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

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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…

Wardrobe Planning Blog post: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/…**********************************************

Shop Beginner Sewing Machines & Supplies: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/beginner-sewing-machines/

DIY Infinity Veil : DIY Guest Carolyn Nealen

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I was tagged on IG by Carolyn Nealen @bugsnbeauty from Bozeman, Montana (originally from Michigan).  She created her own Infinity Veil with the guidance of my DIY tutorial.  Thank you Carolyn for sharing your beautiful veil!  This completely makes my day.  Seeing her work & others who are inspired by my tutorials inspire me to do better.  Thank you!

I asked her a couple of questions because I know she will inspire you;)

1. What inspired you to create the chapel veil? I was inspired to create the chapel veil because I already had purchased an infinity veil, which I love. I’ve been sewing for a while now so the idea of making my own veils appealed to me.

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2. How long did it take you? It took 45-60 minutes to make a veil, depending on the intricacy of the edging being stitched on.

3. Pros/cons of making one? Choosing your own lace or mesh allows you to customize a veil based on your style. I have so many different options in mind for the future! Honestly, I don’t think that there are any cons to making a veil yourself, though some may say the construction process is one. Frankly, veils are one of the simplest, most straightforward sewing projects I’ve done.

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4. How did you find my tutorial? When I decided to try making my own veil, I came upon Youtique Bridal’s tutorial in a Google search. The clarity of instructions and different options were what drew me in.

5. When and why did you start veiling? I started veiling during Lent. Several of my friends had adopted this practice and I had done a little research. Another friend posted a detailed article on the practice, in a Catholic moms group. I read through the article, felt that God was nudging me, and now veil anytime I am in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

6. How long you have you been married? And do you have any marriage tips for young couples? My husband and I have been married for eight years.  It takes three to make a marriage: you, your spouse, and God. Make sure that you take time to pray individually and together. Remember also that you are different but equal, with individual strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, a sense of humor is so important. Not everything is going to go as you planned and you have to be ready to laugh at things!

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Congratulations on your recent Anniversary!

7. A little about yourself.  I am the oldest of four children and grew up in a loving, Protestant family. I’m an unashamed nerd/geek and love anything to do with science…okay, not physics or astronomy. A teacher by trade, I taught third and fourth grade for a number of years, but middle school is my niche. I am a convert to the Catholic faith and met my husband on Catholic match. After getting married I took time off teaching to kick cancer’s butt, raise our son, and run a small business. With our son in school full-time this year, I started substitute teaching and, in a few weeks time, will have completed my masters.

8. Anything else you would like to share? My current favorite place to buy lace online is Fabric.com and I always order at least 2 yards.

Thank you so much Carolyn for taking the time to answer the questions and sharing a little about your inspirational life.  May God continue to bless your journey.

Thank you for visiting & may you be inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

Love,

Ann

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To create one, feel free to view my tutorial below.  Have a wonderful day!

Sewing the Trim for My Easter Dress

Happy Friday!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer & thank you in advance for being patient.  For the video editing process, the transition into summer can get challenging with the children’s schedule change & traveling.  For up-to-date projects, make sure to follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/youtiquebri…

I hope this video was worth the wait.  I will show the process of how I created the trims for my Floral Easter Dress.

Here is the video content:

{0:06} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
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{0:17} Creating the Trims in the Car Rider Line
{0:29} What do you like to do while waiting in the car?
{0:35} Different Trims I created
{0:42} Waist Band Trim
{1:54} Arm Hole Trim
{2:38} V-Neck Trim
{3:10} Sewing the Black Trim at the V
{4:26} Arm Hole Fray Trim
{5:05}Attach Lining Overview: Neckline, Arms, Zipper, Hem
{5:17} Fray gets a Haircut😉
{5:27} Like, Subscribe, & Ring the Bell for future video releases
{5:32} Shop Sew Much Fabric: https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{5:37} Thank you for visiting! I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Don’t forget to let me know what you like to do while waiting in the car🤔😁.

Here is Part 1/3.  It is the time lapse video of sewing my Easter Dress.

I got to wear this dress again to the Pottery Barn Town & Country Sip & Scan Bridal Event.  Here I am with my fellow Bridal Industry professionals.  Claudia Reimann, Pottery Barn Gift Registry Specialist & Kelly Payton with Houston Perfect Wedding Guide.

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Thank you for visiting & hope you have an EXTRAordinary day!

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/youtiquebridal/

Wardrobe Planning Blog post: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/wardrobe-planning-collaboration-with-sewmuchfabric/ **********************************************

Shop Beginner Sewing Machines & Supplies: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/beginner-sewing-machines/

Floral Easter Dress Series

1/3: Time Lapse, Sewing My Easter Dress : https://youtu.be/bhqLkNVtp7w

2/3: Trims & Fabric Fraying: https://youtu.be/X3fEoDYyoMw

3/3: DIY Headband (Coming Soon)

Restyling the First Communion Dress : Tina Scarlatella

Greetings!

I have a DIY project I want to share because it was originally inspired by one of my tutorials, the Lace Trim Veil.  Tina Scarlatella is a returning guest and had initially made her older daughter’s First Communion Veil & Dress back in 2016.  You can visit the original blog post by visiting : Gabby’s First Communion Veil & Dress.  She had restyled Gabby’s dress to pass it on to Isabella.

Below is the beautiful Scarlatella family & Isabella is wearing the new & restyled dress.  Isabella’s First Communion was held at Saint Faustina Catholic Church on May 19, 2019.  Congratulations to Izzy and all the children who received their First Communion!

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Scarlatella Family-Isabella’s First Communion

Here is my video tutorial for the First Communion Veil

Of course I had to ask Tina some questions in hopes to inspire you to create as well;)

1.What inspired you to reuse Gabby’s dress?  I thought it would be special to have the girls share the same dress

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Isabella – Gabby

2. How did you modify it? I took the skirt part from Gabby’s dress and made Isabella’s dress.  I added a new beaded sash.  I used Gabby’s sash and turn them into shoulder straps for Isabella.  I added some embellishments onto the top of Isabella dress.

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3.  How long did it take you to create the new dress? The new dress took me 3 days from start to finish

4. Pros and cons.  Pros: re-use fabric; special
Cons: I wanted to make an ao dai but since I re-used Gabby’s dress, the materials didn’t allow for an ao day design.  (*Ao dai is a traditional Vietnamese Dress)

5. What was your favorite part of the project? Seeing Isabella twirl in her dress. She loved the designed of it.

6. Anything else you would like to share?  I enjoyed pushing myself to create something one-of-a-kind for my girls. It wasn’t perfect but it was perfect for her and her special day.

Thank you Tina for taking the time to answer the questions.  Well, I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary!  Here is a playlist of more First Communion ides to help spark your imagination.

Read how Tina created Gabby’s First Communion Dress by visiting: Gabby’s First Communion Veil & Dress.

Thank you for visiting!

Ann

Upcycle a Wedding Gown into a Baptismal Dress : Eva M.

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Greetings!
What did you do with your wedding gown after your big day?  Eva M. repurposed her delicate lace wedding gown into an heirloom Baptismal dress for her daughter Millie.  How EXTRA special is that?! It was a creative way to preserve the dress and pass it down in her family for generations to come.
Well, I hope you all had a wonderful start to your summer.  I have been wanting to share this story for awhile now so this was the perfect way to start my summer blogging.  I had asked Eva some questions about her wedding day, the process of creating Millie’s Baptismal dress, wedding/marriage tips, and her blessed journey having Millie.  Find out more by reading below….
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Eva married Carlo M. on November 3, 2012 at Briscoe Manor in Houston, Texas.
1. What was the most memorable moment from your wedding?
EVA: My husband surprised me and our guests with fireworks.
2. Do you have any wedding planning tips?
Eva: use a spreadsheet and stay in budget!  Remember, its a memorable day…but still one day out of a lifetime, don’t blow your budget.
3. Do you have any tips on marriage for young couples?
-Continue to date each other after the marriage.
-always end phone conversations with “I love you” and kiss each other before saying saying “good night”
-hold hands and hug often; the power of touch is speaks volumes.
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4. What inspired you to reuse your wedding gown and create a Baptismal dress?
I spent so much money on finding the perfect dress.  I wanted to make it something that could be passed down.  I know wedding dresses tend to become dated to rewear so I turned it into a baptismal dress that could be worn by my daughter and her daughter.  It would be something special that my daughter can wear it in the same church I wore it years ago.  Hopefully becoming a family tradition and heirloom.
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5.  What was the process you used to create the baptismal dress?
I researched on Pinterest other examples of wedding dresses being repurposed into christening dresses and looked for shops on Etsy.  I found one in another state that had great reviews.  I was a little nervous mailing my dress to a stranger and emotional knowing it would be cut apart, but I said my goodbyes and shipped it off.
6. I know briefly of your daughter’s miracle story and if you’re comfortable sharing any of it, that would be a wonderful testimony.
We spent years trying to get pregnant with no success.  We decided to meet with a fertility specialist in hopes they could help us.  I was devastated to learn that I could never conceive naturally and that I would always need IVF to carry a child.
Halfway through, I was told I had very low chances of pregnancy with my own eggs.  Donor eggs were suggested.  I struggled with the idea of it but I knew it didn’t matter…my child will always be mine; despite not sharing the same DNA.
My first round of IVF with donor eggs was successful.  I became pregnant and we were very excited.  Around 20 weeks, I began swelling and had migraines all the time.  I was diagnosed with superimposed Pre-eclampsia.  Medications to help my blood pressure to  stay normal did not help, and I delivered at 26 weeks.  Sadly, because of her prematurity, we lost our daughter, Elle, due to complications while she was in NICU.
I went through a long dark period but with the help of my husband, we found the strength to try again.  We got pregnant again.  However, it was not without complication; I developed Pre-eclampsia again as well as Vasa Previa.  Both me and my baby were in danger again; but with close observation from a wonderful high risk OB/gyn, at 34 weeks, I safely delivered our rainbow baby girl.  She is now almost two years old and the light of life.
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Eva, I did not realize the struggle & heartbreak you had to go through.  Thank you so much for being vulnerable and sharing your story with us – you are truly strong & courageous!
Her husband Carlo is a childhood friend of my brother Philip and I have been honored to have crossed paths with Eva through the years.  I also got to meet precious Millie at my very first Wedding Show.  Thank you Eva for bringing her by my booth.  She is absolutely beautiful!
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I hope Eva gave you some inspiration on what to do with your wedding dress and I know she is an inspiration in many other ways.  I am a big believer on repurposing quality & sentimental items and this is a great way to preserve something special.  Well, I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day.
Hugs!
Ann
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To see other items you can create with your wedding gown, feel free to visit my Pinterest board at:
https://www.pinterest.com/youtique/post-wedding-uses-for-wedding-dresses/

 

DIY Rhinestone Sash : DIY Guest Angela Li

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Greetings!

What makes my day?  When someone is inspired by my tutorial and share what they created.  I recently got a message from Angela Li via Instagram all the way from the Philippines – that will make a Texas girl happy;)

Angela Li was inspired by my DIY Bridal Sash tutorial.  She created a sash for her mother to attend a relative’s wedding.  I had to share what she made and asked her a few  questions in hopes to inspire you to create as well.
 

Interview with : Angela Li, Philippines

  1. YB: Which video were you inspired by?  Angela: I got inspiration from your video Bridal diy sash

2) YB: Why did you decide to DIY?  Angela:  bec i found the perfect dress within my budget and i want to make it dressier since my mom is attending a wedding of a relative. To add that evening formal look
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3) YB: Who and what event were you creating it for?  Angela: wedding of relative
4) YB: General steps you took to create this. Angela: bought the dress, source the rhinestones appliqué since the appliques are not available in the Philippines, I sourced it from China. Also the available ones are specifically for weddings. With front only rhinestones and white sash. Sash is tricky since my dress is colored, this means i will have to find the exact shade Ribbon. Plus i feel that it will move around since my dress is smooth fabric with slim silhouette.
Also mostly in the market is the chunky type of front rhinestones. Or half yard. I want the rhinestones to be all the way to the back. So i sourced it overseas.
Angela shared with us the link she purchased the dress at: https://www.evernew.ca/victoria-wrap-dress-254652?colour=teal+ribbon
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5) YB: The pros and cons to create your sash. Angela: – pros, I get the look I wanted.
Cons, creativity in sourcing and technical skill to get it done. I actually sewed it in two lines, one on upper part and another is lower part. For the front with pleats, i actually did not sew the lower part on the pleating as it might affect the movement of the fabric. Also making sure the appliques is aligned.

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6) YB: what was your favorite part of the process?  Angela: – conceptualizing, Sourcing and execution.
7) YB: How long did it take you? Angela: it took a while to get the rhinestones but once they are here, its easier since I had it planned out
8) YB: Is there anything else you would like to add?  Angela:  originally I would like the rhinestones to be optional, meaning I can put it on or not go with it as the event dictates. But since that route is tricky and I cannot find a tutorial, I opted to sew it on

Thank you Angela for sending the photos and for answering the questions.  All of this means a lot to me😊 and it makes all the hard work worth it.  I hope Angela inspired you to create.  Well, I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day!

Hugs,

Ann

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