DIY Infinity Veil : DIY Guest Carolyn Nealen

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I was tagged on IG by Carolyn Nealen @bugsnbeauty from Bozeman, Montana (originally from Michigan).  She created her own Infinity Veil with the guidance of my DIY tutorial.  Thank you Carolyn for sharing your beautiful veil!  This completely makes my day.  Seeing her work & others who are inspired by my tutorials inspire me to do better.  Thank you!

I asked her a couple of questions because I know she will inspire you;)

1. What inspired you to create the chapel veil? I was inspired to create the chapel veil because I already had purchased an infinity veil, which I love. I’ve been sewing for a while now so the idea of making my own veils appealed to me.

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2. How long did it take you? It took 45-60 minutes to make a veil, depending on the intricacy of the edging being stitched on.

3. Pros/cons of making one? Choosing your own lace or mesh allows you to customize a veil based on your style. I have so many different options in mind for the future! Honestly, I don’t think that there are any cons to making a veil yourself, though some may say the construction process is one. Frankly, veils are one of the simplest, most straightforward sewing projects I’ve done.

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4. How did you find my tutorial? When I decided to try making my own veil, I came upon Youtique Bridal’s tutorial in a Google search. The clarity of instructions and different options were what drew me in.

5. When and why did you start veiling? I started veiling during Lent. Several of my friends had adopted this practice and I had done a little research. Another friend posted a detailed article on the practice, in a Catholic moms group. I read through the article, felt that God was nudging me, and now veil anytime I am in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

6. How long you have you been married? And do you have any marriage tips for young couples? My husband and I have been married for eight years.  It takes three to make a marriage: you, your spouse, and God. Make sure that you take time to pray individually and together. Remember also that you are different but equal, with individual strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, a sense of humor is so important. Not everything is going to go as you planned and you have to be ready to laugh at things!

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Congratulations on your recent Anniversary!

7. A little about yourself.  I am the oldest of four children and grew up in a loving, Protestant family. I’m an unashamed nerd/geek and love anything to do with science…okay, not physics or astronomy. A teacher by trade, I taught third and fourth grade for a number of years, but middle school is my niche. I am a convert to the Catholic faith and met my husband on Catholic match. After getting married I took time off teaching to kick cancer’s butt, raise our son, and run a small business. With our son in school full-time this year, I started substitute teaching and, in a few weeks time, will have completed my masters.

8. Anything else you would like to share? My current favorite place to buy lace online is Fabric.com and I always order at least 2 yards.

Thank you so much Carolyn for taking the time to answer the questions and sharing a little about your inspirational life.  May God continue to bless your journey.

Thank you for visiting & may you be inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

Love,

Ann

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To create one, feel free to view my tutorial below.  Have a wonderful day!

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Restyling the First Communion Dress : Tina Scarlatella

Greetings!

I have a DIY project I want to share because it was originally inspired by one of my tutorials, the Lace Trim Veil.  Tina Scarlatella is a returning guest and had initially made her older daughter’s First Communion Veil & Dress back in 2016.  You can visit the original blog post by visiting : Gabby’s First Communion Veil & Dress.  She had restyled Gabby’s dress to pass it on to Isabella.

Below is the beautiful Scarlatella family & Isabella is wearing the new & restyled dress.  Isabella’s First Communion was held at Saint Faustina Catholic Church on May 19, 2019.  Congratulations to Izzy and all the children who received their First Communion!

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Scarlatella Family-Isabella’s First Communion

Here is my video tutorial for the First Communion Veil

Of course I had to ask Tina some questions in hopes to inspire you to create as well;)

1.What inspired you to reuse Gabby’s dress?  I thought it would be special to have the girls share the same dress

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Isabella – Gabby

2. How did you modify it? I took the skirt part from Gabby’s dress and made Isabella’s dress.  I added a new beaded sash.  I used Gabby’s sash and turn them into shoulder straps for Isabella.  I added some embellishments onto the top of Isabella dress.

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3.  How long did it take you to create the new dress? The new dress took me 3 days from start to finish

4. Pros and cons.  Pros: re-use fabric; special
Cons: I wanted to make an ao dai but since I re-used Gabby’s dress, the materials didn’t allow for an ao day design.  (*Ao dai is a traditional Vietnamese Dress)

5. What was your favorite part of the project? Seeing Isabella twirl in her dress. She loved the designed of it.

6. Anything else you would like to share?  I enjoyed pushing myself to create something one-of-a-kind for my girls. It wasn’t perfect but it was perfect for her and her special day.

Thank you Tina for taking the time to answer the questions.  Well, I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary!  Here is a playlist of more First Communion ides to help spark your imagination.

Read how Tina created Gabby’s First Communion Dress by visiting: Gabby’s First Communion Veil & Dress.

Thank you for visiting!

Ann

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

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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Shop Sew Much Fabric:

https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/

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

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

DIY Guest : Makeup Artist Cynthia Alsop, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Greetings!

I wanted to share Cynthia Alsop’s DIY Birdcage Veil she created using my tutorial.  Isn’t her work stunning?!  She is a makeup artist from Fredericksburg, VA.  Thank you Cynthia for sharing your creativity with us.  I love asking my DIY Guests questions on what inspired them so feel free to read Cynthia’s answers below.   Also, make sure to check out her talent on IG @cynthia.alsop

 

 

1) What inspired you to DIY?  The thought came when a photographer and I decided we wanted to do a photoshoot to showcase the beauty of our community for weddings.  We specifically wanted to highlight that couples in our area could still plan a dream wedding right here in Fredericksburg, VA for less than $200.  Of course, I knew in order to make that happen, I would be diying a few aspects of the shoot.  I decided I wanted a vintage yet elegant theme and started making a list of the elements to include.  Veils were at the top but when I started pricing them for purchase I was shocked at some of the prices I was quoted or had seen.  That’s when I knew, I wanted to create my own veil.

2) How did you find my tutorial?  I found your tutorial via YouTube and Pinterest.  When I started, I didn’t know exactly what type of veil I was looking for.  I knew it existed but just couldn’t pinpoint the exact name of it.  I started by typing in the term “veils” into Google and it became a rabbit hole situation after that.  I saw so many photos from your videos on Pinterest coupled with the term “diy veils”.  So naturally I clicked on all the photos and it took me to your videos.  When I found your channel, I was amazed with the number of tutorials you had.  I can say I binge watched them for a day straight trying to generate ideas.  Eventually, I figured out what I wanted and it was called a bird cage veil.

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 3) What was the easiest part of creating the Birdcage veil, what was the most challenging part?  I found that the easiest part of the whole process was how you explained the construction of the veil.  Your videos made me feel comfortable enough that I could recreate one on my own.  

 The most challenging part for me actually was finding the materials.  You did a great job listing the materials for the project at the start of each video.  I saved a photo of the supply list and took it to my local sewing supply store but didn’t have much luck in the beginning.  Russian (or missionary) netting is hard to find where I live especially when I needed the veil for a shoot that was scheduled to occur in less than a week.

4) Was it rewarding?  I’ve always felt that making something on my own was so much more rewarding than purchasing it from a store.  It’s why it was important to me to try and source the materials myself.  I found some lovely birdcage veils on Etsy but knew I could make them at a cost that was more affordable and inline with our photoshoot theme.  In fact, with coupons for the supplies, I was able to make 4 veils for the cost of one veil that I saw online.

5) Feel free to add any comments or suggestions.  Since my June shoot, I’ve subscribed to your YT channel and started following you on IG.  I love sharing your page with my brides when we’re collaborating on a look for her wedding day.  Of course, it’s always great seeing what you’re up to in the wedding industy.  After watching all your YT vids, you’re definitely a source I go to for bridal inspiration.

Thank you Cynthia for taking the time to answer my questions and I truly appreciate you sharing your work.  Your words are very encouraging for me:)

If you want to create the birdcage veil, here is my tutorial:

Thank you everyone for visiting!  May you have an EXTRAordinary day and get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

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DIY Guest Tina Scarlatella :First Communion Veil & Dress

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Greetings!  Hope everyone is doing well.

As the season of First Communion celebrations come to an end, I just want to thank my DIY Guest, Tina Scarlatella, for sharing her First Communion designs with me.  I get so excited when someone understands the concept as to why I create my video tutorials.  When Tina mentioned she didn’t create the exact same veil as the one in my tutorial but was inspired by it, I was super excited.  Yes, That is the point!  I just want people to get inspired and start creating, not necessarily make a duplicate of what I created.  I had to invite her to share her work and I hope it will inspire you.

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Q) What inspired you to create your daughter’s mantilla veil and dress?  TINA: Joy, Love, and Hope.  I receive so much JOY from seeing my children’s face when they wear things I make for them.  They are still at the age where they get excited and they don’t mind being measured, poked, and pinned.  Even my son!  I also love how they show off my creations to anyone who would look and listen to them.

I want them to FEEL my LOVE for them.  Ella has thanked me for taking time to make her veil and dress.  She has seen me work long hours and even heard me poke my fingers a couple of times.  I truly hope my kids will understand how much love I have for them while making these one of a kind outfits for them.  I put so much of myself into these creations (literally sweat and blood sometimes).  I try to make sure each child feels special and loved.  

I PRAYERFULLY HOPE that my children will cherish all of these memories that we spend together.  I hope they will see this as one example of how a mother shows love to her children.  ( I remember wearing clothes that my mom made me and how I know I was loved).

Q) How far in advance did you start to ensure you will be complete by your daughter’s First Communion Date?  When is her First Communion Date? TINA:  I started working on the veil and dress on April 18th about 1 month before the First Communion Date of May 15th.  I am a procrastinator or should I say “creatively inspired when deadlines are near”.   I am happy to say that I am finished with both veil and dress ahead of schedule!  

I was pretty surprised that I finished the veil in 1 night (about 3 hours) even with me hand sewing 52 bead to the veil it didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  Dress took about 2 weekends to work on.  

Q)  What were the pros and cons of creating the veil yourself?  TINA:  I always knew that I wanted to make Ella’s veil and dress and was so happy to see that you had made a tutorial.  Like you had read my mind!  I followed your tutorial 95% – I could not pin the lace around the circle so I ended up making the trim a circle first and then pin it on to a square piece of tulle.  I cut the tulle into the shape of the circle afterwards.  I wish I had chosen a softer lace – but I loved the lace trim that I found for the veil.  It doesn’t lay as well but I still think it’s perfect.

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Tina also upstyled Erin’s First Communion Gown