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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

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

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

Purplishous So Delicious

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have a wedding to go to next month and I was wondering what to wear, I wanted something different to what I usually have but I could wear it again and feel comfortable in it. I also didn’t fancy trawling around shops or looking online until the early hours, so I thought “why not make a dress and see how that turns out”.

I think it turned out great, simple and sassy!

Here’s a quick tutorial of how I made the pattern and the make up

1 a. Find a dress you like the fit of and trace around it (I used fabric as pattern paper, I couldn’t be bothered with taping A4 paper). You will need one pattern piece as the front and back are the same.

1 b. If you would like to use the fabric method, find some scrap fabric and cut around your chosen dress leaving a 1cm seam all over.

Fabric Pattern

Fabric pattern on final garment fabric

2. Lay your pattern on your chosen fabric, as this is a stretch/body con dress, make sure you lay your pattern on the cross stretch. This means the most stretchiest side of the fabric across your body. Pull it to be sure, then cut out.

Make up

 

3. For the flounces on the neckline I used the same method as I would for a circular skirt, the only difference being you’ll measure from one shoulder across to your under arm. The length of these flounces are up to you and you can use one. The length of mine are 4″ and 7′.

4. Attach those flounces to each other to make sure they stay in place, then attach them to the neckline of the dress.

5. Overlock or zigzag your seams as you go along, the same goes for your hems.

6. Turn and hem your flounces 0.5cm and 1″ for the bottom of your dress.

I bought some lace that I’m in two minds on weather to use it on the flounces or not, I may leave it as it’s extra hassle.

 

Lace

Lace 2

Lace laid on top of the main fabric

 

Here’s the final product, I think it’s sassy!

A big, proud smile!

A big, proud smile!

Purple Front

Purple Side

Underwear options: Thong, g string or commando

Underwear options: Thong, g string or commando… don’t laugh, this is important!

This was a good dress to make and the fabric makes it look more formal, this will look great with my matching studded heels.

I am most certainly making a black studded version of this when I run out of stash, it’s a good excuse for more fabric!

I hope you guys like it as much as I do.

Montana

 

Polo Skirt

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have returned to my refashioning for a bit and decided to try it out on an oversized polo shirt. As it had buttons on the front I looked around for a tutorial to find the best way to cut it without the skirt being too short, I used this one which was very helpful.

These are the before and after photos

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The changes I made from the tutorial were I slightly gathered the front of the skirt so it fit the “yoga” waistband and I used some scrap jersey fabric for that waistband.

It turned out better than I expected it to, I wore it today with my “Black Waves” cowl top. It looks like I’m wearing a dress from afar.

Pose copy

Skirt copy

Odd pleat/gathering effect in the front

Waistband copy

I like the little split in the sides

 

Front B copy

 

I like this project as it was quick and I didn’t have a spend money on it really, those are some of the best projects.

These photos would have been better were they taken outside but I had been out and I didn’t want to take awkward photos in the back garden as I think the lady next door thinks I’m a vain nutter as it is.

Maybe next time I’ll feel better about an out doorsy photo shoot. I’m planning on sewing a dress to wear to a wedding and a swim suit at some point… that would have to be indoors.

Montana

Grunge Skirt

Posted in Sewing, Skirts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I recently received a new sewing machine as a late birthday gift, it’s a brand I’ve never heard (EGL) before but I picked it and wanted to give it a go.

So far so very good! I’ve completed my first project using it and it looks cool, my mom says it looks grunge and something she’d see in Urban Outfitters… I didn’t know she’s been in there.

So here’s my “grunge skirt”. The sun was out for a change but it’s made it look like I heavily edited these photos, kinda nice though.

Skirt 1

Showing Pockets

I have clown feet!

Skirt Back

Forgive my toned arms

Forgive my toned arms

It didn’t take long to make this skirt, I hacked at two pairs of jeans and sewn large godets in the front and back.

There are loads of tutorials if you’d like to try this. I’m still working of my socks but I need my moms help as it’s doing my head in!

Montana

Sew Red October Tee (WIP)

Posted in Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I didn’t have internet for a while so I couldn’t blog over the weekend but I used that time to edit my photos.

I have wanted a raglan (or skater tee) for for years when I was in school but never got round to buying one. I did recently but then decided that I could make them instead so I could pick the colours I wanted as well as them being cheaper.

I sewn a couple of raglan t shirts using this pattern I printed out, it only comes in size large but I altered it so it’s slightly loose.

The only problem I had was remembering which piece was back and front for the sleeve pieces, next time I’ll mark them (duh). I enjoyed sewing this t shirt so much I made two.

Here’s the red one, it’s not finished yet. I want to wear this now! I just need to cut out a neckband (I cut one out that was too small), here’s a tutorial.

SewRed Tee

SewRed Arm

 

Here’s the completed purple version, I really like this one and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I used red thread for a little detail, I left the hem unturned so it could roll by itself. I’m wearing this as I type, I want to make more of these. My mom also wants one so she’ll picking the fabric she wants soon.

Purple Raglan Tee

I trimmed down the sleeve at the front.

Purp Raglan Tee Front

For the sleeve bands I used some I cut off a RTW top

More sewing to come!

Montana

 

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