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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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

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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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
https://amzn.to/2DJwHw8
{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

Fall Sewing Fabrics : Zipper Front Skirt :

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Greetings!  I hope you are all keeping yourselves warm.  I am enjoying the cooler weather here in Katy, TX.   I am starting a new sewing project that will be perfect for this weather.  It is going to be my Zipper Front Skirt and above is the inspiration board.

I am really excited about this sewing project because of the bold block coloring Rosalind/Sew Much Fabric suggested. Again, I modified my red lace block pattern to create the toile.  I had used the base of this pattern to create my Bathing Suit Cover-up & the Silk A-line skirt.

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Below are the fabrics Roz put together for this Fall sewing project & my toile is already fitted.  The fabrics & notions from Sew Much Fabric include:

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– Black/White Diamond Woven Cotton : C2726
– Red Faux Leather: PV3559
– Rayon Lining: RL- Valentine Red
– Custom sized zipper
– Gutermann Thread

I am a little nervous because the sewing marks on the faux leather will be permanent. However, I do like challenges😉. There is no do-over once you sew into the leather. You can only take in but there is no letting out 😬. Wish me luck…this will be fun!  Here are the cut fashion fabrics & I will be using leather needles 110/18 to sew;)

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What is on your sewing machine?  How is your wardrobe planning?  Thank you for reading & I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  To read about my wardrobe planning journey, click HERE.

Hugs!

Ann

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Bishop Sleeve Blouse : Full Sleeve Alteration

frontGreetings!

I am finally complete with my Fashion Show Outfit series. The video below shows how I sewed the Bishop Sleeve Blouse with a focus on creating a fuller sleeve. I got to wear the blouse to the Runway Houston Fashion Show and also to a birthday celebration.

Here is the video content:
{0:00} Intro
{0:05} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{0:32} Toile
{0:50} Taking apart the toile
{0:59} Fuller Sleeve Alteration

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{2:25} Fashion Fabrics @sewmuchfabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{2:31} Cutting the Fashion Fabrics
{2:47} Roz’s text – add 4Inches to bodice hem
{3:09} Darts
{3:40} Sewing it together
{5:42} Attach Sleeves
{6:30} Sleeve hem
{7:54} Fitting #2
{8:10} Accessories – https://youtu.be/RfXfptI9hcM
{8:20} Finishing Touches: hem & lining
{8:53}Open Back
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Here are the outfits I put together with the Bishop Sleeve Blouse.  It includes my #memade red lace skirt, checkered skirt, & A-line skirt.  I love how my wardrobe is slowly becoming all #memade:).  So which outfit do you like the best?  Or which one would you wear the most?

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Not only did I get to wear the blouse to the fashion show, but I also wore it to celebrate some very special people.  Happy Birthday Stephanie & Julie!

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Here are the rest of the series.

Thank you for visiting & I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs!
Ann

Accessories for the Fashion Show Outfit

Greetings!  I hope you are all doing very well.  The weather just dropped down to the 50’s in Katy, TX and I am loving the cold breeze.  If you are from Texas, you know it feels officially winter;). How is the weather where you reside?

This week has been a full week of fittings, sewing, and shopping for accessories.  I had a lot of fun with Roz – Sew Much Fabric.  She is putting my outfit together for the Runway Houston Fashion Show.  Because of my experience with the Blue Asymmetrical Dress, I gave her complete freedom & trust to put this together.

I fell in love with my silk A-line skirt when it was complete.  I was already imagining all the possibilities of how I can wear the skirt.  However, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling the whole outfit when wearing the skirt with the Bishop Sleeve blouse.  It felt plain.  But of course, leave it to Roz to solve the challenge.  Using the accessories I already had, she gave me some inspiration ideas.  So we went shopping….

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I spotted a purse that had the colors of my wardrobe & I was drawn to it.  I thought it was fun – my kids called it the pumpkin purse.  Well, this mom is ready to have a little fun with my pumpkin purse – perfect for Fall weather;).  In conclusion, Roz made me fall in love with the outfit by the end of it all.  I am excited to wear it tonight.  For now, I will be putting some outfit ideas together for my lifestyle.  After that, I will prepare for the event tonight by doing my hair & makeup.  If you would like to get up-to-date happenings, feel free to follow me on my Instagram stories.

I did have to alter the necklace I purchased.  I will share that in the near future.  Feel free to watch how I DIYed my earrings for my Red Lace outfit below.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Ann Ngo, Youtique Bridal & Lifestyle

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