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Reflections: Showcase Review & Pictures :) :) :)

Hi Guys!

Happy New week!!!!

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Its a great day for a showcase throwback don’t you think. Its been just over a month that AmshinaApparel my handmade custom clothing business had the opportunity to showcase on the RAW- Natural Born Artist platform. If you have never heard of them before please feel free to check them out. It’s an amazing group that gives artist like myself a platform to showcase and share my talent with the community and progress in my branding. The event was well curated and organised by the local staff and was really well done. Β This was my first collection adventure. As you can imagine even though I had a few months to plan it was still quite challenging trying to curate pieces and sew them at the same time, not to mention the model search and fittings that followed this process. Nevertheless, I must say I had some amazing volunteers and friends that came alongside me to offer guidance, support and tangible contributions to making this opportunity a reality. I was and continue to be very grateful to each and every individual from my family and friends near and far.

A special special shout out to my Husband, his cousins and friend that took the time out to record and mix the song. Your support was priceless. Thank you!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The pieces

Originally I had planned twelve (12) pieces, but a few weeks before showcase one of my models cancelled due to some unforeseen circumstances so I had to make some adjustments. This was okay since I was being overly ambitious in a good way. πŸ™‚ Still love her. She will be in show no. 2 πŸ™‚ hahahhah got that ma….lol.

Okay , so on to the eleven (11) pieces that graced the runway in the below order. I also strategically created three sections for my overall presentation. Check out the group shots below too:

Individual looks:

  1. A shift infinity sleeve dress with two pockets- The sleeves allows this dress to be worn multiple ways including as a Midi skirt πŸ™‚RAWToronto_VERSE-Ian 5426
  2. A jersey knit jumper with two pockets and Printed bib- Jazzing up your jumper
  3. Β My first men’s look- Austrailian printed drop crotch pants with two pockets & vest
  4. Shift bow blouse and a culottes linen pull string pants with pocketsRAWToronto_VERSE-Ian 5434
  5. Strapless Maxi Dress with Waxprint CollarRAWToronto_VERSE-Ian 5453
  6. Wax print Midi Skirt look
  7. Fuchsia pink Maxi dress with wax print highlightsRAWToronto_VERSE-Ian 5465
  8. Pencil Skirt bandeau top combo
  9. My second men’s look- Striped drop crotch pants & linen hooded top
  10. Strapless knit dress with Neck piece
  11. Tulle Skirt with bandeau topRAWToronto_VERSE-Ian 5481

Group looks of the three sections:Β 

The green section πŸ’š

The pink sectionπŸ’•

The yellow section πŸ’›

Photography kudos to the folks who were so gracious and patient with everyone and captured these amazing moments.Β IAN COMPTON β€’ Lead Photographer
http://www.ian-compton.com/index.html andΒ JESS BURTON β€’ Assistant Photographer
https://www.facebook.com/Grr.Classy

Make up done by the amazing and talented Ms. Nadia over atΒ https://www.instagram.com/makeup_by_nv/

Inspiration

Inspiration came from many pieces and places, but I was also inspired by the styles of my models too. Showcasing my pieces were key but also having my models feel comfortable in their looks was paramount. πŸ™‚

The goal was to showcase my love for print but also the Fit, Function, Fashion and Fun that my pieces offers its wearers. Versatility and style in one look :). My pieces are also geared at different shapes and sizes as you can see in my use of models!:) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Thank you guys for being patient with my mini review here. You may have seen some on my instagram but its way overdue for a post here. This one definitely is a milestone and learning moment in my sewing journey and I look forward to the next stage! πŸ™‚

Thanks for your continued support. Stay tuned! The sewing chronicles is definitely continuing. Hope you are all having a great summer! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew sewwwwwww!! πŸ™‚

Bless

Uta vZ

 


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Pop up Booth- Holiday Inn Yorkdale! July 29th

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday! πŸ™‚

I know, its been a minute. Life has been crazy I have to say. Between wrapping up the show and finishing up my first year of grad school its been a whirlwind. And its not over yet….is it?? Will it ever be… Hmmmm.. Okay.. I do have a bit of a breather. So I am basking in that for now. πŸ™‚

Anywho, I just wanted to stop by to share with my Toronto followers that this upcoming weekend I will be in The MRKT. This is basically a vending opportunity where you can come out and shop summer treats from Amshinaapparel! I have some goodies in store for you. Pieces from the show will be available for sale at my booth as well custom orders can be made in person. Fall scarves are also discounted. There is something for everyone. πŸ™‚

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I look forward to seeing you if you are in the area. The market gets on the way from 11am and wraps up at 5pm.

Don’t feel shy to stop by and say hello if you are in the area. πŸ™‚

Until next time. The sewing chronicle continues. I Promise to share a slide show this week with you of the eleven (11) looks from the showcase last month. Pictures are in.:)

Stop by again.

Bless

Much love

UtavZ


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Fall, Fall Fall…..Sneak Peek

Happy October!

Missed you all!!

It’s been a few weeks but the sewing journey is still in full swing. Still wrapping up a bit of summer sewing but excited for the fall sewing line up. I have some new scarves and ponchos on the fall fashion pieces to sew this year.

First poncho completed:

Last Maxi dress on the machine completed😍

What have you been up to? Fall sewing yet? Getting ready for those layers?
Stay tuned for more updates throughout October. You can also follow me on instagram for real time updates. I post daily! http://www.instagram.com/amshina

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

UtaVZ

 

 


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September Though!

That feeling when a new month starts and there is so much to do and to complete for the month you just exited. Phewwwwww!!!!Yet you remain positive because you know you just got another opportunity to do just that. Get the work done!!!! and then some!

So here’s to September!!! πŸ™‚

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Shoes: Zara Β  Necklace: Blue Peacock Designs Β  Dress: Amshinaapparel Original

Positive, hopeful and very much looking forward to all of September’s accomplishments!

Happy September!

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew, sewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

UtaVZ


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Creativity: Stir, Shake and let go!

Happy Wednesday!

Have you ever shaken a pop and then opened it after?…For fun…Β You know exactly what will happen. It will erupt like a volcano. Boooooommmmmmmm!!!!……Pop everywhere…

Like the carbonated beverage that is shaken and then released, so is our creativity. It must be stirred , shaken and then have expression in our lives.Β 

Whatever it is today that you are passionate about or are yet to discover, may it find expression in the earth and become a contagious contender!

Stir, shake and let go!!!

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

God Bless

UtaVZ

 


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Combos: Solo or together!

No it’s not fast food!!..

Happy First day of SUMMER!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Fashion can be matched. I know the whole “matchy matchy” thing is not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are some great pieces out there that go together and that can also be worn separately adding that versatility to your wardrobe.

Whether unplanned or requested I have made some combo’s myself in the last bit. I quite enjoyed them and think they are good wardrobe investments. At least have Β one of your favourite silhouettes. Whether its a Maxi skirt look, Palazzo pants look, shorts etc

Here are some pieces I made since the year started and one from last year! Enjoy

St Patrick’s day Combo!- Shorts with Half dress effect ( Crop at the back top)
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A graduation affair in New York- Crop top with High waisted Maxi Skirt
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Festivities in the island- Wax Print Peplum top and Shorts with pockets
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Off to Church on a Sunday!- Tube Top and Pencil Skirt

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A Family and Friends Picnic – All white Pant suit

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Do you have any favourite combo’s in your closet? I would love to hear about them? If not and you had to choose a combo to add to your closet, what would it be?

It’s the first day of summer, start thinking about adding something different this year to your wardrobe line up!

Happy week ahead!

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew ,sew!!!! πŸ™‚

Bless

UtaVZ


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I am no Swimmer!

But I wear swim suits! πŸ˜‰ Β I think I was genuinely inspired to make this swim suit as my vacation was upcoming. One of those overly ambitious sewing moments if you know what I mean. Once again pushing the envelope of sewing by literally “threading”the unknown borders of sewing. However the chosen pattern and I did not see eye to eye. Let’s just say it wasn’t as straight forward as it looks or I couldn’t interpret the “simple instructions” That was very frustrating I must say and I was discouraged to complete this for a moment.

Suit 1

Not sure whether a step was missed or I cut it incorrectly, but something was not working out with the upper bodice. Either way in the end I ended up ditching the instructions and finishing this piece on my own. My way. The wing it way! Of course I wing it within reason of the fit, fashion and the form in which the suit will be worn. It worked well and I was able to salvage the suit despite the unevenness of one strap and the unpadded cups…. i tried guys I really did..

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I didn’t get to wear it on vacation this time round but I am planning on it. I felt very proud of taking this risk in the end. It was worth it. It pretty much influenced me to take step two and try at my own drafted pattern for a swim suit.

Suit 2

Self drafted and inspired by creating a full covered boho printed boy shorts and tankini style swim suit that provided, style, function and fit in one.

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One that a woman would be comfortable wearing and still feel confident. A simple two piece meant to look like a 70s jumper. I made these as a tester for my cousin. I think we can all agree the pictures share the sentiments that she loved it. And I equally loved it too! I would definitely make one of these again. Perfect the pattern by addressing a few tweaks here and there.Overall I felt much happier trying to work out the kinks of this than my previous suit…. I will retry them both.. soon. Summer is not that far away… πŸ™‚

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The sewing chronicles continue… stay tuned.

Wishing you all a Sew-rific week….just keep sewing, just keep sewing.. what do I do I sew sew sew sew….

UtaVZ