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Reflections: Backing up in order to move forward!

Happy New year everyone! Welcome to 2018!

It’s indeed an honour and privilege to be able to share my adventures with you. ( As much as I can) ๐Ÿ™‚ I apologize for the mini gap between Sept to December. It was crazy. Have no fear the photos are here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I start spewing out awesome content in 2018, let me just back up and fill you in on all the good makes and takes of 2018. As always I didn’t think I did that much and then the pictures reveal otherwise! ๐Ÿ™‚ The pictures shall set you free..lol

Reflection is good. I am actually inspired to take action and grow when I reflect. Yes.. It can be overwhelming but I am an optimist and a believer. There is this quote I love and I would like to encourage you with as you reflect on the past and enter the future:

โ€œInsight alone is not enough.

There must be action after reflectionโ€

( Reupert, 2009)

Isn’t that beautiful? Does that quote make you want to move forward? I hope it does, because sooner or later we will realize that the past is the past and the missed opportunities of yesterday are now the realities of the new day that has the potential to bring even more opportunities! ๐Ÿ™‚ So act after you reflect!

Okay! Thats my fill of philosophy for you today. On with the show and the photos.

The reality of 2017 was amazing in hindsight. I really didn’t know how much I could get done with my full time graduate program(Grad school is serious yhall..lol) and internships (10 months…oh my…) but by God’s grace I managed to take some risks and am really pleased with not just the pieces I made but the growth in my craft this year. Some of those challenges were taking on some commercial patterns! Yikes.. if you know me and my sewing long enough you will know that I mostly like to create my own patterns from favourite pieces and add my twists to them. Taking on commercial patterns on a few looks were challenging and rewarding too. We can get into that more in 2018 as I share my likes and dislikes of the commercial patterns. Nevertheless, the sewing machine was on a roll in 2017! ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually added a new machine to the sewing family( My MIL’s old machine from the 70s). It sews like a dream and it really helped me when my old faithful had moments in the year.

Alrighty! On to the photos! There were maxi dresses, pants, tops, two pieces, off the shoulders, shift dresses, wrap skirts, maxi skirts, hoodies, tulle skirts, jumpers, wrap tops.. even little peoples clothes ( I enjoyed those two dresses ๐Ÿ™‚ ). It was a sewing marathon and included in that were two amazing Fashion showcases! ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s more ๐Ÿ™‚ . These are the awesome shots from my fashion showcase that took place on November 24th! ๐Ÿ™‚ My Holiday looks of the BB17″ Fall collection! I really enjoyed working with these amazing models and making those pieces. There was a total of 17 pieces= 9 looks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, I think I captured those awesome makes of 2017. At least most of them…lol You can see the risks I took right away as well as the step up in my designs! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay tuned for 2018 content. Keeping you engaged in my sewing journey but also bringing you practical tips and tricks as you navigate your wardrobe in 2018!

Thank you all so much. It’s an honour to have you on this journey.

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

God bless

UtavZ

 

 

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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. ย 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Still love her. She will be in show no. 2 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚RAWToronto_VERSE-Ian 5426
  2. A jersey knit jumper with two pockets and Printed bib- Jazzing up your jumper
  3. ย 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:ย 

The green section ๐Ÿ’š

The pink section๐Ÿ’•

The yellow section ๐Ÿ’›

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

Make up done by the amazing and talented Ms. Nadia over atย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!:) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for your continued support. Stay tuned! The sewing chronicles is definitely continuing. Hope you are all having a great summer! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew sewwwwwww!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bless

Uta vZ

 


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Pop up Booth- Holiday Inn Yorkdale! July 29th

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 completed๐Ÿ˜

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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Shoes: Zara ย  Necklace: Blue Peacock Designs ย  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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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful August!

Oh my… its August already!

What have you done? What have I done? ย What else do we need to get done before 2016 is over???

Breathe!!the year is not yet over, we have just crossed over to what is the winding down of summer and a new month. Which means, new beginnings! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

The slow descend to wardrobe layering……- Easy, Breezy and Beautiful:

It so happens that I am starting out August with 5 gorgeous print Kimonos!! I repeat 5……. I know.. its amazing that in-between all my work in July I was able to work on a few more to add to my Kimono collection for sale. The remaining three will be added to my Etsy shop soon. But for now I think these are a fabulous way to dress this August! These are always in style!!! These were self drafted by yours truly, made with love and not forgetting some awesome prints!

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Easy, breezy, beautiful August!

Remember it’s not too late to get started on anything you want to get done this year! Come on lets finish strong. I plan on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time, just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew , sewwwwwwwww

Bless

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…ย 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.ย 

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