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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

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

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

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

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 😀

Flaming Cowl Skirt

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

Hi All,

I finally got around to making a cowl skirt pattern after botching it up the first time 4 years ago in college, I was really put off by it. I have been seeing Sew Smitten’s version for years, after reading it over and over I knuckled down and got to work.

I made sure I was doing everything right, which is abnormal as I like to do things my way… as long as it looks right. I kept referring to the photos on Sew Smitten’s blog and it turned out great! I do have the Winifred Aldrich book this pattern is from but it got confusing without diagrams.

Here is what the pattern piece looks like (cut 2 for both sides)

Cowl skirt pattern

Cowl skirt pattern

It looks odd I know but I’ll try to break it down as best as I can.

*The line in the centre of the pattern is the side “seam” which is actually the drape.

*The sides of the pattern are the centre and back seams (imagine it folded).

*You’d fold the fabric in half and sew the top edge together to form the drape.

*The curved corners are half the waistline at the front and back.

I hope it make sense now, I didn’t get it until I cut the fabric out. I knew the pattern itself was right it was piecing it together.

I measured a 2.5″ wide and 29.5″ long piece of the same fabric to cover 1″ wide elastic. Photos after the jump!

 

 

Cowl Skirt 1

I got this fabric at a fabric store local to where my mom lives, they got a batch of new patterned jersey. I was this and wanted liked it so much, I was going to make a fitted, bodycon dress but the flaming roses are wide so I wasn’t sure that having them run down the middle would look good. I’ll have them at the top, yes that means I’ll be buying more!

Cowl Skirt 2

This is how the shape looks stretched out.

Cowl Skirt 3

I think it drapes nicely on the sides, I want to make a solid black version for interviews/work.

Cowl Skirt 4

 

As you can see I’m very happy with this skirt, I think that’s because it took over 4 years to make! I have completed a cowl skirt dress, I took pics of it after taking these so they’ll be here shortly. I may wear it as a Halloween dress as it’s made from a velvet like jersey, it looks like something I’d buy from alternative stores like Oasis and Blue Banana so thats a massive bonus! Yay!

Montana

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