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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

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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

Multi Coloured Scarf

Posted in Hats/Hoods/Scarves, Knitting, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I’m sorry I haven’t been able to post in which seems like forever but work life has taken over, which is great as I have money to spend on fabric… but not much time to actually spend it -_-.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been able to fit in time to be creative at home, I still have some showing to show you, although I haven’t taken pictures yet and it’s getting ridiculous!

However I managed to bag an order while I was leaving work, I guy commented on how bright and colourful my scarf was. I soon as I told him I made it he wanted me to make him one, I agreed to. I have never spent so long knitting one damn scarf! I was so fed up with it! The worse thing is it looks so much better than the original and it’s longer, to top it all off it’s been months since I last seen my original scarf.

Enough rambling, here’s the foreverlong scarf, I wanted to take photos of it on but I wanted it gone!

The design is simply knitting squares that measure your tension, the usual 4″x4″ instructions you find on the back of the band. The bright chunky wool required casting on 15 stitches and knitting 20 rows.

It wraps around four time and is wide, it covered half my face when I wore it so it dwarfed me (like I need to look any smaller). It’s eye catching but I found it suffocating, maybe that would be because I was wearing it indoors.

When worn how it is shown in the second photo it almost reached my ankles, it wasn’t like I didn’t keep checking the length of it as I went along. I thought I’d play it safe and use just under one ball of each yarn, needless to say my client is a lot taller than me so it’ll look fine on him. He should be more than happy as he wanted it to wrap around three times.

Well I have defeated the scarf demon and now it will find another soul to strangle… that didn’t sound good. It is a cuddly demon so that means something!

Montana

 

Boxy Top

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I last posted but I assure you that I have been busy sewing and making patterns, I haven’t got enough daylight hours or a willing photographer!

I’m going to show you a top I sewn using pattern instructions I found on Pinterest (again… trust me, you will be inspired by the fashion alone on there!), which are suitable for a beginner. you could alter them to make a dress.

This is the picture and measurements I used and the results of my version.

suzy

I wanted to try this as I’ve been sewing a few fitted garments and I want to try it out to make a black version to work. I think it went well, I’ll try out a woven version too.

relaxed shape

relaxed shape

This material was £1.00 and end of the roll, there was a table full of off cuts… like a butchers! So I couldn’t pass that opportunity.

I drafted the sleeves slightly longer as I wanted that crumpled look, I also like the raised hem at the front as it looks like I cut it that way.

square bingo wings!

square bingo wings!

This is how it looks when I wave my arms about, pretty much like the separate pattern pieces, I like the effect and the flow in the fabric.

I’ll cut a round/crew neck the next time I sew this and of course make a dress version. I resembles the Hemlock Tee, it’s just larger.

I saw a similar picture to the first one on Pinterest which was a crew neck, no matter how much I stared at it I couldn’t figure out how to sew it. Then I found that diagram! Thanks again Pinerest!

Montana

Backless Draped Dress

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

Hi All,

Do you remember this picture from Pinterest I showed you a while back? Well I’ve only gone and made the damn dress!

The instructions are very simple and easy to follow yet they create such an elegant dress, the measurements are for a taller girl than myself so I’d decrease them by 5cm all round next time.

I like the gathering at the sleeves

I like the gathering at the sleeves

I decided to go with grey this time as I don’t own many grey dresses and it’s a slight change from black. It’s still a tone and I think a muted colour brings more elegance to a dress like this.

Sleeved Side

 

The way this hangs at the hem is unusual and asymmetric, which is my thing… why didn’t I make this sooner? Oh yeah, I only had Pinterest 4 months ago!

The shoulders look wide but I can pull them in for a more slim line look.

The shoulders look wide but I can pull them in for a more slim line look

I modelled this for J long before taking these photos, he said it hangs too low on the back, so low that he could almost see chocolate creek! This got me thinking “there most be other ways to wear this dress”, so I tried a few things.

It can be worn quite a few ways but I’ll show you one other way, (J was getting bored of taking photos).

This is another two toned mistake. The front was cut on the wrong side which has created this look... this mistake seems to be working out so far!

This is another two toned mistake. The front was cut on the wrong side which has created this look… this mistake seems to be working out so far!

I left the hem unfinished for now, mainly due to laziness and not wanting to mess the dress up. If I don’t hem this one I’ll hem the next one… I promise.

Sleeveless Front 2

Welcome to the gun show!

 

Looking at it from this angle makes me want to sew more two toned garments using the same fabric, I really like the affect.

Sleeveless Side

 

I like how the drape follows my body shape, I look all womanly and stuff! 😀

 

Sleeveless Back

 

I have to mention this, it’s been bothering me as I’ve seen it in a few posts. My back is wonky as hell! What’s going on, is one shoulder blade bigger than the other? The hell?

Well it’s safe to say that I’ll be wearing this whenever I can and I’m making another one, adjusting the measurements as afore mentioned… in black.

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 😀

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