June 29, 2021

Montrose Madness with Screech Owl Fabrics

The Montrose Top is now available in sizes 0-32 and cup sizes C-H! This easy breezy curve-friendly woven top looks great in a variety of fabrics, so we partnered up with six makers and our friends at Screech Owl Fabrics for a little Montrose shindig. Take a look!

The Montrose Top: Montrose Madness with Screech Owl

With a timeless, versatile pattern like the Montrose, you can craft a whole wardrobe—from everyday causal woven tees to party-ready tops. The Montrose features two views: a scoop neck blouse with short sleeves and curved back yoke, and a jewel neck top, elbow length sleeves, and keyhole back.

We know how helpful it can be to see a pattern on a variety of bodies, so we partnered up with six fabulous sewists in the community to sew up final versions of the Montrose Top using fabric generously gifted by the lovely folks at Screech Owl Fabrics.

Screech Owl is an up and coming online fabric shop with a focus on high quality fabrics for the modern sewist. They’re all about helping you find that precious fabric you’ll love to sew and wear, and that will last you for many years to come. Screech Owl wants to help you make your dream Montrose too, so this week only, get 25% off their selection of woven fabrics using code GETMONTROSE, plus free shipping on orders over $150 USD! (Offer valid through July 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM CDT.**)

Our makers created such lovely versions of the Montrose using Screech Owl fabric—let’s take a look at each one!

Nandita’s Montrose Top

The Montrose is a great canvas for showing off a fun print! Nandita chose this delightful seashore print on viscose voile from Screech Owl for her Montrose—paired with pink pants, this outfit is perfection!

Nandita used the 12-32 size range and made a size 16 C/D graded to an 18 at the waist and hips. Her measurements are 41″ high bust, 44″ full bust, 42″ waist, and 50″ hip.

Here’s what Nandita had to say about her new Montrose:

“I found sewing the Montrose easy and quick. I’ve made two so far and even added a cute ruffle to the other one. The voile is soft and luxurious, plus the pattern I chose was bright and cheery. The colors remained true and had zero fading after prewash. As far as sewing with voile, I am hooked! I can see myself sewing dresses with flutters and flounces knowing that I will be able to have just the right amount of swish.”

You can see more of Nandita’s makes over on Instagram at @divinedita.

Nicole’s Montrose Top

Nicole picked a delicate Atelier Brunette print on double gauze from Screech Owl for a Montrose Top that goes with just about everything! If you want some of this fabric for yourself (and who wouldn’t?!), act fast because it’s almost gone!

Nicole used the 0-16 size range and made a size 6 C/D. Her measurements are 32″ high bust, 34″ full bust, 31″ waist, and 38.5″ hips.

Here’s what Nicole shared with us after making her Montrose:

“The instructions were super easy to follow, and I was delighted by the close weave of the double gauze.”

Check out more of Nicole’s makes over on Instagram at @nicoleistan.

Kiera’s Montrose Top

Kiera went with a classic Atelier Brunette print on viscose dobby for her Montrose. We love this print anytime we see it sewn up, and Kiera’s Montrose is no exception! And the lightweight fabric is perfect for the relentless summer heat where she lives.

Kiera used the 0-16 size range and made a size 6 C/D. Her measurements are 33″ high bust, 35″ full bust, 29″ waist, and 40″ hips.

Kiera shared this with us after making her Montrose:

“I loved sewing the Montrose! It was fast and easy. The instructions were easy to follow which made sewing the top a breeze. I used a viscose dobby and loved it so much. It was a lot softer than I was expecting and really easy to work with. It is lightweight which is really great since I live in Texas.”

Kiera blogs over at butimadeit.com, or you can follow her on Instagram at @butimadeit_.

Vashti’s Montrose Top

For her Montrose, Vashti used an Atelier Brunette viscose challis with an mustardy palm leaf print. She added 11″ of length to the sleeves for an easy long-sleeve hack.

Vashti used the 12-32 size range and made a size 18 G/H graded to a 22 at the waist and hips. Her measurements are 44″ high bust, 49″ full bust, 44″ waist, and 51″ hips.

Here’s what Vashti shared with us about her new Montrose:

“The Montrose is one of my favorite patterns, as it sews up quick, and I love that it is fitted on the bust and looser on the hips and waist (the way I choose to anyway!). This fabric is super soft and comfortable and has a beautiful drape, and I can see myself wearing this color and style any time of the year.”

Follow Vashti on her sewing adventures over on Instagram at @side.experiments.

Emily’s Montrose Top

Emily used a soft Atelier Brunette print on viscose crepe for her Montrose Top. She was in the third trimester of her pregnancy at the time, so she added additional ease in the waist and hips (and shares all the details below). Her Montrose turned out adorable, and she makes pregnancy look so glamorous!

Emily used the 0-16 size range and made a size 6 C/D. Her measurements are 34″ high bust, 36″ full bust, 39″ waist (the fullest part of her belly), and 41″ hips.

Here’s how she modified the Montrose to be maternity-friendly:

I decided to do a slash and spread method to give myself some more ease. I kept the back pieces unchanged, since the back is gathered it had enough ease that I didn’t need to make a modification from my muslin. The only piece that I needed to change was the front pattern piece. I wanted to maintain the bust dart in the pattern so I slashed and spread just below the bust. I made four slash lines and spread them each about 1 inch. Since this pattern piece is cut on the fold this added about 8 inches of ease to the garment. I smoothed out my side seam so that it would still match up nicely with the back pattern piece. From there I just followed all the regular instructions for constructing the garment. I made a muslin to test first, so I definitely recommend doing that, but overall, it was a simple process to make this top.

Additionally, Emily shared this with us about her Montrose:

“I had a great experience sewing the top. I loved the fabric. It is super soft with a beautiful drape and it worked really well with the modifications I was making to make it pregnancy friendly. The top is great, I love that simple design really allows you to get creative with fabric choices and modifications. The sewing instructions are really easy to follow too!”

See more of Emily’s sewing adventures on her blog and on Instagram at @_hennylou.

Erin’s Montrose Top

Erin picked a fun Ruby Star Society print on rayon challis from Screech Owl for her Montrose Top. She’d previously been a Montrose skeptic, but making this top changed her opinion of this pattern completely!

Erin used the 12-32 size range and made a size 24 E/F graded to a 26 at the hips. Her measurements are 48″ high bust, 53.5″ full bust, 46″ waist, and 58″ hips.

Here’s what Erin had to say about her new Montrose:

“I have made numerous Cashmerette patterns but for some reason I had never bought the Montrose. I really didn’t know if it would look good on me. After I made up my muslin version I realized I should have made one ages ago. The fit is fantastic and really flattering. It really shows off the fabric since it’s clean and simple. The rayon challis that I got to use looks and feels fantastic and I love how it moves just enough when I’m wearing it.”

See more of Erin’s makes over on her blog and on Instagram at @zeniamoon.

Get 25% Off Wovens at Screech Owl

Thank you so much to all of the makers who sewed up and showed off their Montroses! If you want to steal their looks (we sure do!), you can get 25% off woven fabrics at Screech Owl Fabrics through July 5th using code GETMONTROSE at checkout.**

**25% off code GETMONTROSE good on items listed in the “Woven” fabrics category only until midnight central 07/05/2021, and can be used multiple times per customer throughout the coupon window.  “Pass it On” items are not eligible for discount, due to the donation nature of those items, but can be included in the cart to meet the free shipping threshold.

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