Youtique Bride & Lifestyle : Not Everyone Is My Audience

Greetings Everyone!

It’s Friday and I completed my Faux Leather Cardigan.  However, I am on the video editing phase for this project.  Thank you in advance for your patience as that always take time.

While putting my outfits together for this project, I envisioned my lifestyle and all the daily/weekly/yearly responsibilities I had.  During this particular outfit session, I had a flashback of a meeting I had a year ago with a fellow friend in the Fashion Industry,  David Dang.  He had shared that not everyone is my audience and I had to get to know my audience well – where they shop, places they hang out, how they live, what their professions are, etc.  I didn’t have the answers back then, but it occurred to me recently.  I hope to express some of it through my outfit stories…

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Red Faux Leather Cardigan

When I decided to step out of my comfort zone a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to meet some amazing women and each had a unique story.  I met them at bridal events, networking events, fashion events, and some are my closest friends and family. Their stories fascinated me.  I was amazed by their passion, determination, and generous hearts.  They were Brides-to-be, Wives, Mothers, Dreamers, Singles, and Women of faith.  I was able to relate to some ladies more than others.  They were the Youtique Bride or lived the Youtique Lifestyle.

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Meetings Outfit : Floral Dress with Boots

Bride-to-be.  I too was a bride-to-be.  As much as I wanted to plan the wedding myself, I needed help.  I had concerns and worries of planning a wedding so I hired a wedding planner.  She helped set up meetings with different vendors while I got to focus on designing and sewing my wedding dress.  If I could, I would DIY everything.  I enjoy going to the fabric and craft stores and allow my imagination to wonder.  However,  I also had to be realistic and remember my time limitations.  I am thankful for family and friends who helped make my wedding day extra special.  Many thanks to my Aunt Kimmie who made my wedding veil.  

Wife.  I too had to learn how to be a wife and manage the home.  Over the years, my cluttered and messy home slowly became more organized and clean (thank goodness for more cleaner days than messy;).  I learned how to simplify, build routines, shopped for the best quality I can afford so things will last longer.  I learned that quality does not always mean a higher price tag.  Often, I want to make sure things had more than one use and purpose.   I work alongside my husband as an equal to build a strong family foundation.  When I am weak, my husband is strong.  When he is weak, I am strong.  That helps us to grow together and learn from one another.  We build each other up.  We work as one.  I want to thank my friend John Tran for sharing this bible scripture with me years ago on “The Good Wife.”  Proverbs 31

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Grocery shopping, Car rider line, parent/teacher meetings, quick errands : sleeveless chambray blouse

Motherhood.  I too understand motherhood.  I want to provide my children the best education and life experiences I can afford.  I also want to make sure they felt loved and cared for yet allow for some growing pains.  I pray daily for their future, development of their gifts so I can help guide them in their purpose.  I understand that I will never be the perfect parent but I am giving it my all as a parent.  And although I try my best to have healthy meals, I give into fast foods once in awhile because of music lessons or after school activities.  Each year, I readjust my schedule for teacher meetings, school events, recitals, etc.  I learned the best time to grocery shop and how to modify recipes to make it quick and healthy.  My children may not always like the food I make but it’s ok.  We are thankful to have more than enough and life will go on.

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Business Meetings: color block tee & zipper front skirt

Dreamers.  I too have a dream.  When I first started, I didn’t know what I was doing.  I just had a dream, passion, and drive.  I had put together my first business plan and it would be modified several times over the years.  I worked overtime when it wasn’t necessary because I wanted my dreams to become reality.  I had sleepless nights because business ideas would fill my head.  I would fail many times but I was relentless because I knew a few victories will follow.  I did not want to give up (although the idea would often come).  I was always in learning mode and tried to figure things out.  Eventually, I would learn how to manage the business finances and develop the operating systems.  I still have so much to learn but I am thankful for friends who went before me and helped mentor me.

Singles.  I too was once single searching for a life partner.  I did not want just any life partner, but the right life partner for me.  I learned that superficial qualities does not mean a quality husband.  I prayed for the right person to come into my life and he eventually did.  He only came after I took the time to learn more about myself and gave myself the respect I deserved.  However, I would like to also talk about the widows and single mothers I met.  This group of women leave me awestruck.  In the most challenging times, they persevere.  They may be tired but they use every ounce of their energy to make things happen.  They are resourceful.  They are builders.  They are able to work with what they have.  It appears they can make something out of nothing.  They rely on hope and build up other women because they understand the challenges.  I see their victories even when they don’t see it, maybe because they are exhausted.

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Women of Faith.  I too am a woman of faith.  I rely on God because he is my provider, my strength, and my salvation.  He created me to be unique and helped me understand that I will not always fit in.  He is my creator and because of Him, I create.  He loves me and my imperfections.  He wants the best for me and knows what I can and can not handle.  He reminds me that life is full of joys and heartaches but to depend and lean on Him.  He is a loving God and answers my prayers by saying, “yes and not now, I have something better for you.” He reminds me that not all battles are mine to fight, but to discern and choose wisely.  He understands me when I am misunderstood.  He wants me to grow, serve with joy, and be the best version of myself.  I live with love, hope, and faith.

I understand that not everyone is meant to be my audience, but all are welcome.  I thank you for visiting.  If you choose to stay, thank you and welcome.  I look forward to our journey of growing & evolving together.  If not, thank you for visiting and I hope you find your community.  You are welcome here anytime where there is mutual love and respect.

XOXO, Ann

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Personal Challenge : No-buy Year

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Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well.  I decided to challenge myself to a no-buy year…again.  A year where I do not purchase clothes, shoes, & accessories but use what I have in my closet.  If I do want something, then I would sew it using couture techniques.  This is my personal contribution to slow fashion and also my husband’s dental school education.  I tried this challenge last year but a pair of shoes ended that challenge fairly quickly.  Well, 2020 will be different.  Also, I thought I would hold myself more accountable if I shared this journey with you.

The Last Purchase of 2019

On Decemeber 30, 2019 11:13am I submitted my last purchase for the year.  They are my running shoes for 2020, the Asics Gel-Nimbus 21.  I was initially torn by the 3 colors below for different reasons.  At one point, I was tempted to buy all three because they were on sale and because I run a lot (so I told myself).  O how easy it is to justify purchases;).   I decided on the mist/frost almond color because it went well with my work out clothes. IMG_0185Year 2020 : Temptation #1

Jan4, 2020.  My sister called me up and said my brother-in-law found a great deal for a hotel in the Galleria (only the largest shopping mall in Texas and 7th in the United States).  She mentioned it would be fun to have a staycation before our kids & Mr. T start school again.  I agreed so 3 rooms were booked.  Yay! Grandma joined us as well.  I always have a great time with my family and my kids simply love staying in a hotel room.  Also, I was overly confident I would not fall into the temptation of purchasing.  I would just go and “study” the different stitching techniques for my current project, the red faux leather cardigan.

My confidence didn’t last long when I came across this Sterling Grey Trench coat.  It was a classic piece, it was on sale for an unbeatable price, the color was a beautiful shade of grey, and it fits so well (besides the extra long belt).  My husband even encouraged me to purchase it…

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Remember the challenge Ann.  I told myself that if it isn’t around in 2021, I can sew it and design a unique trench coat just for me.  Trench coats are classic pieces so they will always be around, but it was this specific color & fit that I liked…well, I already have a few coats I can wear.

So I passed it up and went back to researching topstitches…every shop we went into or passed by, I would search out the leather jackets and study the stitches.  I wanted to see what was visually pleasing to the eye and how I can incorporate it into my sewing project.  After doing the research, I felt better about finishing the topstitch on my cardigan.

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This was a short fun getaway with the family and I got to accomplish some research while at it;)  Also, every time I got into the elevator of our hotel, I would see the image below.  Does it look familiar? I thought it looked very similar to my current project but with a collar.  It was great reminder that I have a coat waiting to be finished and I didn’t need a new trench coat just yet;)

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Well, did you give yourself a challenge for 2020?  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers!

Ann

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p.s. Current status of my red faux leather cardigan…the pockets are sewn on!

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New Project : Red Faux Leather Cardigan

Greetings!

The weekend is here.  What will you be creating this weekend?  Is there a new project you have planned for the New Year?  I will be sewing a faux leather cardigan.  Below is the inspiration board for my project.

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Inspiration Board via Pinterest

I am at the stage where I have complete trust in Roz. When she suggests something for my wardrobe, I don’t question it like I use to. This time she suggested a long red coat made with the red faux leather. She sent inspiration photos of the beautiful tan color Loewe Belted Leather Coat from Net-a-porter (center of my my inspiration board). I fell in love with it and researched how I can wear the red color via Pinterest.

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Fashion Fabrics: Red Faux Leather, Valentine Red Rayon Lining

The toile was made by modifying the bodice of my black coverup and the bottom of my red lace skirt.

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Below is my completed toile. My husband Mr.T asked why I was making a leather bathrobe 🤣. He always has a silly comment to make.  And thank you Roz!  It is always nice to have someone fit me.

This is my third time working with faux leather so I have built more confidence in working with it.  Well, I can’t wait to complete it and share the outcome with you.
Thank you for visiting & I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🤗

Cheers!

Ann

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P.S. Here are the videos on how I sewed my Coverup & Red Lace Outfit

Happy New Year! Here’s to 2020!

Happy New Year! Here’s to 2020!🥳🥂

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Top 9 of 2019 on Instagram: Thank you so much for your support in 2019. It was the first year I started Lifestyle Wardrobe Planning and I can’t share enough how it has improved my life.  It has been a lot of fun learning and expanding my sewing skills. Thank you for joining me on my #memade #wardrobeplanning journey.

In the past year, I have been sharing with friends and family that I am starting to feel “lighter.” I can finally exhale 🌬

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This could be due to several reasons:
– I started a prayer book and journaling
– my husband is almost graduating
– I intentionally surrounded myself with people who are genuinely kind, positive, inspirational, and encouraging
– got out of my comfort zone to do/create things I could only dream of
– created a wardrobe that fits and makes me feel comfortable & confident
– took time to care for myself. I started a simple face care regimen
– I got active.  Running became part of my lifestyle so I feel mentally and physically stronger
…..the list can go on.

I remember being scared a few years ago for many different reasons. How will I manage when my husband goes to school? How can I expand my business beyond bridal? (To my Brides, new projects are coming your way).  Is everything going to be ok? I can honestly say “YES”. Everything is going to be ok 👌🏼. Is it going to be easy? No, but it will be worth it.  You will grow from it no matter how hard and painful. Keep a positive outlook and ask what can be learned and keep focus. Always have hope, faith, and do it out of love.

Things may not always turn out the way you imagined, but surprisingly, it can be better than what you have imagined. Be patient and don’t take life too seriously. As the old saying goes “life is short.” That’s my two cents from 2019.

Again, thank you for joining me on my journey and I hope you continue to join me in 2020.  Well, I hope you have a wonderful, prosperous, & Happy New Year!

Hugs!

Ann

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PS. Here are my sewing projects that made it to the “TOP 9” on Instagram:

Red Lace Outfit, Front Zipper Skirt, Checkered Outfit (no video currently),  Easter Dress, & Red Linen Shorts




Color Block T-Shirt : Wardrobe Planning

Greetings!

I hope you had a wonderful Winter Holiday Season.  Do you need to recover from all the events like I do?  Although I enjoyed all the celebrations, I am looking forward to this weekend to rest and recuperate.  Before the New Year starts, I would like to do some deep cleaning in my Sewing Studio.  Would you like to see my process?  Let me know in the comment section below.

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Color Block t-shirt: Inspiration Board Photos via Pinterest

In the video below,  I will show you the general process of how I sewed the color block t-shirt with a special focus on the sleeves.  In case you are wondering about the strange fabric shapes and printed paper in the video, I self drafted patterns on muslin remnants and my children’s school paper😉. I am trying my best to recycle when I can ♻️

Classic T-Shirt Series
1) How to sew the neckband & neck binding: https://youtu.be/B0JugvJEayk
2) How to make a t-shirt pattern: https://youtu.be/Ue7Fd5IzbHA
3) Sewing the Classic Black Tee (Time Lapse) https://youtu.be/kH6VVyTc3Ms

Here is the video content:

{0:00} Welcome
{0:06} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric http://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-b… {0:12} Color Block T-shirt, Special focus on the Sleeve
{0:20} Shop Fabrics http://stores.smfabric.com/color-bloc…
{0:33} Creating Sleeve Pattern #1, 4.25″ length
{0:50} Sleeve Pattern #2, 10″ Length
{0:59} Draw in Color Blocks
{1:15}Separate Sewing Pieces Red Color Patterns
{1:52} Red Color Patterns
{2:18} Complete Sewing Patterns
{2:37} How to make a T-shirt Pattern https://youtu.be/Ue7Fd5IzbHA
{2:47} Cut the Black Knit Fabrics
{2:57} Cut the Red Knit Fabrics
{3:10} Lay out the Fashion Fabrics to Sew
{3:30} Thank you Abby for the tip! Double Sided tape: https://amzn.to/2DJwHw8
{4:18} Attach shoulders
{4:22}Attach Neckband & Neckbinding https://youtu.be/B0JugvJEayk
{5:53} Attach Sleeves
{6:28} Sew Sides
{6:36} Outfits
{6:41} Sewing Fashionistas Xmas Party @sewmuchfabric @plan4youevents {8:18}Winter Holiday Events Benjamin’s Confirmation Orchestra Concert: http://www.karelbutzmusic.com
Winter Piano Recital: Emily Nguyen
Xmas at Mama Sabrina’s
{10:58} Merry Xmas!

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Outfits 1)Red Lace Skirt- memade https://youtu.be/3FzdLsrKM8Q 2)Jeans, high boots, winter coat 3)Red Linen shorts-memade https://youtu.be/7TEMViaEThI 4)Denim Skirt 5)Zipper Front Skirt-memade https://youtu.be/VBxRpmOMzdk

Thank you for watching!  I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;) Hugs!

Ann

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!  May it be filled with quality time, joy, hope, love, and peace.  Here are some of the festivities I had the honor of being part of.

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My Children’s Orchestra Winter Concert & Piano Recital

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Sewing Fashionista’s Christmas Party.  I wore my Color Block Tee & Zipper Front Skirt.

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Christmas party at Mama Sabrina’s – My old coworkers.  I wore my Coverup with Jeans.

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Happy Birthday to my little sis! Although her birthday is on Decemeber 22, she still gets birthday gifts wrapped in Christmas paper.

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Childhood friendships from elementary & middle school.  I wore my Color Block Tee.

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Christmas at my In-laws

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Christmas at my parents

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Got in an 18mi run to prepare for the full marathon in January 2020. Thank goodness because I needed something to help with all the food intake during this season.

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Reason for the season 📷Pinterest

The homily I heard at Christmas mass last night was a great reminder of what the true gift of this season really is.

This little king was not born with crown and jewels. He was not born into wealth and privilege. He came humbly into this world born in a manger.

And although the world can bring chaos into our life, Jesus came to bring peace into our chaos.  May you find and experience true joy in His perfect love this season, even in the busyness & chaos 😉🤗.

Thank you God for the perfect gift 🎁.

#MerryChristmas and Happy Holidays!

Ann

P.S. Videos for the following Sewing Projects:

Color Block Tee/Zipper Front Skirt to the Sewing Fashionista’s Christmas Party
Coverup to Mama Sabrina’s Christmas Party


Front Zipper Skirt : How to Sew a Corner Seam & Welt Pocket

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Greetings!

How is everyone’s Friday?  Today is an official start to a very busy month – celebrations every weekend, Christmas shopping, preparing the kids for their break, making sure to do my end of the year paperwork, organize my sewing drawer & prioritizing time for reflection during this Advent season.  The last one is the most important in my opinion, but I hope you all have the time to slow down and be in the moment.

I am happy to say that I am finally complete with my Front Zipper Skirt Video.  Feel free to view it below.

{0:00} Intro
{0:02} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{0:09} Front Zipper Skirt, Special focus on the Corner Seam & Welt Pocket
{0:22} Shop Fabrics & Notions http://stores.smfabric.com/color-blocking/
{0:43} Leather Needle size 110/18 https://amzn.to/2OK8agx
{0:57} Toile {1:14} Cut Fashion Fabrics
{1:31} Sewing it together
{1:47} Corner Seam
{2:58} Welt Pocket
{3:39} Pocket Fabric Size
{4:13} Attach Welt
{6:49} Attach Pocket
{7:12} Attach Zipper, Water Soluble Double Sided Tape
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{8:11} Lining
{9:24} Hem
{9:47} Thank you Roz/Sew Much Fabric!  I love the outcome!
{9:53} 15 Year Anniversary Highlights, Seattle, WA
{9:56} http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/narthex.aspx
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{10:39} https://www.aerlumeseattle.com
{10:48} Thank you for watching!
{10:57} I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;

This is a video with a special focus on sewing the corner seams & welt pocket. To be honest, I was intimidated to work with faux leather because once it is sewn, the markings are permanent. Also, you’ll see how I burnt the fabric and how it was resolved.

This project took me awhile because it got a little more intimidating especially after burning the fabric.  Well, I believe I am over the intimidation – let’s drink to that;)

Well, thank YOU for visiting & I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season.  I will be finishing up some projects due by the end of the year but I’m not sure if I will have the chance to post & edit them.  I hope I do but in the meantime, I’m excited to share what is to come for the next upcoming year…soon;)

Take care!

Ann

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This project is in collaboration with @sewmuchfabric
Shop the beautiful fabrics & notions at:  http://stores.smfabric.com/color-blocking/
– Black/White Diamond Woven Cotton : C2726
– Red Faux Leather: PV3559
– Rayon Lining: RL- Valentine Red
– Custom sized zipper
– Gutermann Thread