Marfy Remnant Challenge : Collaboration with @sewtofit

Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well. I am excited about this new project, the Marfy Remnant Challenge. I am collaborating with Andrea @sewtofit on this sewing project. She & I had won the Marfy Pattern 0116 at the Sewing Fashionistas 10 year Anniversary Christmas Party . It was hosted by Rosalind @sewmuchfabric – great times!

I thought it would be fun to use remnant fabrics to create this pattern and see how we would express ourselves. It is a project to help us get through this Covid Event and keep our minds and bodies occupied. We invited our fellow Sewing Fashionistas as well as our sewing community to join us on this journey. As Andrea & I were sharing ideas, this project happen to fall nicely into Andrea’s annual Marfy Challenge as well. Here are the guidelines shared at the Sewing Fashionistas meeting this past Saturday July 25 – thank you for the video Andrea!

Official Start Date: August 1, 2020 – End Date: When you are done. This project is meant to be fun and stress free. You can set your own deadline (or not), however, I will personally try and finish this project by the end of August. Feel free to follow me on Instagram Stories for up-to-date progress and my IG Highlight “Marfy Remnant.”

Andrea & I have different sewing processes but we will be achieving the same goal. We believe that everyone has different styles of sewing so we would like for you to witness the different ways we design, sew, and put it together. Besides following my Instastories, make sure you follow Andrea’s IG & Youtube Channel at SewToFit to see her process. Also, feel free to join her VIP Club to expand your fitting skills. You can learn more about Andrea at www.sewtofit.com. You can also follow this project on the Sewing Fashionista’s Facebook Page.

Guidelines for the Marfy Remnant Challenge:

  • Have fun, express yourself, stretch your imagination & creativity
  • You are the artist. The pattern is the canvas & the fabric is your paint;)
  • use remnant fabrics or fabrics in your stash but do not purchase new fabrics. Ex: I am using fabric remnants from my 2019 projects.
  • there is no right or wrong to putting this together
  • try and incorporate new sewing techniques that you have always wanted to try. Ex: I want to learn how to do basic quilting, wave tucks, & fabric cut-outs as seen on my inspiration board
  • Use Sewing Pattern Marfy 0116 or any pattern you would like to use or try out.
  • We would love to see your progress, tag us on Instagram @youtiquebridal @sewtofit or use the hashtag #marfyremnantchallenge2020
Playing around with different Fabric Layouts

This is where my project is currently…

Marfy0116 Front Blouse, Original Projects

This is the front side of Marfy0116. Next, I will now work on the back side before sewing it all together. Following, I will do the lining. Below are videos of the original projects if you would like to see where the remnants originated from.

I hope you join Andrea & I on this journey. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Well, thank you for visiting & I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

Andrea with Sew To Fit is an expert in pattern fitting and pattern design.  She has a YouTube Channel you can view by clicking here.  She teaches e-learning classes available with a VIP Club at www.sewtofit.com.

Creative Community : Upcoming Special Guests

Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well. Since Covid, all our lives have changed in some way. I actually started doing something I have been fearful to do for a long time…going LIVE. I started going LIVE every Friday on Instagram at 1pm central time to see how everyone is doing and to bring our Creative Community together.

Every last Friday of the month I have a special guest to inspire our creativity. I had the honor of having some wonderful guests already and looking forward to the upcoming ones. To view past & future guests, feel free to check out the Creative Community Calendar Dates by clicking here. The next two upcoming guests are:

Friday July 31, 2020 at 1pm CST: Diane @BlueDotSews, https://www.bluedotpatterns.com. She is a pattern maker and will share her journey of learning to sew and making patterns. To get to know her a little better, read her story on strength & perseverance by clicking here.

Friday August 28, 2020 at 1pm CST: Anh @themadjewelersbench, www.themadjewelersbench.wordpress.com. She is a Metalsmith Artist & Designer with experience of caring for pearled jewelry. She also mixes different mediums to design jewelry such as fabric and metal.

Anh would love to know what you would be interested in learning. We are taking a poll:

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to seeing you on IG live! Take care and stay safe:)

Hugs! Ann

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Shirred Blouse

Greetings Everyone!

My Shirred Blouse is complete and I love all the details from the shirring to the inside seams. This was my first time shirring so it was a lot of fun to play around with the different techniques and styles. Have you ever shirred before? Feel free to view the video and watch the whole process of sewing my blouse. I hope you enjoy it!

Oufits from my Closet

I used the following techniques for inside of the blouse:

  • Rolled Hem: down the center front
  • Binding: along the shoulder and back
  • Spaghetti Straps: tie strings at the front
  • French Seam: Along the side of the bodice

Thank you for visiting and hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Ann

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Here are some of the tutorials for the details inside the blouse:

Rolled hem was used to alter my Bridesmaid dress.

The French Seam was used for the bodice along the side seams:

Per my IG post, here is the sign-in tree;)

Special Guest Cari Loschen @carikim : Couture Pinning & Resources

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are doing well. Today I had the honor of having Cari Loschen as a special guest on my IG Live series. I go live on IG every Friday at 1pm CST and the last Friday of the month is reserved for a special guest. My goal of going live is to make sure everyone is doing well, build a creative community that will inspire and encourage one another, and to keep you updated on the status of my current project.

Cari took the time to teach us how to do couture pinning and shared some Couture resources. Feel free to watch it below. I hope you enjoy the sharing.

  • Video Content:
  • {2:00} How we met
  • {0:55} Welcome
  • 3:02} About Cari
  • {4:22} How did you get into Couture Sewing?
  • {13:05} Couture Pinning
  • {27:28} Resource Site for Advanced Sewing
  • {34:43} Cari’s favorite Inspirational Quotes
  • {36:36} Take of yourself, take care of each other, and text, call, or FaceTime someone today.

You can follow Cari on Instagram at @carikim and email her at cari@carikim.com.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Please take care of yourself and each other.

Hugs!

Ann

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Wearing my #memade Lace Sleeve Crop Top

How to Sew Sailor Jeans

Inspiration Board

Greetings!

I hope everyone is doing well. I am excited the editing stage for the Sailor Jeans is complete. It turned out to be a 3 part series rather than 2. I am happy that I can finally share the whole process with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did designing and sewing it.

I love the details on the jeans, seen and unseen.

Below are the outfits I created from #memade items in my closet.

To view the sewing process for my tops, feel free to click the links below:

The next editing project is….the #ShirredBlouse.

So what do you think of the Sailor Jeans? Are you inspired to sew one? How would you style them? Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Virtual Hugs!

Ann

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This project is in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric & Sew To Fit.

Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric has an online fabric shop housing beautiful name brand fabrics.  She is an expert on textiles and has an eye for fit & styling women who loves to sew.  I highly recommend her blog for inspiration.  Click here.

Shop my Denim Jeans Fabrics & Notions @SewMuchFabric
Ralph Lauren blue denim, 8oz no stretch 100% cotton:
Topaz Gutermann Thread 870
Dark Midnight Gutermann Thread 279
Antique Gold Floral Scroll Button, 3/4” K2046
YKK 7″ Jean Zipper-Navy with Brass Teeth
Iron-on Interfacing
Bias binding

Andrea with Sew To Fit is an expert in pattern fitting and pattern design.  She has a YouTube Channel you can view by clicking here.  She teaches e-learning classes available with a VIP Club.

10 Reasons to Wardrobe Planning : Special Guest Roz @sewmuchfabric

Greetings Everyone!

I am now going Live on IG with special guests the last Friday of the month. I had the honor of having Roz with http://stores.smfabric.com as my very first guest. She is the older sister I never had and has taught me so much about faith, family, and community. In this video, she shares her 10 reasons of wardrobe planning. I apologize in advance for the low sound quality and a few technical difficulties but this is some really great information. I am still learning how to work everything. I’m just grateful I was able to save this video:). Roz, we may have to do this again in the future. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share your thoughts and if this inspired you to wardrobe plan.

Video Content:

  • {4:11} Rosalind Gaither @sewmuchfabric, http://stores.smfabric.com
  • {5:28} Have clothes that serve you well
  • {6:15} 1- People will assess you wherever you go
  • {7:32} 2- Stop saying “I have nothing to wear”
  • {8:09} 3- Get noticed
  • {8:54} 4- Get people to listen to what you have to say
  • {8:58} 5- Fabric & Your time is an investment
  • {10:48} 6- Change on the outside can facilitate change on the inside
  • {11:21} 7- Be present in your life, live in the here & now
  • {12:13} 8- Prepared for Last minute invites
  • {13:13} 9- Self Expression
  • {13:41} 10- You are worth it!
  • {18:58} https://www.smfabricblog.com
  • {19:56} Ann’s next sewing project
  • {22:10} How do you pick fabrics?
  • {26:16} How long have you been doing this Roz?
  • {27:44} Ann’s Style Aesthetic: Victorian, Edgy, Modern

I hope you enjoyed the visit as much as I did. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Please take care of yourself and each other.

Hugs!

Ann

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Wearing my #memade Red Lace Blouse

Sewing Room Organization with @Cathy.Spain

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well. Although the lighting in my space was not friendly, I am going to show up;). Thank you so much Cathy for being a special guest on my Instagram Live Stories. I wanted to start going live on Fridays to visit with everyone and make sure you guys are doing well during this strange time. On the last Friday of the month, I wanted to invite a special guest on to share their creative endeavors. To see who is my next special guest, feel free to click on “Creative Community.”

This month was sweet Cathy. She shares her 10 reasons of having an organized space and we also got a tour of her sewing room. I hope you enjoy the sharing and get inspired with some of her ideas, because I sure did:)

Here is the video content:

{2:26} Introducing Cathy Spain & How we met

{5:08} Cathy’s 10 Reasons to have an organized space

  1. Reduce Visual Clutter
  2. Keep projects organized
  3. Keep focused on the current project
  4. Floor space
  5. Know where the tools are
  6. Shop the Fabric Stash
  7. Have a Pressing Station
  8. Pattern Organization System
  9. Inspiration Station
  10. Welcome Space for Visitors

{15:00} Tour of the Her Sewing Space

Were you inspired to organize your sewing space? Feel free to share what you learned. Thank you for visiting with us today! May you have a wonderful weekend:)

Hugs!

Ann

Wearing my #memade Shirred Blouse

New Sewing Project : #SupportSmallBusinesses

The weekend is here! How are you doing?  Are you working on anything this weekend?

I started working on my new sewing project, the #ShirredBlouse.  Since shirring by hand takes awhile, I was hoping to save some time by combining the front & back shoulder panels. This is my first time shirring a project and I stayed up late so I didn’t think through the line designs😬.  This is fine since I am still in the toile stage – thank goodness!  I will redo this to have 2 separate front and back pieces.  Stay tuned for more of this project!

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Wearing my #memade checkered skirt
#📸 daughter G

The weather was gorgeous last weekend and I had the opportunity to visit my friend Karen @nommistreet at the Energy Corrider Farmers Market. They are a traveling food truck so when I found out they were in the Katy area, I made sure to catch them. I was not disappointed – their Brussels sprouts are 😋!


Also, while I was at the farmers market, I discovered @suifskincare products. I have been trying to take better care of my skin so I look forward to seeing positive results🤞😁. And for those who love beautiful fabrics, there is always online shops like @sewmuchfabric.  Although it is forecasted to rain today here in Katy, the sun is still shining somewhere in the world 🌎 🌍 so make sure you go out and enjoy your day.

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I had purchased some planting seeds to try my hand at gardening again (inspired by my parents). Although predicted to rain tomorrow, I will spend some time out in my covered patio learning how to keep plants alive😆.  I am hoping to grow some edible vegetables. Tips are welcome! Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Ann

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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We all know the challenges of raising children so I am grateful to have these mothers help me. #forevergrateful – I love you @carlyjhoang, #mom, @lindashoang! ❤️

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who sacrifice their time and energy raising the future of our world! You are amazing women! 🤗😘

May this day be filled with lots of love, joy, and tight hugs.

Ann

ps. Wearing my #memade Chambray Blouse & Sailor Jeans (video coming soon;)

Lace Sleeve Easter Blouse : Get up and Sew!

easter outfits

Greetings!

The week started out a little rough but I finally finished editing the Lace Sleeve Easter top.  I wore the Lace Sleeve Blouse under my Easter dress for mass from home.  Afterwards, I changed into my Sailor Jeans for the Easter egg hunt.  I ❤️ the versatility!

You will see the general process of how I sewed the top with a special focus on cutting and attaching the beautiful #guipurelace.  Feel free to view it below:

Video Content:
{0:00} Intro
{0:06} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/easter-dre…
{0:09} Lace Sleeve Crop Top, Special focus on the cutting & placement of the lace
{0:35} Sewing Pattern Simplicity 4070
{0:50} Concealed Button Placket Tutorial
https://youtu.be/pmM2XPELxqg
{1:02} Fashion Fabrics & Ordinaries
Fashion Fabrics & Button: http://stores.smfabric.com/easter-dre…
{1:25} Cut Fashion Fabrics
{1:48} Concealed Button Placket Tutorial
https://youtu.be/pmM2XPELxqg
{1:57} Darts
{2:53} French Seam: Sides & Shoulders
{3:24} Bias Binding: Neck & Hem
{3:50} Buttons
{4:20} Cutting the Lace Sleeve
{5:28} Pinning the Lace
{6:50} Bias Binding at the Armhole
{7:01} Finishing Touches
{7:18} Triangle Chapel Veil
https://youtu.be/dUqoMTvjlmM
{7:22} Easter Outfits : Easter Dress & Sailor Jeans (Videos coming soon)
{7:35} Crop Top with #MeMade Bottoms

Here are the outfits I put together with items in my closet

black crop top outfits
*memade
Outfit 1: *Easter Dress (Video coming soon)
Outfit 2: *Front Zipper Skirt: https://youtu.be/VBxRpmOMzdk
Outfit 3: *Checkered skirt-n/a
Outfit 4: *Red Lace Skirt: https://youtu.be/3FzdLsrKM8Q
Outfit 5: *Silk A-Line: https://youtu.be/kFBsTNFhnJE
Outfit 6: *Sailor Shorts: https://youtu.be/7TEMViaEThI

As my husband said, “Get up and sew!!!” I was having a hard time getting out of bed last Monday morning worrying about my father.  He got sick recently.  Thank God he is starting to feel better but I can’t help but continue worrying about him and thinking of others who are experiencing stress and worries during this time.

I pray everyone is doing well. 🙏🌎🌍🌏 The reality is we will all have ups and downs. We need to support one another and be there for each other the best we can. Please take care of each other.  It’s ok to have down days but don’t get stuck there.  Do something to keep yourself going whether it is cooking, gardening, organizing, praying, etc – do something you love and enjoy.  Just do something that will help you mentally, physically, and spiritually.  Like my husband said, “get up and sew!!!” – and that I did.🤗😘

Hugs!

Ann

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DIY Face Masks by Unity Point Health -Cedar Springs

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Greetings!

We are living in interesting times.  On Monday April 27, 2020 we are required to wear a mask or we will be fined.  DIY Face Mask Tutorials have flooded the internet because of the covid pandemic.  Instead of creating a tutorial, I wanted to find the best one (in my opinion) to share with you.  I really like the one by Unity Point Health- Cedar Rapids because it is washable, the filter can easily be replaced, and it seals well around the nose (better with a wire).  If you create this mask, please make sure to stop by their channel and thank them for this tutorial.

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Here is the pattern below and the tutorial I used by Unity Point Health- Cedar Springs. 

Unity Point Health Olsen Mask Pattern

I had a hard time finding elastic since it was cleared out at the stores and the local hobby and fabric shops were closed.  I used remnant fabrics, slim elastic (I wouldn’t recommend but I found it in my sewing closet), and floral wire to create masks for family & friends.  The purpose is to protect others in case we are asymptomatic.

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Since the pattern is a one size fits all, I created two darts on each side at the bottom for a custom fit.  This helped seal around the chin.  Also, you may have noticed this particular mask was made from my Easter Dress remnant fabric.  Please note that this is not meant to replace manufactured masks.

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I am still working on editing 4 different videos right now so I may be MIA for a bit.  Please stay safe and don’t forget to wash your hands and wear the mask;)

Hugs!

Ann

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Cloth Face Covering Do’s & Don’ts from the Center for Disease Control

Do

  • Make sure you can breathe through it
  • wear it whenever going out in public
  • make sure it covers your nose and mouth
  • wash after using

Don’t

  • use on children under age 2
  • use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment intended for healthcare workers

Happy Easter! : Easter Dress Inspiration Board & Toile

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Easter Dress Inspiration Board via Pinterest

Happy Easter!

I attended 11:00a Easter Celebration this morning. Although the outside world may be changing around me, there is this inner peace that can not be taken away. I am joyful because I know He is risen! Happy Easter! 🐣

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I created the toile for my Easter Dress and spent the week sewing it.  My Easter Dress was ready for me to wear today.  I also have a new prayer chapel veil.  I will be praying for everyone to have inner peace during this time🙏🌏🌍🌎.  If there is anything specific you would like me to pray for, please DM me or leave it in the comment section.

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Below is the triangle Chapel veil tutorial if you would like to create one.

These are the beautiful fabrics I used to sew my Easter Dress.  For now, you will have to use your imagination to see how the colors and fabrics came together.  I will be spending the upcoming weeks editing the Sailor Jeans as well as the Easter Dress.  I am excited to share the process with you.

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Also, I just had to share what I found on my morning run today.  Hearts from Mother Nature…spreading the love on this special Easter Day. ❤️❤️❤️

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May you appreciate all the little blessings and miracles around you even in the midst of this pandemic.  Thank you for visiting!

Virtual hugs!

Ann

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This Easter project is in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric.

Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric has an online fabric shop housing beautiful name brand fabrics.  She is an expert on textiles and has an eye for fit & styling women who loves to sew.  I highly recommend her blog for inspiration.  Click here.

Shop Fabrics & Notions @sewmuchfabric
– lace
– Coastal Green Cotton Brocade
– Gutermann thread 660
– Invisible zipper 540