Fabric Wholesale Direct : $5off Coupon Code

Fabric Wholesale Direct

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are all doing wonderful.  Well, I am super excited about an upcoming tutorial due early November.  I am collaborating with Fabric Wholesale Direct to create a fall bridal accessory.  In order to make this happen, the beautiful Guipure French Venice Lace you will see, the Crystal Organza, and the thread are sponsored by Fabric Wholesale Direct .  Thank you Fabric Wholesale Direct!!  Right now, I am still in the filming and production phase so I’ll share with you below some of the “Ordinaries” that will be used…

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Until the tutorial comes out, feel free to shop around on www.FabricWholesaleDirect.com.  The great news is I have a special coupon code just for YOU.  You will receive $5off when you purchase $35 or more by typing in the coupon code “youtiquebridal“.

Fabric Wholesale Direct specializes in discounted wholesale fabric for designers, event planners, fabric retailers and more.  Go check out their website at www.FabricWholesaleDirect.com.  Have fun shopping and I hope you enjoy your shopping experience!  Let me know how it goes:)  Well, I can not wait to share the DIY tutorial with you…make sure you stay tuned!

Hugs!

Ann

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How to make a Wedding Veil (3 Styles) : Valentine

Greetings!

Although Valentine’s Day had passed, I wanted to continue the spirit of love.  I added elements of Valentine so that anyone who views the tutorial, will remember to do things with love.  I know, I’m a hopeless romantic:)  In this tutorial you will learn 3 ways to make a Two Tier Blusher Veil using a 54″ width tulle.  I broke it down into 3 different styles:

(1) Full veil : which has volume & fullness

(2) Drop Veil : it simply lays over your head and does not have a lot of fullness

(3) Separate Blusher & Train:  2 piece veil.  Both the blusher & train can be worn to the ceremony.   The long train can be removed and the Blusher can be worn as your main veil during the reception.  I will also show you how to reduce fullness or pouf from the veil during this portion of the tutorial.

Enjoy!

Detail breakdown of what you will learn in this tutorial:

{0:44} * Measure amount of tulle needed, measure blusher length & train length
{1:30} * Full Veil Tutorial
{2:30} * Drop Veil Tutorial
{3:01} * Separate Blusher & Train Tutorial
{3:40} * How to reduce volume or pouf from the veil
{4:01} * Reduce fullness for Cathedral length trains

I know this is a lot of information in one video, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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I would like to thank the following people who inspired this tutorial as a whole:

* Carolyn: a Bride-to-be who wrote me a kind email and inquired about the lace trim from my “lace veil” tutorial.  Before I can even launch my lace to sell, I had several inquiries and had to put in an order for more (btw the lace will be available next week).  She also contemplated a blusher veil and had questions about the fullness of the veil.  I wanted to be able to answer all her questions in this one video.  Congratulations on your upcoming wedding Carolyn!

*JR Simon:  she is a Facebook friend that shared a video with me.  She thought I would enjoy watching a petite version of a couture dress being made.  Not only did I love watching the video, it helped me solve a dilemma.  While filming, I was unable to fit the large unfolded tulle into the camera frame.  So guess what inspired me to do a “small scale” version?  Yes, thank you JR Simon!!! Here is the video shared:

*Aunt Kimmie:  My lovely Aunt Kim from California made my 2004 wedding veil.  It was a separate blusher and cathedral length veil.  I got to wear both during the ceremony and removed the long train for the reception.  The separate Blusher & Train veil tutorial was inspired by her.  Many great memories.  Love you Aunt Kimmie!!!

aunt kimmie making my veil

*Noel Akbar: a talented 19 years old musician who wrote a sweet Valentine song.  Since it mentioned “Valentine” and “Pho,”  I couldn’t resist to share it in this tutorial.  I love Pho!  It is a special Vietnamese noodle soup that my husband and I love to eat, especially during cold weather:)   Thank you Noel for granting me permission to use your song.  You can follow him on instagram at snackbar23 or subscribe to his channel at noelsmusicpage23:   Listen to the full version of “Valentine Song” below:

And here’s a little more about Noel:

“I live on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. My love of music has kind of been with me naturally from a really young age. I was first inspired to write music after listening to artists like AJ Rafael and Jesse Barerra. I learned guitar after listening to them and began playing more.  My friends got me to start uploading covers and originals on YouTube. Ever since then I loved sharing my music and stories through my songs to the people who were willing to listen.  Right now I’m in school and I work so it makes it difficult to always upload videos.  I hope to continue doing what I do on YouTube and to perform more live and maybe even try out for a couple of shows.  It would be a dream to do what I love as a job. For now I’m going with the flow and working on my Music as much as I can.” — Wishing you the best with your dreams Noel!

May everyday be Valentine’s day for everyone!

Lots of love,

Ann

Sewing Fashionista’s Bow-Tie Bash

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Rosalind creating her bow-tie.

I had a fabulous time teaching a very special group of ladies how to make a bow-tie.  The Sewing Fashionistas are a talented group of women with different sewing backgrounds.  They meet every other month to share their sewing experiences and present their current projects.  The meetings are hosted by Rosalind Gaither with Sew Much Fabric.  If you would like to expand your sewing knowledge, feel free to check out Roz’s blog at:  http://www.smfdesignsandfriends.blogspot.com/ or follow the Sewing Fashionista’s Facebook by clicking {here}.

Now check out all the fun:

To learn how to create the {JEREMY} Bow- Tie, the tutorial is below:

To view other uses of Bows, check out my Pinterest inspiration board by visiting {here}.  Thank you Roz for thinking of me and thank you to all my fellow Sewing Fashionistas for such a wonderful time.

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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DIY Flower Ring Bearer Pillow : Guest Florist Tracy

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Greetings Everyone!

Hope you are doing wonderful!  Here is the DIY Floral Ring Bearer Pillow I promised.  Thank you to our Guest Florist Tracy with Blissful Moments for teaching us how to make the adorable Pillow — what a creative way to carry the ring down the aisle!

Well, Enjoy!

If you would like more inspiration and view other Floral Ring Bearer Pillows, check out my Pinterest Board by clicking {here}.

As for the lovely flowers to make the pillow, you can purchase them on Blissful Moments’ Etsy Shop at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/blissfulmoments

FYI, April and May has been such busy months for me personally.  Busy in all the wonderful ways life can offer right now…all my children’s Birthdays, my son Big J’s First Communion, My hubby Mr. T graduating from a program that will take him a step closer to his dream career, and of course Mother’s Day this weekend.  So to all the Mothers out there –  Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

Screen shot 2014-05-09 at 9.07.22 AMlol! My sister Linda shared this Mother’s Day Greeting with me last year…just had to share it again:) Also, my Birthday is coming up.  Guess what I get to do?  Take a motorcycle class!  I know, I sound like I’m going through a midlife crisis but it is something I’ve been wanting to do since my early 20’s….and I’m doing it!  Woohoo!  Don’t worry, it’s just a class:)

Happy Mother’s Day and I’ll be back mid June:)

Hugs,

Ann

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DIY Flower Girl Pomander Ball: Guest Florist Tracy

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Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather we are having today in Sugar Land.  It makes me want to go outside, take in the sun, and drink some tea:)

Well, I have a special Guest Florist, Tracy with Blissful Moments who will teach us how to make  a Flower Girl Pomander Ball (aka Kissing Ball).  There are so many  uses for a Pomander Ball.  They are great for Wedding Decor, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Parties, or even for Home Decor.  I put an inspiration board together on my Pinterest page if you would like to see other uses…feel free to click {here} to view my Pinterest board.

Enjoy the Tutorial!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask:)

It was really fun to have company while filming so thank you Tracy!  We will have several other DIY Guests coming soon so I’m excited about this 2014 year.    I do realize I need to get a microphone for my Guests while being filmed, so thank you for being patient while I develop and improve my Youtube Channel:)  If you have any DIY projects you would like to see, feel free to let me know.

As for the lovely silk flowers, you can purchase them on Blissful Moments’ Etsy Shop at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/blissfulmoments

Well, it’s time for me to go outside and have some tea:)  Have a wonderful day!

Hugs!

Ann

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ps. the Silk Flower Ring Bearer Pillow is coming soon!

High School Fashion Show

 

I’m sure it has been a busy week for everyone. If you would like to take a break and see the creativity from High School Design Students, come check out the Alief ISD Fashion Show. And plus, I will be one of the judges for the Sewing Contest and would love to meet you in person. Hope to see you tonight! fashion show   To see past High School Sewing Contests sponsored by Sew Much Fabric, please click {here}.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Ann