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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2016 Update

Greetings Everyone!

I know it’s been awhile since the last blog post but I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration.  Many wonderful things are unfolding behind the scenes and I will share them with you as they happen — I am super excited!
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Just to give you a quick update for January, I am currently in the phase of editing a couple of hair adornment tutorials as well as filming the process of sewing my classic sheath dress (sponsored and inspired by Sew Much Fabric).  To get glimpses of the projects, feel free to follow me on my IG account or FB.  Also, I compiled quite a few questions regarding veil making from my YouTube viewers.  I would like to answer them personally on one Q&A video but first, I have to get over my fear of talking TO the camera.  I have gotten too comfortable with the voice-overs…So pray for me! ;)

Well, here’s to 2016!  Let’s jump into the new year together and get over any fears that may be holding us back (for me it’s talking to the camera and failing at it, what is it for you? Feel free to share in the comment section below).  Let’s release the fear together and start making wonderful things happen for 2016…READY? SET…GOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

G

 

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Focus on Forever : Introducing Hang Doan

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Mr. T & I learning how to fight nice;)

Greetings Everyone!  Hope you are doing wonderful on this beautiful Thursday.

Well, there has been something weighing on my heart for a very long time.  One of my many dreams was to compile inspirational love stories and create a book from them one day.  However, throughout the years, I would hear stories of new marriages on the brink of divorce, loveless marriages, or about marriages that ended.  This really broke my heart because I can totally relate in some way.  I am going to be honest, divorce has crossed my mind in challenging times of my marriage, but thank God it didn’t cross my heart.  I do believe in the power of prayer and I am thankful to my community for reminding me and helping me understand marriage, its purpose, and how a healthy (not perfect) one looks like.  I am fortunate enough to have a close friend, Hang Doan, help me through my difficult days.  And if it wasn’t for Hang, my parent’s marriage as a model, and a few other dear friends, I don’t believe I can grow and mature in this beautiful journey of marriage.  I am excited to say that Mr. T and I will be celebrating 11 years tomorrow November 13, 2015.  Trust me, it took a lot of hard work to celebrate 11 years;)

Hang with her husband Deacon Cuong.

Hang with her husband Deacon Cuong.

In hopes of creating more love stories for future generations to use as inspiration, I invited Hang on the blog to share her knowledge and experiences on preparing young couples for marriage.  And since most of you who visit the blog are Brides and Grooms-to-be…so perfect a place to share;)  Hang will be a guest blogger every other month to discuss different topics.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask below and Hang can answer them for you.  To start out the series “Focus on Forever,”  I wanted to introduce Hang so you can get to know her.  I asked her some questions, and she kindly replied….

YB: How did you start working in Marriage Preparation Classes? HD: Ever since my husband and I took the marriage prep course in 2003, I’ve always had in the back of my mind that one day I’d like to be involved in marriage ministry.

YB: How long ago did you start? HD: I started in 2007.

YB: What kept you motivated over the years? HD: Several things..

*I was encountering struggles in my own marriage and I knew if I were to overcome my own struggles, this ministry would help me do so.

*Working with the couples, I come to realize how much they needed to be ministered to.  I realized that I wasn’t alone in this struggle…what a relief!  I would share my own fears with the couples I worked with and I saw the relief in their eyes as to say “Wow! We’re not alone in this.”  This gave me the drive and desire to learn more and dive even deeper into the marriage ministry.

YB: Why do you feel it is important for couples to attend the classes?  HD: The marriage prep class is exactly that…It helps prepare the couples through the process of marriage planning and also life after the honeymoon and wedding day.  The discussions/group activities help couples open up and challenge them to ask themselves as well as each other — Is this what I want?  Is this the person I would like to walk with me for the rest of my life?

YB: Why is marriage important?  HD: Marriage is important because in marriage, we learn the true meaning of love…the unconditional, sacrificial love.  It is essentially the first place where we learn to love and have true relationships.  It is the primary place for education in life.  

YB: What is YOUR vision for marriage?  HD: This is a loaded question…very seldom do we see happy couples these days.  When I ask a couple to come volunteer or share in the the marriage class, couples tend to shy away citing that they are not good husbands or wives, they don’t have anything to share, etc.  My vision or my prayer for marriage is for couples to know and accept that marriage is difficult and work together as a team to overcome all struggles and obstacles.  In order to do so, each person must put the other’s needs before their own.  Through love and sacrifice, couples encounter Christ in each other and understand the true meaning of love.  

YB: Can you give some tips to young couples discerning marriage? HD: *Get to know yourself first. *Focus on being the right person first before expecting the other party to be perfect. *Know that in marriage, sacrifice is a necessity.  If you are not ready to sacrifice, perhaps you are not ready for marriage yet.  *Be open to compromise. 

Thank you Hang for answering all these questions.  I feel like I still have alot to learn in marriage and I can’t wait to read more of Hang’s sharing.  Look out for our sessions on “Focus on Forever”!

If you have any questions about marriage, feel free to ask.

Let’s go create everlasting marriages!

Ann

DIY Bridal Lace Capelet

DIY Lace CapeletGreetings!

I hope you are all doing well.  I finally completed the Bridal Lace Capelet Tutorial Series!  Yes, series:)  During my planning and preparation phase, I thought the tutorial can be done in one video.  However, as the project progressed, it expanded to two…then three.  Because this series challenged me technically as well as creatively, I gained a lot of knowledge from it.  And when my mind and imagination expands, I get super excited! (the nerdy side in me;)

So when can I wear the Bridal Lace Capelet?  You can wear it during your wedding ceremony to have a little modesty or it is even a great bridal accessory during this Fall and Winter season.  The Bridal Lace Capelet is a great way to dress up a simple wedding gown as well as keep you warm.  Because it is lace, it won’t take away the design element of your wedding gown which can be seen through the lace.

Well, feel free to view the DIY “Bridal Lace Capelet” Series:

Part1of3: Making the Capelet Pattern.  You will learn how to make a capelet pattern according to your unique measurements.  You will be taking 4 custom measurements: Length, neck width, shoulder, and capelet width.

Part 2of3: Creating the Bias Tape.  The bias tape is a great tool to hem curvy areas on your garment, for example the necklines and armholes.  For the capelet, we will be using the bias tape for the neckline and the front hem.  I chose organza so the lace design can still be seen at the hemline.

Part3of3: Cutting & Sewing the Capelet.  In this tutorial, you will learn how to sew the whole capelet and adding the finishing touches.

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Well, I want to thank Fabric Wholesale Direct for reaching out to me and giving me the opportunity to collaborate with them on this fun project.  Below are the items I used for the project and can can be purchased to create your own Bridal Lace Capelet.

use coupon code: youtiquebridal to receive $5.00 off your purchase of $35 or more.

  1. Ivory Tulip Guipure French Lace : $22.99/yard (How much lace will I need? take your Capelet Width measurement x 3.  Make sure to add a few extra inches for the scallop design)
  2. Crystal Organza Fabric : $1.99/yard (1/2 yd to 1yd depending on your measurements)
  3. White Thread : $2.59 each

For my project, the total came out to be:

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To find out more, feel free to contact Fabric Wholesale Direct at (855) 464-6867, M-F 9:30 – 5 PM EST.

If you have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to ask below.

Enjoy!

Ann

Fabric Wholesale Direct : $5off Coupon Code

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Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are all doing wonderful.  Well, I am super excited about an upcoming tutorial due early November.  I am collaborating with Fabric Wholesale Direct to create a fall bridal accessory.  In order to make this happen, the beautiful Guipure French Venice Lace you will see, the Crystal Organza, and the thread are sponsored by Fabric Wholesale Direct .  Thank you Fabric Wholesale Direct!!  Right now, I am still in the filming and production phase so I’ll share with you below some of the “Ordinaries” that will be used…

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Until the tutorial comes out, feel free to shop around on www.FabricWholesaleDirect.com.  The great news is I have a special coupon code just for YOU.  You will receive $5off when you purchase $35 or more by typing in the coupon code “youtiquebridal“.

Fabric Wholesale Direct specializes in discounted wholesale fabric for designers, event planners, fabric retailers and more.  Go check out their website at www.FabricWholesaleDirect.com.  Have fun shopping and I hope you enjoy your shopping experience!  Let me know how it goes:)  Well, I can not wait to share the DIY tutorial with you…make sure you stay tuned!

Hugs!

Ann

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“In The Zone” : The Classic White Shirt

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           The Classic White Shirt sewn by Ann Ngo

Have you ever tried to edit one week’s worth of filming down to one minute?  If you have, let me in on your secret because “In The Zone” was one of my most challenging projects of filming and editing.  Let’s just say….lots of scenes were left out.  But all in all, I am proud of the hard work put into it and I hope you get the idea behind what I am trying to share.

Before I go into the explanation of “In The Zone”, I would like to thank Andrea @sewtofit and Rosalind @sewmuchfabric for the opportunity to be part of their collaboration project, the Wardrobe Fit-Along Series.  I was invited to be the “petite” body type for sewing The Classic White shirt.  Since I was the petite mannequin, I got to witness Andrea fit and alter the tissue pattern as well as fit the final fashion fabric on me.  It was a lot of fun!  She did everything for me except sew the actual white shirt —- that was my responsibility.  Btw, it would have been nice if she did that too;)  So my short video “In the Zone” starts with where she left off.  Basically, the fabric was held together on my body by pins at the beginning of my video.

Just a kind note, this video is not a tutorial.  You will see only the process of sewing my classic white shirt.  I just wanted to share the thoughts and emotions I go through when working on a creative project.  Just curious, have you ever done something you love and find yourself lost in thought, time, and space?  I do this all the time when I am doing something I am passionate about.  My husband and children have to somehow snap me back to reality — sad, I know.  In the video, I hope you catch the rising and setting of the sun through my window.  I literally sewed till the late hours of the night and would wake up the next day before the sun rose to work on my white shirt.  Even if I was tired, I had this hidden zeal to complete the project.  Have you ever felt that way?  Share with me below what gets you lost in thought, time, and space.

Well, when I decided to be a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t realize the challenges that laid ahead.  One of the first things I learned is that I needed to get things done efficiently.  So guess how I got efficient with styling my hair?  I would quickly roll it up into a bun or tie a quick pony tail.  And somehow throughout the day, it would eventually become lopsided.  Well, it’s time to let down my hair!  lol!  I wanted to give you a glimpse of the change I am going through, from the rolled up lopsided bun to letting it all down.  I’m actually tempted to cut it all off, but I’ll save that for another day;)

So here it is, my one minute video of being “In The Zone” and a glimpse of the change I am going through as well as the sewing of my white shirt.  It is finally time and this is my way of announcing that I am back at work full time.  If you are curious, follow me on my adventures!

Love,

Ann

#itsalmosttime

#itsalmosttime

#itsalmosttime

Greetings Everyone!

I hope your summer 2015 is something that will be imprinted on your hearts forever…I know mine will.  I made a conscious effort this summer to limit my social media usage and spend time with my family, especially my children before they ALL start the new school year.  Yes, ALL.  My youngest daughter will be starting kindergarten this year…I can’t believe it!  Where has the time gone?

Many years ago, I told myself that I would return to the workplace full time after my youngest started school.  It would be a benchmark to when I would reopen my private little studio and in my quiet enthusiastic nature, service the beautiful guests that would come through my design space.  Well, #itsalmosttime.  

But before I started on anything again regarding my bridal business, I wanted to do it full heartedly according to the “Big Boss” above.  I used this summer to find quiet time everyday to reconnect to the small inner voice that had always encouraged me to be the best I could be and to serve others.  Honestly, if I had it MY way, I would open a private studio again and work quietly designing custom gowns and accessories.  But I believe the “Big Boss” changed my business plan over the years.  Since there are already so many talented Bridal Designers out there, instead of opening my studio space again, I will be spending time creating more tutorials and building a voice to inspire, encourage, and equip creative souls like myself.  And who knows, maybe one day I will open a studio again — we’ll see:)  Also, I have some new ideas (unrelated to designing) coming soon — more will be shared as it unfolds through the blog.  So, you will be hearing more from me as I transition back to the work place full time because….#itsalmosttime. 

I’ll see you soon!

Ann

p.s. Thank you to those who are following me on my Instagram account. You were the first to have an idea what #itsalmosttime is about;)

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