“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!






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!


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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Guest DIY Bride : Krystal Longnecker from Pomona, New Jersey


My best friend Cathy was right when she stated that last month was “May Madness.”  There were so many events to attend and plenty of reasons to celebrate.  Congratulations to all those who got married, graduated and received their First Communions;)

Bride Krystal and Groom Nicholas : Photo credit Julie Dessario Photography

Bride Krystal and Groom Nicholas : Photo credit Julie Dassaro Photography

I have a guest DIY Bride today, Krystal Longnecker from Pomona, New Jersey, who got married on April 25, 2015.  She is a resourceful DIY Bride who created many of her own wedding decor & accessories.  After watching my tutorial on “How to make the Wedding Veil with Lace Trim” tutorial, she was even inspired to create her own lace wedding veil.  She put in the order for the DIY Lace Trim and created a special heirloom for her daughters.  She sent a beautiful message to me that I just had to share:

“I had so many people say how lovely my veil was but when they heard I made it myself after seeing your youtube video (you made it look so easy) they were in shock!  I can not thank you enough for giving me the wisdom, confidence, and affordable pricing for the material to make an heirloom for my girls to use on their special day, and pass on to their little ladies on theirs! You truly are a blessing”

Krystal, thank you for your kind words and may your beautiful veil made with love be passed on through many generations!


Photo courtesy of Krystal Longnecker

I asked Krystal a few questions to find out about her DIY journey and got the opportunity to hear about her unconditional and unconventional love story.  Feel free to read…

Q) What inspired you to create your own lace wedding veil?  KRYSTAL: Since I have 2 daughters of my own and am raising my 2 neices I wanted something I could pass on to them.  Also, I couldn’t come to terms with spending $250 on a Mantilla veil that had no love, passion and finger pricking pain in it! :)

Q) How far in advance did you start to insure that you will be complete the veil by your wedding date? KRYSTAL: I started the day I got my veil kit February 11, 2015.  I finished the day before my wedding April 24th, 2015.  The only reason my veil took as long to finish is because I put it aside for about a month as I made my wedding album, centerpieces, and programs.

Q) What is your wedding theme/colors? KRYSTAL: Our wedding theme was Rustic and our colors were Mint and Burlap. We really used lots of colors, the pastel color wheel was our inspiration.


Bride Krystal and Groom Nicholas : Photo credit Julie Dassaro Photography

Q) How did you meet your husband?  KRYSTAL: It’s a funny story actually. I met him in high school when he picked me up to go out on a date with his best friend. A week or so later he picked me up from high school again so I could go out again with his best friend and that’s when he touched my hand and said “You really deserve better than him. I really wish you would go out with me sometime.” My immediate response was “Do you see this?”, as I pointed my finger over me, “You have no chance of ever dating me!” Well I found out a week later my boyfriend was cheating on me.  Fast forward 2 years later… I am living at a friends and just found out 2 weeks before I am 19 weeks 6 days pregnant with my ex’s baby. I was on MySpace and up pops a message from Nicholas asking my AIM Username so we could catch up. We talked for a couple days and he asked me out to eat. I responded with, “Listen I am 5 1/2 months pregnant.” He responded, “And? What you don’t like to eat?” All I could think is no boy would date someone because she is pregnant with someone else’s baby…but a man would. We went out for the first time on Easter night 2006 and officially became a couple April 21, 2006. I guess the Lord had different plans than I did in high school and a great sense of humor.

Wow! The groom was very persistent in courting his Bride.  He did not let anything stop him from chasing the woman of his dreams.  Despite all the challenges, there were 2 beautiful blessings (Krystal’s daughters) and a husband who would do anything for his Bride.  I wish you the very best on your journey of marriage.

Below is the lace veil tutorial that inspired Krystal…

If you would like to see more photos from Krystal’s Wedding, you can click {here}.

Thank you for visiting!


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You are Mighty! Happy Mother’s Day

Mothers, you are Mighty and EXTRAordinary!

Thank you to all who emailed in photos….May ALL mothers around the world have a wonderful Mother’s Day!



ps. Do you recognize my video clip for the bow tie tutorial?  Yup, it was one of my midnight filmings and before the editing.  My daughter woke up in the middle of the night looking for me and wanted me to hold her to sleep — so I held her and worked;)

The Judging Room : Elsik High School Design Competition 2015


Abby Rey -Elsik High School Design Teacher, Rosalind Gaither – Sew Much Fabric

Yay! I’m on the news.  Okay, a speck of the back of my shoulder got on the news;)  lol!  Really, this was such a fun event for me.  There was fashion, youth, and community…how much more can I ask for?

At this time, I just want to thank two awesome ladies who made this happen — Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric and Abby, Elsik High School’s Design Teacher.  Because of their partnership, they were able to open doors and help support teens in the community that may not have been able to afford basic sewing supplies.  They are the people taking action and making a difference in our community.  I am so honored to be a part of this in some small way.  Feel free to watch a clip about Rosalind and Abby on channel 13 (and look out for my shoulder at 1:47 lol!):



The Judging Room

I thought I would share a little about the Judges’ roles in the Design Competition.  I believe most of the audience attending the “Lights Camera Fashion Show” was curious as to how we came up with the winners.  All they saw were 3 ladies sitting at the front of the stage and at the end of the show, in a matter of 5 minutes, came up with the winners.  There is definitely more to it:)  Let me share my wonderful experience of being a Judge….


The Judges {Photo courtesy of Mollie Vu Cagulada}

On the day of the show, I arrived at Elsik High School around 11am.  I had a reserved parking spot just for me — talk about feeling special:)


Next, I checked into the school and was led up to the Judging Room where all the dresses were laid out.  This is where the Judges study and analyze the designer’s portfolio and garment construction.  We would check seam finishes, machine stitching, closures, hems, and overall construction.  This would take a couple of hours to view and study all the dresses.


During this time, the Judges were well taken care of.  If there was anything we needed, Ms. Jeni took care of it.  Thank you Jeni!!!!!  Then around 2:45 we started interviewing each Designer one by one to learn more about them and their “Hollywood” themed inspiration.  This is my favorite part of the whole event – when we get to speak to the teens directly about their hopes and dreams for their future:)  After meeting with all the Designers, the Judges got together to discuss the top scores for the portfolio, garment construction, and interview.  Sitting in the room all day can turn you a little silly so here’s our silly selfie:)


Michelle Barnes – Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Community Artists’ Collective, Rahill Raheem – Handbag Designer, Jeni Daniel – Natural Path , Ann Ngo (me:)

The audience starts to arrive around 6:30pm to enjoy the Mocktails and the “Lights Camera Fashion” Show officially starts at 7pm.

In order to choose the winning garments, we check the fit and look of the garment on the runway.  Then once again, the judges come together at the end of the show to discuss who should be the winners by summing up all the points for Portfolio, Construction, Interview, and Runway.


The Judges discuss the winners {photo courtesy of Mollie Vu-Cagulada}

And there you have it, the winners are chosen:)


First Place Winner {photo courtesy of Mollie Vu-Cagulada}

Fashion Show Winners

5th Place – Long Red Dress, 4th Place – Red & Black Lace Dress, 3rd Place – Black Fringe Pleather Dress, 2nd Place – Black Sequins Dress, 1st Place – Lilac Dress {photo courtesy of Mollie Vu-Cagulada}

Here are the special highlights from the night:)

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Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day:)


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You are a Princess : Girls Ministry

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You are a Princess. Photo from Pinterest.

It was quite eventful this past weekend.  I got to be a judge for a High School Design Competition on Friday (which I will share more later this week) and on Saturday, I got to speak to 27 beautiful young ladies about the importance of self acceptance and self love.  I know I mentioned this before, but I just love the Youth!  I love their energy, what they have to offer, and I see so much hope in them.  If possible, can I ask anyone who reads this to keep the teens in your thoughts and prayers?  Pray that they will accept their own unique self, their gifts and talents, and how they are meant to use their gifts to serve others.  I feel that if each of them realizes how special they truly are, they can make our world a better place.

Well, I got to share my challenging journey of self acceptance this weekend.  If I could share my story of faith and self love through music, it will be through my playlist below.  Feel free to listen:

If you know any teen(s) or young adults in need of prayers, please list their first name below in the comment section.  I would love to have our community keep them in our prayers.

To the beautiful young ladies this past weekend and to those reading this post, remember, you are perfect just as you are, you are loved, and you are the daughter to the One True King.  And to this, I bow down to you my lovely Princess.



DIY Baptismal Headband Tutorial : High School Design Competition

Greetings Everyone!  I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Spring season as much as I am.  It is raining a little today but as the saying goes “April Showers bring May Flowers.”  I love flowers so I don’t mind the rain.  Well, I have been working on a few fun projects so if you’re interested, see below.


Precious Baby Halena

So how was your Easter Celebration?  I got to meet my beautiful niece Halena for the first time on Easter.  She just moved here from Canada and a few days after her move, we celebrated her Baptismal Vows.  I am very honored to be her Godmother.  As part of her gift, I created a special custom Baptismal Headband.  While designing it, I can also see this design on a Flower Girl Headband as well.  Here is how I created it:

Ordinaries: *Floral Ribbon, embellishments (rhinestones/cross), feathers, scissors, glue gun/glue sticks

Steps 1-4

(1) cut 3 flowers from the ribbon (2) trim off excess fabric (3) create 2 smaller flowers by cutting it down to resize (4) glue on flowers to the headband


(5) pull off excess feathers and cut the stem, glue onto headband behind flowers (6) cut off the rhinestone stem (7) glue embellishments onto flower

And there you have it, a beautiful Baptismal Headband.  I do plan on creating a video tutorial for this.  However, it will be produced/film and edited sometime after my Midnight Blue Couture Dress is complete:) Stay tuned!


Do you remember the Midnight Blue Couture Dress Project?  I know it’s been over two years but I had asked you to help me pick a color for the dress.  The majority of you graciously chose Midnight Blue – love the color!


Well, I have revisited the project recently and my goal is to have it completed by the High School Fashion Show next week.  I was asked to judge the design competition presented by Sew Much Fabric and thought it would be the perfect time to complete and wear one of my own designs:)  Well, I am super excited and looking forward to seeing the creativity and skills the Elsik High School Design Students are coming up with.   It is always a lot of fun for me when it entails Fashion, Youth, and Community:)  If you are free Friday April 17th, join us!

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If you would like to see the progress of my couture dress, follow me on Instagram.

Stay dry and have a wonderful day!!!


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