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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) ๐Ÿ™‚ I apologize for the mini gap between Sept to December. It was crazy. Have no fear the photos are here! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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:

โ€œInsight alone is not enough.

There must be action after reflectionโ€

( 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ). It was a sewing marathon and included in that were two amazing Fashion showcases! ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s more ๐Ÿ™‚ . These are the awesome shots from my fashion showcase that took place on November 24th! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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Pop up Booth- Holiday Inn Yorkdale! July 29th

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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2nd Christmas Market!

Hey Everyone!!! Stopping by to let you all know that I will be apart of another christmas market.This is my second one ever! Happy and excited to share my pieces with old and new customers! if you are around come by and say hello that day. Get some Christmas shopping done and most of all support handmade businesses. The venue is the Alliance Banquet Hall 501 Alliance Ave, York, ON.

A fun event for you and your family!  Follow me on instagram over the next few days for  sneak peaks on products that will be on sale!

Instagram- http://www.instagram.com /amshina 

Until then the sewing journey continues!!

Utavz


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What’s your style?: It exist right?

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Join me in this mini series on style over the month 4 Mondays in May starting today. ๐Ÿ™‚

I read this article once by a popular fashion blogger about redefining your wardrobe. In the article she says ” having a lot of clothes does not make you stylish”. ย It’s funny cause for sometime I didn’t think I was as fashionable since in reality I didn’t have a lot of clothes. But then that changed. I had a lot of clothes. But guess what…. I still wasn’t fashionable. *Chuckles* Why I say that .. Lets see, I had a wardrobe full of clothing yet every time I get invited out or have an event I always have to buy something new, not always but most times I am inclined to. Ain’t that a challenge right? It just wasn’t adding up. How can you have clothes but don’t have?ย 

When I read that statement from the blogger it brought so much clarity and a push that made me re-evaluate how I defined my style and more so how I build my ideal wardrobe. Tired of the Tornado that swept through the closet look that’s left behind before every event….. you know what I mean!

My notion… it doesn’t matter how many folks you admire and incorporate pieces of their style into your look, in the end I feel you come out with something original that really reflects you. It’s okay to admire, copy, cut and paste. Don’t lose yourself while doing that though.

In the past 7 years of sewing and really pushing the threads, it’s only within the past three years I am beginning to really define my style. There are certain elements that are common to how I select clothing, put them together and how they fit and feel before I make a purchase. It’s that serious. Life is too short to not be comfortable with what you wear. I am sure we all had that stage where we wear clothing to fit in that was not the best for our body in some ways or the other.ย 

Dream with me….

What if you could love every stitch of clothing you own? You know,every piece your favourite piece? That’s the kind of wardrobe I would like to have one day. Thats’ right.. every piece having a story, jelling with each other, mix and match, across seasons, fun, function and fit all in my closet.

Sounds like a tall order. But hey… the sky is not the limit. Define your style and then build. One piece at a time.It will take time but once you know what works, you can build from there. The key is knowing and learning what works for YOU. Stop buying clothes to fit in and say you have, when really you and I know they are not working for you. Your clothes should work for you. If it is not working for you ….let it go….*hint hint* It’s time for a spring clean.

What’s your style? Or I should say your wish list?I would love to hear from you?ย Image result for quotes on style

I have a few other great articles in this series on style for the rest of May you don’t want to miss. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Have an amazing week!

UtavZ

 

 


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SPECIAL PROMOTION: First Ever!

Hello Family,Friends and Followers!

Still have a bit of Christmas shopping to do or just looking to add a new accessory to your wardrobe, well I have a special promo with you in mind!

one day sale

This Friday November 27th 2015 from 12am-while stocks last or until 11:59pm EST

I am offering 15% of all items currently available in my Etsy shop!!! This discount applies to all online and in person sales

The code:ย THANK15

If shopping on Etsy you will put the code in at checkout. If purchasing or placing the order in person for pick up you can email me at amshinaapparel@gmail.com, ย share the item you would like to order and mention the code.

NB: STOCKS are LIMITED!!! First come first serve! Sorry! Orders received before November 27th discount will not apply!

Start shopping:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AmshinaApparel?ref=hdr

Thank you all for your continued support!! If you have any questions please contact me directly.

UtaC