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Unmentionables Worth Mentioning with Samm (AND GIVEAWAY)

A girl worth mentioning these days – Samantha Neira. She’s a blonde haired style guru and also social media intern for CollegeFashionista. According to her bio page, she’s a “go getting Pisces obsessed with 1970’s fashion looks and Philly cheese steaks.” That only gives a glimpse into how cool + funny this chick is. I had…

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This was an easy sew

Reading the comments to my previous post was making me feel better: I’m not the only one making such a mistake. Thank you for taking the time to tell your mistake. Some of you said that reading my post made them feel better too and I can fully understand. In the online world we usually tend to show the successes and less the failures that are an inevitable part of sewing too. It’s something I do as well and I was in doubt about posting about the mistake and glad I did in the end. I was able to save the pants and will finish them this weekend, when my daughter is home again she can try it on to determine the length of elastic in the waist.

In the meantime I needed something to cleanse the palate, so I made a bra from one of the sets of material I bought when I met up with Jane. I’ve used this lace before (in 2013, can’t believe it’s that long ago), but with black lycra. Now a full embroidered lace was available too and lace trim for the shoulderstraps. Makes it quite different. It’s a bit more transparant in real life, the photos were made with a black preformed cup underneath.

Really no surprises in sewing this time.It went smoothly.

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This was an easy sew

Reading the comments to my previous post was making me feel better: I’m not the only one making such a mistake. Thank you for taking the time to tell your mistake. Some of you said that reading my post made them feel better too and I can fully understand. In the online world we usually tend to show the successes and less the failures that are an inevitable part of sewing too. It’s something I do as well and I was in doubt about posting about the mistake and glad I did in the end. I was able to save the pants and will finish them this weekend, when my daughter is home again she can try it on to determine the length of elastic in the waist.

In the meantime I needed something to cleanse the palate, so I made a bra from one of the sets of material I bought when I met up with Jane. I’ve used this lace before (in 2013, can’t believe it’s that long ago), but with black lycra. Now a full embroidered lace was available too and lace trim for the shoulderstraps. Makes it quite different. It’s a bit more transparant in real life, the photos were made with a black preformed cup underneath.

Really no surprises in sewing this time.It went smoothly.

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Cheap frills

As I mentioned before, making a swimsuit I like made me want to try out more swimwear ideas. However, I had used up almost all my swimwear elastic on said swimsuit. I only had two odd little pieces left over. So, I had to order more and wait for it to …

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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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My Intimate Story: American Products and The Challenges They Face

I have a challenge for you. Look in your closet and check out the tags inside your clothing. Now, tell me how many pieces you have that are labeled “Made in the USA,” or even better, “100% Made in the USA.” If you’re like most Americans, the number is probably low. Surprised? Well, unfortunately, you…

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4 Ways To Use Leftover Lace

Leftovers. If you’re like me, a leftover meal is basically you’re lifeline. For this city gal, it means I don’t have to think or worry about what I’m going to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Woo hoo! As great as leftover food can be, leftover fabric isn’t that great, especially lace. Cutting into beautiful lace…

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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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This is What Made in the USA Looks Like

Economy… Jobs… National pride… Let’s be honest. We live in a global economy where overseas manufacturing is a part of our reality. We sigh with nostalgia remembering the days of bustling American manufacturing districts where many of our garments and other goods were made. Pessimistic? I am not. There are good reasons and outcomes for…

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Body Positivity with Anna Fowler

I met Anna just shy of a year ago. I had just left the corporate world and was working part time at Anthropologie’s Rittenhouse store. I was in back stock on my break when I noticed a strikingly beautiful woman. It wasn’t just her looks; yes, she had that going for her, but she also…

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Petite Lingerie – Is There Such A Thing and What is it?

In regular women’s clothing (i.e. dresses, blouses, pants, skirts, etc.), patterns are designed for women that are at least 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) tall (without shoes). For women that are shorter in height, typically less than 5 ft 3 in (160 cm) or 5 ft 4 in, vertical measurements such as front length,…

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My Current Lingerie Inspiration

I just wrapped up production for Madalynne Intimates, and I’m already planning for the next round. Winter, spring and summer 2018 are on my mind. Swim suits might even be in the works. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone. Much of this blog is focused on the sewing aspect of my biz, but I do plan on…

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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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Styling the Suit: Tips for Wearing Bodysuits

The bodysuit and its re-introduction to the fashion world is a truly beautiful thing. Why did they go away, anyway? Can someone please, please answer that? They’re a bit of a contradiction. They’re meant to have a lot of coverage, they can also be tight, scandalous and mysterious. A little mystery is alluring, don’t ya…

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What I Made: Penny

First came Converse’s, then came the mom jeans. Sometime in the last couple of years, I started dressing like I was transported to the 90s. Check me out here – I even dared to pair the previous two in the same outfit when I was stomping around Manhattan Beach a couple weeks ago (FYI –…

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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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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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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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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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