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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

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! đŸ˜€

 

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

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

 

Dressy Halter Tee

Posted in Refashion, Sewing with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

I haven’t posted on here for a while as I’ve moved in with J, on our seventh year anniversary! We’ve settled in ok it’s some of the appliances and neighbours that are annoying us at the moment. So that was hectic and I did wonder where I’d take my blog photos, I’m working on it… bare with me.

I’m still making t shirt refashions as they’re easy to make and wear, they’re not too hard to dress up either.

I saw a tutorial for this while looking for my halter tee idea. I can’t find the actual one so here’s a similar version, the only difference is I didn’t cut the back off completely. I thought it looked cute and easy to embellish so I pinned it to go back to it (I do actually have a go at the things I pin!)

My dress was made using a XXXL mens t shirt, the only sewing I did was shaping the sleeves to make pockets. I won’t use them much, it’s just nice to know they’re there.

The red version is slightly different to mine as my mom wanted it loner and with a drawstring, which was fairly simple to do.

I made her two halter tees too, one is longer to make a dress version. I think I should start autumn sewing now as a lot of my new makes are looking the same and it’s getting colder.

Until next time crafters!

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

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

Short & Sweet

Posted in Dresses, Sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2014 by MontanaDesigns

Hi All,

As you may have guessed, I really like making skater dresses, they’re easy, quick and they are SO comfortable to wear. I was inspired to make them as I saw loads of versions being made using an indie pattern designer (Kitschy Coo), I thought I’d test my own pattern making skills. So far, so good, the only problem I have is them being too short… I think I can pull it off for now!

I’ll take you through a little tutorial before I show the finished result

I made the bodice pattern by drawing round a fitted t shirt, I did the same with with the sleeves

Bodice

 

 

Using my measurements I cut a circular skirt

Quarter

Half

I have a sudden craving for  a doughnut

I have a sudden craving for a gothic doughnut

 

Once the sleeves are attached to the bodice, you can do the same and attach the skirt to the bodice. I inserted pleats to both sides of the skirt as it was too wide. I hemmed the sleeves and added a folded over 1″ band to the neckline and left the skirt hem raw.

Here is my fitted (read tight) dress, I do feel like a lady with all these nice dresses!

I t took me a while to make this as I ran out of fabric, when that happens I start on a new project where I do have the fabric.

This is wearable and I do like it but there are a few cons. It squashes my bust, like I have one to begin with!! The other problem is the bodice is short, it should be on my natural waist but it’s more under bust. I don’t mind too much, I know next time to grade up when using thicker, stretch fabrics.

Oh, I have another skater dress to finish. The bodice is done, I need to sort out the skirt.

Montana

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