Pointed Blusher : Cutting the Tulle

 

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Greetings Pat!

Thank you for your inquiry.  Here is how I would cut a pointed blusher veil using a 54″ width tulle.   First take the following measurements:

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A=Blusher length
B=Point of Hair comb to elbow
C=Train length
D= Elbow to desired length, A – B
Total Amount of Tulle to purchase = A+C

Measure length “D”, transition a curve and start cutting from the open side of the tulle straight towards the corner point.

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Measure length A, and use a safety pin to mark where the hair comb will be placed

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Open lengthwise on the fold.

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Fold over and attach the hair comb.

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I hope that answers your question.  I would love to see what you create when you are complete.  If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind regards,

Ann

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Happy Valentine’s Day : Lace Trim Veil

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Krystal’s Wedding Day April 25, 2015

Greetings!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  I got a sweet flower bouquet from my husband and carnations from Little J.  He bought them from a Valentine school fundraiser.   Mr. T & I did not celebrate a typical Valentines date but we had a lovely time.  We spent time scouting out the next location for his future dental office and possibly a new home.  I do enjoy Real Estate shopping and dreaming;)  We also took the children out on a family date after dinner to get boba & play connect four.  My daughter organized a mini connect four tournament and I was the champion.  Go Ann! – of course no mercy for Mr. T and the children;). Well, we are starting to plan for the next season of life.  Although we do not know what the future holds, we can only work towards it and plan it the best we can.  I’ll be honest, it is exciting!

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Lace Trim Veil handmade by Krystal Longnecker, Photo by Becky Keeley

Because an aspect of my job is social media, I am seeing many of my past Brides start a special season in their lives – having children.  It is such a beautiful stage to witness.  Well, my Bride Krystal Longnecker & her husband from Pomona, New Jersey just had a new baby to add to their 4 girls.  Congratulations to your growing family!  They got married on April 25, 2015.  She purchased my DIY Lace Veil Kit and followed my tutorial to make her beautiful veil.  She wanted her veil to be an heirloom for her daughters.  One of the other beautiful Valentine gifts I got were photos of her children in the veil.   Isn’t this adorable?!  Thank you Krystal for sharing!

To read Krystal’s experience of creating the veil, you can click HERE.  I can’t wait to see photos of them them actually walking down the aisle one day wearing the their mother’s handmade veil.  Well, I hope Krystal inspired you to create something EXTRAordinary.  Thank you for visiting and may you have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,

Ann

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ps. Here is the tutorial Krystal used to create her veil.

KRISTINA + KIP : Lace Wedding Gown Alterations

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This was one of my sweet #Brides Kristina. She was a Bride when I had my design studio space (below).   I had the honor of altering her lace wedding gown.  It is pretty nostalgic to see the photo with my old signage and decor. My design space sure has changed😉!  I made a lot of great memories in that place🥰.

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I thought I lost all my photos and work dating back before 2017. My old computer no longer wanted to cooperate and I wasn’t able to access backup drives. It’s nice to have FB save some memories for me. Surprisingly, I even made notes on the photo description😆.  Here are my alteration notes:

“Take up the shoulder, take-in waist, take-in hip, carefully remove lace & beadwork, hand-sew lace & beadwork”

Photo1:  Carefully study the placement of lace, beadwork, and intricate details
Photo2:  Slowly and carefully remove the lace for alterations
Photo3:  Hand sewing the lace back on the dress & hand sewing the beads

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Kristina’s love story is a true testament of “Love in Action.”  She celebrated a beautiful wedding ceremony in Cancun.  Read on to see why it was meant to be…

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How did you meet the love of your life?  We met in law school (nothing exciting there!), but I do note that Kip and I were friends first, and I didn’t start to see him in a different light until a group of us stayed at his parents’ house in Houston during law school for a friend’s wedding. Meeting his family and seeing how he interacted with them showed me a different side of him and peaked my interest.  At his friend’s wedding, Kip spent time showing me pictures of his then 2 year-old niece, which also revealed that he was just a sweet guy inside.

When or at what moment did you know he was the person you wanted to spend the rest of your life with? Kip and I say we did not have a “fairy tale romance.”  That is, we didn’t start dating and automatically know that each other was the one.  We were both hesitant because we both had in mind that we weren’t ready to settle down.  Also,  I was planning on returning to my native California after graduation where my family resides.  The fact that I wasn’t intending to stay in Texas created a facade in our relationship that it wasn’t going to last, but we were going to enjoy it while it did.  

After graduation, although Kip and I had an amazing relationship, I wasn’t ready to change my plans and I moved back to California.  I even took the California Bar Examination.  However, Kip and I couldn’t imagine breaking up.  After several months of long-distance, I decided to move back to Texas and give it a shot.  Immediately Kip and I knew we made the right decision and knew we would eventually get married.

You faced some challenges recently, what were they and how did you overcome it?  We got engaged exactly two years after I moved to Houston.  Kip is extremely close to his parents, and I became part of the family.  I even lived with Kip’s parents while I was looking for a job and getting settled.  Soon after we got engaged, we didn’t want to wait another year to plan a big wedding and set a date of June 12th for a Cancun wedding with only family and close friends.  

On April 30, 2011, we got a call that Kip’s parents had been in a serious car accident on I-10.  They had crashed into the freeway barrier wall at a high speed.  Kip’s dad suffered a broken neck and broken back.  He was extremely lucky not to have suffered any spinal cord injury and Kip’s mom had broken her back.  Kip and I had to decide whether to cancel the wedding because we couldn’t imagine a ceremony without both of his parents.  Kip’s parents were adamant we have the ceremony.  We hoped that at least his mom would heal enough to attend.  Kip’s dad had a halo and was hospitalized for seven weeks.  There was no chance he would be able to go. With their encouragement, we went forward with the wedding in Cancun. Kip’s mom was there and Kip’s dad watched a live webcast of the ceremony.  Although it was heartbreaking to miss Kip’s dad on our wedding day, it was a beautiful ceremony and that gave us an experience that brought us all closer together.

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I believe when a couple can endure tough challenges like this and remember what brought them together, they can make it through anything.  Thank you Kristina for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day many years ago.  Much love to this couple!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Hugs,

Ann

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Here is the video on how to bustle her Casablanca Wedding gown.  It was one of my early videos. If you were one of my past Brides and have any photos, feel free to send them my way. I would love to relive some wonderful memories with you:

Never Say Never : New Projects

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2020 Chevron Houston Marathon

Greetings Everyone!

I completed my first full marathon last year and told myself  I would never run that again.  I was in great pain and was not able to walk properly for days.  I never wanted to experience that type of self inflicted pain again.  My husband had asked several times after to do next year’s marathon and I said I would do the half (13.1mi) but not the full (26.2mi).  He waited until half a year passed and asked again.  He added that it would be going backwards if we did a half especially knowing we can complete a full.  Since I completely forgot what the pain was like, he made a lot of sense.  So we signed up for the full.  My friend Nancy commented that we were so disciplined but I thought maybe we were crazy.

Really, I’m glad my husband convinced me to do it again.  This year I knew what to expect, how to physically train better, and knew building my mental strength was important.  I completed it..again!  On January 19, 2020 we completed our 2nd full marathon and I was able to walk afterwards! It was a better experience this year.  I believe this is a small lesson for life.  Never say never and don’t give up, even when it is painful.  You will know better and do better the next time around.  Also, it helps to have a friend cook a delicious meal afterwards to heal the aches & pains.  Thank you Eva!

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NO-BUY YEAR

A quick update on my No-Buy year.   First, I would like to know who introduced the HydroFlask to my children?  I never heard of this brand until my daughter wanted the water bottle.  She saved up for it and asked me to take her to the sports shop — that was where I was eyeing the new work out gear.  I do need a new running cap…I checked out the new running outfits but thought about the ones I still love at home.  I passed up purchasing anything so I am doing good so far.  I have added the cap to my 2021 wishlist but will be using my casual cap for now.  Again, who introduced the $37 HyrdoFlask to G?  Ok, I did try to teach my children about investing in quality and it is her own money… the water did remain cold and the ice lasted all day was her proof of quality to me.   Have you heard of the HydroFlask?  Just curious…

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UPCOMING PROJECTS

The new projects lined up are two new styles of the Chapel Veil and Sailor Styled Jeans.  I will be modifying my sailor short pattern for the jeans.  I am still brainstorming the style of pockets but I will keep you posted.  What are you sewing or creating?  Thank you for visiting!

Hugs!

Ann

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Here is my first DIY Chapel Veil Tutorial and the process on how I created my Sailor Short Pattern.  Enjoy!


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:

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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!

Youtique Bride & Lifestyle : Not Everyone Is My Audience

Greetings Everyone!

It’s Friday and I completed my Faux Leather Cardigan.  However, I am on the video editing phase for this project.  Thank you in advance for your patience as that always take time.

While putting my outfits together for this project, I envisioned my lifestyle and all the daily/weekly/yearly responsibilities I had.  During this particular outfit session, I had a flashback of a meeting I had a year ago with a fellow friend in the Fashion Industry,  David Dang.  He had shared that not everyone is my audience and I had to get to know my audience well – where they shop, places they hang out, how they live, what their professions are, etc.  I didn’t have the answers back then, but it occurred to me recently.  I hope to express some of it through my outfit stories…

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Red Faux Leather Cardigan

When I decided to step out of my comfort zone a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to meet some amazing women and each had a unique story.  I met them at bridal events, networking events, fashion events, and some are my closest friends and family. Their stories fascinated me.  I was amazed by their passion, determination, and generous hearts.  They were Brides-to-be, Wives, Mothers, Dreamers, Singles, and Women of faith.  I was able to relate to some ladies more than others.  They were the Youtique Bride or lived the Youtique Lifestyle.

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Meetings Outfit : Floral Dress with Boots

Bride-to-be.  I too was a bride-to-be.  As much as I wanted to plan the wedding myself, I needed help.  I had concerns and worries of planning a wedding so I hired a wedding planner.  She helped set up meetings with different vendors while I got to focus on designing and sewing my wedding dress.  If I could, I would DIY everything.  I enjoy going to the fabric and craft stores and allow my imagination to wonder.  However,  I also had to be realistic and remember my time limitations.  I am thankful for family and friends who helped make my wedding day extra special.  Many thanks to my Aunt Kimmie who made my wedding veil.  

Wife.  I too had to learn how to be a wife and manage the home.  Over the years, my cluttered and messy home slowly became more organized and clean (thank goodness for more cleaner days than messy;).  I learned how to simplify, build routines, shopped for the best quality I can afford so things will last longer.  I learned that quality does not always mean a higher price tag.  Often, I want to make sure things had more than one use and purpose.   I work alongside my husband as an equal to build a strong family foundation.  When I am weak, my husband is strong.  When he is weak, I am strong.  That helps us to grow together and learn from one another.  We build each other up.  We work as one.  I want to thank my friend John Tran for sharing this bible scripture with me years ago on “The Good Wife.”  Proverbs 31

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Grocery shopping, Car rider line, parent/teacher meetings, quick errands : sleeveless chambray blouse

Motherhood.  I too understand motherhood.  I want to provide my children the best education and life experiences I can afford.  I also want to make sure they felt loved and cared for yet allow for some growing pains.  I pray daily for their future, development of their gifts so I can help guide them in their purpose.  I understand that I will never be the perfect parent but I am giving it my all as a parent.  And although I try my best to have healthy meals, I give into fast foods once in awhile because of music lessons or after school activities.  Each year, I readjust my schedule for teacher meetings, school events, recitals, etc.  I learned the best time to grocery shop and how to modify recipes to make it quick and healthy.  My children may not always like the food I make but it’s ok.  We are thankful to have more than enough and life will go on.

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Business Meetings: color block tee & zipper front skirt

Dreamers.  I too have a dream.  When I first started, I didn’t know what I was doing.  I just had a dream, passion, and drive.  I had put together my first business plan and it would be modified several times over the years.  I worked overtime when it wasn’t necessary because I wanted my dreams to become reality.  I had sleepless nights because business ideas would fill my head.  I would fail many times but I was relentless because I knew a few victories will follow.  I did not want to give up (although the idea would often come).  I was always in learning mode and tried to figure things out.  Eventually, I would learn how to manage the business finances and develop the operating systems.  I still have so much to learn but I am thankful for friends who went before me and helped mentor me.

Singles.  I too was once single searching for a life partner.  I did not want just any life partner, but the right life partner for me.  I learned that superficial qualities does not mean a quality husband.  I prayed for the right person to come into my life and he eventually did.  He only came after I took the time to learn more about myself and gave myself the respect I deserved.  However, I would like to also talk about the widows and single mothers I met.  This group of women leave me awestruck.  In the most challenging times, they persevere.  They may be tired but they use every ounce of their energy to make things happen.  They are resourceful.  They are builders.  They are able to work with what they have.  It appears they can make something out of nothing.  They rely on hope and build up other women because they understand the challenges.  I see their victories even when they don’t see it, maybe because they are exhausted.

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Women of Faith.  I too am a woman of faith.  I rely on God because he is my provider, my strength, and my salvation.  He created me to be unique and helped me understand that I will not always fit in.  He is my creator and because of Him, I create.  He loves me and my imperfections.  He wants the best for me and knows what I can and can not handle.  He reminds me that life is full of joys and heartaches but to depend and lean on Him.  He is a loving God and answers my prayers by saying, “yes and not now, I have something better for you.” He reminds me that not all battles are mine to fight, but to discern and choose wisely.  He understands me when I am misunderstood.  He wants me to grow, serve with joy, and be the best version of myself.  I live with love, hope, and faith.

I understand that not everyone is meant to be my audience, but all are welcome.  I thank you for visiting.  If you choose to stay, thank you and welcome.  I look forward to our journey of growing & evolving together.  If not, thank you for visiting and I hope you find your community.  You are welcome here anytime where there is mutual love and respect.

XOXO, Ann

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Personal Challenge : No-buy Year

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Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well.  I decided to challenge myself to a no-buy year…again.  A year where I do not purchase clothes, shoes, & accessories but use what I have in my closet.  If I do want something, then I would sew it using couture techniques.  This is my personal contribution to slow fashion and also my husband’s dental school education.  I tried this challenge last year but a pair of shoes ended that challenge fairly quickly.  Well, 2020 will be different.  Also, I thought I would hold myself more accountable if I shared this journey with you.

The Last Purchase of 2019

On Decemeber 30, 2019 11:13am I submitted my last purchase for the year.  They are my running shoes for 2020, the Asics Gel-Nimbus 21.  I was initially torn by the 3 colors below for different reasons.  At one point, I was tempted to buy all three because they were on sale and because I run a lot (so I told myself).  O how easy it is to justify purchases;).   I decided on the mist/frost almond color because it went well with my work out clothes. IMG_0185Year 2020 : Temptation #1

Jan4, 2020.  My sister called me up and said my brother-in-law found a great deal for a hotel in the Galleria (only the largest shopping mall in Texas and 7th in the United States).  She mentioned it would be fun to have a staycation before our kids & Mr. T start school again.  I agreed so 3 rooms were booked.  Yay! Grandma joined us as well.  I always have a great time with my family and my kids simply love staying in a hotel room.  Also, I was overly confident I would not fall into the temptation of purchasing.  I would just go and “study” the different stitching techniques for my current project, the red faux leather cardigan.

My confidence didn’t last long when I came across this Sterling Grey Trench coat.  It was a classic piece, it was on sale for an unbeatable price, the color was a beautiful shade of grey, and it fits so well (besides the extra long belt).  My husband even encouraged me to purchase it…

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Remember the challenge Ann.  I told myself that if it isn’t around in 2021, I can sew it and design a unique trench coat just for me.  Trench coats are classic pieces so they will always be around, but it was this specific color & fit that I liked…well, I already have a few coats I can wear.

So I passed it up and went back to researching topstitches…every shop we went into or passed by, I would search out the leather jackets and study the stitches.  I wanted to see what was visually pleasing to the eye and how I can incorporate it into my sewing project.  After doing the research, I felt better about finishing the topstitch on my cardigan.

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This was a short fun getaway with the family and I got to accomplish some research while at it;)  Also, every time I got into the elevator of our hotel, I would see the image below.  Does it look familiar? I thought it looked very similar to my current project but with a collar.  It was great reminder that I have a coat waiting to be finished and I didn’t need a new trench coat just yet;)

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Well, did you give yourself a challenge for 2020?  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers!

Ann

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p.s. Current status of my red faux leather cardigan…the pockets are sewn on!

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