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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

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

My First Sewing Meet Up: Sew Brum

Posted in Accessories, Miscellaneous, Sewing with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I attended the Sew Brum Meet Up on Saturday and I must say, I am soooo happy I went! Not only was it an excuse to really blow some money on fabric and other sewing treats, I met other people with the same interests as me, which is very refreshing.

It was great to meet people I have seen online, in some cases putting a face to a name, and meeting new sewists from afar. There were quite a few people from London, I heard one lady came as far as Liverpool to come along. It’s made me realise how lucky I am to be able to just catch a bus into town to have a quick look around and make something the same day.

Anywho! I’ll get on with the photos in order of how the day went, I didn’t take photos in the shops as I didn’t think to and I knew others there were taking them. Here’s Charlottes round up (she planned it all!), I do have photos of what I bought from from each shop and what I plan to do with them.

After gathering at New Street station… I say gathering, I stood out the way as the group got bigger and bigger. I’m too awkward to walk up to a group that massive!

From New Street we walked to the Birmingham markets to meet a few more people, then we were off to Barrys Fabrics where I bought 2 metres each of some cool fabric.

Sunglasses print  from Guthrie & Ghani Blue tartan and grey jersey from Barrys

Sunglasses print from Guthrie & Ghani
Blue tartan and grey jersey from Barrys

 

For the striking blue tartan I want to make a blazer, I was thinking cropped but now I want a longer version. I’m still looking for a pattern, I may draft one if I feel up to it! Now, for the fine jersey at the bottom of the photo I have this lovely pattern I’m going to draft soon. I found it on Pinterest and I had to make it.

Backless dress

Doesn’t this look glamorous? I keep looking a the diagram and doubting that I know how to actually make it up, but I do. I think I’m worried abut botching it up, my skills haven’t failed me so far!

The sunglasses print is 100% cotton bought from Guthrie & Ghani (more about that later), I’ll be making the Cambie dress pattern that I fiiinally bought after staring at it for years online. One of the girls mentioned that the fabric matched my glasses which is a cool bonus!

After Barrys we went to Fancy Silk, I had a look around but I restrained myself from buying from there although I did want to get some pleather to make a clutch bag. I crossed the road to look around the rag markets in and outside, I bought some t shirt jersey that I wasn’t sure of afterwards so I swapped it at the end of the day. I also bought 10 metres of 1″ elastic for £1, I plan to use that to make the t shirt dress.

Once everyone regrouped we walked (in circles! haha!!) to the 50 bus stop to go to Guthrie and Ghani. I was so excited about it as I’d meet Lauren, see the shop and there was a raffle… oh there was cake and tea too!

The Tea Bar

The Tea Bar

Sewing themed cupcakes

Sewing themed cupcakes

Lauren and her mom sorting out the cake and cookies

Lauren and her mom sorting out the cake and cookies

Sewists at G n G

Sewists

As you can see we all filled the room up stairs in the studio, chatting away and waiting for the raffle and the swap to commence. While we waited, some of us went downstairs to the shop, I got more fabric and bits for my mom too.

During the raffle I won the Amazing Fit trousers Simplicity 1696, I have been meaning to sew trousers again so this is motivation. Here’s a look at the patterns I got, most of which were swapped.

Pattern stash

What I bought: Sewaholic’s Cambie and Colette Patterns Ginger

What was Swapped: Burda 7520, which I ran home and cut out to sew the next day (view C). I tweeted a sneak peak but I’ll blog about it soon.

Simplicity 5916, Cynthia Rowley K2443, Cynthia Rowley 2497, McCall’s Easy M6084, Butterick B5313, New Look 6861… yup that’s a lot of patterns!

Last but not least my swapped fabric

Pom pom makers for my mom who loves to knit and the elastic from the market

Pom pom makers for my mom who loves to knit and the elastic from the market

The polka dot jersey is what I used to make view C on Burda 7520. I saw the mask printed cotton and had to have it, maybe another Cambie or a Ginger Skirt.

Thank you to everyone that swapped and adding to my collection, I think I’ll have enough to be busy until this time next year. That won’t stop me from buying more though, but I think I’m good for a few months.

Thanks for coming to Birmingham!!

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

Drape Drape Dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I got the Drape Drape 2 pattern book as a gift last week (I have been eyeing these books on and off for years) and I couldn’t wait to try out the more simpler designs first.

I opted for pattern no.2, the one-piece side drape top, it actually fits like a dress and I have seen this is the case for many others that have made this pattern.

I used 1 metre of highly stretchy blue jersey which I’m glad I chose instead of black, I’ll leave that for a knee length pants pattern.

Here’s the layout of the pattern cut from the fabric.

Layout

As I read the instructions on how to sew this, I dreaded doing it already as I had to fold over the binding on the neck and armholes… sigh. I wanted to do it by the book so I did them, never again! I’ll do it the other way they’ve stated by overlocking one side. So much easier. Or I could overlock the holes and fold them over, it should look fine that way.

On with the photos then.

I do realize you can see my bra but it's much better than seeing my nips :)

I do realize you can see my bra but it’s much better than seeing my nips 🙂

I think a sports/t shirt bra will be needed here.

 

3

I didn’t hem the dress as I had enough, it doesn’t look bad this way either

I didn’t have any heels today as I think this’ll look great with a pair.

 

4

There’s nothing like a slinky dress to show yourself how athletic I look compared to the models in the book.

2

This is how the draped piece looks when stretched out, this side is half sewn and cut on the fold. It sounds odd if you don’t have the book but if you’re into patterns you can kind of figure it out by looking at the layout above.

I will be tracing out other patterns from Drape Drape 2 but some of them I still haven’t got my head around, I’ll try to make sense of them soon!

Montana

Skulls & Webs

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I enjoyed sewing my first 1 hour skirt so much that I made another! I  added a printed net fabric for this one, which I decided to make my first french seams on. They turned out great, I don’t know why I was nervous about.

Here’s a gallery of the finished skirt, it turned out a lot better than I expected it to.

I am aware that this is way too early for Halloween I dress like this a lot.

I used the same tutorial I followed for my last skirt, the only difference was repeating it for the net (but with french seams) and being careful to fold both materials together at the waist.

I left the netting raw at the hem as is doesn’t fray and I thought it would look a little bulky for such a delicate fabric.

At this point I think I’ll have way too many 1 hour skirts…

Montana

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