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Throwback Thursday 

Hey beautiful people!

Happy Thursday!

I thought I should stop by to share a relaxing photo since we are nearing the end of the week. Also it’s really nice weather today..not the kind to Jump into a beach cover up at the pool..hahaha but it makes you dream of a time when you could! 😊😎👙👒🍹🍦

Have an awesome Thursday! Until next time!

Blessed

UtaVz

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Sunny with a Chance of Summer!

Hello there July!!!!!!

Summer=Good weather for a Maxi Dress!!!  🙂 🙂 🙂

I had the draft for this dress sketched out in my notebook since last year I think, or maybe 2014. This was suppose to be *The MAXI*, my gorgeous, flowy, armed with pockets kind of functional summer statement piece.

I never got around to making it last year. But that’s okay cause I did it finally this year!! Found this lightweight floral polyester material to use as a tester. And I am in love with it. This was my trial prototype you could say. It came out amazing to the point that someone saw it and said they wanted to buy it as is! 🙂 SOLD…..I know that’s crazy right. Sad part I know the fabric sold out. Hmmmmm….. I will go hunting next time I am at the fabric store in event someone left a piece behind. You never know..

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The whole process in my head transpired well in the cut out stage. Very nerve racking since I was winging it basically but with some key measurements involve to ensure fit, things came together. It’s suppose to be flowy but to proportion of the size. So This size can fit a medium and a large. It may fit a small but a belt may be required to avoid a mooo-moo -licious look 🙂

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I am ready for round two and making the second one. Thereafter I will try to get this baby into a sloper and ready for duplication! Ensuring of course I get the measurements down pat and the shape too. It has an unusual shape which makes it flow a certain way. Hard to explain, I just let the scissors do its thing. 🙂 🙂 Cut cut…

Goal reached, happy camper!

Excited to make one for my own wardrobe. I have a great Rayon print lined up for mine. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, stay tuned in July I have a few custom pieces in the works that i will share with you.

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew, sew, sewwwwwwwwwwww

Bless

UtaVZ

 


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Escaping Winter at the Sewing Machine: The Beach Cover up Tunic!

” Take me away, a sweet escape… take me away to brighter days” Natasha Bedingfield

These two Tunics were made for two friends. I can definitely see me sewing a few more of these for the summer. So cool and also chic.

As mentioned in the previous blog I am escaping the winter blues at my sewing machine. Love the fabric, it was easy to sew and  draped beautiful. It is a sheer mesh type stretch material.( You guys know me and getting these fabric names right) I will enquire more on my next fabric store visit.

Both friends were very happy. And I am too 🙂

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Styled with a Necklace and a belt as another option.

 

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Made a belt to go with this as an alternative for styling…

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Taking it to the machine…. The fabric was so good. Very easy to sew up.

 

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So beautiful….. love how it drapes.

Escaping winter continues. New month, new projects! Stay tuned for more sewing adventures….

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sewwwwwwwwwwww

Much love

UtaC


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Winter Sewing: “My One of a Kind Shimmer Shrug!

Shimmer away with this cool, calm and classy piece. Shrugs are definitely in. A relative to the cardigan, this piece will add sass to your wardrobe in minutes. This was a cool, quick piece. Out of the fabric store straight to the machine type of project. 🙂 Casual yet dressy. Unfortunately this was the end of the fabric bolt at the little Fabric store and as such it is definitely a one of a kind. The feel and flow of the fabric is just perfect. The fabric definitely cooperated with me. IMG_4519   IMG_4524 IMG_4529 The sewing adventure continues. Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww 🙂 Thanks for stopping by UtaC


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” On a simpler note Dress”

Taking a mini break between sewing scarfs and another piece for my winter wardrobe, this little number was made. This was really one of those ” three hole dresses”. A term I grew up hearing my mom use to define her simpler dresses. The dress you would put on quickly and be out the door. Where you feel cool, calm and confident. Yes, I can see that with this simple piece. Cool, Calm and confident woman. 🙂

Background on this piece:

I have no idea what the fabric is.  I am still getting there guys, don’t judge me. 🙂 ( It sort of reminds me of those running shirt fabrics. Quick dryish with some stretch….lol ) I picked it up at the thrift store and wanted to test it out and of course as you guys know, models are so hard to find. hahah :). My model in set wanted a simple evening dress for an upcoming dinner and I figure this would be the fabric to try. That was all I had at the time too. Oopsie!

Sewing time: About 2.5hrs this included fitting as well as ironing. ( Things I see as key in garment construction) The Model tried it on at least three times. 🙂

New for me: Cap circle sleeves. I think they came out great for starters. I will probably perfect this as time goes by. But definitely a first.

Lesson learned: I will probably try this again.I noted the fabric didn’t take too well to darts so I omitted those as well as a zipper as it is stretch and can be pulled over the head.

Let the pictures speak!

In the beginning… where the magic happens, on my floor 🙂

I used an existing boat neck dress to copy the silouette for the dress pattern and applied the measurement for accuracy when fitting.

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Tada!!

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Fab, Fab, Fab…. She loved it.

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I thought it came out well for a simple white dress. The accessories also gives it that added pop it needed to be elegant and not too much.

 

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Overall I am really happy with the outcome for a quick simple dress. I guess as a sewer it’s always good to know those go to styles in cases where time is of the essence. I think I just found one of mine.Very quick and simple. A few of these in my closet can make dressing a little more versatile and interesting.

See you guys soon for my next posts.

Back to sewing scarfs!!!

Just keep sewing , just keep sewing.. what do I do I sew sew….  sewwwwwwwwwww..

 

UtaC

 


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Times 2 -The Summer Onesy Repeated!!!

Everything nice, must come twice….

 

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I think life in part entails duplicating those things that add to your existence. You know, the good stuff, the good qualities, good habits….and I could go on. But what I am trying to say is that when you have done something that is good duplicating it can only get better. JUMPER NO.2. It was another project and it turned out awesome. I attempted jersey fabric once more. ooooooh no I didn’t, sure did!

Tada!!!

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You all know behind each project there is a story, so here goes the 411 on how the jumper was born.

How it all happened

Onesy no. 2. can be seen as a Rush job. Hahah. That kind of lingo makes me sound like a custom made sewer right. Between my friend liking the fabric, trying on my yellow jumper and desiring one of her own, I started drafting the jumper in no time.

 

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Yes, that’s where the magic happens. My cutting area “THE FLOOR”.  The pants and top were cut out and by the end of the evening I had sewn the top and pant separately. Lining up the stripes were key in this project as it was my first time working with stripes and it was critical to the overall look.

 

There she is, my model and one of my awesome friends CB. Can you tell she absolutely loved the finished product. Nothing like bringing a smile to the face of someone. 🙂

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Models are hard to find, but all I ask of my pals as I try out these new pieces is to send me photos when out and about or to have me take photos of them in the outfits. So yes, the jumper style has migrated from my closet into the closet of a friend. I like that.

In hindsight this project was not planned

It was not planned but given the few hours I spent on it, I think it is safe to say jersey material is definitely growing on me. I was not as fearful as the maxi skirt experience or the first jumper. I welcomed the challenge and was finished in no time and best of all my friend loved it.

I do have two other projects lined up using jersey knit, so stay tuned for more.

 

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Jumper twins 🙂

 

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That’s all for now ,

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do we do we sew sew sewwwwwwww…

UtaC


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Summer loving!- The “Onesy”

It’s officially summer!

So I am working on my wardrobe. ( Less buying more sewing, if you know what I mean) 🙂 Also a closet detox and sorting out what key pieces I need to have each season, I am really being driven towards the minimalist wardrobe yet with style. Key pieces make your wardrobe and sustain you through seasons and seasonal wardrobe clean out is a must. That dress you were planning to wear 2 years ago.. it’s not happening. Just give it away. At least that’s what I think.

On to the sewing….
So I haven’t been far away. I have just been busy. With life and sewing. To be honest it seems to be that happy medium on the active side of life. My go to remedy after work should I have the time to spare. A good de-stresser.

As challenging and busy as last week was my hands did not let me down when I needed that pick me upper at the end of the day, I called it the The Summer Y Jumper! This is by far one of my favourite quick sews to date. I say quick sew because it basically went like this, HOME from the fabric store and TO THE MACHINE. Yeah just like that I had me a pattern and then 1 hr later here I was trying on the finished product for size. ( My phone is temperamental, pardon the first pic 🙂 )

 

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You would probably think after my 9 hours and more ordeal sewing with jersey fabric for the first time on the maxi skirt project that I would quit. Oh no I won’t, that was the last thing on my mind. I was determined and my machine with new settings, did not disappoint. Sewed it perfectly.

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It’s festival season in T.O so I styled it up and wore it out this weekend. Here are some more pics.

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Hope you guys enjoyed…the challenge continues..sew Uta sew!