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Natural Soap Haul

As you all know, I have picked up the hobby of soap making.  Just like sewing it is exciting to make something and use it, knowing it is another task accomplished in life.  After a week of class with Zakia and Inez, I took my supply list and went shopping for items.  I wanted to check prices, locations, quality and quantity.   I like to spend my dollars in my city/community first before I order online.

While visiting Whole Foods, I stumble upon a natural soap display. Full of homemade soap.  Oh you know I had to grab a few pieces to sample them out.  Downside, the soaps did not have names.   It is ok, this will be part of my research project.  I want to be able to identify the smells of different oil and the chemical reactions my body has from them before I order in large bulk.  Also I was lucky to catch a few essential oils and coconut oil on sale.

 

Next I made a visit to my corner 99 cents store.  I was able to purchase a few glass bowls and spatulas.  Later this week I will visit my local grocery store and farmers market for ingredients and equipment supplies.

While excited about this new found hobby it is a little scary.  Like anything new, you do not want to mess up and you have the fear of what others may think or say.  But in my case my family and friends are excited about my new hobby.  I  really think they are excited they will be getting free stuff through my experiments….LOL.  Stay tune as I continue this  journey…..

Happy Sewing and now Happy Soaping,

~Aysun

 

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HELLO 2016

YES, THANK GOD WE MADE IT TO 2016.   I pray everyone enjoyed their holiday season, I know I did.

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2015 for Aysun Taylor started off slow but towards then end of the year doors began to open all around.  From fashion shows, to more clients, to meeting celebrities, I slept through Thanksgiving because I was so tired.  2016 I will bring new and exciting things to the blog.  I will introduce many of the people I have met along my fashion journey, increase the detail and techniques of garments, participate in project prom, wardrobe challenges, youtube videos and others I cannot reveal just yet.  Stay tune.

If there is anything you would love to see from Aysun Taylor this year, please be sure to comment below.

Sew Much Love,

Aysun

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Sewing My First Coat: 5 Suggested Tips from McCalls

For my first coat, I’ve decided  to go with Vogue 8930 .  Yes we have seen this coat pattern a few time within the last year but I think is is a perfect start for a coat beginner.

Blanket Coat V8930
Blanket Coat V8930

While preparing for my coat project, McCall’s posted on their blog Sewing Your First Coat: 5 Tips For Success.  YES RIGHT ON TIME!

Tip 1:  Take a look at RTW and designer coats you like first, for inspiration.

I have to agree…..I have so many coats that I love, but I had to choose based on my sewing skills level.  I was able to pick out 5 different coats to make, and I put them in order buy skill level.  I am going to be a coat making sister this fall/winter

Tip 2:  If this is your first coat to sew, stick with patterns featuring a loosely-fitted shape with minimal details.  

Giving my pattern section, I am on the right track for this step

Tip 3:  Choose a solid-color, quality 100% wool

For this step, because it is my first, my choice was a high quality print fleece.  I wanted to be able to under the coat process without damaging expensive wool.  I know for sure I do want to make this pattern again in wool.

Tip 4:  Select a lining fabric that’s warm and easy to work with

For this project, I am going with a basic suit lining.  Again I do not want to spare the expense while trying to learn a new sewing skill.

Tip 5:  Pressing is as important as the sewing. Use pressing tools.

After reviewing the pattern instructions, I will not need any coat pressing tools for this project, but I do currently own a pressing ham.  I am reading a tailor book and will be making additional purchases based on the book recommendations.

I am very excited to start this process.  I will journal my progress and keep you all posted. 🙂

Sew Much Love,

Aysun

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2015 Emmys: My Top Five Hits

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Sunday, everyone ran to the television not to see who won, but to see what people were wearing the the 2015 Emmy Awards Show.  Here are my top five favorites:

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Teyonhah Parris in Francesca Miranda.  The dress just screamed “YES I HAVE ARRIVED”  it is a very bold statement garment.

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Lady Gaga in a classy black Brandon Maxwell Gown

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Sofia Vergara of “Modern Family” wearing a strapless silver St. John custom gown

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Christine Marazano in this see through gown.  Designer is unknown at this time.

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Nancy O’Dell in a white gown designed by herself.

Of course there were many more fashion that walked the red carpet, but these were my favorites.  Much much respect goes out to Nancy O’Dell.  I can relate to her dress more as a fashion designer and seamstress.  Nancy also has her own clothing line as well.

Until next time, enjoy your fashion day,

Aysun