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BRA MAKING WITH MADALYNNE 2018: SIGN UP NOW!

It was 3 years ago and 22 classes ago that I hosted my first Bra Making with Madalynne workshop. If somebody told me that I’d still be hosting them today, I would not have believe them. No way! Yet here I am going full steam ahead. It’s been an incredible journey of teaching and I…

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Thankful: Bra Making with Madalynne Recap

With Turkey Day just around the corner, the November workshop feels different than the others. Gratitude is something that’s been on my mind lately. We’re all encouraged to dream big, push for more, and improve in our work life as well as our personal life. As the year draws to a close, something that has been…

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Thankful: Bra Making with Madalynne Recap

With Turkey Day just around the corner, the November workshop feels different than the others. Gratitude is something that’s been on my mind lately. We’re all encouraged to dream big, push for more, and improve in our work life as well as our personal life. As the year draws to a close, something that has been…

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Recap: Bodysuit Workshop

I hate moving. Let me repeat… I HATE MOVING! In late August, I did what I disliked most, but it was a welcome and a needed change. The first Madalynne Studios was a great place for a burgeoning business like mine. Four years ago, I was just starting out while working a corporate gig. Many memories…

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The Only Black Dye I Use

For some of my sewing projects, and even my lingerie kits and workshops, I buy trims white and dye to the color I want. It’s difficult to source that perfect shade of blue or the lightest shade of pink to perfectly match the lace that you have in your stash. And trying to source picot…

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October Workshops

Come learn with me in October! I’ll be teaching a bunch of workshops and I’d like to invite you to join me, hang out, and talk craft and business together. Wellesley, Ma Workshops On Thursday, October 5 from 6-8pm I’ll be teaching a class all about Etsy at the Wellesley Free Library. This class is… 

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Madalynne X Simplicity 8435 Bodysuit Snap Crotch Tutorial

So you need a versatile piece that will be your layering savior in all seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall. Enter: the bodysuit. It’s a staple I didn’t think would be one until I got my pretty little hands on it. Memories of my mom and the likes of Cindy Crawford, both total babes,…

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Recap: Bodysuit Workshop with Madalynne

I describe bodysuits in 3 words – one piece wonders. They work in all colors (white to bright orange), fabrics (rib knit to mesh) and styling (sexy to casual). Every season, I think that they’ll go back into fashion purgatory like they did after their dominance in the 1990s, but on the catwalks of fall…

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Curvy Sewing Education Week: Sew a professional collar (video)

It’s the last day of Curvy Sewing Education Week and I saved the best for last: a video from our online workshop, Shirtmaking For Curves, where I teach you techniques that aren’t in the instruction booklet for how to get a really professional-looking collar on any shirt or shirtdress. And your final reminder that you {…Continue Reading}

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Curvy Sewing Education Week: Bust Fitting Roundup

Today we’re going tackle one of the most common fitting challenges: the bust! Plus size women are disproportionately likely to have a large bust, and yet… most patterns are drafted for a B or C at best. Of course, you can always use Cashmerette Patterns – they go up to an H cup! – but {…Continue Reading}

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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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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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Launching the Australia & New Zealand Curvy Sewing Retreats!

G’day, ladies! I’m thrilled to announce the launch today of my Cashmerette Curvy Sewing Retreats in Australia and New Zealand in February 2018. We are indeed launching a long time in advance, but it’ll give us time to get prepared, and, basically, we’re too excited to wait! Retreat at Stitch Sew Shop, Alexandria VA There {…Continue Reading}

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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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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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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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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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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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UPCOMING GINGER JEANS WORKSHOPS

This spring I’m excited about a few upcoming Ginger Jean workshops. These are always super fun for my students and

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Free Project – Kid Friendly Slime

Free Project – Kid Friendly Slime

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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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On Loving Your Customers

Sarah, Me, Rachel and Lou in the fall of 2004. When I was teaching sixth grade at Brown Middle School in Newton, Massachusetts, I was part of a team of four teachers. Sarah taught math, I taught social studies, Rachel taught science, and Lou was the English teacher. Sarah, Rachel, and I became fast friends…. 

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Announcing the Cashmerette Curvy Sewing Retreat

I’m thrilled to announce the first ever Cashmerette Curvy Sewing Retreat, on 28  – 30 April 2017! Join me and a small group of curvy sewists for an incredibly fun and uplifting sewing weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The focus of the weekend will be on fitting sewing patterns to your figure – making sewing patterns look amazing {…Continue Reading}

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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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