Reminiscing on when I got to take a quick getaway with my family and wore my #memade eyelet coverup😉. I got to relax and enjoy the slow pace of life for a weekend.
Personally, I easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and try to check off as many things as I possibly can in one day. I tell myself that when my husband graduates, I’ll relax. When I finish saving for my children’s education, I’ll relax. When dinner is made, I’ll relax. When I finish putting my book together, I’ll relax. The list goes on.
I recently had a health scare that made me self reflect (nothing serious). It was a reminder that I will always have a long list of things to complete, but I have to learn to slow down and be in the moment. Have you ever had to reevaluate your life’s pace?
I decided to take time in the car rider line to do prayer 🙏 and listen to podcasts, read books, or listen to audio books. If you have any prayer requests, feel free to send them my way😊. So what helps you to be in the moment and relax?
Btw, I highly recommend Butterick 5746 to get your personal fitting pattern. I made my red lace block pattern out of it. In turn, that block pattern allowed me to make my bathing suit coverup. I will now use the skirt portion of my coverup to make my fashion show skirt.
I will also use the red lace block pattern to create a blouse. The possibilities are endless when you get a good fit on your basic block pattern.
I will be attending Runway Houston on Oct 11 in which I will be collaborating with Rosalind at Sew Much Fabric. I am excited! Here is my toile for the outfit.
Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to relax! 🤗😘
In case you missed it, below is the video for sewing my Bathing Suit Coverup.
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
- 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
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
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.
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!
More Bridal Sash Tutorials
This may be a basic red outfit but the inside of the skirt and top is #notbasic. This is the first time I completed an outfit with #HongKongSeams and I ❤️ it! No body can see the inside but I know (and now you do too😉).
What inspired me to do Hong Kong Seams you may ask? Well, one of my first sewing books I purchased in college – “Designer Sewing Techniques” by Nancy Fleming. When I should have been studying for my biology courses, I was skimming design and sewing books😬. It was one of my guilty pleasures 🤫. I first saw the Hong Kong seam in this book and have always wanted to try it. Page 22, you are my inspiration!
About the zipper…
I needed an 18” separating zipper for my red top but the standard separating sizes were 16”, 10”, or 7”.
Instead, I used a 24” standard zipper. I was Inspired by Roz’s @sewmuchfabric strapless top she made in @susankhalje couture class. She used a zipper longer than the top and sewed on snap buttons. This would keep the zipper tail hidden and in place. Now that is creative! 👏🏼
However, when Roz first tried to explain how to zip it up over the phone, I had a hard time imagining it. It took a couple of explanations and lots of questions from my end to finally picture it in my head. So instead of just trying to explain it to you, I thought I’d film 🎥it for you as well😉. I hope you learned something new because I sure did😁. #alwayslearning
So what do you think of this technique? Would you try this? What are some other options when faced with this challenge?
Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Youtique Lifestyle: Wardrobe Planning series is a Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric. This will be an ongoing project throughout 2019. Since I started attending more meetings, events, and wedding shows, I wanted a #memade wardrobe that would take me from the car rider line to a business event. To achieve my goals, I got the help of #stylist & #textile expert Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric. She came to evaluate my closet & sent me the results of my closet evaluation. A basic red skirt and blouse was on my list for an immediate wardrobe need. I hope you will join me on this adventure as I curate my closet for 2019.
Shop Notions & Fabrics at Sew Much Fabric
My Tuxedo Inspired Dress
Inspiration Board – photos via Pinterest
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.
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!