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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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Lace bra

It’s been a while since I made a bra and it is more than time to make a few new sets. This is my first bra of what I hope will be at least 3 new sets in the next few weeks. It still lacks a bow as I’ve forgotten to take one with me (being abroad for the moment on a lovely holiday). But I’m ever so happy that the fit is very good, as I’ve been struggling with that recently.
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It’s made of lace which I underlined with a tule to give it the strength I need. Only the plain part of the band you see is stretching. It’s a kind of powernet.
The pattern is a copy from a rtw bra with adaptions, as I was not happy with the fit of that one any more either.
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The inside. I hope you can see that there are two layers of fabric in the cups too. The tule that I used for the bridge and side of the cup is more sturdy and more white than the other fabrics. It doesn’t worry me as it does not show from the right side.
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I tried something new with construction and used Vliesofix (similar or the same as bondaweb?) to bond the lace and tule together. I’ve very often used two layers of fabric, using different ways to keep them together but this worked so easy. The two layers could very easily be treated as one during sewing. It’s not visible at all. 
I’m expecting the glue in between will dissolve after a while, which is fine I think, as this is not where the strength comes from.
Parting shot of a view we had during one of our walks. It’s not sewing that is the main activity of this holiday (which is almost over, a few more days).
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They’re Here, They’re Here! PREORDER the New Madalynne X Simplicity Patterns!

I’ve been giving you snippets and sneak peeks at my new patterns with Simplicity and today, I can finally talk about it. It’s Facebook official. My first collaboration was a dream come true. I remember flipping through the catalogs at Joann’s and Walmart. Never in a million years did I think I would have a pattern… patterns! Before

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Let’s Talk Bras: Join Me At Brooklyn Craft Company

This summer is going to be cray cray around these parts. In June, I’m jetting off to California to teach at Mimi G’s Sewing Conference, and in August, I’ll be making a very sentimental trip to Lake Okoboji. My mom grew up in Sioux City, but spent her summers on the lake. Lace Okoboji is a

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Bra Making with Madalynne: A Star Event

Mimosas – that’s how the 17th Bra Making with Madalynne began. If you’ve been tuning into my Insta-stories recently, you’ve seen @abestinken pop up quite a bit. She’s my #wcw. My gal pal. My fellow gym rat. We met on a whim last winter when I walked into a yoga fusion class she was teaching. I consider myself a

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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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Rekindling My Love (And Use) For Superior Threads

Ever have a sewing tool, or any tool for that matter, you once used, stopped using, and then rediscovered to the thought of, “Why in the heck did I stop?” That was/is me and Bottom Line Thread. Back in 2015, I tested and reviewed it along with their Sergin’ General. I didn’t put much thought into thread

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Video Tutorial: How To Clean Your Cutting Mat

If you’re like me and sew a lot lingerie, then you go through Odif’s 505 Spray Adhesive pretty quickly. Odif, huh? If you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about, head on over to this post to find out more about it. It’s one of my favorite bra making tools, but quickly ‘gums’ up on my

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My Favorite Madalynne X Simplicity Ladies: April

‘Scuse me while I get a little korny here, but seeing all of the variations and iterations of the Madalynne X Simplicity 8228 and 8229 is an incredible feeling. Get out your cell phones- like righ now. yes, I mean this second! – and search the hashtag #bramakingwithmadalynne. Lurk all the lacy photos like it’s

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Sponsor Feature: Rustic Gem Jewelry

At each and every bra workshop, details count. Details, details, details. The fabric and trims, the food, the decor – I try as much as I can to have it all “go”. Included in that are the goody bags. No party – and my workshops ARE a party – would be complete without a goody bag. Amirite or amirite?

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A ‘Continental’ Bra Making with Madalynne Workshop

Excuse me while I step onto my soapbox… Last Saturday was the 16th Bra Making with Madalynne workshop. Sixteen, woot woot! It was a ‘Continental’ Class with folks traveling from Virginia, Florida, Texas and California to attend. I’m blushing 🙂 Stepping off my soap box now… At the beginning of the day, students are usually quiet.

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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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Out With The Old, In With The New I Spring Clean Your Undie Drawer

I am reminding myself of my mother today when she would tell me to wash my face and brush my teeth every night. Thanks ma! Because of her nightly reminders, I have a pretty decent complexion and half pearly whites as I creep up to 30-years-old. Yikes! So spring has sprung. That’s right y’all, time to refresh.

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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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UPDATE! Madalynne x Simplicity 8228 Kits

You guys – errr… ladies – I’m absolutely shocked about the positive response from the release of my kits this past week.I listed 30 kits listed for preorder, hesitating to put up more as I wasn’t sure if folks would be interested. It was just a test to dip me toe into offering kits for my

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Introducing Madalynne Lingerie Kits + Video Tutorial!

It’s been a long time coming. Maybe too long. Can my excuse be that I’m fashionably late? Yes! Today, I’m thrilled to be releasing my first lingerie kit, available for preorder, and full video tutorial for the Madalynne x Simplicity 8228 panty. What does the kit include? Where can you watch the tutorial? All the

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Completed: Lemon Print Watson Bra

Gah, I love fruit-themed novelty prints, especially when they are in a fruit that I actually like to eat (as I’ve mentioned before: pineapples, yes, cherries, not really. ha). Lemons have always been one of those things that I always gravitate toward – both in my palate (if it includes lemon – whether it’s a […]

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Recap! Lingerie News This Week

There was a time that I recapped what I had read around the interwebs every.single.week. My favorite posts from fellow bloggers, articles I had discovered, my favorite pins. Inspired by Ying’s recent weekly round ups, which I’ve totally been enjoying, I’m resurrecting my old habit. Ironic that it’s happening the same week of Easter? Who

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Madalynne Fall + Holiday 2017 Lookbook

“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them- that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.” The feisty, funny

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Spring Inspiration

By no means was it a brutal winter. I remember two years ago when the ‘polar vortex’ had us in the negative degrees for what seemed like weeks on end. I get chills just thinking about it. How in the heck did this Floridian make it through without packing her bags and saying sayonara to the

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That matching bra

And this is the bra I made to match those experimental panties-with-straps. I used my tried-and-tested racerback design but I did make some changes: I used the higher shape for the band, the one which is adjusted to the shape of the underwires. I …

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LBB: Little Black Bra

While the fun in fashion comes from taking style risks, I’m the type of person who always goes back to black. Have you ever noticed that most of my me-made lingerie is black, white or cream? I’ve thrown in a burnt orange bodysuit here and a blush pink set there to add some flavor to my lingerie

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Panty party

It looks like my sewing is done on a “run or stand still” (this is a literal translation of the Dutch expression. I know it is not a common expression in English but this one doesn’t become incomprehensible in translation) basis at the moment. After th…

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What I Made: Sawyer (Madalynne X Simplicity 8229 Remix)

I know, I know, I sound like a broken record in every introduction of a ‘What I Made’ post. I said it at the beginning of Amari, that fabulously flared burnt orange bodysuit, and I’ll say it again. I don’t know how the heck I squeezed out this me-made. Unlike Amari, this number wasn’t a spontaneous make. Oh

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VIDEO TUTORIAL: How To Finish Top Edge of Foam Bra Cup

It’s the little details in handmade items that make all the difference. Those minute and often unnoticed extra steps that are skipped in mass manufacturing to same on time and cost. When it comes to lingerie, particularly bras with foam cups, one of those procedures is finishing the top edge of the cup. Polylaminate, or cut

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Hurray Kimmay and Her More Than My Numbers Campaign

So I have to tell you about Hurray Kimmay and her campaign ‘More Than My Numbers‘. HAVE TO. I met Kim, creator and producer, last week at The Lingerie Selection. She attended the press breakfast on the second day, and the moment she walked in, I could sense something awesome had entered. Maybe it was that red

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