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! 😘

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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…

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Wax Tracing Paper : Resources

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Wax Tracing Paper

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Greetings!

Thank you Prinncess Wade for your inquiry.  The question was in regards to the wax tracing paper I use to transfer patterns at {0:47seconds} in my video below.

I had originally purchased it from Mood Fabrics when I was in New York back in 2011.  You can read about my adventure here:  New York=Heaven

I checked their online store but did not see it so I researched further and found the following online shops.  Feel free to check out the following options:

83cm x57cm Wax Tracing Paper (approx 32″ x 22″)

Amazon Burda Style $5.99/ea pk +Free Shipping, Blue/Red

Sewing Bee Fabrics Easy Shop, $4.35+$5.44 US Shipping from UK/each pk, Yellow/White or Red/Blue

26″ x 39″ Wax Tracing Paper

Susan Khalje $20/4 sheets, Red/White/Yellow/Navy

Richard the Thread, recommended to call in to order, 800-473-4997
$5.95 ea sheet, Color Options: White/Red/Navy/Yellow/Light Blue/Orange

American Sewing Supply $7.00/ ea Sheet, Color Option: White/Navy/Red/Yellow

Helen Haughty Easy Shop $14.00/ea sheet, Color Option: Navy 

SiL Thread Inc.- recommended to call in to order
phone : 212-997-8949
e-mail : sil@silthreadinc.com

Oliver and S $10.00/Sheet, yellow

I hope this helps you out Prinncess Wade.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Have a wonderful evening!

Ann

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Classic Black Tee : Making the Pattern & Sewing the Neckband

Greetings!

After this experience, I will never look at t-shirts the same. I found myself studying every t-shirt I come across in the stores. I am now curious of the quality and the finishes of a t-shirt;)

This video shows how I created the sewing pattern for my classic black tee. Since I am taking the time to sew a t-shirt I can buy almost anywhere, I wanted to make sure the fit was exactly how I wanted and incorporate quality elements. I studied the tees I had for many years and compared them to the lesser quality ones. I made minor alterations to the t-shirt I liked and made the sewing pattern from it.

Video content:
{0:05} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric : https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{0:12} Intro
{0:16} Rayon Knit Jersey
{0:27} Studying the t-shirts
{4:15} Pattern for Bodice & Sleeve
{5:19} Pattern for Neckband & Binding
{5:32} Calculate Neckband Length Thank you @DIBY Club Youtube Channel! https://youtu.be/ZO9zb1xbeLs
{6:06} Neck Binding
{6:39} T-Shirt Pattern

This video shows the process of how I sewed the neckband & the neck binding.

Video content:
{0:04} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{0:14} Iron in half
{0:24} Neckband
{2:30} Tip: Don’t rush the process;) Thank you Cynthia Dickerson! Tutorial for removing serger stitches:  https://youtu.be/pxn6wERSODA
{3:01} Edgestitching
{3:43} Neck Binding

Below is the time lapse of me sewing the t-shirt.

So have you made a t-shirt before? How was your experience sewing it?  Well, I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

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

Ann

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Wardrobe Planning Blog post:
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Pinterest Board:
https://www.pinterest.com/youtique/t-shirt-sewing/

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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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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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DIY Honeymoon Swimsuit : payitforward4edu.com

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Greetings Everyone!

I thought this would be a good project to inspire DIY destination Brides or for those having tropical honeymoons.  Since I was hanging out with my children at the pool this past summer, I wanted to make myself a swimsuit.  First, I wanted to see how a specific silhouette would look on me before starting on my “real” bathing suit.  My goal was to visually make my waist look smaller and to cover my tummy.  The way I sewed the prototype is the same way I sew my children’s Halloween costumes…quick, easy, and budget friendly. Basically, lazy sewing:)  So here is the general process of how I made the prototype:

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(1) purchased a well-fitted tank top and 2 extremely large knitted tshirts (for accent colors).  2. As you can see, the tank top was cupped already to save time on making the padded bodice.  (3) I marked my waistline and (4) cut.

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(5) Next, lay the tank on top of the tshirt and measure out the width of the tank.  I wanted a 1″ waist band so I gave it a 1/2″ seam allowance on each side, (6) total width cut is 2 inches. (7) the waist band. (8) pin the waist band to the tank with right sides facing each other.

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(9)serge one side of the waist band to the tank . *if you do not have a serger, you can sew using a zigzag stitch. (10) Next, I created a paper pattern for my ruffle hem by using the same technique as my “midnight blue couture project”…click {here} to view the steps.  (11) Sew the ruffle fabric to the waist band. (12) and sew the the hem

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(13) I used my favorite swim bottom to create the swim bottom pattern.  I basically stretched it out to lay it flat and added a 1/2″ seam allowance (14) I cut from the 2 remaining accent fabrics and sewed it together, totaling 2 swim bottoms. (15) With wrong sides of the fabric facing each other (16) I serged on the elastic band to the three openings. (17) the swimsuit bottom.

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(18) I folded the seam in and used a (19) zig zag stitch to secure it.  And that completes it.  I didn’t end up making my “real” swimsuit yet so I’ll save that for next summer, but I did get to wear my prototype a few times to the pool.  But the great part is, I got to pair it up with my big summer hat and my Smart Money Smart Kids book I got as birthday gifts —- Thank you Quynn for the hat and Thank you Nancy for the book:)  To check out my swimsuit inspiration board, click {here}.

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I would like to take this time to share about a special math education program started by my friend Quynn.  She has a passion for teaching math and started Pay It Forward For Education.  It provides FREE online interactive math tutorial sessions for 3rd grade through Algebra 1.  My son Big J is attending and loves it.  He loves the idea that he can possibly have a classmate from around the world and it has also enhanced his math skills.  If you would like to learn more about this program, feel free to email Quynn at piffe2014@gmail.com or check out the website at www.payitforward4edu.com.

Also, I was speaking with a friend from Canada, I heard the teachers are on strike:(  For my Canadian friends, maybe this is something you can check out for your children:)

Well, thank you for visiting and have a great evening!

Ann

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Personal Sewing : Black Floral Blouse

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Inspired by the textured floral pattern

Hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

I was invited to be a judge for a High School Sewing Contest back in March 2014.  The successful event was organized and sponsored by Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric.  Since I was grading students on their sewing projects, it was only fitting for me to wear one of my own creations:)  So out to the fabric shop I went….while shopping for fabric, I came across this textured floral fabric and was instantly inspired.  I decided on a blouse and used a pattern I created for the “Ruffles & Pyramid Trim” Dress.  I also added long sleeves using the sheer floral fabric.  Here is a glimpse of the process:

 

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My favorite part of the blouse is the back clasp.  I used an old necklace and up-cycled it to become the back clasp.

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Here is a closer look of the blouse.  The flowers are hand-sewn on along the hem and bodice lines to soften the sewing lines.

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Well, I hope you got inspired to sew and create:)  Have a wonderful Labor Day!

To read more about the following, please feel free to click on a link:

High School Sewing Contest 

Ruffles & Pyramid Trim Dress

Sew Much Fabric

Thank you for visiting!

Ann

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{Personal Sewing} Cranberry & Lace Dress

Happy Sunday!

I completed my Cranberry & Lace Dress and wore it to two different events in the last few weeks.  During the whole design process, the dress actually went through several changes.  This tends to happen when I design for myself:(  If you are curious, I’ll take you through the general process from beginning to end.

How I chose the color of the dress…

I was inspired by my turquoise necklaces.  I adore turquoise so I wanted a nice contrasting fabric color.  I went to explore the fabric store and “Cranberry” it was!

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After coming across the “Bamboo Confidential” short film, I knew I wanted a simple clean silhouette with a low v-neckline (not too low though:)

And as I was watching the 2014 Spring Haute Couture Collection by Elie Saab, I fell in love with the feminine floral gowns — the dimension, texture, the sparkles, etc!


I then started sewing my muslin, fitted myself, took it apart and sewed it back together until I was satisfied with the fit.

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Next, I cut out the fashion fabrics and started using couture sewing techniques.  The main reason why I did not call this a couture dress, although I used couture sewing techniques, is because the fabrics are not luxe fabrics.  I used a polyester satin for the dress instead of a silk satin.  Since this dress was made within a few weeks, I did not want to invest a lot of money into luxe fabrics in case it did not turn out.  Also, I was working within a budget (I’ve been doing a lot of budget sewing lately since the hubby is in school:)

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cutting out all the lace flowers from 3/4 yard of lace fabric

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pinning and laying out the lace flowers

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Sometimes I will make changes to a design element because it may look different with the fashion fabric.  For example, the skirt gathering  was changed to a simple dart gather and after working hard on the sleeve design, I decided not to have sleeves.  The bell sleeve I wanted with a fitted lace cuff did not look right with the silhouette:( This is okay since it is part of the sewing adventure:)

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For the pocket, I laid the lace on top of a skin-toned lining fabric.  Also, I hand sewed all the lace flowers onto the bodice.  In the picture above, you can see how I was able to place my finger inside the flower.  They were each sewn at 3 different points to give dimension and texture.

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I did contemplate hand sewing on some beadwork…then opted out.  Not enough time in a day:(

And here is the final dress….

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The lace pocket, the ruffled shoes I wore with the dress, the lace flower placement over the zipper using a snap button, and the final dress

I did not end up wearing any of my turquoise necklaces because I thought it would be too much with the lace flowers.  Instead, I wore my drop turquoise earrings:)

So, do you have any techniques you like to use for manipulating fabrics to give texture and dimension? Please do share:)

If you are creating your own wedding or formal gown, I hope you will be inspired by some of the techniques I used from my personal sewing projects:)   Also, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks for visiting!

Ann

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Sneak Peek : Cranberry Lace & Satin Dress {Personal Sewing}

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Good Morning!

I have been working on a personal project for the past couple of weeks and thought I would give you a sneak peek.  It will be for an upcoming wedding event where I am attending as a guest.  Although it is not authentically couture, there is a LOT of hand sewing involved.  I will share more on this project sometime next week or the following since I need to complete it as soon as possible:)

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thread tracing by hand

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cutting out all the individual flowers from the lace fabric

Thanks for visiting!

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To view the final dress, please click {here}.

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