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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

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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

Spotty Mini Bloomers

Posted in Sewing, Trousers/Shorts/leggings with tags , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I downloaded and printed this free Madeleine Mini Bloomers pattern around a year or two ago but I didn’t get around to making them sooner as I wanted to trace the pieces instead of cutting it out.

After staring at them for ages I decided to go ahead and put the scissors to paper and I’m glad I did!

I used shoelaces to gather the legs and I didn’t bother with sewing channels to thread them through. I may change the laces to ribbon at a later date. I also used 1″ elastic as I couldn’t find the thin elastic that this pattern required, I also wanted my version to be slightly different to some of the other makes I’ve seen.

I was warned on the pattern makers website that this sits very low on the waist (as shown on the model), I thought I’d go ahead with it as I don’t have anything else that sits this low besides me knickers!

I like where it sits on me, the only little criticism is that they don’t quite cup under my buttocks but that’s what I get for inheriting my moms badoink. I’m happy with how these have turned out, so much so that I am currently making a white pair cut from a pillow case. J likes them too, I asked him if I should make a shiny, satin pair. He liked the idea.

I wan’t to try making the original style long bloomers as they can look cute in the right fabric.

Montana

Baby Bambina Cardigan

Posted in Cardigan/Jumpers, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

A client requested that I knit a cardigan as a gift for a friend at her work place as she was going on maternity leave. She liked the pattern I used for her niece so I went with that one. In the photo below I knitted all the main pieces.

This is a true likeness of the colour

This is a true likeness of the colour

I ran out of the original, darker yarn I used so I tried merging it with the yarn you see above (which is called Teddy Bella Bambina, hence the post title), the client didn’t like that. I ended up knitting some pieces twice, it looks nicer this way. Cardy Front   I like looking at the cinched in waist, it’s cute and girly especially with this colour. Cardy Back   Below is a photo of the slip stitch detail on the top half of this cardigan. This is my second time knitting this and I’m pleased that I remember the pattern after a few goes, so I was quicker at making it this time around. Front close Up   I think the simple design of the buttons finish it off nicely, they’re not too bold but they don’t get lost in the colour. I think that’s a nice balance. I have a lot of this yarn left over so I’m thinking about making a pair of mittens ready for winter or rainy summer days. Montana

Short & Sweet

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

As you may have guessed, I really like making skater dresses, they’re easy, quick and they are SO comfortable to wear. I was inspired to make them as I saw loads of versions being made using an indie pattern designer (Kitschy Coo), I thought I’d test my own pattern making skills. So far, so good, the only problem I have is them being too short… I think I can pull it off for now!

I’ll take you through a little tutorial before I show the finished result

I made the bodice pattern by drawing round a fitted t shirt, I did the same with with the sleeves

Bodice

 

 

Using my measurements I cut a circular skirt

Quarter

Half

I have a sudden craving for  a doughnut

I have a sudden craving for a gothic doughnut

 

Once the sleeves are attached to the bodice, you can do the same and attach the skirt to the bodice. I inserted pleats to both sides of the skirt as it was too wide. I hemmed the sleeves and added a folded over 1″ band to the neckline and left the skirt hem raw.

Here is my fitted (read tight) dress, I do feel like a lady with all these nice dresses!

I t took me a while to make this as I ran out of fabric, when that happens I start on a new project where I do have the fabric.

This is wearable and I do like it but there are a few cons. It squashes my bust, like I have one to begin with!! The other problem is the bodice is short, it should be on my natural waist but it’s more under bust. I don’t mind too much, I know next time to grade up when using thicker, stretch fabrics.

Oh, I have another skater dress to finish. The bodice is done, I need to sort out the skirt.

Montana

My “1 Hour Skirt”

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I last posted on here, I’ve been too tired to make/finish anything so I have kept to my routine of quick and easy makes.

I have looked back at my online to-do list via Kollabora.com as I wanted to make yet another skirt but more feminine this time. I remember the 1 hour skirt and I thought I’d give it a go as it looked simple enough.

Here are photos of mine before I hemmed it.

This skirt actually would have taken me an hour if I did it all in one day, I started it yesterday and left the hemming ’til today as I started it late. I also had to shorten the elastic in the waist as it looked huge when it on.

If I have any scraps large enough I’ll make some more. I do have some heavy satin fabric but I was waiting for the right dress to use it plus I’m not sure it’ll be suited to this type of skirt.

I’ll do my  research and decide later.

Montana

Super Chunkys

Posted in Hats/Hoods/Scarves, Knitting with tags , , , , , , , on January 20, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have been knitting more hats than I should be because I get bored, also my mom has bought new patterns and has wool to spare.

These hats I’m about to show you took me around half an hour to make without breaks so I made 2 in one day (I made three all together).

This is the first one I made, it's mine

This is the first one I made, it’s mine

The colours remind me of a teddy bear

The colours remind me of a teddy bear (pic doesn’t do it justice)

This is the knitting pattern I used, I like King Cole patterns as they’re easy to follow and they have a lot of chunky patterns. This one uses super chunky wool but I twisted 2 yarns of chunky, that’s how I got a two tone effect and I made a pompom from each yarn.

I made one for my mom but I didn’t get a photo, when I do it’ll be on my ravelry

Happy crafting!

Montana

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