Happy Valentine’s Day! DIY Earrings for the Red Lace Outfit

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

What a great way to conclude my Red Lace Outfit Series since it is also a perfect outfit for Valentines Day:)

I had put together an inspiration board to help give me direction on the earrings I was looking for.  These were all inspired by the Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2013 Fashion Show.

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I knew I wanted something gold, big (proportional to me), sparkly, and a touch of pearls.  I had gone to at least 5 different shops and did not find earrings that “felt” right.   So guess what I decided to do? DIY them! I hope you enjoy the process:)

I purchased 3 separate earrings that would bring all the elements together.  They were all gold.  One had the size, the second had pearls, and the last had that touch of sparkle.  I was really happy with the result and got to wear it with my Wedding Guest outfit.

Did you ever have to create an accessory to match your outfit?  Feel free to share your experience.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO,
Ann

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Hong Kong Finish & Zipper Technique: Basic Red Outfit

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This may be a basic red outfit but the inside of the skirt and top is #notbasic. This is the first time I completed an outfit with #HongKongSeams and I ❤️ it! No body can see the inside but I know (and now you do too😉).

What inspired me to do Hong Kong Seams you may ask? Well, one of my first sewing books I purchased in college – “Designer Sewing Techniques” by Nancy Fleming.  When I should have been studying for my biology courses, I was skimming design and sewing books😬.  It was one of my guilty pleasures 🤫.  I first saw the Hong Kong seam in this book and have always wanted to try it.  Page 22, you are my inspiration!

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About the zipper…

I needed an 18” separating zipper for my red top but the standard separating sizes were 16”, 10”, or 7”.

Instead, I used a 24” standard zipper. I was Inspired by Roz’s @sewmuchfabric strapless top she made in @susankhalje couture class.  She used a zipper longer than the top and sewed on snap buttons. This would keep the zipper tail hidden and in place.  Now that is creative! 👏🏼

However, when Roz first tried to explain how to zip it up over the phone, I had a hard time imagining it. It took a couple of explanations and lots of questions from my end to finally picture it in my head. So instead of just trying to explain it to you, I thought I’d film 🎥it for you as well😉. I hope you learned something new because I sure did😁. #alwayslearning

So what do you think of this technique? Would you try this? What are some other options when faced with this challenge?

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Love,

Ann

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Youtique Lifestyle: Wardrobe Planning series is a Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric. This will be an ongoing project throughout 2019. Since I started attending more meetings, events, and wedding shows, I wanted a #memade wardrobe that would take me from the car rider line to a business event. To achieve my goals, I got the help of #stylist & #textile expert Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric. She came to evaluate my closet & sent me the results of my closet evaluation. A basic red skirt and blouse was on my list for an immediate wardrobe need. I hope you will join me on this adventure as I curate my closet for 2019.

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How to Sew a Welt Pocket (single) : Tuxedo Inspired Dress

 

I have been wanting to #sew a tuxedo inspired dress for awhile now.  Because of @Carikim, I was able to bring my imagination to life.  I want to thank Cari for sponsoring this project. If you ever want couture sewing inspiration, I encourage you to visit @carikim Instagram’s page.  My muslin mock ups are usually a mess but I love visiting her IG especially for her pristine and beautiful #muslin work😍.  Thank you Cari for inspiring me and for your support.

This project will have a special focus on the welt pocket I created out of the matte & sheen fabric I sewed the dress with.  I created the welt pocket with a shiny satin fabric contrast to the main body of the dress.  It would also match the lapel and the custom satin buttons.

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And here is how I created the single welt pocket.  Have you ever sewn a welt pocket?  Feel free to share your tips and tricks:)

Thank you for visiting & I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day!

Hugs,

Ann

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Happy 2019 New Year!

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Happy 2019 New Year! I hope everyone had a memorable Winter Holiday season and enjoyed time with family & friends. I have many exciting projects & events planned for 2019, however, I will start with announcing my official #wardrobeplanning collaboration with @sewmuchfabric throughout the 2019 year.

Many of you may or may not have noticed that in mid 2018 I had expanded my business name to “Lifestyle” Designs and had started #sewing a few items for myself.  I will continue to have Bridal tutorials but for 2019, there will be a strong emphasis on wardrobe planning.  Reflecting on my 2018 year, it was filled with fun events, wedding shows, & meetings. This meant I had to update my wardrobe as I stepped out more often from the comfort of my Home Studio.  If you would like to learn more about me and why I decided to start creating my #memade wardrobe, feel free to read the interview questions on Sew Much Fabric’s Blog:   http://smfdesignsandfriends.blogspot.com/2019/01/meet-ann.html

Thank you for visiting Youtique Bridal & Lifestyle Designs!❤️🤗

In this #NewYear, may you continue to get inspired to “create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary.”

XOXO,
Ann

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Lifestyle Design : Black Boho Blouse

I had stated I want to sew quality clothes for myself for the past several years. At the beginning of 2018, I promised myself I would only wear what is in the closet or what I sew (except workout clothes – I’ll get there one day☺️). So below is a blouse I completed. I started out with these #inspiration photos below.  I was drawn to the sleeve and the bodice pattern of these dresses.  And you may have noticed, I am expanding to #lifestyledesigns😉.  For every item I create for myself, I will sew a Bridal version as part of my personal challenge.

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Inspiration from Pinterest: sleeve #AlexPerry, bodice pattern #DanyAtracheSpring 2018

Feel free to watch the process of how I sewed the Boho Blouse:

I was recently invited to speak to the Design students at the @artinstitutehou. I loved every moment of it because I got to share my passion as well as be among talented young people who have so much to offer. Thank you Professor Broussard for the invitation! Be on the look out for these up and coming Fashion and Interior Designers 😊. Btw, I got to wear my blouse at my speaking engagement;)

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Below is Part 1 of 3: Muslin Fitting

Sewing Pattern: @mccallpatterncompany#M7723
Silk lining: @sewmuchfabric
Fashion fabrics: @joann_stores
Ruffle trim: @hobbylobby

Part 3: The Lace Bridal Blouse is coming soon.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs,

Ann

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