Uta Sews



Taking my pieces to the RUNWAY!: You are invited!



No…….. I am not taking my pieces to Pearson airport … hahah. That would be dangerous now wouldn’t it.:)

Instead I have an amazing opportunity to showcase my summer pieces two months from to day in a arts and entertainment showcase highlighting local and underground talent in Toronto. Save that date if you are in Toronto: June 23rd, 7pm. Details below in the link.

Excited, nervous and driven. Possibilities, possibilities and more possibilities. But also fun and more fun. I have been planning since January end after my application was accepted. So now I am in sew mode and making those pieces and working with my amazing friends who are volunteering there time to be models on this special occasion.

My friends and family have been very supportive and have come along side me so far in many ways as I prepare for this event. Whether they are the show music director, volunteer models, back stage help, selling at my booth, fabric store runs, brainstorming ideas or just offering encouragement and support. They have been amazing, near and far!

As part of my participation in this event I am required to sell tickets via a guest list that will be created under my name as an artist. Tickets are $20. and can only be purchased online!

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


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!







Less than 48 Hours Sewing victory: 1920s in 2015!

This was some project! You know those times when you tell yourself you can’t and then you can?? You know the confusing battle in your mind between time, skills, to do, not to do, can I, I can…. maybe that’s just my mind right. But if you can or cannot relate this story I hope it will inspire you or encourage you to go the next level in your sewing, to take some risks especially those involving limited time to deliver….:)

Here goes….

You could say I was down for the challenge when I started talking to my friend late one Monday evening. It was a casual inquiry on whether I had any skirts or dress in stock that can be purchased to attend a 1920s themed Gala. Of course me being a sewer who would only sew on request or have unfinished pieces I am working on did not have any thing fitting that description. I mean it’s not everyday you get a request for a 1920s look right!! 😛

So somewhere between the conversation of me saying I didn’t have anything and my friend wishing she could have informed me sooner to attempt a piece,  I was in my stash!! Yes, you heard right. I was chatting and then I was going through my stash simultaneous, just checking to see if there was a possibility in there that could be salvaged for a look.

Well as you can assume, I did  find a piece and in no time it was draped and pinned and ready to sew.. somewhere between 11pm and 1:30 am.


Playing around with draping the piece of lace I found….. 🙂 It took shape pretty quick I must say!


Tried another variation of the skirt… I was really trying to not cut the lace and use it for what it was worth!

The idea was to make a skirt, so that was all the fabric I could salvage. In the end I found another piece in my stash and was able to make a matching tank and tada!!! there you have a full outfit. hahah here is the pinned combo.. Nothing sewned just yet at this stage…


The matching Tank and skirt draped.. no sewing done at this stage… 🙂

Feeling accomplished by 1am that evening.. I was off to bed.. dreaming of the completed look.. I couldn’t wait to get home that afternoon to complete the look.  I sent the pics and all and  my friend loved it! I felt pleased.

Here goes the finished product:


I went the extra mile and added some embellishments to the tank, in case she wanted to wear the Tank on the outside of the skirt or again with another outfit…..


Up close on the skirt! I love it!!


Close up on the embelishments!

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All wrapped and ready to go! I included the left over sequence in case my friend wanted a hair band…functional!IMG_5483

Nervous as ever and sitting to edge of my seat I await the review and fit. ( There was no fitting at all!!!!…crazy….) I loved it.. I took lots of pics as you can see above…….. But does she? will she wear it?……………………………………

She loved it!!! aaaaaaaaaaaaahh.. and she wore it!!!!!!! YAY!!!! Sewing victory!!!!! here she is:


Fabulous!!!!!! The 1920’s never looked so fabulous!! 🙂

Proud and inspired to keep sewing!!! 🙂

Have any of you done anything like this before? The short term sewing challenge? Would love to hear your experience.

Thanks for stopping by.

Just keep sewing just keep sewing.. what do I do I sewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!