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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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    Carmen @ forgotten fancies

    Glad you are ok ang got a two day staycation out of it. Can’t wait to see your post on your lingerie adventure.

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      Thanks! I can’t wait to show you!

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    Sally Ann

    Glad you’re safe!

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    Michelle Flanigan

    Love the photos!

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    I’m so glad to hear you weathered the storm relatively well! I’m excited to see what you’ve been working on.

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    I’m glad to hear that you are safe and didn’t get hit too hard. I left the east coast right before the storm hit, but I wish I was with my family in New Jersey as they went, and still are dealing with, this difficult time. The plus is you felt inspired and continued to sew. Have a good weekend!

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    I am so glad that you are OK and have power! I was thinking about you and everyone out there on the east coast. I can’t wait to see your lingerie sewing!

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    carrie elias

    Relieved for your update in this post……I was worried. Sending you a smile and big hug!

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    Sarah Welsch

    Glad everything is ok up there! Everything we are seeing on tv in st.louis is horrible.



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      And the sad part is, that’s how bad it is. The news is not over dramatizing.

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    Sewing Princess

    Happy to hear you are doing well and didn’t suffer any major problems. Love the lingerie you made.

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    First, I’m glad to hear that you are okay, and that you are safe! It’s fortunate that you are in a good location of the city. I’ve just been hearing such terrible things, and seeing such awful devastation. It’s incredible.

    That said, I took a peek at that bra and think it is beautiful! I love it. It’s a very feminine and pretty fabric. I can’t wait to see what else you’ll post about it.

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    Glad you were OK during the storm (and that you didn’t lose power for yor sewing machine)!

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    I can’t wait to see your sewn creations! Especially the bra 😛 I bet it will be so flipping gorgeous!

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    What a beautiful bra. I can’t wait to see all of your recent creations! And, once again, I’m glad you are ok. 🙂

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    Meg the Grand

    Your bra is so very lovely – I’m excited to see what else you’ve been working on lately, and I am so very glad you were okay during the storm!

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