Swimsuit Coverup & My LBD : Wardrobe Planning

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Greetings! I hope you are all doing well. My swimsuit coverup is complete & it doubles as my Little Black Dress.  Feel free to view the sewing process below:

To create the toile, I modified the block pattern created for my Red Lace Blouse & Skirt. 

I also love how the inside of my garment looks clean and beautiful (in my opinion;).  I took the time to finish off the seams with bias binding.  This process can take some extra sewing time but I think it is worth it.  What do you think?  Also, how do you like to finish off the seams?

After I completed the garment, I decided to created custom embellished snap buttons.  I wanted to hide the metal part so I purchased acrylic scrapbooking embellishments & glued them onto the separate metal snaps.  It gave me the option to remove them so  I really like how it turned out.

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To be honest, I was concerned about the plunging neckline when I first started.  Stylist Roz with Sew Much Fabric suggested the low neckline because she said when worn as a dress, I can wear an underdress.  Also, I am not full busted, so it would be a flattering design.  I have to say she was right.  I love how it all turned out, but it took Roz to come over & help style a few outfits for me to be completely convinced.  I now see all the possibilities of it being a duster and dress as well.  Thank you Roz!  So here are some of the outfits below.  Which one do you like?  or how would you have styled it?

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Here are the outfits using items from my closet:
1.Bathing suit cover
2. Red linen sailor shorts #memade😊and a tank top
3. Workout top with an interesting neckline and jeans
4. Black Sheath dress & animal print heels
5. Linen chambray dress with accent red earrings and shoes
6. #LBD (little black dress) with contrasting turquoise jewelry

Also, I got to wear it on a short getaway before Mr. T & the children start school next week.  I am glad I got to sew a versatile coverup just in time for the resort.

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I know summer is winding down for most of you and I hope you have wonderful new school year!  For me, its a time to reset my work schedule so I can’t wait to share all the new fun projects coming up.  Stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting!

Cheers,
Ann

I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary;)

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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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Sewing the Trim for My Easter Dress

Happy Friday!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer & thank you in advance for being patient.  For the video editing process, the transition into summer can get challenging with the children’s schedule change & traveling.  For up-to-date projects, make sure to follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/youtiquebri…

I hope this video was worth the wait.  I will show the process of how I created the trims for my Floral Easter Dress.

Here is the video content:

{0:06} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
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{0:17} Creating the Trims in the Car Rider Line
{0:29} What do you like to do while waiting in the car?
{0:35} Different Trims I created
{0:42} Waist Band Trim
{1:54} Arm Hole Trim
{2:38} V-Neck Trim
{3:10} Sewing the Black Trim at the V
{4:26} Arm Hole Fray Trim
{5:05}Attach Lining Overview: Neckline, Arms, Zipper, Hem
{5:17} Fray gets a Haircut😉
{5:27} Like, Subscribe, & Ring the Bell for future video releases
{5:32} Shop Sew Much Fabric: https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{5:37} Thank you for visiting! I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Don’t forget to let me know what you like to do while waiting in the car🤔😁.

Here is Part 1/3.  It is the time lapse video of sewing my Easter Dress.

I got to wear this dress again to the Pottery Barn Town & Country Sip & Scan Bridal Event.  Here I am with my fellow Bridal Industry professionals.  Claudia Reimann, Pottery Barn Gift Registry Specialist & Kelly Payton with Houston Perfect Wedding Guide.

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

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/youtiquebridal/

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Floral Easter Dress Series

1/3: Time Lapse, Sewing My Easter Dress : https://youtu.be/bhqLkNVtp7w

2/3: Trims & Fabric Fraying: https://youtu.be/X3fEoDYyoMw

3/3: DIY Headband (Coming Soon)

Summer Outfit : Wardrobe Planning

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I am ready for summer!  I love the button up skirt and the camisole I sewed for this summer weather.  Roz with Sew Much Fabric did a wonderful job choosing the fabric and skirt style.  It is lightweight, feels good against my skin, and the fabric pattern is fun.

Here are some of the different outfits I put together with items in my closet – recognize the black tee I sewed? So which outfit do you like the best? Are you making anything for the summer?

 

Details…

 


Thank you to Roz for the toile fitting. It can be a challenge to fit myself and I am grateful when someone can help – thank you! 🙏🏽

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The sewing video will be coming out in the near future.  Since my family members were taking turns getting sick 🤒 and end-of-the-year school events started, I have fallen behind on my videos😬.  I will be working hard on editing so look out for all the new videos coming soon.

Have an EXTRAordinary weekend and I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

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Sewing pattern : #mccalls7906

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Black/white cotton eyelash check : C2513
Dove White Cotton Shirting : C2558
Charcoal Flower Button : LP674, LP675

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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 view more projects, visit:

https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/wardrobe-planning-collaboration-with-sewmuchfabric/

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.

In 2019, 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/2019/02/04/wardrobe-planning-collaboration-with-sewmuchfabric/

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Floral Easter Dress : Wardrobe Planning

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I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter celebration.  I am complete with my Floral Easter Dress and you can view the process below.

It will be a 3 part series:
1/3: Time Lapse, Sewing My Easter Dress (below)
2/3: Trims & Fabric Fraying
3/3: DIY Headband (Coming Soon)

This is a time lapse video of sewing my Floral Easter Dress. I hope you enjoy the process:)

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{0:06} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
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{0:18} Sewing Pattern Butterick 5455
{0:22} Toile Fitting {):34} Fashion Fabric
{1:12}Serging the Edges
{1:28}Designing the Trims
{1:42}Pockets
{2:05} Waist Band Trim
{2:35}Sewing it together
{2:44}Arm Hole Trim
{3:06}Sewing the Sides
{3:24}Neck Trim
{3:49} Prickstitching the Zipper
Thank you Ms. Barbara Emodi! https://youtu.be/YqN7kskQWJM
{4:05} Arm Hole Fray {4:35}Lining
{5:05} Dress is Complete
{5:17} Outfits: Which look did you like the best?

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Rosalind did a great job choosing the floral fabric for my dress. I love the outcome of my Easter dress and can not wait to wear it to mass tonight.  Have a wonderful Easter Celebration everyone.

God bless!
Ann

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Inspiration Board for the Floral Easter Dress photos via Pinterest

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.

In 2019, 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/2019/02/04/wardrobe-planning-collaboration-with-sewmuchfabric/

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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.

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{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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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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