Tag Archive: Construction

3 Things To Know When Pouring Slab: Home Building

Eeek!! This fall we’ll be moving into our new house! I’m going to share all the things I’m learning as we go. Today I’m sharing 3 things to know when pouring slab. Be sure to read my tips for deciding Where To Build A New Home On An Acreage! So we’ve poured our concrete and have our […]

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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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Are Your Participating in Me Made May?

Are you following along with Me Made May 2017? I think that posting in my me-mades for the duration of the month would be way too much and would require way too many sit ups on my part. So, I’m not following along exactly as intended; instead, I’ve been taking a trip down memory lane and

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A Bridal Set + 3 Tips for Sewing with Mesh

Don’t hate me. I can’t tell you why just yet – keyword being yet – but I’ve been working on some bridal pieces using very, very delicate laces, burnout velvets and meshes. They’re beautiful to look at and to touch, but not fun to sew. There’s definitely a learning curve and I use a few

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All Sewn Up: Madalynne 8228 Blush Pink + Yellow Kit

I’ve shown you images of the fabric and notions in the Madalynne lingerie kits, but what does (or should) the final product look like? Let me show you! Here is the Madalynne X Simplicity 8228 all sewn up using the blush pink and yellow kit. I’m the type of person who becomes obsessed with things.

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Follow Along! Bra Making with Madalynne Tomorrow!

Another day, another Bra Making workshop! Just a quick heads up that tomorrow I’m teaching 6 wonderful ladies how to make a bra at my Bra Making with Madalynne workshop. This is the last session before my summer classes kick off, where I’ll be debuting 3 new patterns with Simplicity and collaborating with Spoonflower and

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Eep! Crotch Linings Explained

Crotch lining is like the word moist. For some, it’s NBD to say. For others, let’s just say it doesn’t roll off the tip of their tongue mellifluously. I think it’s better than saying genital lining, don’t you think? Perspective people! It’s all about perspective. Crotch linings are a necessary component of undies, however, they aren’t discussed much.

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Where To Build A New Home On An Acreage

I’m back with exciting news… We’re going to build a new home! We live on 16 acres of land, some of it forested. It took me forever to decide where I wanted to put the house. (What a lucky problem to have!) If you’re shopping for land to build a house, or have an acreage […]

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What I Made: Taryn

I first saw and fell in love with mono wire bras last May when I co-hosted a Bra Making with Madalynne workshop with The New Craft House in London. The timing was really fortuitous. When I was visiting, there was a lingerie exhibit at The V&A, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear. Truly amazing. I was on

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What I Made: Amari

Let me set the scene here. Late last week and just a few days after I jetted to Los Angeles to film Mimi G’s tutorial, Jennifer and I were in the studio when she asked me what we were doing that day. Who’s Jennifer? Well, she’s been my right hand gal since leaving the corporate world, assistant

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Now Available in Australia + New Zealand: Madalynne X Simplicity 8228 + 8229

To all my Aussie’s, g’day! New Zealanders too. I have great news for both of you. Sew Squirrel, a Melbourne based online shop providing fabrics and findings for lingerie, swimwear and activewear, is now selling Madalynne x Simplicity 8228 and 8229 patterns! I am utterly amazing and grateful for how well these patterns are doing, and

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Demystifying Bootstrap Fashion, Part 3: Fabric Layout, Construction and Fitting

For the last part in my Demystifying Bootstrap series, I’ll be sharing with you how I’ve been successful with fabric layout, construction, and fitting of the Bootstrap Fashion patterns I’ve used to date.  This is where the rubber meets the road, kids. It’s all fun and games and now we get to the part where it’s…

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Demystifying Bootstrap Fashion, Part 3: Fabric Layout, Construction and Fitting

For the last part in my Demystifying Bootstrap series, I’ll be sharing with you how I’ve been successful with fabric layout, construction, and fitting of the Bootstrap Fashion patterns I’ve used to date.  This is where the rubber meets the road, kids. It’s all fun and games and now we get to the part where it’s…

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So Good, It Was Scary: Bra Making with Madalynne Recap

Almost as fun as the bra workshops themselves – keyword is almost – is the prepping that goes into it. Finding and writing the perfect thank you cards, figuring out the best flavor chocolate to go into goodie bags, sourcing fabric and trims to go along with the theme, and dreaming up the perfect table scape that will

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Simplicity 8229 Bra Variation 1

Up until this point, I’ve only shown alterations/variations for the 8228 bralette pattern (see below for links), one of the two lingerie patterns I released with Simplicity in August. Don’t get the impression that I have anything against you underwires ladies! Yes, it’s no secret that as a 32B, I prefer soft over underwire bras

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Edena: An Underwire Bralette

I can’t express enough how good it feels to have more time to sew for myself. Since putting my big girl panties on and taking the leap to entrepreneurship, I’ve had more time to devote to my own growth and learning in both sewing and photography. I so hope it continues. There was so much experimentation going

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Sew Along! Madalynne x Simplicity 8229

To keep the momentum going for the Simplicity x Madalynne lingerie patterns, I’m hosting a sew along on Bra Making Forum, a Facebook group Natasha and I started in February 2015 and has surprisingly grown to over 5,000 members. It’s a closed group where you can post what you’ve made, get instant feedback on your projects, read

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Simplicity Bralette Variation 4 (No Hook + Eye Required!)

Hi sewing peeps! Today, I’m sharing another tutorial for the Madalynne x Simplicity collaboration. If you missed the first three, scroll down to the bottom of this post for links. This tutorial is inspired by a Free People design and is for the 8228 halter style (view A). I was browsing the FP website for inspiration when

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What I Made: Mira, A Simple Triangle Bra

Have you ever started a project while in the middle of another project? This was that. I’ve been knee deep in creating content for all things Simplicity related that most of my sewing lately has been going towards blog tutorials, Instagram posts, samples for workshops. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE working on that sort

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Simplicity 8228 Bralette Variation

I’m super psyched that the Madalynne X Simplicity patterns are finally available for y’all to make and sew. Not just because I’m excited to see what you make, but because I’m excited to inundate you with all the different things you can do with these two patterns. My goal was to create basic lingerie patterns that could be transformed

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Now Available for Sale: Madalynne X Simplicity Patterns!

I’ve teased you enough on Instagram and Twitter, hinting at the release, the patterns and the video for the Madalynne X Simplicity lingerie patterns. I won’t make you wait any longer. Hopefully, you weren’t holding your breath : )  Some of the patterns are still in transit to stores and distribution centers, but some are available now

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Now Available for Sale: Madalynne X Simplicity Patterns!

I’ve teased you enough on Instagram and Twitter, hinting at the release, the patterns and the video for the Madalynne X Simplicity lingerie patterns. I won’t make you wait any longer. Hopefully, you weren’t holding your breath : )  Some of the patterns are still in transit to stores and distribution centers, but some are available now

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What I Made: August

Being from Florida, I’m surprised that I haven’t sewn more bathing suits. Maybe it’s the pale skin, red hair, freckles? Put me in the sun for more than an hour and I’ll look like Lindsey Lohan. No bueno. It’s not like I haven’t had the pressure. My brother says to me all the time, “You should

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Tips for Sewing Lingerie on Your Spiegel 60609

It takes time for a sewist to get to know his or her machine. With that said, having owned my Spiegel 60609 for almost a year now, it’s safe to say that we’ve spent some quality time together. We’re best buds. So today, I am sharing my tips, tricks, mostly settings that I use to

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My Intimates Story: Fit Models

When producing, whether it be a sewing pattern or a ready to wear line, there is a problem with fitting on yourself only. There’s also a problem with fitting on a dress form only. With yourself, you’re usually emotionally attached to the product so it’s hard to have an objective opinion. It’s also hard to

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Review: Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aida

The most annoying thing in the world – skipped stitches. Also, thread that breaks mid sewing. Grrr! One of my students at the London workshop, Shiona, said she discovered a miracle in a (little) bottle – Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aid. A clear, non-staining lubricant, a drop on the needle, bobbin or thread eliminates skipped stitching. Used mostly for embroidery, it can also be used for garment and lingerie sewing.

I had to give it a try. I placed an order on Amazon (no affiliate links are used in this post) and have been using it for about a week. Not enough time to give a legit review, but I thought I would share and ask if you used it. If so, what did you think?

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What I Made: Cameron

I did not have any expectations when I first cut this set. Zip, zilch, zero, nada. I intended it to be a quick make while I waited for a few yards of power net from Spandex House to arrive in the mail. I made two minor design changes to a TNT bra and panty pattern, and I now have a my favorite set. Maybe I like it so much might because I had no expectations? Who knows, but who cares. I got me some new undies! [hands up in the air emoji]

What are your thoughts on the peekaboo trend? It can be trashy, but it can be classy, and I am hoping this is the latter. I think if done right, it can be a fun way to play up lingerie, but for it to still be wearable and practical. Have you seen any peekaboo bras, panties or bodysuits that you’ve seen around the web and could share? This is my favorite.

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Make Your Own Underwear: Tips for Attaching Crotch Lining

We have serious things to chat about today, and by serious, I mean crotch linings. I’m sure, almost positive, that after reading the word crotch several times and looking at all the prettiness of crotch linings, you’ll be dying to make a pair of panties. DYING…

Crotch linings are the unglamorous side of sewing panties, or knickers, or whatever kind of underthings you call them. I’ve wanted to skip this step so many times. Almost always, crotch linings are made of cotton jersey, not anything poly, because it breathes. Cotton jersey can be difficult to handle though. It can stretch out of shape and shift out of place. I use a couple ways to make it easier to sew, which I’m sharing today, so nobody goes crotch lining less. There are so many ways to attach a crotch lining – this is just one way – and I’m not claiming that I am the first to use the following method.

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Best Sewing Blogs Awards: 2016

It’s that time of the year again. Time to host the Best Sewing Blogs Awards! If you’re a new follower, for the past 2 years, I have hosted to highlight the incredible sewing bloggers who put so much time and effort into sharing what they make, and to provide a resource/list of current sewing blogs, bloggers and companies according to skill, personality and category all in one place. Even though we are all winners, these sewists deserve recognition.

To switch things up this year, top winners will receive a prize! A trophy! Not just any trophy, but a sparkly dress form made by yours truly. It’s all about the sparkle.

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Madalynne Year In Review

I am ending this year in a much different place than where I started. A year ago, I was uncertain. I was planning my first bra workshop, and to be quite honest, I wasn’t sure about it. I loved the idea, but I didn’t know if others would feel the same. Luckily, the classes have been a success, not to mention a ton of fun. There isn’t anything like it, at least I don’t think so, which is why you ALL should attend. Ahem…

In last year’s review, I wrote that I wanted to devote a lot of time to bra making and I think I did a damn good job at accomplishing that. What’s on the horizon for next year? From the way it looks now, 2016 is going to be great. Things could change, but that’s the current forecast. With that though, my life is going to get crazy and it will be important to stay focused. To keep my eye on the prize. When projects seem endless, when deadlines approach, and when I spend 4 times sewing the same hook + eye, here are the mottos I’m going to TRY to keep in mind…

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