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What’s next?

Happy September!

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September also means that we are approaching a change in season ( For those who live in countries that have all four seasons…:) ) . I am looking ahead! There’s a newness about this month that literally feels like a new leaf has turned. This is exactly the same sentiment I am feeling at the moment. 🙂

It feels weird to not have grad school. This time last year I started my final year of grad school and was fully entrenched in my thesis proposal work. I can safely say I miss school. Despite the emotional roller coaster that ended smoothly ( Thank God), I miss that crazy adrenaline rush of the new semester and the commuting. 🙂 However the show must go on. In an attempt to take it easy and recover from the academic rush I am dedicating my time to working on my handmade business and blog to bring it up to the place I want it to be. I know that takes a lot of work and time. Despite feeling I am not where I want to be I know that even with the small efforts of the work I put in during the summer I am getting there :). I think the two opportunities I am about to share with you speaks to that growth so far. Both opportunities encourages me to press on and keep building. One step at a time! Here goes.

Opportunity one!

Screenshot_20180906-000007You guys!!!!!! I am so excited. You don’t even know. I mean I know it’s another pop up opportunity ( Meaning I have to work my bum off the next few weeks to prep and then spend an entire day of selling and meeting fabulous people…phew)but its major. It’s major because I have applied two years in a row and didn’t get in. So that’s a big deal right? I didn’t give up this year even though I knew there was a possibility of not getting in. This is a juried show which means that hundreds apply and only a few get in. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to having my pieces there. 🙂

So you know whats next…. Sew, sew, sew, sew! I have already made a plan for the pieces I will have to add to what I already have in stock. I will be adding some new infinity scarves, fall and winter pencil skirts, shrugs, some holiday pieces etc. This event is known for attracting a lot of shoppers looking for unique handmade pieces as well as gifts so if you are in Toronto do check out this event at the MARS Discovery District.

I have two weeks to add those new pieces as I curate the garments and accessories I will have available. Wish me all the best! I will pop by the last week of the show to give you an update on all the pieces I was able to add and how plans are coming along.

Opportunity two!

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My awesome friend Carla Beharry who has dedicated countless hours to community capacity building work around health and wellness, mindfulness, HIV/AIDS prevention work and business coaching with others in communities locally and internationally has organized an amazing event highlighting the challenges and resilience in diverse women in Toronto and Waterloo regarding social and racial injustice within our society. Tickets available here This Ted talk like forum will feature women from various backgrounds in community work, fashion, fitness, health and wellness who will share their stories and experiences to empower each other in an evening filled with hope and resilience. Guess who gets to be apart of it? Moi! I was very anxious when she asked me to be one of the speakers at first. I mean I do have a lot I can talk to about challenges but also a lot about hope and resilience in the face of those challenges. So I accepted! 🙂 This is also a great opportunity to connect my research from my recently completed thesis at the community level to give back. I am looking forward to connecting with like minds.

Both opportunities couldn’t have come at a better time. The focus these days are dedicated to building my handmade business but also getting involved in community work at another level. 🙂

That’s a wrap for now! Thanks for stopping by. As  always, thanks for coming along my sewing and entrepreneurial journey!

The creative chronicles continues!

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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Last Summer Market! 

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a minute and summer is about over! I hope you all had an amazing summer.

Enjoying the final days of summer! Memade dress!

I am back in grad school as of last week and the rest is history! At least that’s my take! 😊😊 I am up to my ears in work but also so hopeful for the end and the journey.

As you all know everything else keeps churning in spite of. I have a nice line up of activities showcasing my business between now and the end of year.😊

Starting off with another fun market happening on Sunday September 24th in the Kensington Market! The Kensington Flea is located at 214 Augusta Ave (behind El Gordo foods). It’s pedestrian Sunday so you can enjoy some amazing food and vendors throughout the day!!

If you are in the area please feel free to stop by. This is my second time round for the summer.

Can’t wait to update you all on my summer makes.

The sewing chronicles continue!

Stay blessed.

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.  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!!! 🙂 🙂

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

The green section 💚

The pink section💕

The yellow section 💛

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

Make up done by the amazing and talented Ms. Nadia over at 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. 🙂

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!:) 🙂 🙂

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! 🙂

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

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew sewwwwwww!! 🙂

Bless

Uta vZ