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Thinking Spring thoughts… and Sewing..!

Hi Everyone!

Belated Easter greetings. I Trust you all had an amazing time with your family or however you chose to spend it. 🙂

It’s been a world wind of activities as usual. 🙂 A little sewing there, a little sewing here, a little reading here, a lot of grad school assignments there, a little of family here and life all together there.. lol.. You guys get the wave of events. 🙂

It’s a new season though! This causes me to reflect on the way forward and where I am at. Spring brings that happy and joyful feeling  about sunshine and flowers but also possibilities. Like the budding of the trees and roses, I am feeling the possibilities. Grad school has been crazy these past months. Assignments after assignments. I sewed in between.. but not as much or how I wanted to. 😦

I finally got a chance to do some creative sewing! Yayyy!!!! I was sewing in between… so it wasn’t complete withdrawal.hahaha. You know me, I make it happen! I am more referring to the creative moments where I can be present mentally and enjoy the process of sewing and creating a beautiful piece. So over Easter I did three pieces on Good Friday! I had my own self drafted patterns already and just had a creative moment.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process but also the finished looks.

 

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Thank you all for always being so kind and stopping by!:)  Stay tuned. I have some news of an upcoming opportunity that is happening 2 months from now! Stop by again Sunday April 23rd for more details! 🙂 My Sewing is going places!

The chronicles continue… just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew, sewwwwwwwww!!!

Bless

UtavZ

 

 

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Something Formal: The Tulle skirt

It’s been on my sewing list for sometime now. But I am happy that after making the tulle bustle ( The burlesque piece) a few months back that I was ready to take on the Tutu formal skirt…more so take on the tulle fabric.

This skirt was a custom project I was commissioned to complete for the holidays. So like most of my projects I make a mock up to ensure that technique is down pat and that any glitches to be discover working with this new fabric is perfected. It also gave me a chance to estimate the time spent on this project.

The goal was to have a satin lined skirt not too much tulle but enough to be formal, dressy and flirty. Not so much the Disney princess look….lol…. but the fabulous look of a classy female in this millennial. Did I achieved it.. well lets just see all that went into achieving this look.

My Version

Love love the look!! I went for the elastic waist band but mine was cut more on a A-line silhouette instead of a circle skirt.( I didn’t have a lot of fabric to play with). I wanted mine a bit longer. That Midi skirt look but with only two layers of tulle. I did hem the lining. Regretted it after as I thought it was a bit heavy on the look of the skirt, especially after ironing. But it worked in the end.

I already knew the top I had in my closet that would go with this for the perfect theater look. We were off to see the Phantom of the  Opera. A play I so desired to see for years and finally it was in our city for the holidays . The least I could have done was dress to impress.

 

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The final version

The final version definitely had some major tweaks to not only fit the customer requirements but assisted me in  applying those lessons learned from version 1. This version was shorter, carried four layers of tulle and was cut as a full circle with no seam. This made attaching a elastic broad waist band ideal for the flowy and playful way the skirt drapes.I choose not to machine hem the lining on the final skirt instead I serge it given it a more finished look and lighter on the satin fabric to the eye.

The final product.

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The stray string to the right of the skirt is from my turtle neck top 😉

 

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I forgot to mention that time was under estimated. It took longer to cut and put everything together. But lets face it, it was worth the time and effort I put into it. Perhaps I can devise some strategy to lessen the reproduction time of this again in the future knowing now the techniques I have learnt while completing this order.

Thanks for tuning in!

I trust 2016 is off to a great start, the sewing chronicles and journey continues for me. Growing my business, perfecting my sewing skills, learning new skills and projects, taking on new challenges and taking risks all in the same!

Until next time… just keep sewing , just keep sewing.. what do I do I sew sew sew…

UtaVZ

 

 

 


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Less than 48 Hours Sewing victory: 1920s in 2015!

This was some project! You know those times when you tell yourself you can’t and then you can?? You know the confusing battle in your mind between time, skills, to do, not to do, can I, I can…. maybe that’s just my mind right. But if you can or cannot relate this story I hope it will inspire you or encourage you to go the next level in your sewing, to take some risks especially those involving limited time to deliver….:)

Here goes….

You could say I was down for the challenge when I started talking to my friend late one Monday evening. It was a casual inquiry on whether I had any skirts or dress in stock that can be purchased to attend a 1920s themed Gala. Of course me being a sewer who would only sew on request or have unfinished pieces I am working on did not have any thing fitting that description. I mean it’s not everyday you get a request for a 1920s look right!! 😛

So somewhere between the conversation of me saying I didn’t have anything and my friend wishing she could have informed me sooner to attempt a piece,  I was in my stash!! Yes, you heard right. I was chatting and then I was going through my stash simultaneous, just checking to see if there was a possibility in there that could be salvaged for a look.

Well as you can assume, I did  find a piece and in no time it was draped and pinned and ready to sew.. somewhere between 11pm and 1:30 am.

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Playing around with draping the piece of lace I found….. 🙂 It took shape pretty quick I must say!

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Tried another variation of the skirt… I was really trying to not cut the lace and use it for what it was worth!

The idea was to make a skirt, so that was all the fabric I could salvage. In the end I found another piece in my stash and was able to make a matching tank and tada!!! there you have a full outfit. hahah here is the pinned combo.. Nothing sewned just yet at this stage…

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The matching Tank and skirt draped.. no sewing done at this stage… 🙂

Feeling accomplished by 1am that evening.. I was off to bed.. dreaming of the completed look.. I couldn’t wait to get home that afternoon to complete the look.  I sent the pics and all and  my friend loved it! I felt pleased.

Here goes the finished product:

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I went the extra mile and added some embellishments to the tank, in case she wanted to wear the Tank on the outside of the skirt or again with another outfit…..

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Up close on the skirt! I love it!!

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Close up on the embelishments!

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All wrapped and ready to go! I included the left over sequence in case my friend wanted a hair band…functional!IMG_5483

Nervous as ever and sitting to edge of my seat I await the review and fit. ( There was no fitting at all!!!!…crazy….) I loved it.. I took lots of pics as you can see above…….. But does she? will she wear it?……………………………………

She loved it!!! aaaaaaaaaaaaahh.. and she wore it!!!!!!! YAY!!!! Sewing victory!!!!! here she is:

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Fabulous!!!!!! The 1920’s never looked so fabulous!! 🙂

Proud and inspired to keep sewing!!! 🙂

Have any of you done anything like this before? The short term sewing challenge? Would love to hear your experience.

Thanks for stopping by.

Just keep sewing just keep sewing.. what do I do I sewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!

Bless

UtaC


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An Asymmetric Wrap: Summer Daze!!!

While I am attempting to embrace the “Onepiece” mode this summer, you can never go wrong with a few of these cool skirts to give some edge to your wardrobe.  Paired with a tank, crop, T shirt  and a jacket, you are good to transition from day to evening.

A wrap asymmetrical midi skirt! I will try these in a stretch knit and let you guys know how it goes.The one below was done in a Poly cotton.

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What do you think? Do you have any special style you are hoping to embrace this summer? Love to hear.

The sewing chronicles are definitely continuing…. much more to share… stay tuned.

Much love

UtaC


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Still Sewing….Happy Good Friday!

Hello my followers!!

I appreciate you.

Just letting you all know that I am still sewing. Not as often but very much still in love with my sewing. I have just been trying to balance a number of things. 🙂

Thought I would stop by and quickly share with you all my latest of latest… as in completed this morning..:) This was a very very quick piece I made for my Worship dance group for our Easter service on Sunday coming… I am actually inspired to make a few for the summer..what do you all think? Nice floral flare version.hmmmmm It has potential, maybe even add some pockets.

 

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Just trying it on.. Looks Fab won’t you all agree.. Love it.. 🙂

 

The sewing chronicles continues. I made some pieces over the past weeks. I will be sharing with you all very soon. Thank you once again for staying  tuned.

Happy Good Friday all!

God bless

UtaC

 


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Fall Winter Sewing Part 2-A Circular Button Inspired!

How amazing is it to transform a piece of fabric into something beautiful. I think it is amazing. That’s why I am particularly drawn to sewing. I see a piece of fabric and I can envision automatically what I can see the fabric doing. I am even more thrilled that as I go along that piece is transformed. This was sort of my relationship with this skirt. Another addition to my fall/winter sewing. We should all add at least one circle skirt to our wardrobe this Fall/Winter. I insist on it. How preppy are these.

It was actually a full suit. But I didn’t bother with the top. It’s a crop top. Will probably show it finished in a later blog. But I rocked the skirt to work a few weeks ago.

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All preppy!

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The Twirl factor….love love

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Posing-The full look

 

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Tada!

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Great addition to the winter wardrobe. Hope you like.

UtaC


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Auction Auction- The Highest bidder received……

The highest bidder received a custom made maxi from ME!!!

In support of my Church’s Charity breakfast for missions overseas I made the maxi below. Thought I would share here with you all. I styled it and took some pics. I thought if I wanted people to bid on this skirt I really needed to step up and make it look appealing so with a little ask I was able to borrow a friend’s mannequin for a mini shoot. A lump of cloth on a table just wouldn’t do it as presentation for this skirt, So here goes.

PS: Definitely getting comfortable with the stretch knits. This was a stretch knit. More stretch with this one. Loved the design as well.

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The Fabric Design Upclose

 

My usual pin on hanger to showcase.( working on getting a mannequin of my own, I think It will be great for pics…..don’t you?)

 

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The completed Skirt( Before Styling)

 

 

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Styled

 

A Closer look

 

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NB: The waist band can be turn down or be worn high waisted. I made the skirt long so that it could have been adjusted to the buyer’s desired length.

 

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The skirt

 

My collage used to market the skirt at the auction. It worked. the buyer was definitely happy and I am excited to have participated.”A proud Novice moment”

 

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Hope you all enjoyed,

I’ve got more, just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do i do I sew sew sewwwwwwwwwwww…….

Much love UtaC