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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Basic Red Outfit : Wardrobe Planning

Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric

Below is the time lapse of sewing my Basic Red Outfit…thanks for watching! 🙂

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Muslin for my Basic Red Outfit

For once, I was grateful for the extreme weather changes in Katy, TX.  In a few short weeks, I got to see small droplets of snow to wearing short sleeve tops.  The weather was perfect to test the versatility of my basic red outfit.  I am impressed! I got to take it from the car rider line into the Lunar New Year.

So which occasion outfit do you like the best?
1)Wedding Guest
2)Work
3)New Year
4)Casual

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Thanks to Threads for the free pocket pattern: http://www.sewstylish.com/app/uploads/2017/02/SewStylish-magazine-free-pocket-pattern.pdf

Roz did a great job choosing what to sew, the fabric, and the color. Although I was initially hesitant about the bold red, I quickly got comfortable in it and love the versatility.  She thoughtfully chose lace because I am in the Bridal industry but avoided beading and sequins so I can work it into my everyday life. Sew Much Fabric‘s tag line is so fitting…“Fabric Sewn into Fashion.” ❤️

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Roz in her element:)

Also, inspired by my accessories vision board, I created my earrings for the wedding event. I had visited several stores and did not find any that felt” right, so I #DIY them (Tutorial coming soon;)


Thank you for visiting & Happy New Year of the Pig🐷! 🎊May you all have great health, good fortune, and a prosperous new year.

Love,

Ann

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

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– Scarlet Red lace fabric: PN3264
– beige tricot lining: K7-beige
– Gutterman red thread
– 24” blouse zipper
– 7” skirt zipper

Do you believe in Color Psychology? #WardrobePlanning

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions,” the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked. 

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Per Roz, an immediate need in my closet is a basic red outfit, a red top & red skirt. When she first told me, I was hesitant.  Currently, I do not have a single red clothing item in my wardrobe.  The color makes me feel self conscious because it is such a strong bright color.  I have worn accents of red through jewelry & accessories but not an outfit.  I rarely wear bright colors.  The only time I wear it is when I run 🏃🏻‍.

Do you believe in Color Psychology?  I am not a psychologist or claim to be, but as I was sewing my basic red outfit, I had time to think about the impact of color.  My initial hesitation about sewing a red outfit made me wonder about the last time I wore red.  I decided to go through my old photos and collect images of me wearing red.  Surprisingly, I wore red at some important events in my life.  And for some reason, I didn’t find a single photo of me wearing red after having children.  Actually, I didn’t have a lot of photos of myself post pregnancy, most were of my children.  In conclusion, I wore red in my younger days when I was energetic and more bold.

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When I got pregnant and started having children, I realized that my wardrobe colors got darker.  In my mind, I believed darker colors made me look slimmer.  I had my 3 children 2 years apart, 2006/2008/2010, and throughout those 5+ years to current, dark colors were a staple in my wardrobe.  Now I didn’t mind the weight gain because I knew I was carrying something precious and gaining weight was a by-product, but I had to relearn how to dress my new body and adjust to new responsibilities after I delivered my babies.  That calls for another post one day when we have the time;)

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I wish I wore red at delivery;) #babyfat #whoisthis

So here I am creating the first red outfit after all these years.  It’s bold but I have been wanting to make a change in my life.  My basic red outfit is complete and it is time to take chances and be bold again;)  Stay tuned for the red outfit!

Did you go through a similar wardrobe color experience?  Were there stages in your life where you wore bright colors and other phases of dark?  Just curious, do you believe in color psychology?

I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Hugs!

Ann

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Wardrobe Planning : Collaboration with @SewMuchFabric

Completed Project Links

1/ Red Lace Top & Skirt
1a/Zipper Technique & Hong Kong Finish
1c/DIY Earrings
1d/SMF Blog Post

2/Basic Black T-shirt…Coming Soon

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Greetings!

I hope you are having a fabulous Monday.  I mentioned earlier in the year that I have many exciting projects & events planned for 2019.  One of which I will be collaborating with @sewmuchfabric to plan my wardrobe.  This will be ongoing throughout the 2019 year.  I am excited!  I decided on this collaboration because I thought it would help others who love sewing & design but also want direction on what to sew for their closet.

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If you have been a long time follower, you may remember I started my journey of simplifying back in 2015.  However, this year I am working on simplifying my wardrobe even more.  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 my dear friend, #stylist & #textileexpert Roz @sewmuchfabric. I am excited and nervous about this journey.  It’s hard to trust someone else with choosing your clothes, but it’s Roz!  She is a professional and excellent at what she does that I’m willing to take that leap of faith with her😊. Well, here are the initial steps we took to plan my wardrobe😊.  {*Please note we are all different & unique.  The sewing projects I will implement have been tailored to my needs.  However, the general process can be applied to your #memade closet.}

Step1 Closet Evaluation: Roz visited my closet to see what I had. Did I have the basics? Is it versatile? How did it function? What colors did I wear? Btw, I wear a lot of black, blush, camel, shades of blues, beige, and a splash of burgundy and a few other accent colors – nothing too exciting😬.

Step2 Questionnaire: Roz asked questions to find out my wardrobe needs. How did I spend my time living life? What are my daily/weekly life activities? What are the big events throughout the year? What activities occur every year? What are the special occasions?

Step3 Evaluation Results: A few days later Roz emailed the results. She broke down my life activities into categories. The activities that occurred the most to the least.
-Family
-Work
-Personal
-Life Events
She planned my wardrobe immediate needs for Jan-March 2019 and listed my basic wardrobe needs.

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So that is the initial stage. Are you guys ready for this adventure with me? Do you have a curated closet to fit your lifestyle? What colors do you like to wear?

I will continue to do bridal tutorials & other sponsored projects and collaborations, but a big focus in 2019 will be on Youtique Lifestyle wardrobe planning with @sewmuchfabric.

I hope you enjoy the journey and learn something new for your unique wardrobe😊. In the process, may you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinay😉

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Roz cutting red lace fabric for my first project.

🤗Hugs!

Ann

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SMF Blog Post on Wardrobe Planning
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