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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

 


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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. 🙂 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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Something Formal: The Tulle skirt

It’s been on my sewing list for sometime now. But I am happy that after making the tulle bustle ( The burlesque piece) a few months back that I was ready to take on the Tutu formal skirt…more so take on the tulle fabric.

This skirt was a custom project I was commissioned to complete for the holidays. So like most of my projects I make a mock up to ensure that technique is down pat and that any glitches to be discover working with this new fabric is perfected. It also gave me a chance to estimate the time spent on this project.

The goal was to have a satin lined skirt not too much tulle but enough to be formal, dressy and flirty. Not so much the Disney princess look….lol…. but the fabulous look of a classy female in this millennial. Did I achieved it.. well lets just see all that went into achieving this look.

My Version

Love love the look!! I went for the elastic waist band but mine was cut more on a A-line silhouette instead of a circle skirt.( I didn’t have a lot of fabric to play with). I wanted mine a bit longer. That Midi skirt look but with only two layers of tulle. I did hem the lining. Regretted it after as I thought it was a bit heavy on the look of the skirt, especially after ironing. But it worked in the end.

I already knew the top I had in my closet that would go with this for the perfect theater look. We were off to see the Phantom of the  Opera. A play I so desired to see for years and finally it was in our city for the holidays . The least I could have done was dress to impress.

 

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The final version

The final version definitely had some major tweaks to not only fit the customer requirements but assisted me in  applying those lessons learned from version 1. This version was shorter, carried four layers of tulle and was cut as a full circle with no seam. This made attaching a elastic broad waist band ideal for the flowy and playful way the skirt drapes.I choose not to machine hem the lining on the final skirt instead I serge it given it a more finished look and lighter on the satin fabric to the eye.

The final product.

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The stray string to the right of the skirt is from my turtle neck top 😉

 

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I forgot to mention that time was under estimated. It took longer to cut and put everything together. But lets face it, it was worth the time and effort I put into it. Perhaps I can devise some strategy to lessen the reproduction time of this again in the future knowing now the techniques I have learnt while completing this order.

Thanks for tuning in!

I trust 2016 is off to a great start, the sewing chronicles and journey continues for me. Growing my business, perfecting my sewing skills, learning new skills and projects, taking on new challenges and taking risks all in the same!

Until next time… just keep sewing , just keep sewing.. what do I do I sew sew sew…

UtaVZ

 

 

 


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Show me how you Burlesque!!!!!!!

My first encounter or should I say tulle related project. I was commissioned by a friend to make a bustle. This bustle will be part of a birthday party Burlesque theme. The Birthday girl is really hoping to make a statement of her fabulousness as well as fierce side.

I first created three layers of tulle by attaching it  on the mannequin using elastic. This gave me an idea of how to create the shape of the bustle I wanted as well as manage volume.

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Three layers of Tulle.

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Get your bustle on.

I also added some trims to  her ready made corset down the sides and made a matching garter to add some more flare to this already fierce outfit. She was very happy with that and it completed the look.

Also to enclose the layers of Tulle I used a double sided folded satin ribbon to form the belt.

A few days later here goes the finished product…..She loved it!!

I added some pearls to accessorize this number! Happy Birthday girl.
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Another great custom piece.

Just keep sewing….the sewing chronicles continue.

Utac