Midlife Crisis or Living Out a Dream

Greetings Everyone!  It is a GORGEOUS day and all I can daydream about is….being on a motorcycle.  Yes, you read that correctly — didn’t imagine I would say that right?  Little petite Ann who loves ruffles, formal gowns, and couture sewing would actually want to ride a motorcycle?

I was introduced to motorbikes back in my college days as a passenger and have always loved the outdoors, the wind, and the feeling of freedom when on one.  Well, later in the years when I told my boyfriend Mr. T (now husband) that I wanted a motorcycle, he lovingly responded like most…”That is dangerous”, “You can get killed”, “you have a family now”, “It’s a liability”, etc. etc. etc.  Yes, that is all true, but what do you do when the feelings of wanting a motorbike grow stronger as the years pass? Of course!  You go out and shop for one;)  lol!

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cruiser or sports?

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I found my partner in crime, Thuy.  Thanks for coming with me! ;P

For those all concerned, no worries.  I am a pretty rational person now and will think things through, not like my youth.  I decided that I will go to at least 3 different shops, read/watch reviews, and learn as much as I can about motorcycles.  Thuy & I will be taking a motorcycle class together in the near future.  Who knows, I may or may not go through with getting one.

But you guys want to hear something crazy?  For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been praying for a sign whether I should go forward with getting one or not.  So….out of the blue the other day, my friend Carla texted me and asked if I can sew on motorcycle patches for her husband Danilo.  Call it coincidental if you will, but I call that a pretty clear sign;)

Well, I try to take everything and make it into a learning opportunity for others.  If you ever need to sew on patches, whether it be for a motorcycle jacket or even for your boy/girl scout member, here’s the general process of how I sewed it on.  I know this is not a wedding related tutorial, but don’t worry, more tutorials are on the way.

So do you guys think I’m going through a midlife crisis or living out one of my dreams? Also, should I get a cruiser or a sports bike? New or used? Feel free to share your thoughts.  Thanks for reading and have a gorgeous day!

Hugs!

Ann

How to wear a Birdcage Veil 3 Different Styles : Kelly & Chris’ Surprise in Vegas

 

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Greetings Everyone!

Hope you are doing wonderful.  I know, I have been MIA here on the blog and social media but trust me, I have good reason.  This summer has been filled with lots of weddings, family travels, and learning opportunities.  I have been working on improving the quality of the tutorials by taking a photography class as well as play with storytelling through film.  But remember, it will be a sloooooow transition so don’t expect any high quality footage just yet;)

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Photography Class with Nancy

Also, since the children are back in school, I have been simplifying my home and office so that I can be more efficient.  Because I’m not only into sewing machines but I also love power tools, I built a backpack station.  If you want to see the finished project, leave it in the comment section below:)

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Now with that being said, let’s get to the really exciting part.  Over the summer, I had the opportunity to design a Birdcage Veil and fly to Vegas to teach the cutest Bride-to-be, Kelly, how to wear a Birdcage Veil 3 different ways.  But the most fun part of the trip was the big surprise organized by my Brother-in-law Hien and his wife Tina. They wanted to surprise their friends Kelly & Chris who were traveling in from Canada.  This lovely couple is getting married this November so it was a weekend to celebrate.  You guys want to get a glimpse of the surprise? Check it out in my tutorial below “How to Wear a Birdcage Veil.”

Here is the breakdown of the video:
Intro
{0:34} Kelly & Chris’ Big surprise
{1:37} Ordinaries
{1:45} How to wear the “Straight Across” Birdcage Veil
{2:18} How to wear the “Diagonal” Birdcage Veil
{2:41} How to wear the Birdcage “Bun”
{3:33} Thank You!
{4:06} Sweet Memories of Kelly & Chris in Vegas

So did you enjoy that?  I had so much fun meeting Kelly & Chris and I’m so honored to get a glimpse of their relationship.  I hope they will always remember this stage in their life — holding hands, gazing into each other’s eyes, giggling, and stealing kisses.  May the two of you always hang on to the joy and spark that you bring out in one another and please keep in touch.   Congratulations Kelly & Chris!!!!

Hugs,

Ann

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DIY Guest Tina Scarlatella :First Communion Veil & Dress

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Greetings!  Hope everyone is doing well.

As the season of First Communion celebrations come to an end, I just want to thank my DIY Guest, Tina Scarlatella, for sharing her First Communion designs with me.  I get so excited when someone understands the concept as to why I create my video tutorials.  When Tina mentioned she didn’t create the exact same veil as the one in my tutorial but was inspired by it, I was super excited.  Yes, That is the point!  I just want people to get inspired and start creating, not necessarily make a duplicate of what I created.  I had to invite her to share her work and I hope it will inspire you.

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Q) What inspired you to create your daughter’s mantilla veil and dress?  TINA: Joy, Love, and Hope.  I receive so much JOY from seeing my children’s face when they wear things I make for them.  They are still at the age where they get excited and they don’t mind being measured, poked, and pinned.  Even my son!  I also love how they show off my creations to anyone who would look and listen to them.

I want them to FEEL my LOVE for them.  Ella has thanked me for taking time to make her veil and dress.  She has seen me work long hours and even heard me poke my fingers a couple of times.  I truly hope my kids will understand how much love I have for them while making these one of a kind outfits for them.  I put so much of myself into these creations (literally sweat and blood sometimes).  I try to make sure each child feels special and loved.  

I PRAYERFULLY HOPE that my children will cherish all of these memories that we spend together.  I hope they will see this as one example of how a mother shows love to her children.  ( I remember wearing clothes that my mom made me and how I know I was loved).

Q) How far in advance did you start to ensure you will be complete by your daughter’s First Communion Date?  When is her First Communion Date? TINA:  I started working on the veil and dress on April 18th about 1 month before the First Communion Date of May 15th.  I am a procrastinator or should I say “creatively inspired when deadlines are near”.   I am happy to say that I am finished with both veil and dress ahead of schedule!  

I was pretty surprised that I finished the veil in 1 night (about 3 hours) even with me hand sewing 52 bead to the veil it didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  Dress took about 2 weekends to work on.  

Q)  What were the pros and cons of creating the veil yourself?  TINA:  I always knew that I wanted to make Ella’s veil and dress and was so happy to see that you had made a tutorial.  Like you had read my mind!  I followed your tutorial 95% – I could not pin the lace around the circle so I ended up making the trim a circle first and then pin it on to a square piece of tulle.  I cut the tulle into the shape of the circle afterwards.  I wish I had chosen a softer lace – but I loved the lace trim that I found for the veil.  It doesn’t lay as well but I still think it’s perfect.

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Tina also upstyled Erin’s First Communion Gown

First Communion DIY’s, April & May Updates

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Greetings Everyone!

If you are living in the Sugar Land area,  I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather we are having today.  I had the opportunity to take a walk and enjoy the sunshine and warmth of the day.  I am now back at the home office excited to share all the beautiful things happening this month.  So are you ready?…

First, I will start out by sharing the First Communion Tutorials I completed.  Please keep in mind that these tutorials can be scaled up for the Brides.  Enjoy!

How to make the Flower Crown Veil

How to make the Headband Veil

How to make the Mantilla Veil

Thank you to my Goddaughter Camryn, One of my Best Friend’s Daughter Soledad, and my Custom guest Elysia for being my First Communion models.  They are just a joy to work with.  Sweet Elysia actually received her First Communion last year and helped make her very own Flower Crown.  She was responsible for creating the flower sets and I am so proud of what she can do.

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My Goddaughter Camryn, my son Little J, and Little J’s best friend Dylan will be receiving their First Holy Communion soon. I just want to congratulate them and all the children receiving their First Communion this season.  What an exciting time!

I have several sewing projects in the works right now.  Feel free to follow these hashtags on IG or FB for my following projects:

(1) #Megspromdress2016.  With some inspiration photos she sent me, I will be custom designing & custom fitting a prom dress for my cousin Megan.

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(2) #youtiquefuschiadress2016.  Using some couture techniques, I will be designing a gown for myself to attend the annual Elsik High School Design Contest.  I have been invited to host the judges this year so I will be working behind the scenes.  The event is on Saturday April 30th and I will share more information in the coming weeks.  I hope you can join us!  Below I am combining and modifying some old muslin patterns to create my fuscia dress.

(3) Hemming a Lace Trim Dress:  I am working on a series for how I hem a lace wedding gown.  I have  recorded the scenes but it has yet to be edited.  If you are interested in how I alter a lace wedding gown, be on the look out for it sometime in May or June.  Below is the intro:

Well, feel free to join me on my April & May adventures.  Thank you for reading!

Hugs!

Ann

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How to make the First Communion Mantilla Veil

Congratulations to my Little J, my Goddaughter Camryn, and to all those receiving their First Holy Communion this season.  I am so very proud of you.

Well, I had planned on doing a few First Communion Tutorials, but decided on the Mantilla Veil to start out my series.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to answer a question and get a little more technical.  Thank you Mona Mac for the question following my initial lace trim veil tutorial😉

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Below is the step by step tutorial on how to make the First Communion Mantilla Veil.  This is basically my lace trim veil for the Brides but I will go more in depth with the measurements & calculations.  You will learn how to calculate the amount of tulle and lace trim needed as well as create an alternate look, the Fingertip Length Veil. This would be a great look if the little candidate has a beautiful updo hairstyle;) Here is the video breakdown:

*{0:25) Tulle Length Measurement (=diameter)
*(1:08) Calculating Circumference, c=3.14xdiameter
*(1:27) Measuring Lace Trim Length
*(1:48) Pinning/Sewing Lace onto tulle
*(3:13) Blanket Stitch
*(5:16) Fingertip Length Veil for updo Hairstyle

Enjoy!


Please click on the link to view the following tutorials:
*How to prepare a hair comb

*Beaded First Communion Headband

*Two Tier Bridal Veil

*Drop Veil for the Bride

*Hair Adornment Playlist

Have a wonderful day!

Ann

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Please keep our children in your prayers.  Thank you!

Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist You left us the outstanding manifestation of your limitless love for us.

Thank you for giving our child the opportunity to experience this love in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.

May your Eucharist presence keep him/her ever free from sin, fortified in faith, pervaded by love for God and neighbor, and fruitful in virtue, that he/she may continue to receive You throughout life and attain final union with You at death.

Amen

{A prayer I found on the Totus Tuus Family blog}

Classic Sheath Dress : Sewing Darts & Ways to style

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Greetings Everyone!

Today was absolutely gorgeous.  I hope you got to go outside and enjoy the weather.  Well, as some of you may already know, I am transitioning back to work full time and started sewing some of my wardrobe pieces. In this video, you will get a glimpse of how I sew the darts using tailor’s tack as well as show you the different ways I would style the Classic Sheath Dress. I will take you through the stages of styling the dress from casual, work, evening, to even an unconventional bridal look.

Let me know which look you like the best or how you would style your own Classic Sheath Dress. We all have different style personalities so the possibilities are endless. Enjoy and Thank you for watching!

I would also like to thank Sew Much Fabric for sponsoring this project.  We had a lot of fun.  Because Rosalind (the person behind SMF) possesses a keen eye for textile and fashion, this Classic Sheath dress project was a success.  So if you ever have any questions about fabric and what can be sewn with it, she is the person to ask.  Feel free to check out the beautiful fabric options at Sew Much Fabric by clicking {here}.  To specifically shop the grey ponte knit, visit http://stores.smfabric.com/graphite-g…

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Also, many thanks to Andrea with Sew To Fit.  She is talented and very knowledgeable about pattern fitting.  If you would like to learn more about fitting patterns, check out her YouTube channel by clicking {here}.  You can watch Andrea fit the McCalls 7085 pattern on me below:


Well, thank you for watching and I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Love,

Ann

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Q&A : Veil Making

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day.  Today my husband Mr. T has been in my thoughts all morning because he is working on something very important…I am wishing him the best;)  Also, the weather is expected to rain and I am craving for a warm cup of tea.  So how is your day going so far?

Well, I am doing something a little different today.  I have compiled a few questions left in the comment section of my two veil tutorials, the Two Tier Bridal Veil and the Drop Lace Veil.  I decided to answer them in one short video in hopes that it will help the Bride as well as others who may have the same question.

Here are the questions:
*{0:27} Where would I purchase the hair combs?
*{0:47} Can you please show us how to cut the veil so that it will cascade?
*{1:52} My style of veil is the drop veil with embellishments on the lace, so for the reception if I pull it back I’m afraid the embellishments are not going to be seen and it will seem as if I wore the veil the wrong way. Can you suggest something?
*{2:53} This question followed my circular lace drop veil…Can I do this with 3 yards of tulle and make a larger veil?
*{3:45} I would love to purchase your veil kit but I would like to create a longer 54″ veil in the style of the single tier ballet veil, what do you suggest I do?
A: At this time, I have the lace veil kit which includes 3 yards of my exclusive delicate eyelash lace and 54″ width tulle. Please email me for more details at youtiquebridal@gmail.com

Feel free to view the following as well:

(1)Two Tier Bridal Veil: https://youtu.be/5vd9wzzY-gs
(2) Drop Lace Veil: https://youtu.be/_6-1WBhMIr8

Also, I just want to thank Angela Rae for encouraging me.  As you may have read in my last post, I am fearful of doing live interviews.  I am okay with recording myself doing work and then voice-overs, but there is something different about talking to the camera.  Is it just me?  Please tell me I am not the only one uncomfortable with this. lol!  I know it’s trivial for most, especially Angela whose experiences include being a news anchor and interviewing big names like Oprah.  She is now on a new journey of expanding her professional life.  Her dream is to bring women together from different cultural backgrounds and experiences, build a strong network of support, and then empower and give them a voice to go out and make positive change.  Well, imagine the excitement I felt when Angela asked me to do an interview?  Yes of course I was super excited!  BUT….talk to a camera?  Ummm…  Well I have to admit, it was a wonderful first interview experience.  Thanks Angela for alleviating my nerves and being patient with me.  Because of the interview with her, I had the courage to do this Q&A video which I recorded right after finishing our interview.  I would love to share more about Angela Rae and the interview in the near future…stay tuned!

Hugs,

Ann

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