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September Though!

That feeling when a new month starts and there is so much to do and to complete for the month you just exited. Phewwwwww!!!!Yet you remain positive because you know you just got another opportunity to do just that. Get the work done!!!! and then some!

So here’s to September!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Shoes: Zara ย  Necklace: Blue Peacock Designs ย  Dress: Amshinaapparel Original

Positive, hopeful and very much looking forward to all of September’s accomplishments!

Happy September!

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

UtaVZ

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Sunny with a Chance of Summer!

Hello there July!!!!!!

Summer=Good weather for a Maxi Dress!!! ย ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

I had the draft for this dress sketched out in my notebook since last year I think, or maybe 2014.ย This was suppose to be *The MAXI*, my gorgeous, flowy, armed with pockets kind of functional summer statement piece.

I never got around to making it last year. But that’s okay cause I did it finally this year!! Found this lightweight floral polyester material to use as a tester. And I am in love with it. This was my trial prototype you could say. It came out amazing to the point that someone saw it and said they wanted to buy it as is! ๐Ÿ™‚ SOLD…..I know that’s crazy right. Sad part I know the fabric sold out. Hmmmmm….. I will go hunting next time I am at the fabric store in event someone left a piece behind. You never know..

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Theย whole process in my head transpired well in the cut out stage. Very nerve racking since I was winging it basically but with some key measurements involve to ensure fit, things came together. It’s suppose to be flowy but to proportion of the size. So This size can fit a medium and a large. It may fit a small but a belt may be required to avoid a mooo-moo -licious look ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am ready for round two and making the second one. Thereafter I will try to get this baby into a sloper and ready for duplication! Ensuring of course I get the measurements down pat and the shape too. It has an unusual shape which makes it flow a certain way. Hard to explain, I just let the scissors do its thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Cut cut…

Goal reached, happy camper!

Excited to make one for my own wardrobe. I have a great Rayon print lined up for mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by, stay tuned in July I have a few custom pieces in the works that i will share with you.

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

Bless

UtaVZ

 


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Combos: Solo or together!

No it’s not fast food!!..

Happy First day of SUMMER!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย 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!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bless

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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My Crafty Venture!

So a quick update. On May 20th 2015 I decided to go ahead and launch my etsy shop. Is it a business…I guess in a small sense for now! You think…. I basically see it as a way to answer those questions and needs of friends and family that are interested in purchasing some of my pieces and a good way to showcase and grow in my skill. I like a challenge.

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So for now lets just say its a “Crafty venture” I like that term. ๐Ÿ™‚ Business scares me… hahah

I had a great opportunity to showcase some of my pieces that I was working on over the last bit at a recent Ministry Luncheon I felt confident. I got really good reviews and that pushed me.

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My booth!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ So proud of me

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I definitely had to make sure I wore something I made! That was a big bonus. Loved this maxi dress

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My booth! I have scarves, maxi skirts, Pencil skirts, Kimonos, shoe bags and headbands! I also had a giveaway for the lucky shoppers!

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The booth! Do you guys like my handmade Pom Poms! Great touch I thought.

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Headbands and signage!

Now whether that was premature or not, I wanted to do this now. Who knows right? Remember my previous posts about taking risks. So here goes! I have so many ideas and ways to get this going but I will pace myself. At least I started it!. ๐Ÿ™‚

Please feel free to just check it out. Here is the link to my Etsy shop, Facebook page and instagram: I welcome your feedback and reviews. As the time goes by I will be adding other items that can be custom made to order! I have since branched out to three social media engines.

1. http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/amshinaapparel

2. https://www.facebook.com/amshinaapparel

3. https://www.instagram.com/amshina

I only have a few items so far. ย If any of you sell on Etsy I welcome your tips and feedback as always and of course share your links so I can visit your shop too!

Thanks

God bless

UtaC


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Still Sewing….Happy Good Friday!

Hello my followers!!

I appreciate you.

Just letting you all know that I am still sewing. Not as often but very much still in love with my sewing. I have just been trying to balance a number of things. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thought I would stop by and quickly share with you all my latest of latest… as in completed this morning..:) This was a very very quick piece I made for my Worship dance group for our Easter service on Sunday coming… I am actually inspired to make a few for the summer..what do you all think? Nice floral flare version.hmmmmm It hasย potential, maybe even add some pockets.

 

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Just trying it on.. Looks Fab won’t you all agree.. Love it.. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The sewing chronicles continues. I made some pieces over the past weeks. I will be sharing with you all very soon. Thank you once again for staying ย tuned.

Happy Good Friday all!

God bless

UtaC

 


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Escaping Winter at the Sewing Machine: The Cotton Maxi Dress!

Hello All,

It’s been a few days since my last posts, but just a few minutes since my last sewing project. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Been busy , aren’t we all! I am not alone. But sewing continues. ๐Ÿ™‚

As a sewing enthusiast I can totally escape the current winter blues at my sewing machine. Just one piece it takes. Here she is. My first summer dress. Yes, I said the word Summer and we are experiencing -20 Degrees weather here in Toronto. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a mock up I made a few weeks back while making a dress for a friend. I took my time with it as I really wanted it to be wearable in the end. It worked, so I am keeping her.

This cotton piece will be perfect for the summer weather. It can also be paired with a denim jacket too and different fun belts! It carries a pocket on each side making it a functional piece for me.

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The sewing chronicles continues.. Escaping during winter at the machine! Look out for my tunic beach coverup/sheer summer piece for 2015.

How have you been escaping with sewing this winter? Are you anticipating Summer/Spring pieces already? Or are you ย still buying more sweater dresses for winter? Whatever you are doing I encourage you to not get the winter blues. Dig into your cloth stash and ย find something colourful, bold and spring/summer looking and escape!

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do we do we seeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww….until next time…

Much love

UtaC