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A Pop up shop: Summer treats!

Hi Guys!

It’s a monthly check in :).

I trust you all have been having an awesome summer. If not, its not too late to make some summer memories :).

Hubby and I enjoying one of the outdoor fest! πŸ™‚ My look: Amshina original Maxi

It’s been busy, busy, busy bee, on my end. I mean…where did the time go?Seriously though! Anywho, I have been working on all sort of fun projects throughout the summer. I will share these makes before the fall sewing gets too deep! The dress in the above photo was a new addition to the summer wardrobe for me. More dresses! πŸ™‚

πŸ™‚ Moi

I am here to tell you about an upcoming pop up booth I will be having in Toronto on this Sunday 26th August and share some of those goodies I enjoyed making for this event. This is not my first pop up at the Kensington flea. I was actually there back in July this year. This flea is part of the pedestrian Sunday that takes place in Kensington Market in the downtown core of Toronto. A mix of tourists and summer loving people enjoying the festivities of a great neighbourhood in the city. There is a array of food and creative vendors like myself that add to this day in the city.

Last year was the first time I ventured into this pop up community with the Kensington Flea and it was a success. I met some amazing clientele and vendors and was of course inspired and encouraged to return yet another year. Like last year I was able to meet some great people in the market last month and I am looking forward to connecting with like minds yet again at this Sunday’s flea.

If you are in the city please feel free to stop by. There is a handmade goodie for everyone.

The creative sewing chronicles continues. If you are not yet logged on, follow me over on instagram @amshina for daily and weekly updates.

Blessings until next time!

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

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! πŸ™‚ 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:

β€œInsight 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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ ). It was a sewing marathon and included in that were two amazing Fashion showcases! πŸ™‚

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

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! πŸ™‚

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. Β 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!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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

The green section πŸ’š

The pink sectionπŸ’•

The yellow section πŸ’›

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

Make up done by the amazing and talented Ms. Nadia over atΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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!:) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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

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

Bless

Uta vZ

 


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Pop up Booth- Holiday Inn Yorkdale! July 29th

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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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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