Special Guest Cari Loschen @carikim : Couture Pinning & Resources

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are doing well. Today I had the honor of having Cari Loschen as a special guest on my IG Live series. I go live on IG every Friday at 1pm CST and the last Friday of the month is reserved for a special guest. My goal of going live is to make sure everyone is doing well, build a creative community that will inspire and encourage one another, and to keep you updated on the status of my current project.

Cari took the time to teach us how to do couture pinning and shared some Couture resources. Feel free to watch it below. I hope you enjoy the sharing.

  • Video Content:
  • {2:00} How we met
  • {0:55} Welcome
  • 3:02} About Cari
  • {4:22} How did you get into Couture Sewing?
  • {13:05} Couture Pinning
  • {27:28} Resource Site for Advanced Sewing
  • {34:43} Cari’s favorite Inspirational Quotes
  • {36:36} Take of yourself, take care of each other, and text, call, or FaceTime someone today.

You can follow Cari on Instagram at @carikim and email her at cari@carikim.com.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Please take care of yourself and each other.

Hugs!

Ann

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Wearing my #memade Lace Sleeve Crop Top

How to Sew Sailor Jeans

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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.

Lace Sleeve Easter Blouse : Get up and Sew!

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Greetings!

The week started out a little rough but I finally finished editing the Lace Sleeve Easter top.  I wore the Lace Sleeve Blouse under my Easter dress for mass from home.  Afterwards, I changed into my Sailor Jeans for the Easter egg hunt.  I ❤️ the versatility!

You will see the general process of how I sewed the top with a special focus on cutting and attaching the beautiful #guipurelace.  Feel free to view it below:

Video Content:
{0:00} Intro
{0:06} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/easter-dre…
{0:09} Lace Sleeve Crop Top, Special focus on the cutting & placement of the lace
{0:35} Sewing Pattern Simplicity 4070
{0:50} Concealed Button Placket Tutorial
https://youtu.be/pmM2XPELxqg
{1:02} Fashion Fabrics & Ordinaries
Fashion Fabrics & Button: http://stores.smfabric.com/easter-dre…
{1:25} Cut Fashion Fabrics
{1:48} Concealed Button Placket Tutorial
https://youtu.be/pmM2XPELxqg
{1:57} Darts
{2:53} French Seam: Sides & Shoulders
{3:24} Bias Binding: Neck & Hem
{3:50} Buttons
{4:20} Cutting the Lace Sleeve
{5:28} Pinning the Lace
{6:50} Bias Binding at the Armhole
{7:01} Finishing Touches
{7:18} Triangle Chapel Veil
https://youtu.be/dUqoMTvjlmM
{7:22} Easter Outfits : Easter Dress & Sailor Jeans (Videos coming soon)
{7:35} Crop Top with #MeMade Bottoms

Here are the outfits I put together with items in my closet

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*memade
Outfit 1: *Easter Dress (Video coming soon)
Outfit 2: *Front Zipper Skirt: https://youtu.be/VBxRpmOMzdk
Outfit 3: *Checkered skirt-n/a
Outfit 4: *Red Lace Skirt: https://youtu.be/3FzdLsrKM8Q
Outfit 5: *Silk A-Line: https://youtu.be/kFBsTNFhnJE
Outfit 6: *Sailor Shorts: https://youtu.be/7TEMViaEThI

As my husband said, “Get up and sew!!!” I was having a hard time getting out of bed last Monday morning worrying about my father.  He got sick recently.  Thank God he is starting to feel better but I can’t help but continue worrying about him and thinking of others who are experiencing stress and worries during this time.

I pray everyone is doing well. 🙏🌎🌍🌏 The reality is we will all have ups and downs. We need to support one another and be there for each other the best we can. Please take care of each other.  It’s ok to have down days but don’t get stuck there.  Do something to keep yourself going whether it is cooking, gardening, organizing, praying, etc – do something you love and enjoy.  Just do something that will help you mentally, physically, and spiritually.  Like my husband said, “get up and sew!!!” – and that I did.🤗😘

Hugs!

Ann

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DIY Face Masks by Unity Point Health -Cedar Springs

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Greetings!

We are living in interesting times.  On Monday April 27, 2020 we are required to wear a mask or we will be fined.  DIY Face Mask Tutorials have flooded the internet because of the covid pandemic.  Instead of creating a tutorial, I wanted to find the best one (in my opinion) to share with you.  I really like the one by Unity Point Health- Cedar Rapids because it is washable, the filter can easily be replaced, and it seals well around the nose (better with a wire).  If you create this mask, please make sure to stop by their channel and thank them for this tutorial.

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Here is the pattern below and the tutorial I used by Unity Point Health- Cedar Springs. 

Unity Point Health Olsen Mask Pattern

I had a hard time finding elastic since it was cleared out at the stores and the local hobby and fabric shops were closed.  I used remnant fabrics, slim elastic (I wouldn’t recommend but I found it in my sewing closet), and floral wire to create masks for family & friends.  The purpose is to protect others in case we are asymptomatic.

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Since the pattern is a one size fits all, I created two darts on each side at the bottom for a custom fit.  This helped seal around the chin.  Also, you may have noticed this particular mask was made from my Easter Dress remnant fabric.  Please note that this is not meant to replace manufactured masks.

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I am still working on editing 4 different videos right now so I may be MIA for a bit.  Please stay safe and don’t forget to wash your hands and wear the mask;)

Hugs!

Ann

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Cloth Face Covering Do’s & Don’ts from the Center for Disease Control

Do

  • Make sure you can breathe through it
  • wear it whenever going out in public
  • make sure it covers your nose and mouth
  • wash after using

Don’t

  • use on children under age 2
  • use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment intended for healthcare workers

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.

Faux Leather Cardigan : Topstitch & Belt Loops

Greetings!

I am complete with my Faux Leather Cardigan. This is a video on how I sewed my Faux Leather Cardigan with a special focus on the topstitching & the belt loop. I got to wear it a couple of times already on gloomy and drizzly days. It really made my day feel brighter & more cheerful. Well, I hope you enjoy the video. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Here is the video content:
{0:00} Intro
{0:04} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric http://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{0:10} Faux Leather Cardigan, Special focus on the Topstitch & Belt Loop
{0:25} Toile
{0:39} Fashion Fabrics & Ordinaries
Fashion Fabrics & Button: http://stores.smfabric.com/faux-leather-coat/
Leather Needle size 110/18: https://amzn.to/2OK8agx
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion: https://amzn.to/2RvCNHO
Sewing Clips: https://amzn.to/36nd0WI
Water Soluble Double Sided Tape: https://amzn.to/2DJwHw8
{1:01} Cut Fashion Fabrics
{1:22} Cut Faux leather lining
{1:50} Sewing it together
{1:55} Topstitching

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{2:55} Sewing all together
{3:48} Attach Faux Leather Lining
{4:14} Button Hole & Button
{4:33} Pocket
{5:40} Belt
{6:23} Belt Loop

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{9:00} Lining
{10:11} Outfits
{10:28} Thank you for watching! I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)
{10:36} Visit my YT Channel to click Like, Subscribe, & ring that bell;)

Here are outfits I put together with items in my closet:

red cardigan outfits

Outfit1: Color Block Tee, Zipper Front Skirt
Outfit2: White tee I used to create the Color Block Tee, White Pants
Outfit3: Sleeveless Chambray Blouse, Black Pants
Outfit4: Color Block Tee, Silk A-line skirt, Altered Belt
Outfit5: Floral Dress

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I love how the cardigan turned out.  I can create another look with the belt I altered.  Just wear it over the jacket and I have a completely new new look;).  Thank you for visiting the blog!

Hugs, Ann

***NOTE**** I use some links that may be affiliates, which means I may receive a small commission for helping you find the things I use in my videos. If you choose to buy something by following the link, there will not be any additional fees to you. Thank you for watching & supporting the channel!

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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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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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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Ruby Red Sailor Short : Wardrobe Planning

My Ruby Red Sailor Short has been a great addition to my wardrobe this summer.  I have plenty of running/exercise shorts but no dressy/casual shorts.  When Roz suggested a sailor-inspired short, I had absolutely no hesitation😁.  I organized an inspiration board via Pinterest to give direction on the design.  However, I fell in love with the Balmain shorts immediately.  I appreciated the details & love the pocket design.

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One of my goals is to not buy anymore unnecessary sewing patterns (part of my simplifying journey), but try and work with what I have.  So I drafted my own pattern modifying McCall’s 3892.


It was the same pattern used for my Xmas Party outfit. You can read more about my 70s inspired jumpsuit by visiting clicking: 70’s Xmas Party Outfit.

After studying the sewing lines and the design pieces, I modified the pattern to the style I wanted.  You can watch how I made the pattern below.  I also show the process of how I preshrunk the linen.  You can purchase the Sandra Betzina Fabric Savvy at: https://amzn.to/2XxxIn7

After sewing the Italian Linen Sailor Short, I put a few outfits together.  I think it is time to make a few more shorts because I have been wearing it quite a bit.  You can watch how I sewed the Italian Linen Sailor Short below.

While I was taking apart the toile shorts and laying it out on the beautiful Italian linen, I had time to think about my audience.  You guys are a very thoughtful community! Also, I know my projects can take awhile but yet, you are still following along. You are really patient too! 🤗  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your love & support.  It is very encouraging.  Next editing project in line…my chambray shirt.  What are you sewing for the summer?

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Well, I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary😉.  Have a wonderful week! 😘

Shop Sew Much Fabric: https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/

Hugs!

Ann

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Youtique Lifestyle: Wardrobe Planning series is in 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.

You will see a mix of Wardrobe Planning along with Bridal Tutorials, however, there will be a strong focus on Wardobe Planning this year. I hope you join me on this adventure. If you want up-to-date projects, make sure to follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youtiquebri…

Wardrobe Planning Blog post: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/…**********************************************

Shop Beginner Sewing Machines & Supplies: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/beginner-sewing-machines/