Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NYC Under Water but I'm SewHappy.

Never in a million years would I have ever imagined the great NYC forced to its knees.  And you are probably wondering why am I SewHappy about that. 

Hurricane Sandy swept through the big apple and left herself a legacy.  The great NYC-- the city that never sleeps was forced to come to a halt because now LIGHTS were out.  Electricity out, tunnels and subways closed, fallen trees, broken power lines, and the residents of NYC left to take it all in.  I drove through the area of Canarsie and was amazed at Sandy's end results.  Beautiful home awnings cracked from fallen trees,  streets blocked by fallen trees, huge trees uprooted-- all by wind and water....

But that's not all the water damage was severe.  Streets were flooded therefore homes with basements were flooded.  As I drove through Canarsie everything that was once used in the basement of homes were now damaged and left for the garbage pick up. Beds and more beds, TVs, furniture, carpets, you name it and it was lost.  The great city and its residents were left to start afresh but more importantly to slow down.  No one could go anywhere because the train stations were heavily flooded.  It was stated that it would take NYC transit at least a week to get all the water out of the stations.

We weren't even going anywhere driving because the streets were flooded, the tunnels were closed because they too were flooded, and our cars were floating down the streets and on top of each other.  NYC had come to a halt.  The city that never sleeps was forced to stop. 

And never mind trying to call a taxi because they were all buried in water.  Can you imagine the insurance claims that would come after this.  Hertz received over 3500 claims today just in Brooklyn.  WOW! 

But this blog is all about my sewing ventures so in the midst of all this chaos, I was SewHappy.  I was SewHappy because I did not suffer a loss of electricity so I had all the time in the world to concentrate on my love -- sewing....I couldnt go anywhere or do very much so I was attached to my sewing machine.  So, here are some of my Sandy pieces. 

The first night we learned we would get a storm I found a great piece of fabric in my stash.  It was only a tiny piece so there was not much I could do with it so i decided to turn it into a mini dress.  I initially made it for myself but my niece decided it was all too cute and she needed it so I sized it down for her. 

I love this little number.  Nothing oh so fancy but it is certainly a great lounge dress that you can dress up or put on some tall boots and go. 

The other Hurricane Sandy pieces will be featured in the next blog.  I decided that I don't want this blog to be so long you get tired of reading so check out my Hurricane Sandy Pieces post.  But here is a sneak peek.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Peplum Love.....

Peplum, Peplum,'s all about the Peplum this season and in fact I love a peplum look whether its a peplum dress, top or skirt.  So I decided to make one to show my blogging family.

This project was originally thought about because I wanted to do something constructive with my scrap fabrics.  I knew I wouldn't have enough fabric to also make a waistband so I decided to make it with another piece of scrap fabric.

This is a stretched ribbed material in a solid blue color paired with a printed waistband.  So here is how the peplum skirt turned out.

I think it turned out well with my different scrap fabrics.  My niece decided to play around with it and also wore it as a dress...So here's another way you can wear it.

So which look do you like best? skirt or dress? 

BONUS:  I like to give you all an opportunity to make some of these things on your own, so if you have a sewing thumb (get it, get check out my youtube channel for how to make this skirt below...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oldies but goodies......

So I decided to dig up the past a little and show you guys two of my older dresses but two of my favorite dresses.  These are two of the first dresses I made.....and made without using a pattern.  I actually don't like using commercial patterns but instead to think of the idea and try to execute it.  My niece often had a singing engagement so this is really what began my sewing ventures. 

For the first dress:  Peplum is in now but it was already in my mind May of 2011. I wish I could say that I was the one to bring peplum back but somehow I doubt that.  This peplum dress is made in a dark blue taffeta.

So you are getting a two for one deal here.  Two dresses in one post.  As I mentioned my niece often had a singing engagement with her school and always requested a new dress.  The above dress, though its a little snug now (remember it was made over a year ago) was made for her to sing the National Anthem at an event. 

 The dress below was made for one of her many school performances.  This performance she sang I'm Here for a black history program.  This dress is made using a black brocade.  I might even add her performance at the end. I am one of her biggest fans so you would have to excuse all of my chatter in the video.  But for now, let's focus on the dress.

And now as promised, here is the video of my niece singing Fantasia's I'm Here from The Color Purple.  She wants to do a broadway musical someday.  Any leads, just message me folks.  :)


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Polka Dot Sheath Dress

I"m back........I got really into creating this blog and then somehow none of the pics would show up when I posted from my iPad -- the source for all my pics.  So I had to regroup but I am back and back with a nice dress for you guys.

This is one of my newest designs.  I purchased this polka dot fabric over a year and could not quite decide what to do with it but I knew that when the idea came to me it would be fabulous.  Well, I cannot take all the credit for the dress design because I got the initial idea from my cousin and ran with it.  I know, I know....It would appear that I was on a long run considering I bought the fabric over a year ago and we are not two months away from the close of 2012 and I am now making the dress but great things take time.  :)  At least that is my excuse.  

So check out the dress and let me know what you think.  The underneath is a fuschia stretch satin with a polka dot organza overlay.  I just love this dress.  Here it is....