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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Custom Designed Gown with Tear-away Skirt : Fittings

I had custom designed a tear-away gown for Carly & Phil’s First Dance.  Knowing how fun and full of surprises this couple can be, the wedding guests probably suspected something was going to happen.  However, they definitely did not expect this to happen at 1:11.

I had so much fun creating this gown.  Not only did I get to know my gracious sister-in-law better but I got to do something I really enjoy. At the same time, it was a good challenge for me.  I was not to speak of the detachable train…not even to my husband.  I have to admit, the reaction we got from the guests made it all worth the hush hush:)

Here are a few photos from her fittings.

Fittings: Pinning until we got the right fit, deciding on the sash design & how the skirt would be removed

Due to the ruching and all the hand sewing required of this gown, we had six fittings.  We also had to make some last minute changes because of the choreography.  So we spent time planning how the skirt would be removed and decided to add a halter strap at the last minute.

Well, thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the video:)

Custom Designed Gown: Ruched Gown with Mermaid Silhouette, sweetheart neckline, black satin sash, halter strap, and a gathered detachable skirt

ps. Thank you Joe “Seattle” for the video

{LANA} Clutch Sneak Peek

Remember when I presented the Ordinaries for the {LANA} Clutch?  Well, here it is again before I started playing with it…

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And here is the sneak peek of how the ivory ruffle trim looks now…

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There are still many things to do before I present the {LANA} Clutch tutorial next week.  But stay tuned…it will be fun.  If you would like to know where I got these beautiful ruffle trims from, visit our sponsor TrimsNmore to view their selection of lace, appliques & ruffly trims.  You can always message Rebecca if you have any questions and she will be more than happy to answer them.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting!

To view the {LANA} Clutch inspiration board, click {here}

Yay! 1000+ Youtube Subscribers : Christian Dior-Making of a Couture Dress

Yay!  As of today, I have more than 1000+ (1007 to be exact:) Youtube Subscribers.  I just can’t believe I even have subscribers.  When I first started “actively” using my channel, I wanted to help Brides create something unique for their wedding day.  Now, I have young budding designers and business owners subscribing as well.  I never imagined it to be where it is today.  To some people 1000 subscribers may be nothing, but to me…it IS something:)  Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement.  From the bottom of my heart and from the depth of my soul…THANK YOU!!!!  I will be traveling to Seattle and Vancouver in July.  So to show my appreciation, I will be on a hunt for some beautiful treasures to give away from my journey.  Stay tuned for a give away in July or August.

For now, I leave you with this video “Creation of a gown” by Christian Dior.  It gave me chills watching this.  I hope you guys can appreciate the love, craftsmanship, time, and effort that goes into each custom couture gown.  There is always something dreamy, breathtaking, and just absolutely beautiful in the energy and efforts that go into ONE gown.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!