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A Brand New Madalynne


Do you notice something different on the blog today? Madalynne got a makeover! Not a Miley Cyrus kind of remix; more like a Jennifer Anniston evolution. Pre Rachel to post Brad Pitt.

It’s been a long time coming, but it was time for a change around these parts. I started blogging 8 years ago as an awful fashion blogger and 6 years after my first post is when I became a bonafide sewing blogger. It has been 2 years since I made that transition and over those 24 months, I grew up and out of my old blog design. The new Madalyne is cleaner, and has a look to go along with all the exciting, new things coming this year, which I’ll go into below. Also, the blog now matches my madalynne.com site, which is where you will find the 411 on the Madalynne brand.

I created the new layout with Ink + Mortar and it was a fun, collaborative process. All of the vintage sewing notions that surround the page were photographed by me and were inspired by my Instagram series, #thewaysewingusedtobe. Lots of thanks goes to Liz and Sharon, who helped turn my vision into a reality.

I’m still working on some tiny tweaks and kinks, so bear with me for the next few weeks as I get all the pages in working order. And if there is anything that isn’t functioning on your end, let me know!


Although I’ve never publicize it, I’ve offered private sewing lessons for about a year. For those who live in the Philadelphia area, there is now a page dedicated to the lessons I provide. I take students on a first come, first serve basis, and lessons are held either at Madalynne Studios or in your home.


Something else I’ve never publicized is my photography outside of sewing. I recently opened a shop on Society 6 where you can buy my sewing-related prints, and in addition, I have provided product photos for shops on Etsy, event photography (sewing parties included), portrait sessions with local artists and more. Check out the packages I provide any my portfolio on my photography page.


This week, I’ll be announcing and opening registration for my bra workshops next year!

SOCIETY6Decorate your sewing spaces or pair a me-made garment with one of my art prints or graphic tees.


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    Stina P

    Wow! This is really a makeover! Love the vintage sewing notions and the cleaniness of it all.

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    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, and your new layout is very nice. The only problem I have (and had with your older layout) is the font is a wee bit too small to be comfortable. It’s a little daunting to read, especially when the paragraphs are long.

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      Thanks for the callout Lisa. I’ll consider resizing the font. In the meantime, have you ever used the zoom tool on your browser?

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        Yes, in fact I have the zoom set to 110% by default.

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    I tried to click the links for Patternmaking and Basics from the home page and got an error message that the server was unavailable? I just wanted you to know in case that’s a glitch with the new design. I love it!

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      Fixed! Thanks for the callout!

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    It looks beautiful! I can’t wait to explore!

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    I love the new design, it really fits with and compliments your blog and business. I’m excited to see what you’ve got in store for the coming year. Also, I’m reading this on my phone linked through from feedly and the mobile site is beautiful. Scales perfectly and loads quickly! And the new simple comments system is great too. You must be so happy to have it all up and running after so much hard work!

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      Thanks Stephanie! A big part of the development went to the mobile site and I’m happy with the way it looks along all devices.

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    Congratulations! I love the new design and I am happy for you for all the things that are going on. Good luck!

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    Kate McIvor

    This is lovely, Maddie, although your previous blog was already a cut above the rest! I wish I lived somewhere near Philadelphia so I could take lessons from you. And, those shoes are amazing!

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      I liked my previous design too, but this feels more me. Wish you lived closer as well!

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    Absolutely love this new look!! Tasteful, intelligent and beautifully done… just like everything you do! I can only imagine how much work it was to complete, wonderful job. xoxo (and yes, I have to agree, those shoes are amazing!)

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      Thank you Brittany. Will you be home for Thanksgiving or Christmas? I’d love to meet up!

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    Kate Carvalho

    You are such an inspiration Maddie! Everything you do seems magical, although I know it’s the result of a lot of hard work. Keep doing what you are doing 🙂

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      Thank you Kate. That means a lot!

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    Lovely design, Maddie! It really complements your photography perfectly. It’s wonderful that you’re integrating photography sessions into your business as you have developed such a clear style!

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    its so beautiful Maddie. Well done. And I am so excited to see a dedicated place for your book. Can’t wait to see it.

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      It’s a subject that is so near and dear to me and it will be published one day! You can count on that!

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    The new page looks lovely! Nice work.

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    It looks so great!!! well done!

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    New Model Lamé

    It’s so pretty! I feel like I’m visiting somewhere really cosy, like your bedroom, for a mug of tea and a girly chat.

    I feel like this site really screams more about you and your style, it’s great.

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    susie qew

    Congrats on achieving your new blog layout! Loved the baby pictures and the workspace pictures in your photog portfolio especially! you are so talented in so many things it makes me a little jealous!

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    Just stumbled onto your site by accident today. What can I say but absolutely stunning! Your use of color and design along with such ethereal photography, I mean who ever thought sewing machines or dress forms could look ethereal, is just simply beautiful. I look forward to reading your blog on a regular basis. Thank you for inspiring me!

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    Beautiful new design Maddie, you have a recognisable look and brand that is very you. Only one quibble, the text is too small. Some of us hate to admit it but we are getting older and our eyes are struggling. Please make it easier!

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