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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

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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

Multi Coloured Scarf

Posted in Hats/Hoods/Scarves, Knitting, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I’m sorry I haven’t been able to post in which seems like forever but work life has taken over, which is great as I have money to spend on fabric… but not much time to actually spend it -_-.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been able to fit in time to be creative at home, I still have some showing to show you, although I haven’t taken pictures yet and it’s getting ridiculous!

However I managed to bag an order while I was leaving work, I guy commented on how bright and colourful my scarf was. I soon as I told him I made it he wanted me to make him one, I agreed to. I have never spent so long knitting one damn scarf! I was so fed up with it! The worse thing is it looks so much better than the original and it’s longer, to top it all off it’s been months since I last seen my original scarf.

Enough rambling, here’s the foreverlong scarf, I wanted to take photos of it on but I wanted it gone!

The design is simply knitting squares that measure your tension, the usual 4″x4″ instructions you find on the back of the band. The bright chunky wool required casting on 15 stitches and knitting 20 rows.

It wraps around four time and is wide, it covered half my face when I wore it so it dwarfed me (like I need to look any smaller). It’s eye catching but I found it suffocating, maybe that would be because I was wearing it indoors.

When worn how it is shown in the second photo it almost reached my ankles, it wasn’t like I didn’t keep checking the length of it as I went along. I thought I’d play it safe and use just under one ball of each yarn, needless to say my client is a lot taller than me so it’ll look fine on him. He should be more than happy as he wanted it to wrap around three times.

Well I have defeated the scarf demon and now it will find another soul to strangle… that didn’t sound good. It is a cuddly demon so that means something!

Montana

 

White Tartan (A Coat For My Sister)

Posted in Coats, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2015 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I wanted to make another version of my blue tartan coat but wasn’t sure on what colour, so I asked my little sister if she wanted one. That day we went out to pick the fabric she wanted, I know she can be picky so I made sure she really wanted the combination you’ll see below.

First I’ll show you how it looked without the fleece lining attached, I shared this on FaceBook as I was pleased with how nice it looked.

 

It hurst my eyes but this is the front

It hurst my eyes but this is the front

This is the back view

This is the back view

At this point I wanted this for myself, even thought I think this is bright for me I could style this to suit me. Oh! This is the first garment I used my brand new overlocker, Brother 1034D, it’s noisy but I really like it!

 

While I was sewing this I realised that the fleece is thicker than the one I used for my own coat, this proved a bit tricky but it’s nothing my machines can’t handle!

One change I did was put a seam in the centre back, which was actually an accident, I get distracted a lot while I’m working! I cut a size large like before so I had room to play with.

My sister came over today to collect her prize of a bold, new coat as I only just finished it. I took this opportunity to take some photos.

Tartan Side 2It looks better worn than on a hanger, the pink fleece reminds me of yoghurt, it’s cute and girly so it suits my sister well.

Tartan side

As you can see, she’s pleased with her new coat

Reverse

This is how it looks worn with the fleece on the outside, I suggested rolling the sleeves up so you the tartan on the outside, I think that’s a cool look.

Before I forget I’ll show you my Christmas sewing present haul! I was so happy that J got me these, I still am!

My beautiful overlocker!

My beautiful overlocker!

I’ve just decided to call her Bertha… first name to pop into my head. Then I thought Jason Jr after J, he didn’t like the idea 😦

Sewing books

Moar sewing books, moooaaarrr! Pattern Making by Dennic Chunman Lo, Pattern Cutting Made Easy by Gillian Holman and Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha. I already have pattern books but there’s no harm in reading a few more, there’s more than one way to make a dress!

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

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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