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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.

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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


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The Build-A Closet that works!

It’s the last Monday of May and guess what? The final piece on the Style Monday articles is here!

We have covered quite a bit these past Mondays.

I am proud of myself for the consistency in posting. This in itself was a little challenge that inspired me with my blogging. A blogging milestone you can say. πŸ™‚

It’s only fair to end on a next step look and to bring everything into focus. Not only would you have gained some added tips and maybe even made some decisions about your next closet decision and are ready to create a wardrobe that works for you.

The Build is and should be focused on creating a closet that works for you. Wardrobe pieces that compliment each other and define YOURΒ unique style.

The word Build signifies a process of some sort. Meaning that all will not happen overnight. It may take you the rest of the year or into 2017 or even more than that. But the goal is that you are and will be making steps towards that new direction of wardrobe happiness and peace. πŸ™‚

I am still very much in the process of revamping , renewing and adding those pieces into my closet.Β Looking at the silhouettes I love and the pieces that compliment my shape and stature.

Here is an example of a key staple that I can transition with across the season and have incorporated into my closet:The Pencil Skirt. These are perfect with a shirt or blouse, heels, boots,tights, stockings etc. Below shows you some funky prints I have made too.

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Now all I need to do is add some other colours and my skirt collection would be complete.. I am thinking.. a plain navy blue, a black and a burgundy…hmmmm

Thanks for tuning in to this little series. It’s really been a pleasure to do this and most of all it allowed me to commit to providing you weekly with a blog post. ( Good practice right..:)). Thanks for your contributions to the posts too.

I have been sewing in between blogs so I have much to share on those too.

See you in June!! Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew, sew…

Have a blessed and productive week!

UtaVz


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Dress Rehearsals: The style test!

It was that serious……

Yes…. dress rehearsals. Trying on my outfits prior to an event. It didn’t matter how small the event was I made sure I did a run through to test for a few things.

  • Fit- Too tight, too big? Bulky, bunching, too long , too short Etc.
  • Function-do I have pockets? Would dancing be a problem? Can I sit?What if I fall?…hmmmmm… would I be embarrassingly exposed?Can I reach up? Can I bend?
  • Style- Did the look make sense for the event? Would it be typical? Do I stand out? Would I run into someone else wearing the same thing?

I know the list sounds a bit extreme. But guys… it worked for me.. And it became so routine that soon after going through those steps was natural as walking and didn’t seem laborious in any way. It became my style process.

Now when I look back I can say.. I was developing that eye of what works for me.

It served its purpose and I am happy to say that I no longer do that so much in detail. But with a quick glance and more so knowing what’s in my closet I put my outfits together easily. πŸ™‚ You can say the process now takes place in my mind before I even get to the closet!

What’s your get ready process in selecting something to wear? Do you have a mini dress rehearsal? I would love to hear.

Thanks for tuning in to part 2 of my mini Monday style series in May! See you next week!

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

Bless

UtaVZ

 


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St Patricks Flow: A project abroad!

Hi Folks,

March has been a breeze right! But I have some good posts lined up for you so you can see what I have been up to these past weeks. Lets start off with my sewing chronicles abroad!. Yes, you heard right ABROAD!!

This outfit was birthed while on vacation. …. I know I know.. who does that?… I guess I do. πŸ™‚ What you love have a tendency of following you around. I guess cause really it is apart of you right…:) hmmmm
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So the story of this outfit came about a week ago while vacationing on the beautiful island of Montserrat in the Caribbean sea. All I really needed was a sewing machine which my Cousin’s wife just so happen to have :). My fellow sewer!

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Doing some initial alterations the first day of sewing πŸ™‚

My Aunty was in need of her St Patricks day outfit and had some fabric waiting to be manipulated by yours truly. In no time I got measurements and was self drafting this baby away! Little tools available but I had a vision that needed to become a reality!

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Assembling the bodice with the zipper in back

The final product worn on St Patrick’s day! She looked fabulous. I think this just earned itself a spot in the Amshina book of prized projects! πŸ™‚
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Trust you all had a great St Patricks day!

The chronicles of sewing continues… Just keep sewing,just keep sewing.. what do I do I sew,sew…

Until then..

UtaVZ