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The Only Black Dye I Use

For some of my sewing projects, and even my lingerie kits and workshops, I buy trims white and dye to the color I want. It’s difficult to source that perfect shade of blue or the lightest shade of pink to perfectly match the lace that you have in your stash. And trying to source picot…

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More Harriet Bras!

The Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit in peach lace // handmade by Closet Case PatternsI was going through my photo library this week and realized I totally forgot to blog about some of the

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What I Made: Emma

A bra and underwear combo in one, the bodysuit is my heat reserve once summer’s humidity leaves and the blistering cold barrels in. A onesie underneath an outfit makes a big difference, warmth-wise, IMHO. Even when I wear a chunky sweater and jeans, a cold breeze always sneaks in. Always. That doesn’t happen if I’m…

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What I Made: Emma

A bra and underwear combo in one, the bodysuit is my heat reserve once summer’s humidity leaves and the blistering cold barrels in. A onesie underneath an outfit makes a big difference, warmth-wise, IMHO. Even when I wear a chunky sweater and jeans, a cold breeze always sneaks in. Always. That doesn’t happen if I’m…

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Madalynne X Simplicity 8435 Bodysuit Snap Crotch Tutorial

So you need a versatile piece that will be your layering savior in all seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall. Enter: the bodysuit. It’s a staple I didn’t think would be one until I got my pretty little hands on it. Memories of my mom and the likes of Cindy Crawford, both total babes,…

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Madalynne X Breastcancer.org

I’m not a religious person, but I am spiritual. At the young age of 18, my mom lost a 6 year battle with breast cancer. I write about her disease on my ‘About Me‘ page, but to keep it brief for today’s post, her fight was long and not easy. She had several stints at…

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Recap: Bodysuit Workshop with Madalynne

I describe bodysuits in 3 words – one piece wonders. They work in all colors (white to bright orange), fabrics (rib knit to mesh) and styling (sexy to casual). Every season, I think that they’ll go back into fashion purgatory like they did after their dominance in the 1990s, but on the catwalks of fall…

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Madalynne Studios Yelp Page: Write a Review!

Just a few weeks away from my 20th workshop, I decided to create a Yelp page for Madalynne. Bout damn time right? The success of my workshops has solely been through word of mouth, hardly any advertising. Students telling their friends, family and fellow sewists that yes!, you can make a bra! Instagram has also…

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Stripe Nation: Bra Making with Madalynne July Recap

What a day. What an event. What a great class. Last Saturday, July 29, I hosted another Bra Making with Madalynne workshop. This class and August’s will be bittersweet because in September, I’ll be moving to a new studio. I’m sad to go – I’ve made so many great memories here and met so many…

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What I Made: Alba

Want to hear a joke? Strapless bra. Until recently, I had a love hate relationship with strapless bras. Even when I was smaller than a 32A (I recently grew to a 32B/C), I felt like I had to wear one with anything strapless, the exception being a top that had some sort of bra built…

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Recap: Let’s Talk Bras with Brooklyn Craft Company

Give or take a few weeks, it was about a year ago that the Simplicity team and I melted in my studio filming the tutorial for the Madalynne X Simplicity 8229. Fast forward one year, last Thursday to be exact, we teamed up once again, this time partnering with Brooklyn Craft Company, a super cool craft…

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Revisiting Lingerie Month

Way back in February of 2016, we hosted Lingerie Month, full of  curvy lingerie-making tutorials, pattern reviews, and inspiration (see a wrap-up of all of the Lingerie Month posts here!). Since it’s been a year and a half since our curvy lingerie bonanza, we thought it would be valuable to revisit the world of curvy lingerie…

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Sign Up Now! Bra Making with Madalynne Fall 2017

It’s the height summer, and being a Floridian, I don’t want to think about the colder months that will be here before I know it. LONG LIVE SUMMER! I’m receiving emails on the daily about when the next workshops will be. So, I put the fall schedule together. I’m super excited about these classes because, drum…

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Salmon Pink lace Harriet (supplies courtesy of BWear.se)

EN Summary: The last bra sponsored by BWear.se is the Harriet, a Cloth Habit pattern (click here to purchase the pdf pattern). Continue reading for more insight about the supplies used and my construction notes!
PT Sumário: O último soutien  patrocinado por BWear.se é o Harriet, um modelo de Cloth Habit que podem adquirir em formato pdf aqui. Continuem a ler o artigo completo para terem uma melhor ideia dos materiais e da construção deste modelo!

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New Lingerie + Bodysuit Kits!

To go along with the tutorial on how to sew the center front placket on the Madalynne x Simplicity 8435, three new bodysuit kits have been added to the webshop as well as a new lingerie kit for the 8437 strapless bra. Me-made lingerie all.day.every.day! Before I get to the bodysuits, let’s talk about the…

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Madalynne X Simplicity 8435 Bodysuit Placket Tutorial

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a visual learner. Give me directions and in an hour, I’ll be pulling my hair out trying to follow. I need pictures or a video to fully understand any kind of process. For this reason, I’m creating several tutorials for my new patterns with Simplicity…

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Must See: The Fabric Store Los Angeles

I was pooped after teaching two 1.5 hour sessions at the Mimi G Sewing Conference, and by 5:00 PM, I was losing my marbles. The day wasn’t over yet. Oh no, there was one more activity on the itinerary. The gang, our sewing gang, was invited to a shopping event at The Fabric Store.  I…

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Lighten Your Lingerie: Part II

When we get dressed in the morning, the first thing we put on are our undies. Well, at least I hope you do! Sometimes, without giving much thought, they work with our outfits. Sometimes they don’t. Regardless, we rarely show off our lacy friends, instead we hide them with what we choose to put on…

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Anatomy of a Lingerie Kit

You purchased a Madalynne lingerie kit and now you’re all confused about what goes where? I didn’t realize this until someone emailed asking where and how they use the fabric and trims. My kits contain additional / different fabrics and notions than written on the back of each pattern, so I made 4 diagrams to…

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Happy Independence Day! What July 4th Means to Madalynne

Here in the states, we’re celebrating our Independence Day. Red, white and blue all the way! One of my favorite holidays, July 4th means many things to me and the brand I’m trying to build. First and foremost, it’s a celebration of our country and the fight we fought over 200 years ago. Freedom –…

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My take on the Heather bra (modified Pin-up Girls classic, using BWear.se supplies)

EN: Summary: In partnership with BWear.se, my next bra was made using Bra Maker’s Pin-up Classic full band bra pattern as a base; the Heather bra is inspired by a RTW bra worn by Heather, Beverly Jonhson’s live model in her first Craftsy class, “Sewing Bras, Construction & Fit” (if you haven’t enrolled yet, there’s a big sale going on this weekend and all classes are priced under $20!). Keep reading the complete article.
PT Sumário: Ainda em parceria com a BWear.se, o soutien que tenho hoje para mostrar foi feito usando o molde Bra Makers “Pin-up Girls Classic” como base. O soutien Harriet é inspirado num modelo comprado para a modelo usar enquanto a Beverly demonstrava como tirar as medidas corretamente, no seu primeiro curso Craftsy “Sewing Bras, Construction & Fit” (se estiverem interessados, este fim-de-semana as aulas estão todas em promoção com preços abaixo desde 22€). Continuem a ler o artigo completo.

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Watch Now! 8437 Strapless Bra Video Tutorial

If you’re like me, then you’re a visual learner. Give me written directions and it will be like pulling teeth trying to follow them. I learn better through observation. This is exactly why I feel a need to offer video tutorials for 2 of my new lingerie patterns, the Madalynne X Simplcity 8436 partial band…

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Los Angeles Lingerie Fabric + Trim Shopping Guide

On the last day of the Mimi G Sewing Conference, the entire group hit up LA’s Fashion District to fabric shop. Every city I’ve visited – New York, London, Paris, Atlanta, Miami, etc – does their fabric district differently. In some cities, fabric stores are concentrated in a few blocks or streets; in others, fabric…

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A Green Fenway Bra with Swiss Dot Tulle overlay (made using www.bwear.se supplies)

EN Summary: In partnership with BWear.se (a Swedish lingerie/swimwear notions supplier and Bra-Maker’s Supply official distributor in Europe, shipping worldwide and my go-to online shop for everything lingerie making related), I have chosen to sew the Fenway bra from Orange Lingerie, using supplies from BWear.se online shop. In this article I am sharing detail information about the materials used, detail photos of the main construction steps along with my own notes and review of the pattern. Keep reading the full article.
PT Sumário: Em parceria com a BWear.se (Loja online que fornece todos os materiais para fazer lingerie e fatos-de-banho, localizada na Suécia e com envios para todo o mundo; é a única representante oficial na Europa da Canadiana Bra-Maker’s Supply), escolhi confecionar uma versão do soutien Fenway da Orange Lingerie, usando materiais exclusivamente da loja BWear.se. Neste artigo vou partilhar informação detalhada sobre os materiais usados, fotos detalhadas dos passos de construção mais importantes, ao mesmo tempo que partilho as minhas notas e avalio o molde. Continuem a ler o artigo completo.

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NEW Madalynne Lingerie Kits!

Fresh from teaching at Mimi G’s sewing conference last weekend, I’m revved up to release my new lingerie kits. Okay, okay technically I listed them last week, the day before I taught. I wanted to give the students first dibs on my new patterns with Simplicity and kits. Now that I’m back, it’s your turn…

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Lighten Your Lingerie

It has been one hot week in Philadelphia. City of Brotherly Love? How about city of sticky love. You know what is equally as bad as melting makeup and frizzy hair? Sweaty lingerie. Yuck. Your and my lacy underthings are supposed to be pretty, and frilly and girly, but in the dog days of summer, it…

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Recap: Mimi G Sewing Conference

target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”> Mimi G.’s 6th Annual Sewing Conference. The best way to describe the 3-day event was it was the realist conference/convention/gathering I’ve attended. The realist? This sums it up for you. It kicked off on Friday night with a fashion show where ladies walked down the runway wearing one of Mimi G’s patterns. As…

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Back To (Bra) Basics: How To Sew Elastic

Sewing lingerie is a whole different genre of me-made. Getting the hang of the fabrics and trims takes time, practice and a lot of error. IBelieve me, I was bad for a long time. With my students, I see their projects make a leap from somewhat messy to profesh when they get the hang of…

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Traveling With Your Lingerie: My Tips & What’s In My Bag

With summer approaching – wait! with summer here! – there’s a lot of traveling going in my and possible your world. It’s a busy few months for me with trips to California, Iowa, New York and Florida to promote my new patterns with Simplicity as well as the launch of my made-in-the-USA RTW lingerie (more…

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What I Made: Tabitha

What have I been crushing on? Color, color, color. Just scope out my lingerie kits – I think that’s evident. Last year, I was all about minimalism, and for the most part, my wardrobe consisted of black, white and jeans. It was kind of a Calvin Klein, 90s vibe. I hung onto that for the

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