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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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OH MY: This T shirt….

The right fabric can make or break the project… 😦

Taking time out to highlight my T shirt draft for my Husband.  He loves a good T shirt. Especially when it doesn’t look like everybody else’s. We worked on this one together :), he provided ideas of how he wanted it and then I got to work..lol

While the print fabric was a perfect knit, the black t shirt material was not the best.. It caused gaping in the neck at the back ( Look closely). This made sewing it up difficult. I had to rip it out :(…which made it worst…ahhh the sewing turmoil..

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I was able to fix it but was not pleased overall. The fabric was too droopy for my liking…..So we agreed it will be a draft and not the real deal as it was the first try. 😦

Some tweaks to be made to the final draft but it looks great.. Fit is perfect.. Still working on the how to do a better neck for the shirts. I should have a few real ones done before summer is out.

For now this one will be a great house shirt 🙂 Especially since we have a long weekend in Canada!!

Have you tried T shirts before? Would love to get any tips on the neckline.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy and safe Canada day to all my Canadians!

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

Bless

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. 🙂

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 YOUR 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. 🙂

I am still very much in the process of revamping , renewing and adding those pieces into my closet. 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. 🙂 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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Repeat: Try again?

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It wasn’t long after I started tapping into my creative skills that I realized that those decisions I made in my sewing can also affect how I do life in general. Extremely happy when I accomplished something new or finished a piece as well as disappointment and self doubt when I am challenged by a project.

Scary!!!!! I know that sounds deep and pretty extreme right?

I mean what does ripping a project out has to do with making a budget, running a business,buying a new car or even planning a vacation getaway?

Alot! If you are passionate about what you do. The creativity is really an extension of who you are.  If you don’t get me think of when you stub your big toe….. ouchhhhhhh….. the shock waves you feel through your entire body is enough to let you know something is wrong. Choosing to finish or not finish that project that is challenging you can affect your next move.

My notion… the more situations that challenges me to be better that I give up on in my life will give me just about enough excuses I need to convince myself that quitting is okay.

Try again!

Trying again is very much acquainted with the person that will dare to believe, dare to go higher, dare to grow, dare to push pass the mess and see what the other end of reaching that goal or see the end results of  the final project.

Food for Thought as we start a new month of unlimited possibilities!! Happy May!

Just keep sewing… I intend to…. 🙂

UtavZ


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FALL FEVER: The infinity is back!

Fall is here and we can agree or disagree. 🙂

The sewing chronicles for fall continues and I am back into making my customized infinity scarves! Dropping by to show you what I have been up to. These pieces are all on my etsy shop now. Also I am working on my photography skills and some new products to add to my shop! So its busy busy busy in addition to my 9 to 5! 🙂 🙂 What do you think about these pictures? Not bad if I can say so myself.. 😉

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Trust you enjoyed these pictures of what I have been up to. Special thanks to my friend SO who graciously  volunteered to be apart of my fall fabulousness. She really shows you that your accessories can make a statement this fall/winter! Good models are so hard to find. 🙂

What have you added to your fall sewing? I would love to hear. Or what have you added to your fall wardrobe? perhaps you can inspire me with some ideas for more FALL sewing? Do share!

Happy Friday to all.

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Utac


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Show me how you Burlesque!!!!!!!

My first encounter or should I say tulle related project. I was commissioned by a friend to make a bustle. This bustle will be part of a birthday party Burlesque theme. The Birthday girl is really hoping to make a statement of her fabulousness as well as fierce side.

I first created three layers of tulle by attaching it  on the mannequin using elastic. This gave me an idea of how to create the shape of the bustle I wanted as well as manage volume.

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Three layers of Tulle.

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Get your bustle on.

I also added some trims to  her ready made corset down the sides and made a matching garter to add some more flare to this already fierce outfit. She was very happy with that and it completed the look.

Also to enclose the layers of Tulle I used a double sided folded satin ribbon to form the belt.

A few days later here goes the finished product…..She loved it!!

I added some pearls to accessorize this number! Happy Birthday girl.
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Another great custom piece.

Just keep sewing….the sewing chronicles continue.

Utac