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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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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!!! πŸ™‚

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Shoes: Zara Β  Necklace: Blue Peacock Designs Β  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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Easy, Breezy, Beautiful August!

Oh my… its August already!

What have you done? What have I done? Β What else do we need to get done before 2016 is over???

Breathe!!the year is not yet over, we have just crossed over to what is the winding down of summer and a new month. Which means, new beginnings! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The slow descend to wardrobe layering……- Easy, Breezy and Beautiful:

It so happens that I am starting out August with 5 gorgeous print Kimonos!! I repeat 5……. I know.. its amazing that in-between all my work in July I was able to work on a few more to add to my Kimono collection for sale. The remaining three will be added to my Etsy shop soon. But for now I think these are a fabulous way to dress this August! These are always in style!!! These were self drafted by yours truly, made with love and not forgetting some awesome prints!

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Easy, breezy, beautiful August!

Remember it’s not too late to get started on anything you want to get done this year! Come on lets finish strong. I plan on it. πŸ™‚

Until next time, just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew , sewwwwwwwww

Bless

UtaVZ

 


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Creativity: Stir, Shake and let go!

Happy Wednesday!

Have you ever shaken a pop and then opened it after?…For fun…Β You know exactly what will happen. It will erupt like a volcano. Boooooommmmmmmm!!!!……Pop everywhere…

Like the carbonated beverage that is shaken and then released, so is our creativity. It must be stirred , shaken and then have expression in our lives.Β 

Whatever it is today that you are passionate about or are yet to discover, may it find expression in the earth and become a contagious contender!

Stir, shake and let go!!!

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew sew sewwwwwwww……

God Bless

UtaVZ

 


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Sunny with a Chance of Summer!

Hello there July!!!!!!

Summer=Good weather for a Maxi Dress!!! Β πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I had the draft for this dress sketched out in my notebook since last year I think, or maybe 2014.Β 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! πŸ™‚ 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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TheΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Cut cut…

Goal reached, happy camper!

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

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