Happy Thanksgiving! : Birdcage Veil & Fabric Flower of Emediong from Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Greetings!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I want to make sure I thank everyone of you who make Youtique Bridal & Lifestyle possible.  Also, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays although all the shops skipped right over it and went straight to Christmas.  This blog is a way to take a snapshot of where I am today & how grateful I am to those who support me.  Thank you to my kind, caring, creative, & inspiring community who…

*visits & read my blog
*DM me with inspiring stories
*628 Instagram Friends
*213 Facebook Friends
*48,577 Youtube Subscribers
*12,564,051 Views on My Youtube

And I can never say thank you enough to those who take their time to share their creative journey with me and tell me you were inspired by my videos.  It makes all the behind the scenes work worthwhile.  So thank you to everyone!

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Today I want to also thank  Emediong all the way from Port Harcourt, Nigeria for sharing her birdcage veil & fabric flower with me.  She said she was inspired by my videos so she knew how to make this Texas girl happy & thankful;)  I had asked her a few questions and she kindly took the time to reply.  Well,  I hope you get inspired by Emediong to make something.  Enjoy!

1)Your name & where do you reside? My name is Emediong and I reside in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
2)Why did you decide to DIY? I decided to do DIY because I love creating something beautiful with my hands.
3) Who and what event were you creating it for? I was creating it for myself for a marriage ceremony to adorn my hair with.
4) Your social media sites & links: Instagram: @busyhands_creations

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(FOR THE FABRIC FLOWER)
5) Pros and cons of the project:
Pros: Very beautiful, versatile
Cons: The challenge of cutting the pattern/template out on organza as the material is very sheer

6) What was your favorite part of the process? My favourite part of the process was seeing the flower coming together as I was sewing. I was smiling as I saw this happening🙂. It made me feel like wow, I am going to make something beautiful and gain knowledge of how to make this flower first future projects.

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7) how long did it take you? The cutting out of the template was what took the most time but the sewing and assembly process did not waste time at all. Maybe about 20mins for everything or slightly more.

8) anything else you would like to add? ADDITIONAL NOTES: The tutorial was very detailed and simple enough to understand. There was no way one could have problem replicating the flower.  Also, it was very nice to have the free template made available too, very nice.  Thank you

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FOR THE BIRD CAGE:
All answers remain the same minus those below:
5. PROS: The bird cage was very lovely.  CONS: The bridal face net here is different from the one there so it was a bit challenging sewing through.

6. My favourite part was seeing the pattern followed to have a perfectbird cage look because up till then I’ve always just thought of crunching up the face net at the edge to create the look but was excited to learn this technique.

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Thank you Emediong!  I hope everyone got inspired by Emediong because I sure did.  May you all have a wonderful creative Thanksgiving Holiday Season!  I believe there is always something to be grateful for whether it be something small or big.   What are you thankful for?  Many blessings to you!

Hugs!

Ann

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If you would like to create the Birdcage veil or Fabric flower, feel free to view the tutorials below.

Flower Template:
https://youtiquebridal.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/fabric-flower-pattern.pdf

Thank you for watching!

Upcycle a Wedding Gown into a Baptismal Dress : Eva M.

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Greetings!
What did you do with your wedding gown after your big day?  Eva M. repurposed her delicate lace wedding gown into an heirloom Baptismal dress for her daughter Millie.  How EXTRA special is that?! It was a creative way to preserve the dress and pass it down in her family for generations to come.
Well, I hope you all had a wonderful start to your summer.  I have been wanting to share this story for awhile now so this was the perfect way to start my summer blogging.  I had asked Eva some questions about her wedding day, the process of creating Millie’s Baptismal dress, wedding/marriage tips, and her blessed journey having Millie.  Find out more by reading below….
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Eva married Carlo M. on November 3, 2012 at Briscoe Manor in Houston, Texas.
1. What was the most memorable moment from your wedding?
EVA: My husband surprised me and our guests with fireworks.
2. Do you have any wedding planning tips?
Eva: use a spreadsheet and stay in budget!  Remember, its a memorable day…but still one day out of a lifetime, don’t blow your budget.
3. Do you have any tips on marriage for young couples?
-Continue to date each other after the marriage.
-always end phone conversations with “I love you” and kiss each other before saying saying “good night”
-hold hands and hug often; the power of touch is speaks volumes.
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4. What inspired you to reuse your wedding gown and create a Baptismal dress?
I spent so much money on finding the perfect dress.  I wanted to make it something that could be passed down.  I know wedding dresses tend to become dated to rewear so I turned it into a baptismal dress that could be worn by my daughter and her daughter.  It would be something special that my daughter can wear it in the same church I wore it years ago.  Hopefully becoming a family tradition and heirloom.
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5.  What was the process you used to create the baptismal dress?
I researched on Pinterest other examples of wedding dresses being repurposed into christening dresses and looked for shops on Etsy.  I found one in another state that had great reviews.  I was a little nervous mailing my dress to a stranger and emotional knowing it would be cut apart, but I said my goodbyes and shipped it off.
6. I know briefly of your daughter’s miracle story and if you’re comfortable sharing any of it, that would be a wonderful testimony.
We spent years trying to get pregnant with no success.  We decided to meet with a fertility specialist in hopes they could help us.  I was devastated to learn that I could never conceive naturally and that I would always need IVF to carry a child.
Halfway through, I was told I had very low chances of pregnancy with my own eggs.  Donor eggs were suggested.  I struggled with the idea of it but I knew it didn’t matter…my child will always be mine; despite not sharing the same DNA.
My first round of IVF with donor eggs was successful.  I became pregnant and we were very excited.  Around 20 weeks, I began swelling and had migraines all the time.  I was diagnosed with superimposed Pre-eclampsia.  Medications to help my blood pressure to  stay normal did not help, and I delivered at 26 weeks.  Sadly, because of her prematurity, we lost our daughter, Elle, due to complications while she was in NICU.
I went through a long dark period but with the help of my husband, we found the strength to try again.  We got pregnant again.  However, it was not without complication; I developed Pre-eclampsia again as well as Vasa Previa.  Both me and my baby were in danger again; but with close observation from a wonderful high risk OB/gyn, at 34 weeks, I safely delivered our rainbow baby girl.  She is now almost two years old and the light of life.
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Eva, I did not realize the struggle & heartbreak you had to go through.  Thank you so much for being vulnerable and sharing your story with us – you are truly strong & courageous!
Her husband Carlo is a childhood friend of my brother Philip and I have been honored to have crossed paths with Eva through the years.  I also got to meet precious Millie at my very first Wedding Show.  Thank you Eva for bringing her by my booth.  She is absolutely beautiful!
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I hope Eva gave you some inspiration on what to do with your wedding dress and I know she is an inspiration in many other ways.  I am a big believer on repurposing quality & sentimental items and this is a great way to preserve something special.  Well, I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day.
Hugs!
Ann
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To see other items you can create with your wedding gown, feel free to visit my Pinterest board at:
https://www.pinterest.com/youtique/post-wedding-uses-for-wedding-dresses/

 

DIY Rhinestone Sash : DIY Guest Angela Li

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Greetings!

What makes my day?  When someone is inspired by my tutorial and share what they created.  I recently got a message from Angela Li via Instagram all the way from the Philippines – that will make a Texas girl happy;)

Angela Li was inspired by my DIY Bridal Sash tutorial.  She created a sash for her mother to attend a relative’s wedding.  I had to share what she made and asked her a few  questions in hopes to inspire you to create as well.
 

Interview with : Angela Li, Philippines

  1. YB: Which video were you inspired by?  Angela: I got inspiration from your video Bridal diy sash

2) YB: Why did you decide to DIY?  Angela:  bec i found the perfect dress within my budget and i want to make it dressier since my mom is attending a wedding of a relative. To add that evening formal look
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3) YB: Who and what event were you creating it for?  Angela: wedding of relative
4) YB: General steps you took to create this. Angela: bought the dress, source the rhinestones appliqué since the appliques are not available in the Philippines, I sourced it from China. Also the available ones are specifically for weddings. With front only rhinestones and white sash. Sash is tricky since my dress is colored, this means i will have to find the exact shade Ribbon. Plus i feel that it will move around since my dress is smooth fabric with slim silhouette.
Also mostly in the market is the chunky type of front rhinestones. Or half yard. I want the rhinestones to be all the way to the back. So i sourced it overseas.
Angela shared with us the link she purchased the dress at: https://www.evernew.ca/victoria-wrap-dress-254652?colour=teal+ribbon
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5) YB: The pros and cons to create your sash. Angela: – pros, I get the look I wanted.
Cons, creativity in sourcing and technical skill to get it done. I actually sewed it in two lines, one on upper part and another is lower part. For the front with pleats, i actually did not sew the lower part on the pleating as it might affect the movement of the fabric. Also making sure the appliques is aligned.

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6) YB: what was your favorite part of the process?  Angela: – conceptualizing, Sourcing and execution.
7) YB: How long did it take you? Angela: it took a while to get the rhinestones but once they are here, its easier since I had it planned out
8) YB: Is there anything else you would like to add?  Angela:  originally I would like the rhinestones to be optional, meaning I can put it on or not go with it as the event dictates. But since that route is tricky and I cannot find a tutorial, I opted to sew it on

Thank you Angela for sending the photos and for answering the questions.  All of this means a lot to me😊 and it makes all the hard work worth it.  I hope Angela inspired you to create.  Well, I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day!

Hugs,

Ann

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More Bridal Sash Tutorials

Happy Valentine’s Day! DIY Earrings for the Red Lace Outfit

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

What a great way to conclude my Red Lace Outfit Series since it is also a perfect outfit for Valentines Day:)

I had put together an inspiration board to help give me direction on the earrings I was looking for.  These were all inspired by the Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2013 Fashion Show.

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I knew I wanted something gold, big (proportional to me), sparkly, and a touch of pearls.  I had gone to at least 5 different shops and did not find earrings that “felt” right.   So guess what I decided to do? DIY them! I hope you enjoy the process:)

I purchased 3 separate earrings that would bring all the elements together.  They were all gold.  One had the size, the second had pearls, and the last had that touch of sparkle.  I was really happy with the result and got to wear it with my Wedding Guest outfit.

Did you ever have to create an accessory to match your outfit?  Feel free to share your experience.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO,
Ann

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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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Weddings in the Woodlands Tour : Basil Event Room Open House

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I am in my element when I get to talk about creativity and design. Can you tell? I had the opportunity to be part of @basileventroom Open House and showed Brides how they can get creative with my LUXE DIY Veil Kit. I love the surprise reactions when they see the different style options they can design.  (Visit my FB Page for more photos: https://bit.ly/2Rs6Xxy)

And we can never forget the grooms! I challenged the grooms on tying the bow tie. Many have never tied a bow tie before so it is always a fun challenge. Are you able to tie a bow tie? Per the grooms, it is not as easy as it seems

I want to thank Kristi O’Connell @basileventroom for the opportunity to be part of their open house as well as part of Woodlands Wedding Tour.

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Kristi O’Connell (far right) with Basil Event Room & Eatery

It’s always nice to see familiar #vendors and meet new ones. Here are the vendors at Basil Event Room.


The tour had 3 stops at the following locations:
Stop1: @gladeculturalcenter
Stop2: @basileventroom
Stop3: @mymaderaestates


The visionary behind Woodlands Wedding tour is Joshua with @jkcdesignevents

Thank you for visiting!

Have a wonderful Tuesday,

Ann

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p.s. For my fellow creative sewers, I did sew my #tuxedoinspired dress. Follow me on IG to see how I made my dress with McCall’s Pattern #M7753

Sneak Peek…

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Here are the “Ordinaries” for the next DIY tutorial.  Want to take a guess at what is being created?  I guess some of the items in the photo may give it away:)  Well, I am still tweaking with it until I am satisfied with the final product.

Stay tuned!…..

Maybe you will have a better idea of what I am creating by checking out my {Pinterest board} — want a bigger hint?  click {here} for my inspiration board.

Have a wonderful day!