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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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VIDEO TUTORIAL: Quick Band Band Alteration (For When You Mess Up!)

Perfection is over rated. That’s a motto I live by and tell all my students. In a perfect world, you and I cut our patterns precisely and sew exactly as the instructions state, but the world ain’t perfect. I’m very much a “cut as I go” type of sewist. Listen, fabrics can shift and stretch out of

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Introducing Madalynne Intimates Fall/Holiday 2017 Collection

So what was all that Go Fund Me stuff about? What was I raising money for? What I’m the world was I designing? Drumroll please… This Tuesday and Wednesday, I’ll be joining seven other indie lingerie designers at Daylight Studios in NYC to show my first true collection. Yes! More than one style! Underwires, check. Bodysuits,

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Recap: Bra Making With Madalynne February

Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart. Not because of the flowers, chocolates and other sweets that are all around, but because it was Valentine’s Day weekend many moons ago that I hosted my first bra workshop. If someone told me then that today, I’d be teaching sewing out of my own studio, designing

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REMINDERS + UPDATES: Bra Making with Madalynne

Hi y’all! Just popping in today for quick update and reminders! Bra Making with Madalynne Stockholm: Visiting London last year was such a high point. Being able to teach 2 amazing bra workshops in a bustling, dynamic city such as London was truly a delight. This year, I’ll be crossing the pond again to teach

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UPDATE! Madalynne Intimates Go Fund Me Campaign

There’s just one week left until I pack up my panties and head to the Big Apple to attend The Lingerie Selection, a trade show in NYC where buyers, press and social influencers will be able to view assortments, talk shop and place orders. In late January, I started a Go Fund Me Campaign to raise money so

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Bra Fitting: Expectations, Length and More

With 18 years of experience under her belt – errr… could I say bra? – Mona Jackson knows a thing or two about bra fittings. I can say with confidence that she’s a pro. The owner of Coeur Boutique here in Philadelphia, she has helped so many women, local and not, find the right size. Truly,

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Harriet bra

Hello hello!!!I have not been doing any personal sewing for so long I have forgotten all about my blog, but I have broken my silence and been lured in by the brand spanking new and fabulous Harriet bra pattern by Cloth Habit. I love the Cloth Habit blo…

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Mono Wire or Monowire? Seriously, What the Heck Are They?

Mono wires are as elusive as bra tulle. Seriously, what the heck are they? First, is it one word or two? Are they different than regular underwires? Do they serve a different function or are they just for aesthetic? Do they create a monoboob? Rewind a little – I first saw a mono wire bra last May when

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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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Handmade Gifts: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

I made a fair few handmade gifts that I was really proud of back in December. The first of which was this silk robe which was a birthday gift for my friend Checca. I wanted to give her something super special as it was a special birthday plus I knew she’d appreciate something I had sewn as she sews too (and is very talented at it, I keep on at her to start a blog!). That did mean the pressure was on to make a really good job of it though as she’d spot any mistakes! I do enjoy sewing gifts for the home and other small soft goods but what I really like to sew is clothes. However, when making clothes as gifts I always come a bit unstuck when it comes to the fit as you can’t try it on them without ruining the surprise! For Checca’s present I thought about what clothing I could make that had a more generic size range and wouldn’t need a fitting. I suddenly remembered that I’d chosen the Almada Robe pattern with some of my original Seamwork credits as I couldn’t resist the beautiful and unusual kimono inspired design and I was sold on the idea.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

All I needed now was the perfect fabric. I’d originally chosen the pattern with the idea of making it up in a double gauze (and this is still high up my personal sewing wish list, I’ve been eyeing up Nano Iro for months!) but wanted to use something really luxurious for such a special occasion. I’m not usually a huge fan of Liberty prints for my clothing but this kind of garment is perfect to showcase one of their more ornate designs. I remembered spying some Liberty print silks in Classic Textiles on Goldhawk Road a while back so took myself on a little jaunt and was delighted to find a whole array of designs for even less than I remembered! I have now of course entirely forgotten how much this was but it was somewhere in the region of £14.95 per metre. An absolute steal if you consider that Liberty silks are £45/m in store! If you can’t get to west London Liberty are currently offering 50% off a whole load of their archive fabrics including this very print in both this and the purple colour-way!

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

I felt like the trees in this design had a slightly oriental feel to them and loved how that complimented the kimono style of the pattern. They had at least three colour ways of this print in stock and I had a hard time picking but eventually settled on the green as Checca has amazing red hair which I thought would bring out the rich red of the leaves. When buying it I did forget to note that its only 139cm wide so had some trouble squeezing it out of the two metres I bought. I was forced to make the cuffs slightly narrower to fit but this turned out to be a happy accident as I think the delicate silk suits the change and the wider cuff would need a fabric with more body to support it.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

I had some cream sand-washed silk satin leftovers stashed from when I made my Vogue 1247 blouse which was the perfect match in weight for the Liberty print and worked out great for the binding along the front edge. The matt sand-washed texture makes it slightly gripper than the satin which I fin makes it slightly easier to work with. This and the fact that it presses well with crisp folds is a godsend when doing something fiddly like the narrow binding. The pattern does recommend you interface the tie and cuff pieces but I decided to omit it for a couple of reasons. Firstly I wanted to retain the delicate fluidity of the silk and secondly I was concerned about using a fusible on something so fine. I considered hand basting in silk organza which is my go to choice for special projects but it has way too much body to be paired with this silk.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

The quality of the silk is absolutely as you would expect from Liberty. This is their Belgravia silk satin and it has a stunning sheen on the right side and a super smooth matt finish on the reverse which feels amazing against the skin. It weighs practically nothing but retains an opacity and as you can see it moves and drapes beautifully. I pre-washed it on a 30 degree delicate cycle in the machine. I usually do this with my silks and as it was a gift I wanted it to be easy to care for.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

Cutting out was tricky as the pieces are really big so there’s plenty of room for the silk to shift about and move off grain. I cut everything in a single layer on my carpeted bedroom floor. I like doing this for silk as the carpet grips the fabric a little and prevents too much shifting. I know some people advise to use as few pins as possible as they tend to leave holes in the silk but I personally like to use lots of pins in a slippery silk like this as it makes it so much easier to control. I just make sure to keep all my pins in the seam allowances and now have some super fine Merchant and Mills entomology pins for use with fine fabrics which are awesome. I used the finest microtex needle I had to hand and a Gutermann Sew All Thread; a combo I find somehow cures most problems I have with skipped stitches!

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

I’ve been generally quite impressed with Seamwork patterns so far but have only tried four; this, the Mesa and Neenah Dresses and a Paxon Sweater I made for my Dad. I had some fitting issues with the Paxon and Mesa (I don’t seem to get on with Colette armholes!) but was impressed with the instructions and style lines. I’m not a fan of every design and some of them seem very basic but to build up a wardrobe of staple garments quite quickly as they advertised I they’re a good a good bet. The simple lines of the patterns also mean they’d be a good starting point to try a bit of pattern hacking and experimentation. The PDFs do drive me a bit mad as I feel like I’m wasting a huge amount of paper but that’s pretty much the only negative I’ve found.

The finishing on this pattern in particular is well thought out. Just because the designs are simple and patterns affordable doesn’t mean they skimp on basic instructions and construction techniques; they’re well chosen for the styles and intended fabric. My favourite part is how the ties are attached really neatly by sewing them on right sides together then folding them back on themselves and using two rows of topstitching to hide the raw end.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

As I was using this lovely fine silk and I wanted this to be a gift to treasure for years to come I used french seams throughout. I made them as tiny as I could! I love this technique and was really happy with how they turned out on this. How well silk responds to heat and steam helped no end when it came to getting clean even finishing. It was really time consuming though as there were so many long seams! I liked that the way the cuff is attached meant I could use french seams here too and it looks really lovely. Even though my cuffs were narrower than intended I think having a cuff rather than the same binding finish that is along the front really lifts the design and gives it that extra something.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

Fit wise there’s not a lot to say as it’s such a loose fitting garment! It is fairly short so I’d be more inclined to wear it with PJ bottoms or shorts than a slip. It becomes even shorter when you tie it up tight so I’m tempted to lengthen it when I eventually get around to making a version for myself. The other thing I would note is that the kimono style of the sleeves mean that the armholes are very deep and as the sleeves are short this means you can see right inside when you lift your arms! Definitely more of a luxury item for layering rather than a robe to be worn for modesty.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Liberty Silk Satin Almada Robe

I can’t now find how long this one was supposed to take to make but all Seamwork patterns are advertised as taking between 1-3 hours. Making it in silk and french seaming meant this took WAY longer than that and to be honest I think this pattern would take me longer whatever the fabric as it requires some accuracy and concentration. I don’t think I’m a particularly slow sewer but I am careful and I think most of the patterns will take longer than suggested if you are too.

Thank you to Checca for inspiring this project and giving me a reason to sew something so frivolous and with such a wonderful fabric. It was hard to hand this over when the time came so I really can’t wait to find the perfect fabric for my own now!
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Join Me at Mimi G.’s 6th Annual Fashion + Sewing Conference

Y’all, I had so much fun with Mimi G. earlier this month filming a video tutorial for the Madalynne x Simplicity 8228 that when she asked me to come back to LA in June to teach at her annual conference, I said yes, yes and yes! No details needed – I’ll be there. When I

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Join Me at Mimi G.’s 6th Annual Fashion + Sewing Conference

Y’all, I had so much fun with Mimi G. earlier this month filming a video tutorial for the Madalynne x Simplicity 8228 that when she asked me to come back to LA in June to teach at her annual conference, I said yes, yes and yes! No details needed – I’ll be there. When I

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