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Amshina Handmade Gift Ideas Round Up 2018

Happy Tuesday!

It’s the week before Christmas! I am here to share with you my creative makes for handmade gift ideas 2018. These items were made specifically for the holiday in low quantities to give you some gifting ideas for your family and friends. If you missed my sharing on social media and my etsy shop- here’s a round up of what all made the list this year and may still be available in my shop for order or drop off ( Only if you live in Toronto :)).

Day 1- Dining Decor

Table napkins are still in. These are a great way to decorate your food festivities at the dining table or at the kitchen island.

Day 2- Stocking Stuffers

Little gifts and treats for a gift exchange or a fun, unique and useful gift under $20. The mini purses, the key fob and the pocket square.

Day 3- Cold Weather Fashion

These are all about the scarves, shrugs, vests and ponchos. Stay warm and stylish at the same time.

Day 4- Fashonista in the Kitchen

This category featured the colourful and durable potholders made from wax print cottons and double insul shine batting for maximum heat protection. They are pretty and functional too. The apron is another conversation piece. If you like the Flintstones then this fun chic apron is for you or that person you have in mind.

Day 5- Get Organized

These catch me all bags are great options for many things, travelling or just organizing pieces in your hand bag or closet. A variety to choose from.

Day 6- Ornaments

These were special. I know some families like to add a new piece to their tree every year. These were made using wax print scraps to create a fusion of colour and interest in each piece.

Day 7- Hair Care

These tell their own story of hair care but also of decor and sleeping comfort. Another great way to mix and match bed linens too.

These items can be found in my etsy shop: http:///www.etsy.com/shop/amshinaapparel

Here’s to wishing you guys an amazing week. Thanks for stopping by. Whether you are making items, shopping for your loved ones or just looking forward to the holiday with family and friends I wish you all the best as you plan. Is there anything in particular you appreciate about this time of year? Drop a line below and let me know. 🙂

Bless

Uta

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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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Another year over, A new one just begun!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!

What can I say. It was an amazing year. The year in review from my blog perspective I am very proud of my accomplishments big and small. Being able to post at least once a month as well as achieving some sewing milestones and starting my business!

That’s a lot I would say. Things went fast but things happened. 🙂

Some of those noteable accomplishments and milestones:
1. Attended two tabling events where I showcased and sold custom made items

2. Opened my Etsy shop AmshinaApparel

3. Made some new custom pieces never made before

4. Created business cards

5. Manage to keep my blog going ( I know I was MIA at times….)

6. Took a few online sewing classes to perfect and learn new sewing skills

7. Over 50+ pieces sold in 2015

8. Did my own photo shoot using a professional camera

9. Opened a facebook page and instagram account for AmshinaApparel

There are many other things I was definitely proud of in 2015 and a few not so proud of with regards to pushing my sewing and business. Feels weird saying “business” but I am excited about the possibilities in 2016 to see my business grow and the foundations strengthen. I am happy that I tried it all and I can tell you I definitely learned from those sewing mistakes and achievements. I feel confident in my skills and what I have to offer.

I won’t bore you  anymore with too much words…… here are a few random pics from my 2015 adventures in sewing in no particular order.

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Forever grateful for the support of my family and friends. Those ones that stand alongside me literally cheering me on through thick and thin.  Thank you. Words are not enough but you know my heart.

And not forgetting all my faithful followers,thank you for your continued support. I look forward to sharing the adventures of 2016 with you one blog posts at a time.

May you have a happy New year and may this be the BEST year YET of your lives!!!

UtaC ( Now UtaVz…..wink wink… don’t forget outside of all this I got Married in 2015!!!!! the icing on the cake..:) )

The sewing Chronicles continues……..

 

 

 

 


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SPECIAL PROMOTION: First Ever!

Hello Family,Friends and Followers!

Still have a bit of Christmas shopping to do or just looking to add a new accessory to your wardrobe, well I have a special promo with you in mind!

one day sale

This Friday November 27th 2015 from 12am-while stocks last or until 11:59pm EST

I am offering 15% of all items currently available in my Etsy shop!!! This discount applies to all online and in person sales

The code: THANK15

If shopping on Etsy you will put the code in at checkout. If purchasing or placing the order in person for pick up you can email me at amshinaapparel@gmail.com,  share the item you would like to order and mention the code.

NB: STOCKS are LIMITED!!! First come first serve! Sorry! Orders received before November 27th discount will not apply!

Start shopping:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AmshinaApparel?ref=hdr

Thank you all for your continued support!! If you have any questions please contact me directly.

UtaC


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It’s the final countdown….Preview!

So we are in the week of Christmas and I continue to be ambitious about my homemade presents and orders for scarves and other items from family and friends…  it’s been a whirlwind.. sewing in the morning, sewing in the evening… wish I could sew at lunch too.. ( Just kidding), sewing at dinner time and on wards! Fun fun fun… and risks too. while I do have a few items I may not be able to finish by Wednesday, I have finished just about 95% of the projects. All orders have been filled.. Phew

Let the pictures speak for themselves on the pieces I have made and continue to work on before Wednesday!! 🙂 That’s the goal.. All done hopefully by Tuesday night! Just wanted to let my followers know I am still sewing 🙂

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Cushion covers

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Fun doggy Bath towel for toddler- Boy

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Cape styled poncho with Hoodie…( Sleeveless) Made from Fleece

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Male fleece and Plaid combo scarf

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Peplum pencil skirt suit

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Toddler Bath towel- Girl

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Pile of infinity scarves!

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Male scarves

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Evening sleeveless Bodycon dress!

Hope your Christmas plans and sewing are coming along nicely.

What are you doing with the 48hrs we have before Christmas? Do tell….If I don’t return before Christmas do have a very very Merry Christmas. May the joy of the season be yours and your homes filled with love, joy and peace.

Just keep sewing……

God bless

UtaC