Archive | January, 2011

I Am

12 Jan


I love the Lord but I don’t go to church. I could be trite and provide countless excuses for why I don’t, but I wont bore you. I could say that I don’t go because I’m not a fan of organized religion, or I don’t wake up in time, or I’m really busy on Sundays but the truth of the matter is…it is very difficult for me to stay awake in a church service. I love the signing and stuff but the second its time to sit down and listen…I am out like a light. While it sounds childish I truly think I suffer from a mild form of narcolepsy. Anything the requires sitting for an extended period of time and doesn’t capture my attention immediately will carry me off to slumber. You don’t believe me? Well…I slept during my college graduation, I slept through all of last semester’s Legal Methods course, and I even slept through the first 30 minutes of a 5 hour exam. Notwithstanding, I do oblige my mother with a visit to her home church whenever I am in Toronto.

The Sunday after Christmas I accompanied my mom to church per usual and after the choir ended their set, I nestled into my seat and prepared for my nap. At this point in my adult life, my mom doesn’t even bother waking me up; she knows the drill. As I waited for the pastor to lull me to sleep he began talking about the phrase “I am”. In the Bible when God commanded Moses to speak to the Israelites, Moses basically asked God, when they ask me your name what should I say? God said to Moses “I am that I am” (If you don’t have a Bible handy you can rent the Ten Commandments).

From there the pastor went on to explain that when ever you say “I am” you are either silently blessing or cursing yourself since you are referencing God. With God being the “I am that I am” when you say I am happy; its like you’re sending up a prayer for happiness. It also works the other way, when you say “I am going to fail this class,” you’re pretty much committing yourself to failure.

This was the first sermon in I-don’t-know-how-long I stayed awake for. I heard the whole thing and was pleased. I have a feeling 2011 is going to be really different; different from any other year of my life thus far. I’m going to be 25 this year and I have a goal filled quarter century planned. This year I am going to fall in love, travel the world, grow my business, and make significant strides in my legal career. With that being said, I made sure my first day of the year outfit reflected my sunny outlook.

For the auspicious occasion I designed a golden-yellow shift dress with a banded hemline, half mon waistline, and a cap sleeve accepting the 3/4 sleeves. Paired with bordeaux sweater tights and brown utility boots I walked in 2011 ready to be/do/achieve/have/experience/inspire all that I am meant to.

 

Front

Half-moon Waistline

Cap Sleeve Detail

Back

Frazzle Rock

11 Jan

New Attitude!

If you know me, you know I am very easily frazzled. Misplacing my house keys when I am on the way out the door can lead me to break out into a sweat. It is very easy for the littlest mishaps in life to send  me into a fit of anxiety. If someone is 5 minutes late to meet me, or if I don’t sew in a zipper right, it could damn near throw my whole day of course.

I promised myself in 2011 I wont let things get to me as easily anymore. Where a situation is out of my control I will do my best to stay in control. We all know how new years resolutions work…we make them, are tested, and then we break them. Those of us who resolved to work out in the new year, or eat better, or save more, usually fall back into old habits before February hits.

I made my resolution right after Christmas and was tested almost immediately. I spent Christmas with my family in Toronto and planned to spend New Years with my friends in New York City. Between Toronto and New York, I had two days in DC to make a New Years Eve dress. I sketched a sequined concoction with a deep v-neck and sheer sleeves, spent a small fortune on the material, and got to work. My partner-in-crime Revae and I were planning to drive up to New York early New Years Eve morning and I finally finished the dress in the middle of the night with enough time to get a good night’s sleep.

When I tried on my new dress…I hated it. I hated the fit, I hated the color, I hated everything about it. There was no way I could ring in the new year in a dress I as not happy in. Nichole of yore would have written herself an invitation to a pity party of one, called all my friends to vent and then get mad at them when they tried to help, and maybe even cried… but I was unfazed. I really was. I don’t know where the wherewithal came from but my mind sprung into action for plan B. It was too late to hit the fabric store, and I was NOT going to buy a dress after spending all that money on material so I went through my scrap fabric bin. In the bin I found some midnight blue material from Javai’s dress from A Break in Tradition, some from Patricia’s dress from TwentyFLY & Fabulous, and from a dress I recently finished for another client.

A sleeve from here, a bodice from here, and a piece of a skirt from there, and in a few hours I pieced together a midnight blue one shoulder creation with a four panel skirt and an empire waistline. I finished the dress in just enough time to take a shower and brush my teeth before Revae arrived so we could head off to the city that never sleeps to ring in 2011.

I started the new year on the right foot by pairing the simple dress with lilac suede platform sandals and lilac tights and counted down to the new year with amazing friends at an intimate shindig. I’m really proud of myself for being not getting frazzled so I could whip up something spectacular. Looks like this new year, new attitude thing is really working for me.

Check out pictures my NYE and the dress below.

 

Revae and I ringing in our 4th year together!

Our NYE party hostess Carmen

Celebrating a new year with a new attitude!

 

 

FRONT: Empire waist, puff sleeve, paneled skirt

BACK

Sleeve and Bodice Detail

New Year, New Attitude!

10 Jan

Happy New Year Sew This Is It Family! 2011 is looking good for me and I kicked off the new year by giving very special gifts over the holiday season. Over the years Christmas in my family had started to become less and less about giving from the heart. I’m not sure when my siblings and I stopped getting gifts under the tree (or when we even stopped having a tree), but in my family Christmas means cash. Not cash in a card, or even cash in an envelope, but just my mother and father opening their wallets and counting out cash for my brother, sisters, and I. I’m not saying I’m not grateful. At 24, as a starving artist/law student, I’ll take all the cash I can get, however I miss the days of being surprised and tearing off wrapping paper.

Even with my siblings, the genuine gift giving had waned. Some years we haven’t even wrapped each others gifts and its even gotten to the point where we blatantly ask the other person “what do you want for Christmas?” While this has become the norm, I’ve gotten quite sick of it. I miss the joy of opening a gift from someone who thoughtfully picked it out for me.

So in kicking off a new year with a new attitude I decided to start with the holidays and give everyone in my family gifts that I hand-made for each of them. I even stayed up all night carefully wrapping them with ribbons and bows. For my younger sister I made  a velvet and pearl bib necklace with a satin ribbon enclosure (below).

 

My little sister Catherine

 

For my mother I made a satin-back crepe bib necklace with alternating sating and crepe applique and a satin ribbon enclosure (below).

 

My Mommy

For my brother I made a navy blue  jersey wool encircle scarf (below).

My younger brother Timothy

My family was extremely pleased with their gifts and  I got that warm fuzzy feeling inside that comes from truly giving from the heart. Not to mention I got to debut the first items from my accessory line that will be on sale very soon. This year I have a new attitude and Sew This Is It has a new address…in case you didn’t notice we are  a dot-com now! Look out for more to come this new year!

 

 

Velvet and Pearl Bib Necklace

 

 

Satin Back Crepe and Pearl Bib Necklace

 

 

Jersey-Wool Encircle Scarf