Guest Speaker & Teaching Classes

Greetings!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.  I recently came across this photo below when I taught a Bow Tie Class at Francescas main office.  It made me reminisce about the times I taught classes or was invited to be a guest speaker.  I thought it would be fun to share some of the experiences.  Here are some photos along with the tutorials.

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The photo that started it all….


I had the opportunity to teach at Joann Fabrics and showed students how to make the Birdcage Veil & the Camryn Fabric Flower.  This was a lot of fun because I got to see students choose their own unique fabric to make the flowers.  They are so creative!


I got to speak at Elsik High School’s Fashion Department.  I shared how I started Youtique Bridal & all the hard work to make my dreams come alive.  The Fashion Design Students also learned how to create the Fabric Flowers.

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Elsik High School – Houston, TX


I was invited to speak to the Fashion Department of the Art Institute of Houston. It is always an honor to share my experiences of how I started my business.  This was actually around the time I started expanding to Lifestyle Designs.

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Art Institute of Houston

And below are the cutest students I ever had.  It was a Mommy & Me sewing session where the children learned how to make a little satchel.  Their mothers shared that some used it to carry their dolls and others their library books.  They were so darn cute!  I do not have a tutorial for the satchel but I had to share my youngest students;)

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Well, I hope you enjoy your weekend.  Take care & I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary! 😉

Hugs,

Ann

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Linda Herrington : Plan4YouEvents

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Greetings!

I hope you all had a great start to your week.  Well, it has been almost two years since I made a decision to step out of my comfort zone (the comfort of my studio) and expand my business into something beyond what I could imagine. I am so glad I did because I met some amazing people along the way.  People with amazing stories that you can’t help but want to be a better person because of them.  One of these people is Linda Herrington.

I got to watch her behind the scenes several times as she planned celebrations. I do believe she is an Angel.  She always go above and beyond.  I hope one day you can hear her story, but a new chapter is about to begin for her and I am excited to share the news.

She launched an event planning business specializing in Tea Parties and I wanted you to get a glimpse of her work.  She can transform a room and help plan your Tea Party Menu.  I did ask a few questions so you can learn more about her and her business.

  • Tell us a little about you Linda. I am a retired corporate event planner with over 20 years of event planning experience. I have traveled to several states throughout the United States, Canada and International to plan and coordinate events for my former employer. Now, I am utilizing those skills I have acquired and am focusing on the social side of the event planning industry.
  • What inspired you to start @Plan4YouEvents. I enjoy planning events, whether it be for myself or others. I love taking an empty room or any open space and bringing it to life with my clients thoughts and desires. The company’s name to me hits home because I will be planning events “for you”, my clients. Thus the name Plan4You Events. I want to make sure that your event is everything you want and more and I am always willing to go the extra mile in order to exceed your expectations.
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  • What type of events do you plan: Our team can plan a variety of social events. We do baby showers, wedding receptions, anniversaries, dinner and cocktail parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, small-scale corporate events, and adult and children tea parties. Our company concentrates on the small to medium size event. At the moment, we are more focused on event sizes of 100 guest or less. We customize each event to make them special for each of our clients. 
  • Why tea parties? Several years ago, I had the pleasure of attending an Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in London. It has remained one of highlights in my travels and I thought that it would be fun and fascinating to plan them as an event. You can have different themes including, but not limited to, Easter, Mother’s Day, Ladies Luncheon, Baby or Bridal Shower, and a Child’s Birthday. Men can even host a tea party! Golf, Football or a Father’s Day Teas are some of the themes that can be arranged. For the men, the choices could be from a heavier selection of food items or more choices in each course. The fact that men can be included in a tea party too is great!
  • How is the menu chosen for the tea party? Each menu is customized around the client’s theme and culinary desires. After collaborating with our client, we work with our chef to come up with the food choices and design each course item from there. We do have sample menus to build from. Afternoon Tea is a light meal served between lunch and dinner, consisting of three courses. The first course consists of savory bites and tea sandwiches. Our second course is where we serve our scones with cream and jam. The third course is where we serve our sweets. The three courses are  placed on a three-tiered stand/tray and eaten with your fingers from the bottom of the stand upwards. We then suggest an appropriate tea to compliment your part.
  • How can we contact you Linda?
  • We can be reached through our website at www.Plan4youevents.net,
  • via email plan4youevents@yahoo.com, 
  • and on my cell at 832-574-5708.

Like I mentioned, I am excited for Linda.  She does great work so I encourage you to book with her.  Well, I hope you have a wonderful day!  May your event be something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs,
Ann

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Royal Blue Asymmetrical Dress : Tootsies Summer Soiree

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Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well.  I wanted to share the journey of how this royal blue asymmetrical dress came to life in one week.  Well….

After the children returned to school, the chaos of school supplies shopping and school preparation settled down. I finally had time to think about an event I was invited to, the Tootsies Dress for Success fundraiser. It was a week away and I needed an outfit. So what did I do? I texted Roz @sewmuchfabric and asked for advice on a quick sew dress.

On short notice, she was able to meet with me to discuss pattern and fabric. Thank God for Roz’s fabric expertise and styling skills because she came up with the perfect pattern and fabric formula.  Feel free to watch the sewing process below.  Enjoy!

I want to thank the following people…

Thank you Claudia Reimann @ccreimann for the invite!

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Thank you Kim Henry for a wonderful evening at the Tootsies Summer Soirée! @shoptootsies

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Thank you Roz @sewmuchfabric for making all this happen in one week! You truly took the burden off me to choose a pattern and fabric. With your services & expertise, I was able to complete a fashionable & chic dress just in time!🤗😘

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Thank you everyone for joining me on this journey.  I don’t recommend last minute projects, but just in case…go with Ponte knit and call Roz! 😜

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Royal Blue Ponte Knit: RNL4725
Royal Blue Gutermann thread: 100m-260
Black Tricot lining: K7-Black

Pattern: Burda Style 163
Vogue 1162 Belleville Sassoon

Hugs!
Ann

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LUXE 108″ DIY Veil Kit : Cari Loschen

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Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well.  Today I am sharing the process of how I guided Cari through designing the cathedral length veil.  She had purchased  the Luxe 108″DIY Veil Kit to create her daughter Hallie’s Veil.

Before the first consultation, the following were started:

  • The dress was purchased
  • Pinterest board was put together for the veil & hairstyle
  • Measurements for the width (A) & length(B) of the dress were taken

    Example: Cari’s Measurement were WidthA=65″, LengthB=90″

    1.  First Consultation: Questions I asked Cari:
        1. How do you imagine the veil length? CL: past Hallie’s dress
        2. When is the wedding date? July 7, 2019
        3. If wearing a hair bun, will the veil be worn above or below the bun? CL: Bun, but still thinking about above or below
        4. Do you want a blusher (the veil that goes over your face or a second tier)? CL: no
        5. Will it be worn at the ceremony/reception/both? CL: Ceremony only
        6. If worn to the reception, does she want it bustled? CL: since wearing it to the ceremony only, no veil bustling
        7. Will it be worn with any other hair accessories? CL: Yes, embellished hair comb
        8. What is the width / length of the dress? CL: Width=65″, Length=90″
        9. Dress color? Ivory/White/Champagne/etc.
    2. Veil Kit Option: From the information I gathered, I suggested the LUXE 108″ DIY Veil Kit for her. Since Hallie wanted the veil to be longer & wider than the train of her dress, the best option was the LUXE DIY Veil 108″W Kit.*Veil Kit options are the 54″, 72″, 108″ Widthbeadwork
    3. Color Swatch: I mailed a color swatch.  I worked with Cari & Hallie to find the perfect match to her wedding gown and embellished hair comb.  The 3 of us corresponded via group text.  I wanted Hallie to have a “that’s pretty” moment.  When that happened, I knew it was the perfect color for her;). After the color was finalized, Cari made payment and the Veil Kit was shipped.
    4. Customized instructions for the step-by-step design process was put together for Cari.  She received the link to the password protected instructions.  The reason for the privacy is because photos were shared that can not be seen before the wedding date. Example: wedding dress photos, Sample of password protected site: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2019/05/31/carrie-loschen-veil/ 
    5.  1-1/2 hour Consultation, by appointment only: The kit also comes with a 1.5 hour consultation to answer any questions needed.  Because of technology today (and with her living in Nebraska and me in Texas), we set up an appointment time to do a video chat.  IMG_3950
    6. Finished Veil: I am so proud of Cari & the beautiful veil she created.  She did such an excellent job!  The veil was everything Hallie envisioned.IMG_7277

And this concludes the general process of how Cari designed the Cathedral length veil for her daughter Hallie.  Cari loves draping and she is a Couture Designer/Instructor from Wilcox, Nebraska.  Be sure to visit her Instagram page @carikim.

Here are more beautiful photos by photographer. Congratulations to Cari, Hallie, and their beautiful family.  What a special day!

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The price for the LUXE 108″ DIY Veil kit is $85.99 + S/H.
The Kit comes with everything you will need to create the Cathedral Length Veil:
-4 yards Veil Tulle, 108″ Width
-1 Guterman Thread Spool, 110yards
– 5 Pins
– 2 Dritz Hand Needles Size 8
– 1 Large Haircomb 4.25″, 29 teeth
– 1 small hair comb 1.5″, 10 teeth
– 1 Measuring Tape
– 1-1/2 hour Consultation
– Password protected access to step-by-step instructions and video tutorials
*Additional Consultation time beyond 1-1/2 hours is $25 per 30min.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask or email me at ann@youtiquebridal.com.  I would love to guide you through the process.  Well, I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary.

To view my library of Veil tutorials, click here.

Thank you for visiting

Hugs!

Ann

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Tootsies Summer Soiree : Women of Wardrobe

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Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well. I just wanted to share a little about the event I attended this past Wednesday.  First I want to thank Claudia Reimann for the invitation and a special thanks to Kim Henry who welcomed me to the event.  Kim was absolutely lovely!  It was a fun night of great conversations, food, & drinks.  Thank you Kim!

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It was my first time at this event and I got to meet some of the most fashionable people around the Houston area.  One of the highlights of my night, along with meeting up with Kim, was I got to personally meet Norm & Donna, the owners of Tootsies.  During my conversation with them, I learned Donna is an Interior Designer and Norm started out in the stock room of Tootsies 20 years ago.  I was intrigued and inspired by his journey to becoming an owner.  To start out in the stock room and work towards becoming an owner means there was a lot of hard work, sweat, tears & perseverance in between (at least in my experience).  I wish I had more time to talk and learn about his journey, but Norm & Donna had another 300 guests to host.  Maybe one day this dreamer (ME;) will get to sit and talk to Norm & Donna and ask all the questions about leaving a legacy.  But in the meantime, thank you Norm & Donna for hosting a beautiful event.

All Summer Soirée guests received a $25 Tootsies gift card to put toward that evening’s purchases, and Tootsies donated 10 percent of sales back to DFSH.

Here are more lovely ladies I got to meet at the Tootsies Summer Soiree.  Several from the Sugar Land area where I grew up!

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Me wearing my #memade dress…project coming soon, Annie, Kim, Martha, Gail, Annette

To learn more about the event, you can visit HoustoniaMag.

This is an annual event so if you live in the Houston area, please follow DFSH & WOW on Instagram to get updates on future events.

 

Thank you for reading & I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Ann

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Woman of Wardrobe’s (WOW) mission is to raise funds and awareness for DFSH (Dress For Success Houston) while promoting volunteerism.

Dress For Success Houston’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and tools to help women thrive in work and life.
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Swimsuit Coverup & My LBD : Wardrobe Planning

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Greetings! I hope you are all doing well. My swimsuit coverup is complete & it doubles as my Little Black Dress.  Feel free to view the sewing process below:

To create the toile, I modified the block pattern created for my Red Lace Blouse & Skirt. 

I also love how the inside of my garment looks clean and beautiful (in my opinion;).  I took the time to finish off the seams with bias binding.  This process can take some extra sewing time but I think it is worth it.  What do you think?  Also, how do you like to finish off the seams?

After I completed the garment, I decided to created custom embellished snap buttons.  I wanted to hide the metal part so I purchased acrylic scrapbooking embellishments & glued them onto the separate metal snaps.  It gave me the option to remove them so  I really like how it turned out.

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To be honest, I was concerned about the plunging neckline when I first started.  Stylist Roz with Sew Much Fabric suggested the low neckline because she said when worn as a dress, I can wear an underdress.  Also, I am not full busted, so it would be a flattering design.  I have to say she was right.  I love how it all turned out, but it took Roz to come over & help style a few outfits for me to be completely convinced.  I now see all the possibilities of it being a duster and dress as well.  Thank you Roz!  So here are some of the outfits below.  Which one do you like?  or how would you have styled it?

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Here are the outfits using items from my closet:
1.Bathing suit cover
2. Red linen sailor shorts #memade😊and a tank top
3. Workout top with an interesting neckline and jeans
4. Black Sheath dress & animal print heels
5. Linen chambray dress with accent red earrings and shoes
6. #LBD (little black dress) with contrasting turquoise jewelry

Also, I got to wear it on a short getaway before Mr. T & the children start school next week.  I am glad I got to sew a versatile coverup just in time for the resort.

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I know summer is winding down for most of you and I hope you have wonderful new school year!  For me, its a time to reset my work schedule so I can’t wait to share all the new fun projects coming up.  Stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting!

Cheers,
Ann

I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary;)

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Ink Black Eyelet 100%cotton from Italy : C2719
Gutermann Thread: 010

https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/

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Ruby Red Sailor Short : Wardrobe Planning

My Ruby Red Sailor Short has been a great addition to my wardrobe this summer.  I have plenty of running/exercise shorts but no dressy/casual shorts.  When Roz suggested a sailor-inspired short, I had absolutely no hesitation😁.  I organized an inspiration board via Pinterest to give direction on the design.  However, I fell in love with the Balmain shorts immediately.  I appreciated the details & love the pocket design.

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One of my goals is to not buy anymore unnecessary sewing patterns (part of my simplifying journey), but try and work with what I have.  So I drafted my own pattern modifying McCall’s 3892.


It was the same pattern used for my Xmas Party outfit. You can read more about my 70s inspired jumpsuit by visiting clicking: 70’s Xmas Party Outfit.

After studying the sewing lines and the design pieces, I modified the pattern to the style I wanted.  You can watch how I made the pattern below.  I also show the process of how I preshrunk the linen.  You can purchase the Sandra Betzina Fabric Savvy at: https://amzn.to/2XxxIn7

After sewing the Italian Linen Sailor Short, I put a few outfits together.  I think it is time to make a few more shorts because I have been wearing it quite a bit.  You can watch how I sewed the Italian Linen Sailor Short below.

While I was taking apart the toile shorts and laying it out on the beautiful Italian linen, I had time to think about my audience.  You guys are a very thoughtful community! Also, I know my projects can take awhile but yet, you are still following along. You are really patient too! 🤗  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your love & support.  It is very encouraging.  Next editing project in line…my chambray shirt.  What are you sewing for the summer?

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Well, I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary😉.  Have a wonderful week! 😘

Shop Sew Much Fabric: https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/

Hugs!

Ann

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Youtique Lifestyle: Wardrobe Planning series is in Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric. This will be an ongoing project throughout 2019. Since I started attending more meetings, events, and wedding shows, I wanted a #memade wardrobe that would take me from the car rider line to a business event. To achieve my goals, I got the help of #stylist & #textile expert Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric. She came to evaluate my closet & sent me the results of my closet evaluation.

You will see a mix of Wardrobe Planning along with Bridal Tutorials, however, there will be a strong focus on Wardobe Planning this year. I hope you join me on this adventure. If you want up-to-date projects, make sure to follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youtiquebri…

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