Marfy Remnant Challenge : Collaboration with @sewtofit

Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well. I am excited about this new project, the Marfy Remnant Challenge. I am collaborating with Andrea @sewtofit on this sewing project. She & I had won the Marfy Pattern 0116 at the Sewing Fashionistas 10 year Anniversary Christmas Party . It was hosted by Rosalind @sewmuchfabric – great times!

I thought it would be fun to use remnant fabrics to create this pattern and see how we would express ourselves. It is a project to help us get through this Covid Event and keep our minds and bodies occupied. We invited our fellow Sewing Fashionistas as well as our sewing community to join us on this journey. As Andrea & I were sharing ideas, this project happen to fall nicely into Andrea’s annual Marfy Challenge as well. Here are the guidelines shared at the Sewing Fashionistas meeting this past Saturday July 25 – thank you for the video Andrea!

Official Start Date: August 1, 2020 – End Date: When you are done. This project is meant to be fun and stress free. You can set your own deadline (or not), however, I will personally try and finish this project by the end of August. Feel free to follow me on Instagram Stories for up-to-date progress and my IG Highlight “Marfy Remnant.”

Andrea & I have different sewing processes but we will be achieving the same goal. We believe that everyone has different styles of sewing so we would like for you to witness the different ways we design, sew, and put it together. Besides following my Instastories, make sure you follow Andrea’s IG & Youtube Channel at SewToFit to see her process. Also, feel free to join her VIP Club to expand your fitting skills. You can learn more about Andrea at www.sewtofit.com. You can also follow this project on the Sewing Fashionista’s Facebook Page.

Guidelines for the Marfy Remnant Challenge:

  • Have fun, express yourself, stretch your imagination & creativity
  • You are the artist. The pattern is the canvas & the fabric is your paint;)
  • use remnant fabrics or fabrics in your stash but do not purchase new fabrics. Ex: I am using fabric remnants from my 2019 projects.
  • there is no right or wrong to putting this together
  • try and incorporate new sewing techniques that you have always wanted to try. Ex: I want to learn how to do basic quilting, wave tucks, & fabric cut-outs as seen on my inspiration board
  • Use Sewing Pattern Marfy 0116 or any pattern you would like to use or try out.
  • We would love to see your progress, tag us on Instagram @youtiquebridal @sewtofit or use the hashtag #marfyremnantchallenge2020
Playing around with different Fabric Layouts

This is where my project is currently…

Marfy0116 Front Blouse, Original Projects

This is the front side of Marfy0116. Next, I will now work on the back side before sewing it all together. Following, I will do the lining. Below are videos of the original projects if you would like to see where the remnants originated from.

I hope you join Andrea & I on this journey. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Well, thank you for visiting & I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

Andrea with Sew To Fit is an expert in pattern fitting and pattern design.  She has a YouTube Channel you can view by clicking here.  She teaches e-learning classes available with a VIP Club at www.sewtofit.com.

10 Reasons to Wardrobe Planning : Special Guest Roz @sewmuchfabric

Greetings Everyone!

I am now going Live on IG with special guests the last Friday of the month. I had the honor of having Roz with http://stores.smfabric.com as my very first guest. She is the older sister I never had and has taught me so much about faith, family, and community. In this video, she shares her 10 reasons of wardrobe planning. I apologize in advance for the low sound quality and a few technical difficulties but this is some really great information. I am still learning how to work everything. I’m just grateful I was able to save this video:). Roz, we may have to do this again in the future. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share your thoughts and if this inspired you to wardrobe plan.

Video Content:

  • {4:11} Rosalind Gaither @sewmuchfabric, http://stores.smfabric.com
  • {5:28} Have clothes that serve you well
  • {6:15} 1- People will assess you wherever you go
  • {7:32} 2- Stop saying “I have nothing to wear”
  • {8:09} 3- Get noticed
  • {8:54} 4- Get people to listen to what you have to say
  • {8:58} 5- Fabric & Your time is an investment
  • {10:48} 6- Change on the outside can facilitate change on the inside
  • {11:21} 7- Be present in your life, live in the here & now
  • {12:13} 8- Prepared for Last minute invites
  • {13:13} 9- Self Expression
  • {13:41} 10- You are worth it!
  • {18:58} https://www.smfabricblog.com
  • {19:56} Ann’s next sewing project
  • {22:10} How do you pick fabrics?
  • {26:16} How long have you been doing this Roz?
  • {27:44} Ann’s Style Aesthetic: Victorian, Edgy, Modern

I hope you enjoyed the visit as much as I did. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Please take care of yourself and each other.

Hugs!

Ann

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Wearing my #memade Red Lace Blouse

Lace Sleeve Easter Blouse : Get up and Sew!

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Greetings!

The week started out a little rough but I finally finished editing the Lace Sleeve Easter top.  I wore the Lace Sleeve Blouse under my Easter dress for mass from home.  Afterwards, I changed into my Sailor Jeans for the Easter egg hunt.  I ❤️ the versatility!

You will see the general process of how I sewed the top with a special focus on cutting and attaching the beautiful #guipurelace.  Feel free to view it below:

Video Content:
{0:00} Intro
{0:06} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/easter-dre…
{0:09} Lace Sleeve Crop Top, Special focus on the cutting & placement of the lace
{0:35} Sewing Pattern Simplicity 4070
{0:50} Concealed Button Placket Tutorial
https://youtu.be/pmM2XPELxqg
{1:02} Fashion Fabrics & Ordinaries
Fashion Fabrics & Button: http://stores.smfabric.com/easter-dre…
{1:25} Cut Fashion Fabrics
{1:48} Concealed Button Placket Tutorial
https://youtu.be/pmM2XPELxqg
{1:57} Darts
{2:53} French Seam: Sides & Shoulders
{3:24} Bias Binding: Neck & Hem
{3:50} Buttons
{4:20} Cutting the Lace Sleeve
{5:28} Pinning the Lace
{6:50} Bias Binding at the Armhole
{7:01} Finishing Touches
{7:18} Triangle Chapel Veil
https://youtu.be/dUqoMTvjlmM
{7:22} Easter Outfits : Easter Dress & Sailor Jeans (Videos coming soon)
{7:35} Crop Top with #MeMade Bottoms

Here are the outfits I put together with items in my closet

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*memade
Outfit 1: *Easter Dress (Video coming soon)
Outfit 2: *Front Zipper Skirt: https://youtu.be/VBxRpmOMzdk
Outfit 3: *Checkered skirt-n/a
Outfit 4: *Red Lace Skirt: https://youtu.be/3FzdLsrKM8Q
Outfit 5: *Silk A-Line: https://youtu.be/kFBsTNFhnJE
Outfit 6: *Sailor Shorts: https://youtu.be/7TEMViaEThI

As my husband said, “Get up and sew!!!” I was having a hard time getting out of bed last Monday morning worrying about my father.  He got sick recently.  Thank God he is starting to feel better but I can’t help but continue worrying about him and thinking of others who are experiencing stress and worries during this time.

I pray everyone is doing well. 🙏🌎🌍🌏 The reality is we will all have ups and downs. We need to support one another and be there for each other the best we can. Please take care of each other.  It’s ok to have down days but don’t get stuck there.  Do something to keep yourself going whether it is cooking, gardening, organizing, praying, etc – do something you love and enjoy.  Just do something that will help you mentally, physically, and spiritually.  Like my husband said, “get up and sew!!!” – and that I did.🤗😘

Hugs!

Ann

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Youtique Inspired : Camryn & Serena Fabric Flowers

Greetings!

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos of their fabric flowers inspired by my tutorials.  I love seeing them and it inspires me to continue creating.  I know it will also inspire others to create.  Here are fabric flowers custom made for my guests and by you.  Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful week!

Hugs!

Ann

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ps.  Here are the videos to help you create the flowers:

Fall Sewing Fabrics : Zipper Front Skirt :

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Greetings!  I hope you are all keeping yourselves warm.  I am enjoying the cooler weather here in Katy, TX.   I am starting a new sewing project that will be perfect for this weather.  It is going to be my Zipper Front Skirt and above is the inspiration board.

I am really excited about this sewing project because of the bold block coloring Rosalind/Sew Much Fabric suggested. Again, I modified my red lace block pattern to create the toile.  I had used the base of this pattern to create my Bathing Suit Cover-up & the Silk A-line skirt.

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Below are the fabrics Roz put together for this Fall sewing project & my toile is already fitted.  The fabrics & notions from Sew Much Fabric include:

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– Black/White Diamond Woven Cotton : C2726
– Red Faux Leather: PV3559
– Rayon Lining: RL- Valentine Red
– Custom sized zipper
– Gutermann Thread

I am a little nervous because the sewing marks on the faux leather will be permanent. However, I do like challenges😉. There is no do-over once you sew into the leather. You can only take in but there is no letting out 😬. Wish me luck…this will be fun!  Here are the cut fashion fabrics & I will be using leather needles 110/18 to sew;)

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What is on your sewing machine?  How is your wardrobe planning?  Thank you for reading & I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  To read about my wardrobe planning journey, click HERE.

Hugs!

Ann

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Bishop Sleeve Blouse : Full Sleeve Alteration

frontGreetings!

I am finally complete with my Fashion Show Outfit series. The video below shows how I sewed the Bishop Sleeve Blouse with a focus on creating a fuller sleeve. I got to wear the blouse to the Runway Houston Fashion Show and also to a birthday celebration.

Here is the video content:
{0:00} Intro
{0:05} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{0:32} Toile
{0:50} Taking apart the toile
{0:59} Fuller Sleeve Alteration

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{2:25} Fashion Fabrics @sewmuchfabric
http://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{2:31} Cutting the Fashion Fabrics
{2:47} Roz’s text – add 4Inches to bodice hem
{3:09} Darts
{3:40} Sewing it together
{5:42} Attach Sleeves
{6:30} Sleeve hem
{7:54} Fitting #2
{8:10} Accessories – https://youtu.be/RfXfptI9hcM
{8:20} Finishing Touches: hem & lining
{8:53}Open Back
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Here are the outfits I put together with the Bishop Sleeve Blouse.  It includes my #memade red lace skirt, checkered skirt, & A-line skirt.  I love how my wardrobe is slowly becoming all #memade:).  So which outfit do you like the best?  Or which one would you wear the most?

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Not only did I get to wear the blouse to the fashion show, but I also wore it to celebrate some very special people.  Happy Birthday Stephanie & Julie!

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Here are the rest of the series.

Thank you for visiting & I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs!
Ann

Accessories for the Fashion Show Outfit

Greetings!  I hope you are all doing very well.  The weather just dropped down to the 50’s in Katy, TX and I am loving the cold breeze.  If you are from Texas, you know it feels officially winter;). How is the weather where you reside?

This week has been a full week of fittings, sewing, and shopping for accessories.  I had a lot of fun with Roz – Sew Much Fabric.  She is putting my outfit together for the Runway Houston Fashion Show.  Because of my experience with the Blue Asymmetrical Dress, I gave her complete freedom & trust to put this together.

I fell in love with my silk A-line skirt when it was complete.  I was already imagining all the possibilities of how I can wear the skirt.  However, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling the whole outfit when wearing the skirt with the Bishop Sleeve blouse.  It felt plain.  But of course, leave it to Roz to solve the challenge.  Using the accessories I already had, she gave me some inspiration ideas.  So we went shopping….

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I spotted a purse that had the colors of my wardrobe & I was drawn to it.  I thought it was fun – my kids called it the pumpkin purse.  Well, this mom is ready to have a little fun with my pumpkin purse – perfect for Fall weather;).  In conclusion, Roz made me fall in love with the outfit by the end of it all.  I am excited to wear it tonight.  For now, I will be putting some outfit ideas together for my lifestyle.  After that, I will prepare for the event tonight by doing my hair & makeup.  If you would like to get up-to-date happenings, feel free to follow me on my Instagram stories.

I did have to alter the necklace I purchased.  I will share that in the near future.  Feel free to watch how I DIYed my earrings for my Red Lace outfit below.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Ann Ngo, Youtique Bridal & Lifestyle

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Bathing Suit Coverup – Relax Ann! : Butterick 5746

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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?
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to relax! 🤗😘

Hugs!

Ann

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In case you missed it, below is the video for sewing my Bathing Suit Coverup.

Swimsuit Coverup & My LBD : Wardrobe Planning

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Greetings! I hope you are all doing well. My swimsuit coverup is complete & it doubles as my Little Black Dress.  Feel free to view the sewing process below:

To create the toile, I modified the block pattern created for my Red Lace Blouse & Skirt. 

I also love how the inside of my garment looks clean and beautiful (in my opinion;).  I took the time to finish off the seams with bias binding.  This process can take some extra sewing time but I think it is worth it.  What do you think?  Also, how do you like to finish off the seams?

After I completed the garment, I decided to created custom embellished snap buttons.  I wanted to hide the metal part so I purchased acrylic scrapbooking embellishments & glued them onto the separate metal snaps.  It gave me the option to remove them so  I really like how it turned out.

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To be honest, I was concerned about the plunging neckline when I first started.  Stylist Roz with Sew Much Fabric suggested the low neckline because she said when worn as a dress, I can wear an underdress.  Also, I am not full busted, so it would be a flattering design.  I have to say she was right.  I love how it all turned out, but it took Roz to come over & help style a few outfits for me to be completely convinced.  I now see all the possibilities of it being a duster and dress as well.  Thank you Roz!  So here are some of the outfits below.  Which one do you like?  or how would you have styled it?

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Here are the outfits using items from my closet:
1.Bathing suit cover
2. Red linen sailor shorts #memade😊and a tank top
3. Workout top with an interesting neckline and jeans
4. Black Sheath dress & animal print heels
5. Linen chambray dress with accent red earrings and shoes
6. #LBD (little black dress) with contrasting turquoise jewelry

Also, I got to wear it on a short getaway before Mr. T & the children start school next week.  I am glad I got to sew a versatile coverup just in time for the resort.

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I know summer is winding down for most of you and I hope you have wonderful new school year!  For me, its a time to reset my work schedule so I can’t wait to share all the new fun projects coming up.  Stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting!

Cheers,
Ann

I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary out of the ordinary;)

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Shop Sew Much Fabric:
Ink Black Eyelet 100%cotton from Italy : C2719
Gutermann Thread: 010

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

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Ruby Red Sailor Short : Wardrobe Planning

My Ruby Red Sailor Short has been a great addition to my wardrobe this summer.  I have plenty of running/exercise shorts but no dressy/casual shorts.  When Roz suggested a sailor-inspired short, I had absolutely no hesitation😁.  I organized an inspiration board via Pinterest to give direction on the design.  However, I fell in love with the Balmain shorts immediately.  I appreciated the details & love the pocket design.

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One of my goals is to not buy anymore unnecessary sewing patterns (part of my simplifying journey), but try and work with what I have.  So I drafted my own pattern modifying McCall’s 3892.


It was the same pattern used for my Xmas Party outfit. You can read more about my 70s inspired jumpsuit by visiting clicking: 70’s Xmas Party Outfit.

After studying the sewing lines and the design pieces, I modified the pattern to the style I wanted.  You can watch how I made the pattern below.  I also show the process of how I preshrunk the linen.  You can purchase the Sandra Betzina Fabric Savvy at: https://amzn.to/2XxxIn7

After sewing the Italian Linen Sailor Short, I put a few outfits together.  I think it is time to make a few more shorts because I have been wearing it quite a bit.  You can watch how I sewed the Italian Linen Sailor Short below.

While I was taking apart the toile shorts and laying it out on the beautiful Italian linen, I had time to think about my audience.  You guys are a very thoughtful community! Also, I know my projects can take awhile but yet, you are still following along. You are really patient too! 🤗  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your love & support.  It is very encouraging.  Next editing project in line…my chambray shirt.  What are you sewing for the summer?

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Well, I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary😉.  Have a wonderful week! 😘

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

Hugs!

Ann

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Youtique Lifestyle: Wardrobe Planning series is in 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.

You will see a mix of Wardrobe Planning along with Bridal Tutorials, however, there will be a strong focus on Wardobe Planning this year. I hope you join me on this adventure. If you want up-to-date projects, make sure to follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youtiquebri…

Wardrobe Planning Blog post: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/…**********************************************

Shop Beginner Sewing Machines & Supplies: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/beginner-sewing-machines/

Sewing the Trim for My Easter Dress

Happy Friday!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer & thank you in advance for being patient.  For the video editing process, the transition into summer can get challenging with the children’s schedule change & traveling.  For up-to-date projects, make sure to follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/youtiquebri…

I hope this video was worth the wait.  I will show the process of how I created the trims for my Floral Easter Dress.

Here is the video content:

{0:06} Collaboration with Sew Much Fabric
Shop Notions & Fabrics at Sew Much Fabric https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{0:17} Creating the Trims in the Car Rider Line
{0:29} What do you like to do while waiting in the car?
{0:35} Different Trims I created
{0:42} Waist Band Trim
{1:54} Arm Hole Trim
{2:38} V-Neck Trim
{3:10} Sewing the Black Trim at the V
{4:26} Arm Hole Fray Trim
{5:05}Attach Lining Overview: Neckline, Arms, Zipper, Hem
{5:17} Fray gets a Haircut😉
{5:27} Like, Subscribe, & Ring the Bell for future video releases
{5:32} Shop Sew Much Fabric: https://stores.smfabric.com/youtique-bridal-and-lifestyle-for-sew-much-fabric/
{5:37} Thank you for visiting! I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Don’t forget to let me know what you like to do while waiting in the car🤔😁.

Here is Part 1/3.  It is the time lapse video of sewing my Easter Dress.

I got to wear this dress again to the Pottery Barn Town & Country Sip & Scan Bridal Event.  Here I am with my fellow Bridal Industry professionals.  Claudia Reimann, Pottery Barn Gift Registry Specialist & Kelly Payton with Houston Perfect Wedding Guide.

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Thank you for visiting & hope you have an EXTRAordinary day!

Hugs,

Ann

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Youtique Lifestyle: Wardrobe Planning series is in 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.

You will see a mix of Wardrobe Planning along with Bridal Tutorials, however, there will be a strong focus on Wardobe Planning this year. I hope you join me on this adventure. If you want up-to-date projects, make sure to follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youtiquebridal/

Wardrobe Planning Blog post: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/wardrobe-planning-collaboration-with-sewmuchfabric/ **********************************************

Shop Beginner Sewing Machines & Supplies: https://youtiquebridal.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/beginner-sewing-machines/

Floral Easter Dress Series

1/3: Time Lapse, Sewing My Easter Dress : https://youtu.be/bhqLkNVtp7w

2/3: Trims & Fabric Fraying: https://youtu.be/X3fEoDYyoMw

3/3: DIY Headband (Coming Soon)

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