COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

I’ve been sewing for over 25 years, and was in “Corporate America” for 20 years after college.  Upon moving to New Orleans in 2011, I was able to make a dream come true by owning a business from my HOBBY!  Teaching sewing is sew much bigger than just stitching straight.  I’ve seen it transform kids with low self-esteem, and others emerged with a sense of focus and determination that their parents have never seen.  Sewing for Mardi Gras Indians, famous movie stars, and making costumes for a Lower 9th Ward parade have been just a few highlights I’ve experienced owning a sewing business.

 

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9thward In FEBRUARY 2017 I participated in the Bridge House/Grace House upcycle fashion show and met a new sewing friend, ProjectRunway JUNIOR’s very own Tieler James!

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Gigi I strongly believe in community involvement and wouldn’t be the person I am today if I did not “pay it forward” and give back in any capacity I’m blessed to have.  Sew Fabulous would not be what it is today without Gigi Baay, one of New Orleans finest seamstresses and a wonderful friend


STAIRSTAIR is a local reading/tutoring program I have volunteered with for years, tutoring after school and assisting with the decorating for fundraiser events to assist kids who have fallen behind in school.


STAIR EVENTgirl scoutsI cannot stress enough how much GIRL SCOUTS Girl Scouts of Louisiana meant to me when I was a tiny Brownie to a full-fledged, annoying cookie selling Girl Scout in the 70’s. I offer deeply discounted rates for local troops to come earn their community service badge by sewing and donating their projects. It’s one small way I can give back to the organization that is changing young girls lives every day.


GIRLS RACE IMG_1536~2GIRLS ON THE RUN is an amazing organization that I’ve been lucky enough to be a sewing and running buddy for the last few years. GirlsontheRUN It’s not about how fast you are or how cute you look running a race in a tutu(although that is kind of awesome) their platform is building self-esteem in young girls 8-13 yrs old in a healthy and encouraging environment.


SEW HIP NOLA is a community based, free sewing grouplibrary that meets at the local library once a month to sew and socialize. We started this to bring back the old fashioned “sewing circle” of days gone by.  Sometimes there is more talking than sewing, but we always have a great time!


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BridgeHouseBRIDGE HOUSE/GRACE HOUSE- For the past few years, we have participated in the super fun upcycle/recycle fashion show fundraiser held every spring.  Designers get $75 to spend at their awesome thrift shop in Kenner, and then upcycle/redo the thrift store clothes, transforming to runway ready fashions.  Proceeds raised from this event go to local substance abuse treatment facilities. Almost every family has someone that has been affected by substance abuse, and it is particularly difficult to conquer in New Orleans. Participating in this fundraiser and donating items is the least we can do to support this great organization.      http://www.bridgehouse.org


ELMWOOD FITNESS CENTER-http://www.elmwoodfitness.com I recently became certified to teach group fitness classes, and believe so much in being healthy with mind AND body. I participate in many local road races and sprint triathlons, and can frequently be found riding my bike around town or up on the levee.  Many of my students are local “athletes” and I’ve helped many students sew a “race outfit” . (To quote one, “it’s not that I’m fast, but I sure look cute in my race photos”)

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Pi BETA PHI – if you were in a sorority in college, no matter what one, I encourage you to get involved with your local New Orleans chapter. I’ve made so many new friends, young and old while helping the community through my alumnae club. It is a wonderful way to welcome newcomers to the city that may have just transferred here for work and they don’t know anyone yet. https://www.pibetaphi.org/pibetaphi/