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Tee Time

Posted in Dresses, Refashion, Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2017 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All, 

I thought I’d share a quick refashion I did this week. I bought an XL t shirt from H&M and decided to hack at it.

I did like wearing this baggy but I wanted to attempt a t shirt refashion as I haven’t done one for years now.

Here it is paired with matching khaki coloured block heels (picked out by a friend, from New Look). The lace was picked up quickly to use as a belt, it was left over after attaching some to the hem.

This is how it looks without a belt in case you were wondering.

This can be worn different ways, with leggings, over the knee socks or jeans

I’ll throw in some random pics from the “photo shoot”

Happy Saturday y’all!

Montana

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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

Three T’s Dress

Posted in Dresses, Refashion, Sewing with tags , , , , , , on April 13, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I haven’t been able to sew much but I did manage to take photos of older projects on the same day, I should do that more often.

This is yet another project I found on Pinterest, the Three T Dress. It looked like a fun make and it suits my style.

3 T Dress

While I was looking through the tutorial I realised most of this is straight forward. The one thing I was a little worried about was sewing the elastic in the sides, where to start them and stretching them as I go went along,

I think it turned out well, I had to take it in quite a lot so I created a seam in the centre back as I had already inserted the elastic.

I know I should have taken these photos outdoors as this dress is black, we didn’t have time nor did I want to get stared at… I miss having a garden!

I don’t usually wear gathered garments as I find them kind of girly but this is a relaxed look and it looks cute.

I found the tutorial very useful and easy to follow, merricksart.com has a lot of cool and simple fashion DIYs that I believe I’ll be making soon.

Montana

Two Tone Madness

Posted in Refashion, Sewing, Tops with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I worked on a small project which involved splicing two different coloured t shirts together. It’s simple, cheap and fills a sewing gap.

Oversized two tone

From Killstar co

I was inspired by the photo above (that I found on Pinterest) to go for a monochrome look, only my versions are fitted. I’ll make an oversized mini dress at a later date. My project went well so I think my copy of the above should go smoothly.

I grabbed two t shirts from Primark to make two monochrome tops, I brought larger sizes than I needed to account for any errors I could make.

Here’s how they turned out:

I made one of these before I had my overlocker, so one is sewn and zig zagged, the other is overlocked which was quicker and looks a lot neater on the insides. Plus, doing a project like this means most of the work is done for you.

Raglan two tone

I originally wanted to make the pattern shown above from scratch (which I will still do at some point) but I thought why not try a quick refashioned version to see if I could pull it off. That’s what I did, here are the results.

I also made a reverse version of this, while I was making this I thought it looked like active wear/gym clothing and that was confirmed by J saying the same thing. I think it’s the colours, I may wear it for that.

The only thing I’d change would be cutting a thicker strip of purple t shirt for the sides, so they can be seen from the front like the reference photo

I think the monochrome tops will good with leggings and heels or a pencil skirt, I don’t know I’ll figure something out.

Oversized versions of these are being drafted, I’ll need a lot of very large mens t shirts for them and the scraps can be used as t shirt yarn… which I’ve been meaning to make for months!

Montana

Tee Dress

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I’m still running with the t shirt refashioning theme, I think this may have to be my most simplest one yet! The tutorial will be about 5 points long, that’s how simple it is.

I bought a pack of  2 t shirts, the one I used here is an XXXL as I wants enough material to make a dress. The other t shirt is black so I’d like to make a little black cutie with that.

Photos first then I’ll get to the details

 

The tie was the neck band cut from the t shirt

The tie was the neck band cut from the t shirt

T Dress 1

I was going to wear it loose but J said it need a belt. Women that dress for other women don’t mind a shapeless look, but guys want to see the figure.

T Dress 4

I kept the original hem

From sleeves to loose, hanging pockets

From sleeves to loose, hanging pockets

T Dress 3

Now for the tutorial.

1. Cut neck band off (you can use this as a belt/tie like it did)

2. Wrap 1″ wide elastic around your chest (where I’m wearing it), make sure it overlap it  an inch then cut.

3. Where you have cut the neck band off, fold it down just over an inch all the way round and stitch down. Leaving a gap to thread your elastic through.

4. Thread your elastic either using a safety pin, a knitting needle or a pencil (safety pin is a lot easier and quicker).

5. Stitch both elastic ends together, overlapping them an inch. Now you can sew the gap closed.

Optional point

You can either sew the arm ends closed to make sleeves and chop them off completely and stitch closed with original seam.

You have your own Tee Dress!

As this was my first attempt at this, I wanted to keep it simple. I may paint it or dip dye it in the future, I could attach studs to it too. I’ll make a black version and research some cut out designs to reveal another colour underneath.

Such a simple design but so many ideas to make it look unusual.

Montana

Halter Tee

Posted in Tops, Trousers/Shorts/Leggings with tags , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I have gone back to refashioning t shirts, this time I have Pintrest… now… I have heard how addictive it is but OMG it is amazing and I feel like I’m never off it!

I got a lot of DIY ideas through joining but this one I have seen on WobiSobi years ago but only just got around to it.

This one is a no sew project, so if your brave enough to hack at a t shirt, anyone can do it!

Halter Tee 1

 

 

Oh by the way I made the bottoms too, I used a RTW pair I have and cut around them (I folded them in half first). They were meant to be harem pants but they ride up when I exercise so they’ve become very high waisted yoga pants.

Halter Tee 2

Halter Tee 3

I swear I’m not flexing, I was adjusting the back of my top. Like my sister says JT said “this is a no flex zooone!”

Halter Tee 4

 

I crossed the back to show a different way to wear from the main photo from the tutorial. I’ve worn this once and it’s great in this Summer heat we’re having lately, it kept slipping slightly so I tightened the straps.

I should have made this sooner as it’s so easy and there’s no sewing involved whatsoever, I’ll try making a dress version which may involve attaching another t shirt at the bottom.

More refashions to come!

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

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