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The Detox: Who is down for a good challenge?

Hey Uta Sews followers! Ending February and starting March! 🙂

Planning your wardrobe intentionally! Yes!!! That’s what this detox is all about! And guess what? You don’t need any subscriptions, no weekly commitment and you can start anytime! 🙂

As you get on a role with your 2018 goals, plans, aspirations and resolutions, whatever you may call it I would like for you to consider your wardrobe and the changes you would like to make.These changes can be to continue to develop where you are at or they can be to review and revamp. Where are you on that scale?

Continue to Develop………………………………………………………………….Review & Revamp

Believe it or not your wardrobe says a lot about you and how your personality shows up every day in your various settings. Don’t get me wrong… it doesn’t define you but it does speak volumes, especially when you are not speaking literally.

How confident was I in my Maxi? Love it!!! 🙂

My dilemma

I am somewhere on that continuum. I am not quite sure as my wardrobe continues to evolve. What I can say though is that I know what is missing. I know.. If I know what is missing why don’t I just fix it? Well it’s not that easy or simple but I have decided I need to make some strides towards that. Becoming intentional.

Be intentional Uta..Be intentional.. Rocking my Amshina Pencil Skirt

I always saw myself as an intentional shopper. You know, deals are on so I choose wisely depending on my needs and not wants. This changed drastically at some point. I started going for deals and adding pieces that were either too repetitive and not functional or sometimes the wear and tear was not good :(. I mean really, how many pair of blue jeans does one really need?…lol When I say “things changes” that’s what I am referring to. So While I was getting items at good deals, the question still remained whether they met my wardrobe needs? Did they fit my sense of fashion? Did I love these pieces? You get the picture now. So here are some things I want you to do as you think wardrobe detox at the start of the year. I know its February… so hopefully it’s not too late to add something else to your list if its not there already! 🙂 Think about it though, it’s a good one. Happy wardrobe, happy life! 🙂 Okay…maybe not that dramatic. You know what I mean. :). Here it goes, three questions:

  1. What’s in your closet?: I mean, come on. You know the theory of don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach? Well let’s flip that, don’t go shopping with a full closet! Especially when you don’t know what’s in it. 🙂
  2. What’s your style?: Do you know your style? Your preferred pieces? You know, the ones that you live in daily, weekly? Your weekend favs? Your office go tos. For someone like myself who went through a period of dress rehearsals ( I still do at times..lol).I think I have an idea now of those pieces.
  3. What’s missing?: Are there pieces that you can think of right away that you would love to see in your closet but they are not there? Have you ever got dressed, wish you could wear something else and thought you owned that missing piece of garment but later realized you never bought it? ( That might just be me..lol .. it happened alright). You know what I mean!

Regaining momentum

So what’s my challenge since I have asked you to think of the above three questions? Well it’s simple. If you felt totally comfortable with your answers to question 1 and 2 then you are in a good place and perhaps you are continuing to develop and improve your wardrobe and style. Feel free to share your thoughts on that below. 🙂

On the other hand, if you didn’t feel too good about question 1 and 2 then it’s time to plan the review and revamp strategy for your closet. Yes!! Review and revamp. You get to do this on your own terms and in your own time. I am just here to prompt you to think and then act on it! 🙂 Question 3 goes across the board from the wardrobe confident to the wardrobe “I am still figuring it out”. There is always something missing.

I promise I was not thinking about sewing….My reflection pose 🙂

What’s next for me?

With my goal of infusing my handmade pieces into my wardrobe I have to be more intentional about what I make for myself now. So guess what…review and revamp! I will update you as those changes occur.

My Infinity scarf and memade dress! 🙂 Its a start.

Here’s what I would like you to do.

I would love to hear from you on what you thought of my little exercise! 🙂

As a bonus for individuals who are willing to drop me an email at amshinaapparel@gmail.com or Private Message me on instagram with:

  • Your top 5 summer staples
  • If you could wear one outfit all summer what would that be and why?

Send me your response in an Private Message/email for a chance to be entered into a draw for one of my handmade pieces! 🙂 Stay connected on my social media @amshina on instagram and here on the blog for details on the giveaway :).

Wishing you an awesome March!

Thanks for stopping by.

God Bless

UtavZ

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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) 🙂 I apologize for the mini gap between Sept to December. It was crazy. Have no fear the photos are here! 🙂

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! 🙂 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:

“Insight alone is not enough.

There must be action after reflection”

( 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! 🙂 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! 🙂 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 🙂 ). It was a sewing marathon and included in that were two amazing Fashion showcases! 🙂

There’s more 🙂 . These are the awesome shots from my fashion showcase that took place on November 24th! 🙂 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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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Fashion Showcase Part Deux! 11.24.17

Happy Monday everyone!

Another curated showcase is coming your way on Friday November 24th!  aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! SAVE THE DATE!!!!!

My custom handmade line Amshinaapparel takes the runway yet again for another 2017 evening of fashion, arts and entertainment. I am so honoured to be selected to be apart of another RAW-artist Toronto event! Will you be there? Save the date :).

As part of my participation in this event  once again I am required to sell tickets via a guest list that will be created under my name as an artist. Tickets are available from NOW!!! 🙂

Here is the link if you are interested in supporting me in this event: Please ensure before you purchase that under selected artist you select Amshinaapparel!

https://www.rawartists.org/tickets/purchase/2248/316191

Thank you all in advance. I look forward to seeing you there as well as sharing the next two months of adventure sewing and preparations with you!

Stay tuned! The sewing chronicles continues!!!!!!

Bless

UtavZ

 


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Pop up Booth- Holiday Inn Yorkdale! July 29th

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday! 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

The MRKT-holiday Inn-2

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. 🙂

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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The Monday After: Fashion show Debut sneak peak!

Happy Monday Blog family!!!!

Walking into the week like….”We totally did it last Friday at the Mod Club”. The support of family and friends were priceless! All I can say is….thank you…thank you…thank you!! I will have official pictures in another week or so but I have a few here and there from my pals that were in the audience!😊 There you have it…my first fashion runway showcase on the amazing @Rawartisttoronto platform! Here in this photo is one of my models( cousin) doing her stuff in one of my full looks on the runway last Friday evening at the Mod Club in Toronto.
Stay tuned. Better update coming your way, it’s been crazy these past weeks but I did it!😊 With much help and support near and far!

Grateful for the opportunity!

Have an awesome week!

Bless

Uta vZ


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2 years in business and the countdown to my showcase: Where am I?

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My Shop is 2 years!!!

It’s four weeks to the showcase everyone!!! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH !!!!!
Before I start screaming at the amount of work left to do, can we say belated happy birthday to my etsy shop that celebrated its 2nd year on May 20th.

A big thank you to everyone for making the past two years possible. For coming alongside me as a follower, avid supporter, subscriber, customer, family and friend! I can no longer be selfish with my sewing, I can no longer hide it, it’s out there and I am happy to be able to serve so many with my gifts.

Here’s to the next year! 🙂 I am not going anywhere!

Getting ready for the show: T-4 weeks to showtime

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

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It’s not too bad. But I still have lots to do in terms of making my pieces.

 

So one month from today it’s Showtime guys…… June 23rd.. Have you picked up your tickets? I still need to ensure my participation with more ticket purchases. So If you haven’t its not too late. Here is the direct ticket link below:

https://www.rawartists.org/tickets/purchase/2185/316191

In terms of the sewing, I have basically completed a quarter of the pieces in my collection. I know, I know…… I initially divided them up in to colour coded sections as strategy for completion. This will help me to see all the pieces together when finished and to coordinate fittings with my models, whose time I cherish and appreciate so much! 🙂 🙂

So I have been busy, busy ,busy, busy, busy… the creative process has been amazing. I was able to transform my simple silhouettes into runway material ( At least I hope they are :)). Nevertheless, I am enjoying it and can’t wait to share. I am definitely pushing the envelope in terms of items I have ever produced. This entire showcase is a first for me and I am just happy to be creative and have a space to share that with many.

 

I am grateful for the opportunity. For now I need to get back to work. I am hoping by Month end I am finished with most and So that my model fittings can begin first thing in June.

For now I have:

  1. My music
  2. Make up artist
  3. Models
  4. 2.5 complete pieces..lol I know, I know… many more to come
  5. Patterns have been drafted for some pieces 🙂

I will check in with you all again shortly. Stay tuned. I trust you are enjoying your spring and anticipating summer as much as I am.

The sewing chronicles continue.

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

Bless,

UtavZ


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It’s May: Let’s talk shop!

Hello May!

May is a memorable month for me for many things, one of those is that two (2) years ago on May 20th 2015 I decided to open my etsy shop. Aaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/amshinaapparel

With the encouragement of my friends and family I took a leap of faith and started my own handmade sewing business. While it didn’t officially became a business until January 2016, the quest started that May 20th, 2015.

Let’s be real, business was never a part of my plans and I am very much working out those lovely details that make entrepreneurship a journey. 🙂

I am learning daily as an entrepreneur. I am super blessed and grateful to be artistic but also administrative, phew!!….working on the business management part, is not that easy when you are the manager for everything and the manufacturer! 🙂 Every now and then I question things and get hard on myself for the things I don’t know. I guess that’s natural.

 Thank God for books, blogs and videos. I greatly appreciate those that have gone before me and those that have been doing this for years that generously share their work. Learning has been a blessing. I try to engage in learning something new about my sewing and running a business every month. Whether it’s to get a new book, find a new blog to read or try a new technique.

The first year was trial and error, a combination of many ‘why questions’ and me being really scared as I entered this unchartered territory. If there was ever a moment in my life that I felt I was an imposter, this sure was that moment.” Oh my, why am I sewing for others? Can I really do this”, “I didn’t study fashion?, ” I am a project manager? These were some of my road block questions. I still wrestle with them at times but I don’t camp with those thoughts too long for it to hinder my next step. I realize early on that answering these very questions would determine everything.  They would determine my “keep going factor”.

The keep going factor

There is a friend of mine who doesn’t know how big an encouragement her words are to me. She always says, “I don’t know how you do it but you keep going it”. The “keep going factor” is my mantra indeed.  I know I am not a quitter so even when I make mistakes I believe if I keep doing it long enough I will get it right. Think about it this way, it’s only when we reach a road block that we question how far we have come and contemplate turning back. For me, because I have come this far, I have no choice but to press on in hopes that the road blocks will be moved.  You see, it’s naive to think this was going to be easy; the best of the best are tested right? So who am I? Well that just means I will be tested too. The high and low points will happen in my business. Even though at times the low points seem many and the high few and far, I am happy with where I am at. I figure once I stay in the race long enough, continue to be faithful, continue to serve my clients, continue to be true to my gifts, the chances are I will finish it!

So I am staying the course everyone! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Staying in my own lane and carving out my handmade business experience the way it leads.

Thank you all for literally coming alongside me with your continued encouragement and support in different ways. The thing about races is that you need supporters, even when you are intrinsically motivated. None of this would be possible without YOU!

Stay tune this month as I highlight those key learnings in my entrepreneurial venture with my sewing.

Bless

UtavZ