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Pop up Booth- Holiday Inn Yorkdale! July 29th

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday! 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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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. 🙂

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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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!!! 🙂

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Shoes: Zara   Necklace: Blue Peacock Designs   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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Sunny with a Chance of Summer!

Hello there July!!!!!!

Summer=Good weather for a Maxi Dress!!!  🙂 🙂 🙂

I had the draft for this dress sketched out in my notebook since last year I think, or maybe 2014. 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! 🙂 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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The 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 🙂

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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. 🙂 🙂 Cut cut…

Goal reached, happy camper!

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

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

 


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The Build-A Closet that works!

It’s the last Monday of May and guess what? The final piece on the Style Monday articles is here!

We have covered quite a bit these past Mondays.

I am proud of myself for the consistency in posting. This in itself was a little challenge that inspired me with my blogging. A blogging milestone you can say. 🙂

It’s only fair to end on a next step look and to bring everything into focus. Not only would you have gained some added tips and maybe even made some decisions about your next closet decision and are ready to create a wardrobe that works for you.

The Build is and should be focused on creating a closet that works for you. Wardrobe pieces that compliment each other and define YOUR unique style.

The word Build signifies a process of some sort. Meaning that all will not happen overnight. It may take you the rest of the year or into 2017 or even more than that. But the goal is that you are and will be making steps towards that new direction of wardrobe happiness and peace. 🙂

I am still very much in the process of revamping , renewing and adding those pieces into my closet. Looking at the silhouettes I love and the pieces that compliment my shape and stature.

Here is an example of a key staple that I can transition with across the season and have incorporated into my closet:The Pencil Skirt. These are perfect with a shirt or blouse, heels, boots,tights, stockings etc. Below shows you some funky prints I have made too.

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Now all I need to do is add some other colours and my skirt collection would be complete.. I am thinking.. a plain navy blue, a black and a burgundy…hmmmm

Thanks for tuning in to this little series. It’s really been a pleasure to do this and most of all it allowed me to commit to providing you weekly with a blog post. ( Good practice right..:)). Thanks for your contributions to the posts too.

I have been sewing in between blogs so I have much to share on those too.

See you in June!! Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do I do I sew, sew, sew…

Have a blessed and productive week!

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.

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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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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: 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,  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


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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!! 🙂

Bless

 

UtaC