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Taking my pieces to the RUNWAY!: You are invited!

 

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No…….. I am not taking my pieces to Pearson airport … hahah. That would be dangerous now wouldn’t it.:)

Instead I have an amazing opportunity to showcase my summer pieces two months from to day in a arts and entertainment showcase highlighting local and underground talent in Toronto. Save that date if you are in Toronto: June 23rd, 7pm. Details below in the link.

Excited, nervous and driven. Possibilities, possibilities and more possibilities. But also fun and more fun. I have been planning since January end after my application was accepted. So now I am in sew mode and making those pieces and working with my amazing friends who are volunteering there time to be models on this special occasion.

My friends and family have been very supportive and have come along side me so far in many ways as I prepare for this event. Whether they are the show music director, volunteer models, back stage help, selling at my booth, fabric store runs, brainstorming ideas or just offering encouragement and support. They have been amazing, near and far!

As part of my participation in this event I am required to sell tickets via a guest list that will be created under my name as an artist. Tickets are $20. and can only be purchased online!

Here is the link if you are interested in supporting me in this event: Please ensure before you purchase that under selected artist is Amshinaapparel!

https://www.rawartists.org/tickets/purchase/2185/316191

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!

Bless

UtavZ

 

 


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Fall, Fall Fall…..Sneak Peek

Happy October!

Missed you all!!

It’s been a few weeks but the sewing journey is still in full swing. Still wrapping up a bit of summer sewing but excited for the fall sewing line up. I have some new scarves and ponchos on the fall fashion pieces to sew this year.

First poncho completed:

Last Maxi dress on the machine completed😍

What have you been up to? Fall sewing yet? Getting ready for those layers?
Stay tuned for more updates throughout October. You can also follow me on instagram for real time updates. I post daily! http://www.instagram.com/amshina

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

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. 🙂

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”.  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? 

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. 

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? 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. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Have an amazing week!

UtavZ

 

 


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Handmade in a Hurry: My Creative Power break!!

Happy March!

It really takes time to make that perfected custom piece. At least for me it does as I am a bit of a perfectionist. I am still learning so very much in my sewing journey it’s unbelievable  how many things I have attempted in the past two years from when I started almost 7 years ago. Every project is a learning experience. I kid you not.

And as you all can see from my shared projects I do take some risks here and there. 🙂 I guess my vision continues to supersede my natural abilities which in the end brings me to the finished product! 🙂

So back to my subject and the message in this quick post. While I do take my time to make a special order it seems my wardrobe is evolving fast in between projects. hahah…What do I mean by that?  I have discovered over the last bit  with the right thread in the machine and some fabric handy I am willing to take that 15 -25 minutes to make a quick skirt or dress just for myself. Oh yeah! handmade in a hurry. I amaze me. 🙂 I do serge and all too. It’s not sloppy work at all, in my opinion there is just a rush of adrenaline on these 20 mins project that I have to stop and wonder at times why others take more time. But then I realize it’s the perfection streak in me that causes me to slow down and take my time on the special pieces as I want my very best to be put forth. Also that 15-20 mins project break is in fact a power nap in the grant scheme of things. Only problem is I am not closing my eyes but I am shifting from one project to the next to keep the momentum going and coming back refreshed. I can truly say it does refreshes me. See my two latest Creative Power Break  outcomes below! 🙂

 

It is my goal this year to incorporate more of my own pieces in my wardrobe so at least I have started right. I should give my self credit for the quick pieces now,  I doubt my first blazer will take me 20 mins.hahahaha

For my sewing enthusiasts that sew for others occasionally or on a regular basis I would love to know if you spend as much time on your own pieces versus a custom piece? Also Do you take Creative Power Breaks?

I am curious to know. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this quick snippet!

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

Until next time

UtaVZ

 


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Fall Winter Sewing: A little something for moi!

So this was really not the plan last evening. The goal was to go to the fabric store ( which I did), source some fabric based on some generated interest this week in a particular piece, take some pictures, head back home and work on finishing  another cardigan.

Hmmmmmmm… lets see when did it all changed.. ooh yeah… in the fabric store…lol

I saw the remnant of this fabric and had a visual of perhaps a peplum. Such an unsual print and the feel and sturdyness of the knit was just great. However when I got to the cutting table I realized that it was not going to work for a peplum that is. So I didn’t want to walk away from the piece. It is quiet and unusual print you would agree and it was on sale too…… Go figure i bought it ( A potential new member of my stash). It was less than a meter but in my head I was sure I can come up with something to do with it.

Got home and guess where I headed…. you guessed right.. the machine.. set up my thread and next few minutes I was on the floor cutting away.. Good thing was  I had a mini plan. A few weeks ago I completed an online course in designing patterns for Stretch knit fabrics through Burda Academy.. I had made most of the slopers that was done as part of the  course. The different design variations too. These slopers were all made tailored to my measurements. So eager to try out the dress sloper I made it was an easy cut for this fabric.

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Used sloper to cut dress, added extra piece for length!

An hour and a half later Tadah!!!!!!!! Just like that a new member of my wardrobe!
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Love how it turned out.. Had to rip the neck out and add it again because it was attached wrong…oops late night sewing.. some serger woes was included in this project but I continued. Once I tried it on I was able to hem bottom and finish the armholes.

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Disregard the beautiful mess in the background.. I am working on it.. 😉 Focus on the dress…hahahah

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Now back to regular programming… finishing up my holiday orders and working on new stuff.. Stop by tomorrow I have a SPECIAL PROMO running for one day only!! 🙂

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