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very unexpected. Last Friday was not the first time I had heard about Hurricane Sandy. It was spinning off the coast of Florida since Monday of last week and my friends and family back home (Florida) were chanting about the rain and massive flooding it was producing. Each morning as I sweated out the previous day’s calories, its track narrowed towards the Northeast. When Friday came and its track was confirmed – to hit the Northeast for sure – it sent me into a tizzy. I’m from Florida so I’ve experienced my fair share of storms. Andrew, Katrina, and Wilma, I lived through them all. Most people hooray at the sound of hurricane days. I don’t. Days without an outlet for my hair dryer, the microwave, and most importantly, my sewing machine, is not a pleasant thought.

But I get myself into a tizzy a lot and I kept reassuring myself that it was only a category 1. How bad could it be? Just a bad rainstorm –worst case scenario.

When work emailed all employees informing us that Monday was voluntary and offices would be closed on Tuesday, that’s when I knew something more than a bad rainstorm was coming. Our offices stay open for almost everything – blizzards, sixteen inches of snow, and earthquakes.

Hurricane Sandy was truly a frankenstorm. As I’ve written in numerous emails to bloggers who emailed me to see if I was okay, the hurricane wasn’t bad because of wind speed but because of flooding and storm surge. Plus it hit at high tide and on a full moon. I was very fortunate and didn’t suffer any damage. Living on the 3rd floor and a couple of blocks from the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, I didn’t lose power or have any flooding.

So what does a seamstress do with a 2-day staycation? Sew! I began very late on Monday night and continued into Tuesday. Using my fabric that I bought while in NYC a couple weeks ago, I finished sewing a bra and a pair of undies (blog post to come soon – get a sneak peek here). In the past couple of months, I’ve written about how I’ve been studying and sewing lingerie, perfecting my construction methods and patterns. I’m almost there! Like I said to Christine in our Skype date on Wednesday night (I showed her how to drape a front bodice), the first couple of tries in draping, pattern making, or sewing should be considered a rough draft or a rough sketch. Do you know how many preliminary sketches Picasso made before painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon? Near perfection can be achieved, I truly believe that, but not after many tries.

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