Happy Thanksgiving! : Birdcage Veil & Fabric Flower of Emediong from Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Greetings!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I want to make sure I thank everyone of you who make Youtique Bridal & Lifestyle possible.  Also, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays although all the shops skipped right over it and went straight to Christmas.  This blog is a way to take a snapshot of where I am today & how grateful I am to those who support me.  Thank you to my kind, caring, creative, & inspiring community who…

*visits & read my blog
*DM me with inspiring stories
*628 Instagram Friends
*213 Facebook Friends
*48,577 Youtube Subscribers
*12,564,051 Views on My Youtube

And I can never say thank you enough to those who take their time to share their creative journey with me and tell me you were inspired by my videos.  It makes all the behind the scenes work worthwhile.  So thank you to everyone!

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Today I want to also thank  Emediong all the way from Port Harcourt, Nigeria for sharing her birdcage veil & fabric flower with me.  She said she was inspired by my videos so she knew how to make this Texas girl happy & thankful;)  I had asked her a few questions and she kindly took the time to reply.  Well,  I hope you get inspired by Emediong to make something.  Enjoy!

1)Your name & where do you reside? My name is Emediong and I reside in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
2)Why did you decide to DIY? I decided to do DIY because I love creating something beautiful with my hands.
3) Who and what event were you creating it for? I was creating it for myself for a marriage ceremony to adorn my hair with.
4) Your social media sites & links: Instagram: @busyhands_creations

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(FOR THE FABRIC FLOWER)
5) Pros and cons of the project:
Pros: Very beautiful, versatile
Cons: The challenge of cutting the pattern/template out on organza as the material is very sheer

6) What was your favorite part of the process? My favourite part of the process was seeing the flower coming together as I was sewing. I was smiling as I saw this happening🙂. It made me feel like wow, I am going to make something beautiful and gain knowledge of how to make this flower first future projects.

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7) how long did it take you? The cutting out of the template was what took the most time but the sewing and assembly process did not waste time at all. Maybe about 20mins for everything or slightly more.

8) anything else you would like to add? ADDITIONAL NOTES: The tutorial was very detailed and simple enough to understand. There was no way one could have problem replicating the flower.  Also, it was very nice to have the free template made available too, very nice.  Thank you

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FOR THE BIRD CAGE:
All answers remain the same minus those below:
5. PROS: The bird cage was very lovely.  CONS: The bridal face net here is different from the one there so it was a bit challenging sewing through.

6. My favourite part was seeing the pattern followed to have a perfectbird cage look because up till then I’ve always just thought of crunching up the face net at the edge to create the look but was excited to learn this technique.

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Thank you Emediong!  I hope everyone got inspired by Emediong because I sure did.  May you all have a wonderful creative Thanksgiving Holiday Season!  I believe there is always something to be grateful for whether it be something small or big.   What are you thankful for?  Many blessings to you!

Hugs!

Ann

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If you would like to create the Birdcage veil or Fabric flower, feel free to view the tutorials below.

Flower Template:
https://youtiquebridal.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/fabric-flower-pattern.pdf

Thank you for watching!

Silk A-Line Skirt & Accessories

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Greetings!

In the video below, I will show how I sewed my Silk A-Line Skirt with a focus on the Hong Kong Underlining. I got to wear the skirt to the Runway Houston Fashion Show.  Because of my experience with Roz on the Blue Asymmetrical Dress, I gave her the freedom to visually create my Fashion Show outfit. I hope you enjoy this series.

Here is the video content:

{0:00} Intro
{0:11} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric http://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-b… {0:38} Toile
{1:01} Fashion Fabrics
{1:19} Cutting the Fashion Fabric Overlay
{1:30} Cutting the Underlining
{2:15} Rolled Hem
{3:31} Hong Kong Underlining
{4:49} Waist Band
{5:43} Finishing Touches
{5:53} Zipper Finish
{6:33} Finished Skirt
{6:47} Outfits
{6:56} Runway Houston Highlights
{7:54} Omar Marcos, Runway Houston Creative Director
{8:34} Designer Collections
{10:07} VIP Behind the Scenes
{10:38} Thank you for watching! Don’t forget to visit my YT channel & subscribe, also ring that bell! 😉

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Here are some of the outfits I put together with items in my closet.  I even wore it with the classic black t-shirt I sewed.  Which one do you like the best?  Or how would you have styled the A-line skirt?

Also, below is the process of how the accessories came together.  It is a peek into our fitting session. You will get to see how we got the inspiration for the necklace, jewelry shopping, the modification for the necklace & belt. I am currently working on the video for the bishop sleeve blouse so thank you in advance for your patience.  Well, I hope you enjoy the journey! Pardon the dirty mirror;)

Thank you for visiting!  I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary;)

Hugs! Ann

New Sewing Projects & Fabrics

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I went to pick up my fashion fabric this past week for my bishop sleeve blouse and I can’t express how excited I am when I visit Sew Much Fabric.  I love fabrics! I love feeling the texture of fabrics, imagining the endless creative possibilities, and dreaming about the destinations I would go on with all my #memade clothes.  Also, Roz is amazing at envisioning how fabrics can look on a person depending on style elements, patterns, proportions, etc.  And that is why I am collaborating with her to plan my 2019 wardrobe.  You can read more here.

Well, I have a few projects lined up to complete.  Here are some of the fabrics for the fashion show project & for Fall weather sewing.  All fabrics available at Sew Much Fabric.

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My priority this week is to complete the outfit I will be wearing for the upcoming Runway Houston fashion show.  I will start with the A-line skirt.  The fabric below is gorgeous & breathtaking!  I love feeling the crinkle double face silk charmeuse…omgoodness!

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Below are the projects lined up…(1) Silk Charmeuse A-line skirt (2) Ponte Knit Bishop Sleeve Blouse (3) Diamond/Pleather Zipper front Skirt {Fall Sewing}

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I am also working on a new T-shirt pattern as well for my front Zipper Skirt. Below  is the Toile for my A-line Skirt & Bishop Sleeve.  IMG_0410

I can’t wait to complete it and share the final outfit with you.  Stay tuned & I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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! 😜

Shop Sew Much Fabric
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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Classic Black Tee (Part1/3) : Wardrobe Planning

This is a time lapse of me sewing the Classic Black Tee.

Video Content
{0:03} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/black-rayon-jersey-knit/
{0:15} Closet Evaluation
{0:40} Sewing Pattern
{0:47} Cutting the Fabric
{1:03} Shoulder Seams
{1:15} Neckband
{2:00} Neck Binding
{2:30} Sleeves
{2:40} Side Seams
{3:15} Classic Black Tee Outfits

Duplicating the fit of my running tee was a success👍🏼.  I didn’t realize how versatile a black t-shirt can be.  When Roz @sewmuchfabric mentioned I can wear it to a dressy event, I was a little surprised at the idea. A short sleeve tee has always been a utility item for me, not a fashion item. I use them for casual purposes like to jog, clean, errands, sleep, lounge, and dye my hair in😆. I never dressed it up for work meetings or dressy events (until now;). Have you dressed up a t-shirt before?  How and where did you wear it to?

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I believe the Rayón Jersey knit fabric elevated the basic t-shirt feel.  Since Rayón is suppose to be an alternative to silk, it feels soft, comfortable, and breathable.  It beautifully drapes and I love how it stretches and goes back to its original form without warping.  Have you sewed a t-shirt before? How was your experience?

All in all, I am happy with the black tee and its versatility.  I was able to put several outfits together.  The t-shirt made the outfits very comfortable and I was able to take it from work to the car rider line;)  So which classic black tee outfit is your favorite?

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Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great week!

To view the rest of the series, visit:
https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/classic-black-tee-making-the-pattern-sewing-the-neckband/

Hugs,

Ann

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

Pinterest Board:
https://www.pinterest.com/youtique/t-shirt-sewing/

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70s Christmas Outfit : Collaboration with @SewMuchFabric

I love asking you for help when I have a project. I recently got invited to a 70s inspired Christmas party and the first thing I did was ask for your help on Instagram stories. Thank you to @angieeccx_ for suggesting Janis Joplin and @yuets who inspired the big glasses 😊. Many others said bellbottoms/flared pants, platforms, big curly hair, and mini skirts.

Of course the next step is turn to Pinterest where I organize my inspiration board.
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(2) Inspiration board, photos 📸 from Pinterest
1-Janis Joplin,2-Riviera glasses ad,3-Diana Ross,
4-Charlie’s Angels,5-fur coats & bellbottoms ad,6-casual wear
7- Givenchy in L’Officiel 1976, 8-jewelry 1974 ad,9-Sonny & Cher: ruffle dress trending today🤔

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After putting my vision board together and #sewing my muslin using #M3892, I texted Rosalind @sewmuchfabric and explained my project and vision. I told her I wanted a shimmery fabric and made an appointment to see her. I fell in love with the first fabric she presented to me😍.

To finish up the #70sfashionlook, I purchased the faux fur coat & #jessicasimpson #platformshoes from @goodwillintl. It is a great place to find costume pieces and one-time wear items. And if you’re lucky, you might find a unique treasure😉.  I also purchased the glasses & jewelry from @charmingcharlie.

I threw the $11 coat into the wash & wiped the $5 shoes down with disinfecting wipes. I ruined the faux leather trim on the coat but trimmed it off and it worked perfectly fine for my purpose. Have you ever explored the #secondhandshop? What was your best find?

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I am in love with the #70soutfit! Thank you to everyone who helped me put this whole look together🤗😘. I appreciate you all so much! Also, special thanks to @sewmuchfabric for choosing this gorgeous fabric. The shimmer & flow of this ivory gold metallic #fabric is just beautiful and easy to #sew with. This is perfect for my #70sfashion #Christmasparty.


My next post will be in Jan 2019 & I look forward to sharing many more design journeys with you.  If you are not following me on Instagram, make sure to do so at https://www.instagram.com/youtiquebridal/

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 & a Happy New Year. 🎉🥂 It is officially time to create memorable holiday moments with my children, family, & friends. Don’t forget the reason for this season…the Christ King 👑, our true gift 🎁 , will be born to bring love into the world. May we be able to experience His love and spread it around our home, community, and world. May peace, love, and hope prevail🥰.

This project is in collaboration with @sewmuchfabric.
Ivory gold metallic stretch fabric: P3484 @sewmuchfabric
Ivory thread: #022 @sewmuchfabric
18” zipper: #801 Off White @sewmuchfabric
Sewing pattern: @mccallpatterncompany#M3892

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Hugs,

Ann

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