Tag Archive: Simplicity

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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DIY PLEATED SLEEVE TOP AND DENIM SKIRT

HI DARLINGS! I am wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday. I am sitting on the couch doing this write-up and catching up on the latest episode of Chicago Fire, lol. I have not been able to watch TV in so long because of the insane schedule we are on and let me tell you I […]

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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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Amanda vs Simplicity 2648

For a lady who has been sewing for five years I really don’t have much in the way of party dresses. In fact, in the lead up to Frocktails the only party options I had was my Tiki dress or my tulle skirt. Pretty rad stuff but those wardrobe stats aren’t great. So I did […]

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Summer Simplicity

The Simplicity Summer catalog has been released, and they even managed to get their website updated in time!  That has not happened since the website revamp, so perhaps things are going to improve as far as that goes . . .  


With no new vintage to gush over, my favorite design by far is the American Duchess version of that famous red Outlander gown (Simplicity has recolored the dress to be a greenish teal for the website, so not sure what that is about?).  With the panniers, this dress is very unsuitable for my daily life, but it is really gorgeous.  Swanning about in over 8 yards of fabric sounds pretty darn fabulous, actually.  Just not sure that I would be able to squeeze into my car – otherwise it would certainly be fun to show up wearing something like this to work!  I haven’t dressed up for Halloween for a few years now . . . maybe that will have to change . . .


The Cynthia Rowley top/dress is cute, but I already have a ton of her patterns, and rarely make them up.  And I am not so sure that skinny off-the-shoulder elasticized piece looks especially comfortable, so I am going to have to think about this one.


While I have not seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie, I was very disappointed by stills of the yellow gown, especially the bodice treatment.  But looking at the line drawing for Simplicity’s version, I actually like the flounces on the skirt back very much.


They also have the cartoon version of the yellow gown, made up in a particularly horrible polyester satin.  My skin is getting itchy just looking at that thing.  The model does not look terribly pleased, either.  Someone please destroy all of the Casa Collection satin and embellished organza – the world would be a much better place for it!


Simplicity is also jumping on the pattern hacking bandwagon.  Is this not what everyone already does with a pattern?  I suppose it could be helpful to a beginner who might not otherwise understand just how easy it is to add a ruffle or shorten a hem or scoop out a neckline.  Do you think they include instructions on how to properly draft those changes?  I may take a peek at the insert on this pattern next time I stop by the big box fabric store.  (I have to admit that when I first started using dress patterns, I thought that the instructions should be followed verbatim, so they may be onto something!)


I guess that means there is only one pattern that will definitely be coming home with me this season, but it’s a good one!  Now if only 8 yards of glorious silk would suddenly appear in my apartment I could get started . . .

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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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Hearts on Hearts – Mood Playful Jersey Knit Kwik Sew K4028

Worn with Simplicity faux leather leggings S1372Today I’d like to showcase a lovely light weight jersey knit, Charcoal Hearts Poly Jersey Gray/White Hearts.  The print is exactly as it’s name states.   It’s perfect for a fun, funky top or a c…

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NEW SIMPLICITY SUMMER PATTERNS 2 OF 2

HI DARLINGS! I have been wanting to design an athleisure pattern for some time now especially since I started to get a lot more serious about my body and health. This pattern is designed based on all the things I need in my workout gear. I hate my arms being cold but sometimes don’t want anything else on. […]

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NEW MIMI G SIMPLICITY SUMMER PATTERNS 1 OF 2

HI DARLINGS! After such a successful launch of SEW SEW DEF MAGAZINE, we are still on a high and have already started the finishing touches on the May issue. It has been CRAZY TOWN at the office, lol but I don’t think I know any other way to have things. This week we are excited about […]

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DIY BLUE JUMPSUIT + PATTERN REVIEW S8333

HI DARLINGS! I am running on fumes this week working on SEW SEW DEF, It’s almost that time and we are so excited but really tired, lol. Today’s #DIY is an easy and really great jumper by SIMPLICITY. I did a pattern review for you below and will leave you with that. I hope you […]

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DIY STRIPED SHIRT DRESS + PATTERN REVIEW S8340

HI DARLINGS! I hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday. We are crazy busy at the studio gearing up for the launch of SEW SEW DEF® but I did manage to squeeze in a few sew days so I would have some #DIY’s to post. This SIMPLICITY PATTERN #8340 is everything! I am going to make […]

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 8345 Plus Size Dress by Ashley Nell Tipton

I was asked to review a new pattern from Simplicity, #8345, a new one from Ashley Nell Tipton. Simplicity describes the pattern as follows: “Ashley Nell Tipton bodycon dresses are sized for stretch knits… One and two-piece dresses have optional color or fabric blocking to flatter your curves. Straps are designed in two widths and…

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DIY BROCADE JUMPSUIT

HI DARLINGS! So I have been wanting to re-make my SIMPLICITY PATTERN #8060 (purchase pattern HERE) in a less traditional fabric so when I came across this fabric in a different colorway than the one I made HERE I decided it would be perfect for my jumpsuit. I wanted to dress it up by using the brocade […]

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DIY WHITE TWO PIECE

HI DARLINGS! I am in NY and freezing my butt off and since back home they are enjoying 85 degree weather I am super jelous, lol. I took photos of this DIY Two Piece just before leaving and I love it so much. The pants are actually the same Cynthia Rowley pattern I made (HERE). […]

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 8136 Peplum Top and Shorts

I am very delighted to present to you this matching coordinate peplum and shorts with a sash. I used about 3.5 yards to make this beautiful outfit in celebration of me. Please do enjoy this pattern review. Pattern name: Simplicity’s MiMi G Style Peplum Top with Cropped Pants or Shorts #8136   Size range: This pattern comes…

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LACE BORDER DIY DRESS + PATTERN REVIEW #S8296

HI DARLINGS! I have been in bed sick as a dog for two days but today I am feeling better and I am back to work. I should take more time off but I have so much to get done! Today’s pattern review is on SIMPLICITY #8296 I love this dress and I had the perfect […]

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Valentino Inspired Dress – Fancy Mood Floral Roses Jacquard and Simplicity 1011

Plain and simple:  there is nothing like a beautiful piece of fabric.  Just the mere fact that it is gorgeous makes you imagine how proud you feel to wear something made of it. This is the case with Mood’s Black Malaga Floral Roses Jacquard a…

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MY DIY PAPER BAG JUMPSUIT

HI DARLINGS! I have been so busy lately it is insane. I did not get a lot of sewing time in last week so I was so glad that I still had some recent DIY’s I had yet to photograph. This jumpsuit is from my SIMPLICITY PATTERN #8301 and this TENCEL fabric is amazing. I […]

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Sewing the 70s Today

Thank you very very much for all the lovely comments on my Sewing the 70s dress. It was wonderful to hear that so many of you had made this dress first time around and even more wonderful that you are … Continue reading

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RED JACKET CHRONICLES PART TWO

HI DARLINGS! Okay here is part two of the red jacket chronicles (part one can be found HERE) I thought I would talk a bit about the modifications. Now, remember for those asking about a tutorial… this is my SIMPLICITY PATTERN, so there is a sew-along already for this pattern. The only thing you would […]

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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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RED JACKET CHRONICLES PART ONE

HI DARLINGS! This week is a little different than my normal postings because I am doing a three-part post on the red faux leather jacket I made last month. I have to admit that since the blog and the business of the blog have become so popular I find myself trying to get as many […]

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NEW MIMI G. SIMPLICITY SPRING PATTERNS 3 OF 3

HI DARLINGS! Ok here is my last third pattern from my SPRING COLLECTION for SIMPLICITY. I especially love this one because as you can see my baby girl Imani models my junior patterns. She is growing up so fast and looks so gorgeous that I just stare at these pics, lol. Pattern have all started […]

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NEW MIMI G. SIMPLICITY SPRING PATTERNS 2 OF 3

HI DARLINGS! Well, here you have it, the second design from my spring collection. I love this pattern and its the perfect casual dress to rock with sneakers or add some heels and dress it up. The sew-along video are already on the  SIMPLICITY YOUTUBE and patterns have started shipping to stores so they should […]

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NEW MIMI G. SIMPLICITY SPRING PATTERNS 1 OF 3

HI DARLINGS! It’s that time again, we have just started shipping my new SIMPLICITY SPRING PATTERNS to stores. They will also be available online soon. This #8341 pattern is one of 3 since I did another juniors pattern too! I will post my other ones tomorrow. The sew-along videos are already on the SIMPLICITY YOUTUBE so […]

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DIY DRESS REFASHIONED

HI DARLINGS! If you can’t tell after this post that I love THIS PATTERN you’re not paying attention, lol! I rarely ever photograph something I have made and posted again but I am smitten with this pattern. I posted this dress HERE but I also knew I was going to wear it with jeans so I […]

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