Bye 2020! Happy New Year!

2020 has definitely been the most disorienting year for me and I wish I could blur it out of my life. However, after I put together my 2020 project board (below) and did some reflection, I actually accomplished more than I expected. I went live on IG this year and got over my nerves. So, thank you 2020!

I can’t guarantee 2021 will be better but because of my strong, positive, & supportive family & friends, I can affirm I will get through anything. So I’m going to leave 2020 with a big smile😁

Here are all my projects for 2020:
*memade (click on link to see video tutorial)

(1)*Red Faux Leather Coat
(2)*Coastal Green Easter Dress & (3)*Black Lace Sleeve Crop Top
(4)*Cross-over Halter & (5)*Maxi Skirt for Mr.T’s graduation
(6)*Shirred Blouse & (7)*Sailor Jeans
(8)*Marfy Remnant Challenge Tunic (video coming soon)
(9)*Mask – inspired by @unitypointhealth
(10)*Navy Cotton Twill Shorts
(11)*Prayer Chapel Veil  @htdoan7
(12)*Sewing on a wig clip to a #veil
(13) Beige boots Outfits (no video)
(14)*Classic Black Slacks (video coming soon)

Thank you for joining me on my 2020 journey 😁. May you be hopeful & look at the glass half full stepping into the New Year. Welcome 2021!

Hugs!

Ann

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Merry Christmas!

#MerryChristmas to my friends & family who celebrate this day and Happy Holidays to all! 

No Christmas cards this year cause…I’m blaming it on 2020. But really, bad planning on my part😬😆.

May you all experience the peace, love, & joy during this season. It’s truly not about the cards, tree, decor, & the gifts, but the spirit of hope & love – our newborn King is here!!!❤️👶🏻

I went live today as I do every Friday at 1pm CST on Instagram. Just want to personally wish you a very Merry Christmas, see how you are doing, & updating you on my current projects.

Thank you everyone for your love & support this year! It has been an interesting ride hasn’t it? Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Hugs!

Ann

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Classic Black Slacks Inspiration

Inspiration Board via Pinterest

Greetings!

Hope you are all doing well. I have started my journey of sewing the classic black slacks. I put together my inspiration board & went to youtube for more inspiration on how to sew the expandable waistband & preventing the pockets from gaping.

Here is the status of my classic black slacks. I sewed my toile but the pockets were gaping & the side seam lines were off (center photo). I am preparing to recut the toile & make all the necessary corrections.

If you have any experience sewing pants, feel free to share your knowledge & wisdom. Well, I hope you had a wonderful week & thank you for visiting this evening.

Hugs,

Ann

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Marfy Remnant Challenge : IG Live Part 1/3 with @sewtofit

Greetings!

Andrea @sewtofit & I went on IG live last Friday August 7th to share about the Marfy Remnant Challenge. This is the first of 3 sessions. We will be reconvening on August 14 & 21st to share about our progress. In this session, we talked about tissue and muslin fitting, where we got our inspiration, and how we chose the colors for our project.

If you are joining the challenge, feel free to use the hashtag #marfyremnantchallenge2020 so we can follow your journey.

Optional: If you are interested in winning a prize, Roz @sewmuchfabric will be spicing up the challenge. She will be giving away 2 – $25 Sew Much Fabric Gift certificates to 2 winners.

  • Winner1: The audience will vote on their favorite participant’s project.
  • Winner2: Participant that used the most SewMuchFabric Fabrics in their project.
  • To enter your finished project, tag on Instagram @marfy_challenge
  • The deadline is September 30, 2020.

Thank you to our supporters @sewmuchfabric @marfyfashionpatterns & @marfy_challenge.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I hope you join us on this fun, expressive, and learning opportunity. Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,

Ann

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This project is in collaboration withAndrea with Sew To Fit. She is an expert in pattern fitting and pattern design.  She has a YouTube Channel you can view by clicking here.  She teaches e-learning classes available with a VIP Club at www.sewtofit.com.

Marfy Remnant Challenge : Collaboration with @sewtofit

Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well. I am excited about this new project, the Marfy Remnant Challenge. I am collaborating with Andrea @sewtofit on this sewing project. She & I had won the Marfy Pattern 0116 at the Sewing Fashionistas 10 year Anniversary Christmas Party . It was hosted by Rosalind @sewmuchfabric – great times!

I thought it would be fun to use remnant fabrics to create this pattern and see how we would express ourselves. It is a project to help us get through this Covid Event and keep our minds and bodies occupied. We invited our fellow Sewing Fashionistas as well as our sewing community to join us on this journey. As Andrea & I were sharing ideas, this project happen to fall nicely into Andrea’s annual Marfy Challenge as well. Here are the guidelines shared at the Sewing Fashionistas meeting this past Saturday July 25 – thank you for the video Andrea!

Official Start Date: August 1, 2020 – End Date: When you are done. This project is meant to be fun and stress free. You can set your own deadline (or not), however, I will personally try and finish this project by the end of August. Feel free to follow me on Instagram Stories for up-to-date progress and my IG Highlight “Marfy Remnant.”

Andrea & I have different sewing processes but we will be achieving the same goal. We believe that everyone has different styles of sewing so we would like for you to witness the different ways we design, sew, and put it together. Besides following my Instastories, make sure you follow Andrea’s IG & Youtube Channel at SewToFit to see her process. Also, feel free to join her VIP Club to expand your fitting skills. You can learn more about Andrea at www.sewtofit.com. You can also follow this project on the Sewing Fashionista’s Facebook Page.

Guidelines for the Marfy Remnant Challenge:

  • Have fun, express yourself, stretch your imagination & creativity
  • You are the artist. The pattern is the canvas & the fabric is your paint;)
  • use remnant fabrics or fabrics in your stash but do not purchase new fabrics. Ex: I am using fabric remnants from my 2019 projects.
  • there is no right or wrong to putting this together
  • try and incorporate new sewing techniques that you have always wanted to try. Ex: I want to learn how to do basic quilting, wave tucks, & fabric cut-outs as seen on my inspiration board
  • Use Sewing Pattern Marfy 0116 or any pattern you would like to use or try out.
  • We would love to see your progress, tag us on Instagram @youtiquebridal @sewtofit or use the hashtag #marfyremnantchallenge2020
Playing around with different Fabric Layouts

This is where my project is currently…

Marfy0116 Front Blouse, Original Projects

This is the front side of Marfy0116. Next, I will now work on the back side before sewing it all together. Following, I will do the lining. Below are videos of the original projects if you would like to see where the remnants originated from.

I hope you join Andrea & I on this journey. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Well, thank you for visiting & I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

Andrea with Sew To Fit is an expert in pattern fitting and pattern design.  She has a YouTube Channel you can view by clicking here.  She teaches e-learning classes available with a VIP Club at www.sewtofit.com.

How to Sew Sailor Jeans

Inspiration Board

Greetings!

I hope everyone is doing well. I am excited the editing stage for the Sailor Jeans is complete. It turned out to be a 3 part series rather than 2. I am happy that I can finally share the whole process with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did designing and sewing it.

I love the details on the jeans, seen and unseen.

Below are the outfits I created from #memade items in my closet.

To view the sewing process for my tops, feel free to click the links below:

The next editing project is….the #ShirredBlouse.

So what do you think of the Sailor Jeans? Are you inspired to sew one? How would you style them? Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Virtual Hugs!

Ann

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This project is in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric & Sew To Fit.

Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric has an online fabric shop housing beautiful name brand fabrics.  She is an expert on textiles and has an eye for fit & styling women who loves to sew.  I highly recommend her blog for inspiration.  Click here.

Shop my Denim Jeans Fabrics & Notions @SewMuchFabric
Ralph Lauren blue denim, 8oz no stretch 100% cotton:
Topaz Gutermann Thread 870
Dark Midnight Gutermann Thread 279
Antique Gold Floral Scroll Button, 3/4” K2046
YKK 7″ Jean Zipper-Navy with Brass Teeth
Iron-on Interfacing
Bias binding

Andrea with Sew To Fit is an expert in pattern fitting and pattern design.  She has a YouTube Channel you can view by clicking here.  She teaches e-learning classes available with a VIP Club.

Happy Easter! : Easter Dress Inspiration Board & Toile

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Easter Dress Inspiration Board via Pinterest

Happy Easter!

I attended 11:00a Easter Celebration this morning. Although the outside world may be changing around me, there is this inner peace that can not be taken away. I am joyful because I know He is risen! Happy Easter! 🐣

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I created the toile for my Easter Dress and spent the week sewing it.  My Easter Dress was ready for me to wear today.  I also have a new prayer chapel veil.  I will be praying for everyone to have inner peace during this time🙏🌏🌍🌎.  If there is anything specific you would like me to pray for, please DM me or leave it in the comment section.

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Below is the triangle Chapel veil tutorial if you would like to create one.

These are the beautiful fabrics I used to sew my Easter Dress.  For now, you will have to use your imagination to see how the colors and fabrics came together.  I will be spending the upcoming weeks editing the Sailor Jeans as well as the Easter Dress.  I am excited to share the process with you.

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Also, I just had to share what I found on my morning run today.  Hearts from Mother Nature…spreading the love on this special Easter Day. ❤️❤️❤️

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May you appreciate all the little blessings and miracles around you even in the midst of this pandemic.  Thank you for visiting!

Virtual hugs!

Ann

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This Easter project is in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric.

Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric has an online fabric shop housing beautiful name brand fabrics.  She is an expert on textiles and has an eye for fit & styling women who loves to sew.  I highly recommend her blog for inspiration.  Click here.

Shop Fabrics & Notions @sewmuchfabric
– lace
– Coastal Green Cotton Brocade
– Gutermann thread 660
– Invisible zipper 540

Inspiration for my Sailor Jeans

Greetings with many thoughts and prayers for everyone.

In order to keep my mental health positive, I still have to set time aside to design and sew.  It is a time where I lose myself in creativity.  I find this helpful since the time outside of sewing is worrying about others.

This specific project is going to be forever imprinted on my mind because I started this project when the coronavirus unfolded.  I am thinking of making a different kind of video for this one…I will be brainstorming.

Well, I have done plenty of alterations to jeans, but I never sewed denim jeans from beginning to end. This will be my first😬.  After doing some research, I did not find any information on sewing sailor jeans, but I did find some inspirational videos that showed me the general process.  Other than that, I will be figuring out the whole process as I go along.  This will be a lot of fun.
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I am in love with the #RalphLauren blue denim available @sewmuchfabric. It is an 8oz no stretch 100% cotton. I wanted a classic contrasting thread so I chose Gutermann #870 Topaz and the matching #279 Dark Midnight. All are available on the online shop at: Sew Much Fabric

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My Inspiration Board includes my red linen #memade#sailorshorts😉 and photos on Pinterest. Below is the sewing process for my sailor shorts:

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Andrea with @sewtofit has a great tutorial for the flat-felled seam. This just made the process of sewing jeans easier for me.  Thank you Andrea! I got to spend some time practicing.  She has a patreon group that allows access to more wonderful tutorials. Go check her out! Below is a sneak peek into her patreon world.  It is the flat-felled seam tutorial that is only available to her members.  You guys are extra special because I got permission to share this with you;)

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Here are videos that inspired me from the YouTube World.

JENNI.SWISS – I like his creativity and style of filming his sewing process. Note: Bar Tack {Time Stamp 5:38}

ROMAN LEMESCHKO – I loved how he used an orange contrasting fabric {Time Stamp 3:21} for the pocket.  I will be using red in mine.

UCHIDA HOUSE – This video made me wish I had all the industrial equipment to sew my jeans.  I didn’t realize all these different types of sewing machines existed.  So cool!

{2:55} Anyone know what this machine is doing? Is it pressing the denim?
{3:08}Flat-Felled Machine
{4:54} Bar Tack Machine
{5:01} Button Machine
{7:43} Button Hole Maker
{8:26} Belt Loop Maker
{11:41} Hem
{12:19} Waist Band

Well, here is my toile and I am excited to get the Sailor Jeans completed.

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Please stay safe and healthy! 🤗. Don’t forget to wash your hands 💦🖐🏼🤚🏼

Virtual hugs!

Ann

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This project is in collaboration with Sew Much Fabric & Sew To Fit.

Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric has an online fabric shop housing beautiful name brand fabrics.  She is an expert on textiles and has an eye for fit & styling for women who loves to sew.  I highly recommend her blog for inspiration.  Click here.

Andrea with Sew To Fit is an expert in pattern fitting and pattern design.  She has a YouTube Channel you can view by clicking here.  She teaches e-learning classes available with a VIP Club.

Youtique Inspired : Camryn & Serena Fabric Flowers

Greetings!

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of their fabric flowers inspired by my tutorials.  I love seeing them and it inspires me to continue creating.  I know it will also inspire others to create.  Here are fabric flowers custom made for my guests and by you.  Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful week!

Hugs!

Ann

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ps.  Here are the videos to help you create the flowers:

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 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