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Bare Shoulder Beauty

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I made a sassy yet elegant dress for a client and friend that wanted it for a ball.

As soon as I saw the pattern she wanted me to use, I recognised it and knew I was going to enjoy making it. Plus I’ve always wanted to sew one of Mimi G Styles patterns (I used BB8045 the plus sized version)

I first sewn a toile (a practice version) to make adjust it after a fitting before cutting the final garment

The adjustments that were required were shortening the length at hem, shortening and taking in sleeves. Then making the midsection wider when cutting the final garment.

Also my client wanted to omit the gathering with elastic on the midsection, which I though was best.

The fabric she picked out for this dress it lovely and looks very similar to the one Mimi used for the cover of the pattern.

Here’s a close up before I attached the band. This is also when I new I wanted to make myself one of these in the shorter version

The final piece, she picked a trim so I could make a matching choker (I like making chokers… a lot!)

I’ve only just become aware that my list of requests/orders has been growing. I’ve noted them down and remembered being asked to make more things while doing the list… I need to be more organised!

Stay creative!

Montana

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Shimmery Legs: Blue Velvet

Posted in Sewing, Trousers/Shorts/Leggings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I guess I’ve been sewing non stop as soon as I get home, especially as I was writing on a party dress for a client (I’ll share that in the next post)

Today I’ll be sharing another pair of culottes (or eye leg long shorts) I made! I like making these as they don’t take long, eat to style and extremely comfortable.

They were so quick to make that I wore them the day after I sewn them

I can visualize myself having a pair in every colour at this rate! I’ll also be selling a few too since I’ve been asked a few times.

Speaking of which, I’ve gotten into the habit of making multiples of one garment in different materials. Not only is this a faster, conveyer belt way of sewing but I use u my fabric stash and post/sell garments a lot quicker! Bonuses!

Happy Crafting

Montana

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

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

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

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

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!

Montana

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