Spring Flowers $15 Challenge: DIY Flower Bouquet, Pomander, Boutonnieres, Corsage, & Flower Crown

Greetings!

This is a fun challenge I created for myself before my next big project.  I gave myself a $15 budget to purchase flowers & supplies to see how many different wedding accessories I can create.  To save time you can buy all these supplies at one location.  However, I wanted a certain color so I did not mind exploring my options.  Feel free to view the video & let me know which is your favorite accessory.  What else can you create with these supplies?


Here is the video break down:
{0:35 }*Ordinaries
{1:53}*Pomander Ball
{3:09}*Boutonnieres
{4:47 }*Corsage
{5:36}*Wrist Corsage
{6:21}*Flower Crown
{7:48}*Veil Flower Crown Look 1
{8:00}*Veil Flower Crown Look 2

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Here are the items I purchased (price-not including tax, place)

Dollar Store ($1.00each):
1 Mini Roses
1 Small Contrast yellow
1 Small white Flowers
1 Green Filler

Walmart
2 Main Red flowers: $0.97/each Walmart
1 Bag of Floral Wire: $0.97each
1 Floral tape: $1.00

Hobby Lobby (50%off):
5/8″ Ribbon: $1.50
1.5″ Ribbon: $2.00
Pins: $1.00
1- 3″ Styrofoam ball: $2.14

Supplies Grand Total: about $14.55
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I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

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How to sew a Flower Girl Dress {TANYA}

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Greetings!  It’s been a busy couple of months helping out with my Goddaughter’s wedding.   I am excited to announce the Flower Girl Dress Tutorials are finally complete.  I wanted to create a pattern from an existing dress & a dress that can be worn again by the two Flower Girls.  For example, they can easily change the color of the sash to celebrate different holidays like Easter or for their First Communion.  I would like to use the organza pattern again to sew my daughter a separate Easter Dress if I have time.  I will definitely share the project if I do.  Well, I hope this inspires you to get creative.  Enjoy!

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Congratulations to Calvin & Mary – photo credit: http://www.baoloiphoto.com

Thank you for visiting!

Hugs!

Ann

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Baptismal or Flower Girl Gown Restyle

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I had the opportunity to restyle a Baptismal gown for a precious baby girl.  The Mother had initially approached me about creating custom Baptismal shoes and then also asked if it was possible to lengthen the gown.  The mother, sweet Lundy, had always wanted a long Baptismal gown for her baby.  So I took it upon myself to see how I can fulfill what she had always wanted and thought these ideas can inspire a Flower girl dress restyle as well.   Feel free to follow me through the process and challenges…

(1) First, I checked the hem width under the dress to see how much can be extended.  I was able to lengthen it by about 3″.

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Now since I was able to lengthen it, I had to add another row of ribbon to scale the dress design.  (2) So, my next challenge was finding the right white ribbon – matching width, shade of white, and sheen (or shininess).  I went to several different shops and found the right width, but the sheen was difficult.  I actually did not find it.  So I thought I would remove all the ribbon and replace it with the one I found.  I had to spot test the fabric first(3).  It was a delicate thin cotton fabric that felt like linen so I had to be extra careful removing the thread.  Due to the fullness of the gown, the ribbon lengths were very long.  Also, the sewing thread width was very small.  This all meant that removing the ribbon would be time intensive and if not extra extra extra careful, it could tear the delicate fabric:)  Due to a short timeline, removing the ribbon and sewing on a new ribbon (and creating the custom shoes) was not an option.  After speaking with Lundy, I learned that she liked lace.  This made the process a little easier but I still faced some challenges — finding the right lace design, the right width, and the exact shade of white.  So off to the shops I went again.

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After visiting several shops, I would find a lace that had the right width but not the right shade of white (7).  Another store would have the right shade but not the right “feel” of the lace design, and the challenge continued….until I found a scalloped trim with the right width AND went well with the scalloped bodice.  Perfect!

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I sewed the bias trim onto the hem, sewed on one new row of satin ribbon, and then sewed on 3 rows of the lace trim to lay over the satin ribbons.  The dress turned out beautiful:)  Here is the before and after:

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Thank you Lundy & Precious Audrey for the opportunity to restyle your gown.  As you can probably tell, I live for sewing design challenges.  I had so much fun and the whole process was rewarding.  Thank you Thank you Thank you:)

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And here are the custom designed Baptismal shoes to go with the gown…

If you look closely, I designed the flowers on the shoes to match the bodice flowers on the gown.

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Hope this inspired you to design, sew, and create.  Thank you for visiting!

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Original Post October 8, 2013

 

Happy 2017 New Year! : Undergarment options for a Sweetheart Neckline & Low Back Wedding Dress

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Happy New Year!  I hope you had an awesome New Year’s Celebration.  Did you come up with some new goals for 2017?  Since one of my goals is to get over my awkwardness of talking into a camera, I’m working on a video to share my ideas & projects for 2017 with you. I’ve been practicing so hopefully it’s not too awkward.  Yes, I have to practice;)  Coming soon!

So let’s get started on the topic today – bra cups, bustier, or braless.  If your bridal gown has a sweetheart neckline & a low back like my Goddaughter’s gown below, there are 3 options for you.

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The 3 options are:

  1. Sew in Bra cups.  If you would like an extra lift, I recommend asking your seamstress to sew in bra cups for extra padding.  I like to keep things simple so if I don’t have to worry about an extra item like a bustier on my wedding day, I’d go for this option.  Also, you would save time not having to put on a bustier.
  2. Seamless Bustier.  My Goddaughter wanted her waist to be more cinched in and a little extra lift so I recommended a seamless bustier like the one below.  It has the sweetheart neckline as well as a low back.  I like the fact that it is seamless so there will not be visible lines going through your dress:

    You can shop for it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iMmhCN

  3. Braless.  If you don’t need the extra lift or cinch, go braless.  Most Bridal gowns already have padding in them so if you’re comfortable not wearing an undergarment, you are set.

Well, I hope this was helpful.  If you have any comments or questions, feel free to share it in the comment section below.

Have a wonderful day!

Ann

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I had put together a tutorial for my Goddaughter’s Bridesmaid on “How to lace a Wedding Dress Corset,” feel free to view it below:

How to lace a Wedding Dress Corset : Last 2016 post & Happy Holidays!

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You know the kids are grown up when you can hang all your glass & ceramic Christmas ornaments up on the tree.  #bittersweet 😉

Happy Holidays!

I just got back from my Doctor’s visit for my yearly women’s wellness exam.  Everyone, make sure you get a yearly exam.  I always enjoy my visit.  I know that sounds weird but my doc happens to be a good friend of mine from college so it’s a time where we quickly catch up and I know I am in good care.  If you want an awesome Dr in the North Houston area, visit Cypress Family Practice.  I drive 45 minutes just to see Dr. Hoang — I love her!  I highly recommend both doctors;)

Well, the year is coming to an end and this will be my last post for 2016.  I will be back on January 3, 2017 when the children return to school so Happy Holidays!  May your winter season be merry and joyous.  I hope you had a wonderful 2016.  Let me know below what you learned about yourself this year.  Here’s what I learned about myself…I learned that I had the ability and the strength to drive a motorcycle;)  That experience showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to.

Before I end the post, I would like to share with you my last tutorial for the year.  There are several in progress so be looking out for new tutorials in 2017.  The latest tutorial is “How to lace a Wedding Dress Corset.”   My God daughter Mary is getting married soon so I wanted to create a tutorial that would make life easier for her Bridesmaid.  Enjoy!

I also did a little research about the history of the corset if you are interested.

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Above is an 1896 Wedding corset at the Chicago History Museum. This belongs to the bride Florence Sanger Pullman of her marriage to Frank Orren Lowden (25th governor of Illinois) on April 29, 1896. I am in awe of the details on this wedding corset and how well it has been preserved.

http://digitalcollection.chicagohistory.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16029coll3/id/684/rec/1

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The corset first became popular in sixteenth century Europe during the Victorian era. It is believed that the earliest image of a corset was made ca. 2000 BC by a Cretan woman. The purpose of the corset changed over the years. It was used to train and cinch the waist, flatten the bust (which pushes it up), support the back, and/or help improve posture. I was most surprised to learn that aristocratic men, the Dandy, wore it in the 1700’s and early 1800’s for high fashion.  The men wore it to create the broad shoulder look. {photos via Pinterest}

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_corsets

Thank you for reading.  Merry Christmas & Happy New year!

 

Love,

Ann

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DIY Bandeau Veil with Chenille Dots : Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday!

The Christmas season is counting down.  Are you ready for it?  My children will be off from school in another week so I’m trying to get as much work done as possible before their Winter break.  I hope  you are keeping it stress free this holiday season.  I’m trying my best:).

So…I finally finished the tutorial for the Bandeau veil.  I believe this was started sometime in January & somehow other projects took over, but the important part is I finally got it done.  Anyone remember this post below from my FB/IG post?  Yes, that was awhile back.

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Well, feel free to view the completed tutorial:

If you notice, it can be styled very similar to the Birdcage Veil.  I really like the bandeau veil because it is such a playful & edgy veil in my opinion.  The chenille dots make it playful.  I was intrigued with the chenille dots and how it inspired the Bridal industry so I did a little research.  Here are my favorite fashion icons from the 1950’s, Audrey Hepburn & Grace Kelly with chenille netting.

Chenille is the French word for caterpillar and it dates back to the 18th century for use as yarn. It appeared to become popular in the millinery world in the early 1900’s and slowly transitioned over to the bridal world.  I’m not exactly sure of the years when it became popular with bridal veils but if you find any information on it, feel free to share your knowledge below.  I am very curious.  Here are some resources for the information:

http://bit.ly/2gaCL7w

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chenille_fabric

Well, stay warm everyone & have a wonderful weekend!  Happy Friday!

Warm & tight hugs,

Ann

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016! THANK YOU!!!

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My Very First Profile Picture

Greetings!

Hope you are all doing well.  So does anyone remember my very first FB/YouTube Profile Picture back in 2010?  I opened the accounts not long after having my third child & closing down my studio. I was an exhausted stay-at-home mom trying to figure it all out, uncertain what the future held for Youtique Bridal.  During my extra time, if I had any, I was learning how to record & edit videos. You were patient, and still are, with my video quality) — THANK YOU!!!  Naturally I am an introvert so sharing things on social media was a little uncomfortable.  I believe this picture expressed me pretty well;) I have come a long way.  Because of your support & encouragement, I gained the courage to get out of my comfort zone so from the bottom of my heart—THANK YOU!!!  When I announced that I was officially back at work in September 2015 through my video “In the Zone,” you were excited for me — THANK YOU!!!

You guys have been such a big part of my journey and I want to make sure you knew how grateful I am, especially during this Thanksgiving season.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with family & friends.  I will be back to share my next upcoming project soon so till then, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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With a grateful heart,

Ann

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