DIY Chapel Veils : 3 New Styles, Lent Season

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My friend Hang wearing her Chapel Veil

Greetings!

Lent officially started on Ash Wednesday Feb 26 and will end Thursday April 9th.  I wore my Chapel Veil to mass for the first time and decided that I would wear it at mass through the Lenten season.  I am hoping the Chapel Veil will help me focus and remember the sacredness of the mass.  If you are interested in Veiling and creating your own, I did create a tutorial for 3 new styles below:

I use to think Lent was a 40 day journey when you “give up” something you love (ex: sweets/soft drinks/social media, etc.)

However, someone once told me that it could also be doing something good for you, like creating a new healthy habit.  For example: running half a mile on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Lent ends or eating a side serving of greens at every meal, even possibly get enough sleep. It’s meant to help find balance, build discipline, do penance, prepare for the death & resurrection of Jesus, and ultimately build a closer relationship to Christ.

It reminds me of New Year’s resolutions, but you only have 40+ days to do it – And you do it all for the glory of God.

I understand Lent means something different to everyone or maybe has no relevance at all. But I would like to challenge everyone to do something good for yourselves until April 9th (forever would be good 😆). At the very least, speak words of encouragement everyday to yourself, someone you know, or a complete stranger🙏.

I’m still learning and growing in my faith.  Feel free to share what Lent means to you? What are you giving up that too much of is not healthy? or what new good habits would you like to incorporate into your life.

Since there are three pillars of Lent (prayer, fasting, almsgiving), I will…

1) Pray to love and appreciate where I am today, not belittle my daily efforts.
2) Fasting: on top of Fridays, No meat during Lent season – Hoping I can learn to meal plan better. If you know of tasty and healthy vegan/vegetarian recipes, feel free to share😁.  Also, I started Veiling at mass on Ash Wednesday.  A personal practice I would like to continue after Lent is over.
3) Almsgiving: share and spread the works of @svdp_hou_vol

Here is a Veil I made for mass on Ash Wednesday and through Lent.  It is the triangle Chapel Veil in the first video.

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Here is the first Chapel Veil tutorial:

Thank you for visiting and may you have a wonderful Lenten Season.

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:

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

His & Hers Address Labels 1539378

My Address Labels – Template: youtique bridal His Hers 919761

Greetings!

I am hoping this will be helpful to others using the Gold Foil His & Hers Labels 1539378.  I bought these gold foil labels to create my in-law’s 60th Wedding Anniversary party favor.

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I originally used the template provided on Hobby Lobby’s website but the alignment was off and the paper size was different from your standard sheet.  Since these are beautiful, I was determined to use them.   I  had to reconfigure the whole document and it finally worked after a lot of time testing and realigning margins.

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Testing in all the different ink colors so I won’t waste another sheet 😉

I am hoping you won’t have to go through the same frustrations I went through so below is the link to my document.  You can download it by clicking on the highlighted link.

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I opened the document on my phone to view it, but the font was altered so here is how mine looked in pdf form.  I used Edwardian Script & Didot for the font:
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Here are the steps I recommend:

  1. Test First : cut-to-size a sample paper.
  2. Print out the test paper
  3. Lay it on top of the labels sheet to make sure it fits
  4. Change fonts to your liking & realign if needed
  5. If everything looks good, print 🙂

Also FYI, carefully peel the labels since they do not come off smoothly.  I hope this is helpful!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Feel free to check out my YouTube Channel for more tutorials.  Thank you for reading!

Have a great day!

Ann Ngo

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Purchased the templates at Hobby Lobby:
https://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Wedding/Invitations-Thank-You-Cards/Gold-Foil-Address-Labels/p/80852056#review-section

ps. Below is how I created the Party Favors.

 

ps. Thank you Adreienne for your inquiry, here are my measurements when printed out on an 8.5×11.  I hope it works for you.IMG_8624

Happy 2017 New Year! : Undergarment options for a Sweetheart Neckline & Low Back Wedding Dress

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Photo from http://www.hug2love.com via Pinterest

Happy New Year!  I hope you had an awesome New Year’s Celebration.  Did you come up with some new goals for 2017?  Since one of my goals is to get over my awkwardness of talking into a camera, I’m working on a video to share my ideas & projects for 2017 with you. I’ve been practicing so hopefully it’s not too awkward.  Yes, I have to practice;)  Coming soon!

So let’s get started on the topic today – bra cups, bustier, or braless.  If your bridal gown has a sweetheart neckline & a low back like my Goddaughter’s gown below, there are 3 options for you.

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The 3 options are:

  1. Sew in Bra cups.  If you would like an extra lift, I recommend asking your seamstress to sew in bra cups for extra padding.  I like to keep things simple so if I don’t have to worry about an extra item like a bustier on my wedding day, I’d go for this option.  Also, you would save time not having to put on a bustier.
  2. Seamless Bustier.  My Goddaughter wanted her waist to be more cinched in and a little extra lift so I recommended a seamless bustier like the one below.  It has the sweetheart neckline as well as a low back.  I like the fact that it is seamless so there will not be visible lines going through your dress:

    You can shop for it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2iMmhCN

  3. Braless.  If you don’t need the extra lift or cinch, go braless.  Most Bridal gowns already have padding in them so if you’re comfortable not wearing an undergarment, you are set.

Well, I hope this was helpful.  If you have any comments or questions, feel free to share it in the comment section below.

Have a wonderful day!

Ann

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I had put together a tutorial for my Goddaughter’s Bridesmaid on “How to lace a Wedding Dress Corset,” feel free to view it below:

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!

2013…A New Year with some New Goals

Fabrics to practice couture techniques

Fabrics to practice couture techniques

Morning Everyone!

Happy New Year and I hope you had a fun-filled count down:)

Well, I have been reflecting on 2012 and all the wonderful wedding projects, people, and events that happened in my life.  I am so grateful for them all and I can now embrace and appreciate the memories.  Because of these moments and encounters, I can now look to 2013 with more excitement and anticipation on what is to come.

So what is to come?…you may be asking:)

EXPANDING MY COUTURE EXPERIENCES

Last year, I got to a point where I had to start referring clients out and didn’t even have the opportunity to share them on my blog and do tutorials.  This was a sign of how busy I was getting.  However, I had to make a hard decision for 2013.  At this time, I will not be taking custom projects and alterations.   I made this decision so I can focus on some personal sewing and expand my couture experiences.  Remember when I mentioned that the Couture Sewing School changed my life in this {post}?  Well it certainly did:)

MORE VIDEO TUTORIALS

Also, I would like to spend time creating more tutorials for you.  My videos have been so basic with no music and special effects that I’m not sure how it gets viewers, but miraculously it does—-so thank YOU for watching:)  I will try my hardest to learn and create more pleasant tutorials and recreate some of the still photo videos.  My goal is to get one video out per month for 2013.  Hopefully two in due time.

$50.00 BRIDE CHALLENGE

Recently, my husband asked me a question over dinner.  “Do you think you can create a whole Bridal Outfit for $20?”  My instant reaction was….No Way!  He was actually thinking on behalf of all the Budget Brides around the world.  However, that question actually sparked an idea.  I think I can share how to create a simple Bridal Outfit for $50.00.  It will be my challenge.  With a lot of creativity, time, and some planning, I am going to show you how.  I plan on putting together two outfit tutorials for the “$50.00 Bride”.  Look out for it throughout the year:)

DIY BRIDES

Lastly, I want to share more of YOUR work.  You guys have been my inspiration and so I know you will inspire others.  I would like to start and share a collection of DIY projects from Brides like you —similar to how I shared Sonya W.’s creations on this {post}.  So please do not hesitate to share your works and creativity:)

Well, I leave you with this image of all the fabrics I just bought.  I plan on using it to experiment with some couture techniques and also to decorate my home (we moved in July 2012 so I am in the process of decorating, but first, I need to finish unpacking.  Another to-do for 2013:)

Fabrics to play with

Fabrics to play with

Well, have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting!

Ann

Congratulations Carly & Phil!

{Randy, Sal, Louis, Phil, Dennis, Joe}
Photo by Jason Rathweg of Reclaimed Moments

I just wanted to take this time and congratulate my brother Phil and my new beautiful sister-in-law Carly on their nuptials this past weekend.  The celebration was held at the Safari Texas Ballroom and the weather could not have been more perfect.  Our family and friends came from near and far to witness two fun loving people say their vows of forever.  We shared a lot of laughter and had so much fun.  Let’s just say, my brother gave his new Father-in-law a special hand shake and a chest bump when he received his new Bride.  Also, there was a table tennis tournament for those needing a break from the dance floor.  It was just a day full of joy and surprises so I wanted to share a few photos with you.

Photo by Jason Rathweg of Reclaimed Moments

{me, Linda, Melissa, Carly, Carmen, Fran}
Photo by Jason Rathweg of Reclaimed Moments

The Newlyweds
Photo by Jason Rathweg of Reclaimed Moments

Thank you everyone for visiting!  May your journey of marriage be as unique as you and your husband-to-be and may it be filled with lots of joy and laughter.  Please do not sweat the small stuff but embrace the day and the special people who will be celebrating with you.

Hugs,

Ann

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Photo courtesy of Johnny Bui

Thank you for visiting and stay tuned for more new and fun DIY projects in the near future:) If you would like to see how I created her bridal sash, click {here} or on the image below.  To view current Bridal DIY Tutorials, click {here}.