try to updated this post with me out in it.

Happy Crafting,

Montana

Jigsaw Cardigan

Posted in Cardigan/Jumpers, Dresses, Knitting, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I thought my outfit today deserved to be shared and it’s about time you met my Jigsaw Cardigan.

I matched it with my handkerchief skirt dress I also made… I should really make another one already.

Featuring my African print triangle bag, will post soon

I got the idea when I began knitting it, I like to buy my yarn in bits and pieces rather than in bulk (I’m not sure why, to create the illusion of saving money as well as space?. I thought “why not use different shades of purple and differing textures too?” 

I wanted to knit this particular cardigan in black for years after asking my mom to do it. I’m happy with the final garment but I was looking for buttons to add, I was thinking maybe different shades of the same button but now I’m not sure that I want any

I hope you’re all having a good Me Made May!

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

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

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