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Big News: Online Bra Making Class (& Win Free Tickets)

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On November 8, 2014, thousands of sewers and DIY-ers worldwide will gather together for The Sewing Party, an online conference with over 30 classes relating to sewing and crafting. One of those classes, get ready for this, will be taught by me. And what will I be teaching? A live, step-by-step tutorial on how to make a bra from start to finish. Bramaking with Madalynne is the formal title.

For the last several months, I’ve been working behind-the-scenes like a madwoman to develop a course where I can bring my knowledge to you. The category of lingerie is a secret and heavily guarded, but it shouldn’t be. In one hour, I’ll cover choosing a bra pattern, finding your size, fabrics and trims, tips for tracing and cutting and constructing a full band, underwired bra. It is my goal that you “leave” not only understanding how to sew a bra, but why it is sewn the way it is. The why is important to me.

I’m a mixed bag of emotions. Nervous, excited, nervous and… nervous. When you start teaching, you put yourself out there to be criticized. Am I good at bra making? Do I know enough to teach others? What if people this I’m bogus? Those thoughts and more have been infiltrating my mind. I’ve been keeping these thoughts at bay by immersing myself in developing the course content, researching and sewing. The most difficult part, as I told Lauren, was defining my theories of bramaking. I’ve studied Beverly’s method, Amy’s method, Norma’s method and Novita’s method, but it is time to figure out my own.

I’ve always wanted to teach – one of my many mottos in life is it “pass it on” – and this experience was a great opportunity finally fulfill that goal. I also hope it will be a stepping stone to host in-person classes (don’t tell anyone, but that’s in the works for this fall/winter!).

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Let’s talk more about The Sewing Party. To start, there is truly something for every crafter. Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more. For just $40, participants can attend workshops, chat with participants from across the country, interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our hobby.

As a teacher, I am offering free tickets to 5 Madalynne readers. To enter, like Madalynne and The Sewing Party on Facebook. For additional entries, follow Madalynne on Bloglovin and/or share the contest on one of your social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, twitter, etc). When you have entered, tell me so in the comments below. And be sure to leave your contact information! Winners will be chosen at random and notified on July 23rd. Contest is open domestically. Good luck!

Also, anyone who registers for The Sewing Party from Madalynne between July 15 and July 31 will receive a free The Sewing Party t-shirt. The t-shirts are super cute and valued at $20. Simply enter LETSPARTY in the promo code box when you register. 



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    Congrats! I’m excited for your new ventures! Is following you on bloglovin an entry in itself or is Facebook necessary?

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    Ooooh SO excited! I have been dying for an opportunity to take a bra making class! I liked madalynne and the sewing party on Facebook.

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    The Nerdy Seamstress

    How exciting! I’m so looking forward to this! I’ll be joining your class for sure!

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    I’d already liked Madalynne on Facebook before, but Sewing Party is now added! And do keep us posted on any future in-person classes, too– Philadelphia is local enough for me that I could possibly actually go!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Please email me so I can add you to a running list I’m putting together of people who are interesting in attending an in person bra making class.

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    I already like you on Facebook and Bloglovin, and just liked The Sewing Party! Awesome! I am so excited for you!

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    Lady ID

    How exciting!!!

    I already follow you on bloglovin and posted on twitter. I’ll post on instagram later. You can find me at peppermintandpaisley.com

    I am not on facebook – does that exclude me from your giveaways?

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Nope! Consider yourself entered!

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    kriston lion

    This is awesome! congrats! I already like and follow you,

    but the Sewing Party is new to me! Is it only on Nov. 8th? I’ll be out of town and I’m not sure if I’ll have internet. Or a sewing machine. Do you know if the classes will be available later? enough chit-chat… I’m off to scour the Sewing Party website! How fun!! xoxo

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Good question. You have access to the classes 90 days after going live.

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        kriston lion

        Thanks Maddie! This is so exciting!

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    tara malinowski

    I have entered!

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    Susan C

    This is very exciting! I already follow you on Bloglovin. I liked both Madelyn and the Sewing Party on Facebook. I would love to take your bra making class. Susan

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    Katarina Hessler

    Congrats, it’s awesome to see how careers are developing (partly) through the internet and a blog presence.
    I follow you on bloglovin and Would love to learn a few things about lingerie making as the one bra I started is sitting in my ufo-pile, which I don’t have, it’s the only item in there. I always finish- that’s how much help I need with this topic.

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    Geo P

    Can this be the final push I need to go and make my own bras? I hope so, cause I’m tured of wearing almost-fitting ones.
    I liked the sewing party on fb and I was already following you on both fb and bloglovin

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Yes! This is your push!

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    Rebecca Gee

    like Geo, i’m ready to get into this…daunted by the supply list but i want to try!

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    wow, Maddie. This is fantastic! I’m so happy and excited for you. i know it can be scary and nerve-wracking, but you’ve been studying bra-making so diligently and for so many months now and I know you’ll do great. YOU’VE GOT THIS!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Thanks Anto. Can we please catch up soon?!

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        YES, please.

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    Great! I’m in! CarmencitaB loves you on FB and everywhere.

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    Sarah Williams

    I’d love to learn how to sew a bra and share what I’ve learnt the the Perth Burdastyle Sewing Club peeps. I like you on Facebook and the sewing party too 🙂

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    Wow, I’ve been looking around for just this! Fingers crossed! I follow you and the Sewing Party on FB and Bloglovin. Thanks!

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    Lydia Kitts

    OOOH I liked both on facebook {I didn’t realize you had one, I always read through feedly}! I also shared on facebook too! This is so wonderful! Also, I emailed you a while back about trying to find a notion for sewing, we never found what I was looking for but I DID figure out how to rig it around myself. I’ll email you a picture of it soon!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Yes! Please do! I’d love to see what you made.

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    Good luck Maddie! I liked you both on Facebook and hope to see you there!

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    Terri Austin

    I’m sure you’ll do very well teaching!

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    Heather Lou

    Yeah girl. You’re gonna KILL IT!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      And you ARE killing it. Loved your post from a week ago.

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    I’ve entered! This is so exciting!

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    I’ve entered and looking forward to all of it!

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    Really looking forward to your class. I liked you both on Facebook.

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    Jennie Melton Strope

    I have liked both on Facebook and already follow on Bloglovin. Off now to read all about The Sewing Party.

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    Online conference – what a great idea! I already follow your blog – does that count? I also liked you and and the sewing party on fb.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Yes! That counts!

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    Treasure Marshall

    I’ve liked you and the sewing party on Facebook. Also shared the video.

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    I already liked you on FB and follow your blog. I’ve now liked the Sewing Party on FB as well. This is a great idea!!!

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    I’ve liked you and the sewing party on facebook.

    I tried registering directly at the sewing party, but it seems to have trouble with the German address in the credit card payment system, so for now I’ll just hope to win a spot 🙂

    A bra making class is an awesome idea!

    Edit: Ok, read carefully first: you said contest is open domestically – is it possible to register internationally though?

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Let me check on that for you. Be in touch soon.

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        Maddie Flanigan

        Hi Fran, unfortunately, the class is only available in the US. If you have any questions related to bras, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

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          Thank you for checking for me!

          I would have loved to participate, but I’ve found some useful information in the links from your post above and will continue to follow your lovely blog for inspiration!

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    So exciting for you! It will be an amazing class, I am sure! Liked both on facebook and follow your blog 🙂

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    I already follow you on fb and your blog. I like and shared the sewing party. I’m excited for a chance to win. Thanks!

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    So excited for your online class! I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for the potential in-person classes as well.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      It’s coming! I promise you that.

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    Audra Deemer

    I already liked you on Facebook and just liked the Sewing Party on Facebook and started following your blog on Bloglovin. I can be contacted through Facebook, thanks!

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    Meg Stively

    This is awesome!!! Registering now! Bras were next on my list to learn 🙂 Stoked!

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    Natasha Estrada

    Liked and liked

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    This looks like such a fun event. I’m really looking forward to it. (In class, will you also talk about the differences for those of us more ‘blessed’? Support and pattern modifications??)

    Oh, and I liked and liked. 🙂

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Ramona, great question and I address this in the beginning of the class. Because of time constraints, it is only about construction. If you take the class and decide you want to pursue bra making, you are more than welcome to email me and I can help you with pattern corrections.

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        Awesome! Thanks so much.

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    Melissa Wehrle

    Such a fun idea! Sure cuts down on the traveling expenses! I liked x2 on FB. You can contact me at neoknitsATyahooDOTcom

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    Mary Mahoo

    Awesome! I already follow you on FB, I tweeted, followed The Sewing Party on FB, and follow you on Bloglovin’. I headed off to register, but apparently the form isn’t set up for Canucks. i’m off to try again. Looking forward to this!

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    Awesome! I follow you on Facebook and Bloglovin already, and just followed The Sewing Party on Facebook. I recently bought my first kit and pattern, and a class is the last bit I need to feel really confident sewing my first bra!

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    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I’ve liked both pages, all the courses look great!

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    So excited. It will be great to see the process from start to finish. I already like you on facebook so I commented instead and liked the sewing party. Looking forward to the class. I hope its ok to contact me through facebook if thats ok.
    (If I have a question in general is it best to send an email or send a question through the website?)

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    Isabel La vie en DIY

    I shared the post on facebook, i already follow you on bloglovin’, fb, I’m susbcribed and I follow now also the sewing party so now I can only cross fingers and dream of being one of the lucky winners!
    thanks so much


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    Deby Coles

    I liked on Facebook

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    Deby Coles

    And I scheduled to share about the party on my FB page on 20th July. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Michele Minehart

    I follow you on Bloglovin 🙂

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    Michele Minehart

    I like Madalynne and The Sewing Party on FB.

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    I like you and the Sewing Party on Facebook! Never heard of the sewing party before so I’m excited to look through their classes now! 😀

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    Ooh that is so exciting!!!! It’s gonna be hard to wait this long!!!! I liked both Madalynn and the Sewing Party on Facebook!

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    And I follow you on Digg!

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    I’d love a chance to win tickets, just browsed the classes and they sound interesting!

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    Forgot to mention it, but I also already following your blog on Feedly, not sure if that counts? I don’t have Bloglovin’. Already do like both pages on FB.

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    Lily H.

    Liked! lily.n.white (at) gmail.com

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    Nicole Morgan

    I liked both. Hope I win! I really want to learn bra-making!

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    Kenya Sarabia

    I really hope I win this class, it sounds like so much fun!
    I shared the classes on Twitter!

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    Cyndi Johnson

    Liked both on FB ( actually was already a fan of yours)

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    I liked your FB and The sewing party Fb 🙂 Thanks so much for being awesome girl! You Rock!!

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    I liked you and the Sewing Party on FB, and I follow you on bloglovin’. amy.liantonio@gmail.com

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    What an innovative idea.

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    I liked both of your pages on facebook!

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    I don’t have Facebook, but I follow on Bloglovin!

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    Liked everywhere and tweeted contest opportunity. Excited for you!

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    I liked both on Facebook!

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    I liked both on Facebook and I followed you on Bloglovin! This sounds SO awesome!

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    I liked both on Facebook AND I follow you on bloglovin. I’m excited to see things from your perspective.

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    I like them both on facebook and I follow on bloglovin. What a great idea to offer an online class!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I’m hoping to offer a class in the fall, so if you can’t go to the online one, I’d love to have you at the in-person one!

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        Yesss! Add me to that contact list. It would be super to have the great Maddie teach me how to make a bra!

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    Isabelle Savoie

    I liked you both on Facebook. Hope I win!

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    Linnea Grunnesjö

    It’s only for US! OH NOOOOOOOOOO!

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    Fun! I liked both on facebook! sarah.taylor.ellis@gmail.com

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    And I follow you on bloglovin! sarah.taylor.ellis@gmail.com

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    I’m not on Facebook, but I just shared the contest (and your class) on Pinterest. Sounds exciting!

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    I follow you on bloglovin and have you on Pinterest too. Would love to win in this contest!

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    hope I’m not too late…I’ve liked on Facebook.

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    Amanda Russell

    I would love to take your class!! Any chance it will be made available at a future date, for those who aren’t able to participate in this event?

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      Maddie Flanigan

      By any chance do you live in the tri-state area? I’m planning on teaching an in person workshop in the fall/winter

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        Amanda Russell

        I so wish I did but no… unfortunately I’m in Vancouver, Canada – a little far, sadly 🙂

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        Elizabeth Bradford

        I’m another person too far away to make an in person event, and the sewing party is america only – what is a girl in Australia to do? Any chance of access? Or do you have any plans of flying to Australia any time soon? 🙂

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          Maddie Flanigan

          If you pay for the plane ticket and lodging, I’m in!

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    I already liked you on facebook and I just liked the sewing party on facebook. my contact info is maketodaylovely at gmail dot com

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