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! 😜

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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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How to Make a Ring Bearer Pillow : CHRIS + MAI

Photo credit: Khanh Nguyen Photography

I had the opportunity to create a custom ring bearer pillow for Chris & Mai’s September 2018 rustic themed wedding.  This was made with burlap & embroidered ribbon roses. I also hand embroidered their initials and wedding date on the back.  You can view it below…

I am up for an adventure and have always wanted to ride my own motorcycle. I have been a passenger in the past but never got to ride one myself.  Guess who gave me the opportunity? Chris & Mai. I adore this couple.  On our first meeting through a mutual friend, Mai trusted me with her motorcycle.  And Chris, he was so patient and taught me the basic riding skills. I know it is because of them I passed my motorcycle class in 2016 and got my license. Thank you Chris & Mai! I know your love for one another will continue to grow and flourish. Because of how you were patient and encouraged me, I know you will be patient with one another and encourage each other to grow. I wish you all the happiness and congratulations on your forever!

Here’s my very first motorcycle ride…

Thank you for watching!

Hugs,

Ann

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DIY Guest : Makeup Artist Cynthia Alsop, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Greetings!

I wanted to share Cynthia Alsop’s DIY Birdcage Veil she created using my tutorial.  Isn’t her work stunning?!  She is a makeup artist from Fredericksburg, VA.  Thank you Cynthia for sharing your creativity with us.  I love asking my DIY Guests questions on what inspired them so feel free to read Cynthia’s answers below.   Also, make sure to check out her talent on IG @cynthia.alsop

 

 

1) What inspired you to DIY?  The thought came when a photographer and I decided we wanted to do a photoshoot to showcase the beauty of our community for weddings.  We specifically wanted to highlight that couples in our area could still plan a dream wedding right here in Fredericksburg, VA for less than $200.  Of course, I knew in order to make that happen, I would be diying a few aspects of the shoot.  I decided I wanted a vintage yet elegant theme and started making a list of the elements to include.  Veils were at the top but when I started pricing them for purchase I was shocked at some of the prices I was quoted or had seen.  That’s when I knew, I wanted to create my own veil.

2) How did you find my tutorial?  I found your tutorial via YouTube and Pinterest.  When I started, I didn’t know exactly what type of veil I was looking for.  I knew it existed but just couldn’t pinpoint the exact name of it.  I started by typing in the term “veils” into Google and it became a rabbit hole situation after that.  I saw so many photos from your videos on Pinterest coupled with the term “diy veils”.  So naturally I clicked on all the photos and it took me to your videos.  When I found your channel, I was amazed with the number of tutorials you had.  I can say I binge watched them for a day straight trying to generate ideas.  Eventually, I figured out what I wanted and it was called a bird cage veil.

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 3) What was the easiest part of creating the Birdcage veil, what was the most challenging part?  I found that the easiest part of the whole process was how you explained the construction of the veil.  Your videos made me feel comfortable enough that I could recreate one on my own.  

 The most challenging part for me actually was finding the materials.  You did a great job listing the materials for the project at the start of each video.  I saved a photo of the supply list and took it to my local sewing supply store but didn’t have much luck in the beginning.  Russian (or missionary) netting is hard to find where I live especially when I needed the veil for a shoot that was scheduled to occur in less than a week.

4) Was it rewarding?  I’ve always felt that making something on my own was so much more rewarding than purchasing it from a store.  It’s why it was important to me to try and source the materials myself.  I found some lovely birdcage veils on Etsy but knew I could make them at a cost that was more affordable and inline with our photoshoot theme.  In fact, with coupons for the supplies, I was able to make 4 veils for the cost of one veil that I saw online.

5) Feel free to add any comments or suggestions.  Since my June shoot, I’ve subscribed to your YT channel and started following you on IG.  I love sharing your page with my brides when we’re collaborating on a look for her wedding day.  Of course, it’s always great seeing what you’re up to in the wedding industy.  After watching all your YT vids, you’re definitely a source I go to for bridal inspiration.

Thank you Cynthia for taking the time to answer my questions and I truly appreciate you sharing your work.  Your words are very encouraging for me:)

If you want to create the birdcage veil, here is my tutorial:

Thank you everyone for visiting!  May you have an EXTRAordinary day and get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

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