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Follow Along! Bra Making with Madalynne Tomorrow!

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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

Eep! Crotch Linings Explained

crotch lining gusset in panty

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.

Now Available in Australia + New Zealand: Madalynne X Simplicity 8228 + 8229

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To all my Aussie’s, g’day! New Zealanders too. I have great news for both of you. Sew Squirrel, a Melbourne based online shop providing fabrics and findings for lingerie, swimwear and activewear, is now selling Madalynne x Simplicity 8228 and 8229 patterns! I am utterly amazing and grateful for how well these patterns are doing, and

So Good, It Was Scary: Bra Making with Madalynne Recap

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Almost as fun as the bra workshops themselves – keyword is almost – is the prepping that goes into it. Finding and writing the perfect thank you cards, figuring out the best flavor chocolate to go into goodie bags, sourcing fabric and trims to go along with the theme, and dreaming up the perfect table scape that will

Simplicity 8229 Bra Variation 1

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Up until this point, I’ve only shown alterations/variations for the 8228 bralette pattern (see below for links), one of the two lingerie patterns I released with Simplicity in August. Don’t get the impression that I have anything against you underwires ladies! Yes, it’s no secret that as a 32B, I prefer soft over underwire bras

Sew Along! Madalynne x Simplicity 8229

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To keep the momentum going for the Simplicity x Madalynne lingerie patterns, I’m hosting a sew along on Bra Making Forum, a Facebook group Natasha and I started in February 2015 and has surprisingly grown to over 5,000 members. It’s a closed group where you can post what you’ve made, get instant feedback on your projects, read

Simplicity Bralette Variation 4 (No Hook + Eye Required!)


Hi sewing peeps! Today, I’m sharing another tutorial for the Madalynne x Simplicity collaboration. If you missed the first three, scroll down to the bottom of this post for links. This tutorial is inspired by a Free People design and is for the 8228 halter style (view A). I was browsing the FP website for inspiration when

Simplicity 8228 Bralette Variation 1

bralette pattern

I’m super psyched that the Madalynne X Simplicity patterns are finally available for y’all to make and sew. Not just because I’m excited to see what you make, but because I’m excited to inundate you with all the different things you can do with these two patterns. My goal was to create basic lingerie patterns that could be transformed

Now Available for Sale: Madalynne X Simplicity Patterns!


I’ve teased you enough on Instagram and Twitter, hinting at the release, the patterns and the video for the Madalynne X Simplicity lingerie patterns. I won’t make you wait any longer. Hopefully, you weren’t holding your breath : )  Some of the patterns are still in transit to stores and distribution centers, but some are available now

Review: Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aid


The most annoying thing in the world – skipped stitches. Also, thread that breaks mid sewing. Grrr! One of my students at the London workshop, Shiona, said she discovered a miracle in a (little) bottle – Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aid. A clear, non-staining lubricant, a drop on the needle, bobbin or thread eliminates skipped stitching. Used mostly for embroidery, it can also be used for garment and lingerie sewing.

I had to give it a try. I placed an order on Amazon (no affiliate links are used in this post) and have been using it for about a week. Not enough time to give a legit review, but I thought I would share and ask if you used it. If so, what did you think?

What I Made: Cameron

how to make a bralette

I did not have any expectations when I first cut this set. Zip, zilch, zero, nada. I intended it to be a quick make while I waited for a few yards of power net from Spandex House to arrive in the mail. I made two minor design changes to a TNT bra and panty pattern, and I now have a my favorite set. Maybe I like it so much might because I had no expectations? Who knows, but who cares. I got me some new undies! [hands up in the air emoji]

What are your thoughts on the peekaboo trend? It can be trashy, but it can be classy, and I am hoping this is the latter. I think if done right, it can be a fun way to play up lingerie, but for it to still be wearable and practical. Have you seen any peekaboo bras, panties or bodysuits that you’ve seen around the web and could share? This is my favorite.

Make Your Own Underwear: Tips for Attaching Crotch Lining


We have serious things to chat about today, and by serious, I mean crotch linings. I’m sure, almost positive, that after reading the word crotch several times and looking at all the prettiness of crotch linings, you’ll be dying to make a pair of panties. DYING…

Crotch linings are the unglamorous side of sewing panties, or knickers, or whatever kind of underthings you call them. I’ve wanted to skip this step so many times. Almost always, crotch linings are made of cotton jersey, not anything poly, because it breathes. Cotton jersey can be difficult to handle though. It can stretch out of shape and shift out of place. I use a couple ways to make it easier to sew, which I’m sharing today, so nobody goes crotch lining less. There are so many ways to attach a crotch lining – this is just one way – and I’m not claiming that I am the first to use the following method.

Best Sewing Blogs Awards: 2016


It’s that time of the year again. Time to host the Best Sewing Blogs Awards! If you’re a new follower, for the past 2 years, I have hosted to highlight the incredible sewing bloggers who put so much time and effort into sharing what they make, and to provide a resource/list of current sewing blogs, bloggers and companies according to skill, personality and category all in one place. Even though we are all winners, these sewists deserve recognition.

To switch things up this year, top winners will receive a prize! A trophy! Not just any trophy, but a sparkly dress form made by yours truly. It’s all about the sparkle.

Madalynne Year In Review


I am ending this year in a much different place than where I started. A year ago, I was uncertain. I was planning my first bra workshop, and to be quite honest, I wasn’t sure about it. I loved the idea, but I didn’t know if others would feel the same. Luckily, the classes have been a success, not to mention a ton of fun. There isn’t anything like it, at least I don’t think so, which is why you ALL should attend. Ahem…

In last year’s review, I wrote that I wanted to devote a lot of time to bra making and I think I did a damn good job at accomplishing that. What’s on the horizon for next year? From the way it looks now, 2016 is going to be great. Things could change, but that’s the current forecast. With that though, my life is going to get crazy and it will be important to stay focused. To keep my eye on the prize. When projects seem endless, when deadlines approach, and when I spend 4 times sewing the same hook + eye, here are the mottos I’m going to TRY to keep in mind…

Dressmaker’s Studio: An Affordable Online Apprenticeship


I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and gearing up for Christmas this Saturday. I’m in Florida enjoying the heat and time with my family. I am popping in today to tell you about a cool affordable online dressmaking apprenticeship that is being launched by a fellow Philadelphia and Drexel University professor. Sally Seligman is the woman behind Dressmaker’s Studio, and her team reached out to me last week to get the word out about her Kickstarter campaign, which only has a few weeks left to make it happen!

It is Sally’s goal to be the most extensive online dressmaking course, but like any dream, it requires funding. So, while you’re wrapping your presents and baking your cookies, take a moment to check out their Kickstarter campaign. If it interests you, or if you want to sign up, show your support so that Sally can bring this one-of-a-kind class to home sewists everywhere.

What I Made: Veda


I’m still on a bodysuit kick and I don’t know why. It could be the weather. I want something to wear under my sweaters and dresses that is warm(er). I’m one of those people who is cold all the time. Or maybe it’s because bodysuits are elusive to a lot of people, and I want to show that they aren’t. Miley Cyrus’ bear themed bodysuit and Iggy Azalea’s futuristic one-piece are not everyday pieces (hopefully), but there are plenty of wearable options.

The purpose of this bodysuit was for it to be both innerwear and outerwear. I don’t think I achieved that completely. In theory, I could wear this out at night – definitely not to work – but I wouldn’t because I’d be too damn afraid that there would be some visible boobage at some point. Thanks but no thanks – I’m not about that kind of cleavage.

Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine Review


Today, we live in a connected and an interactive world. More than ever, our phones, tablets and computers are by our sides constantly. Each is synced to one another, and we can access people, documents and photos in an instant. Personally, I don’t know what I would do without Dropbox; I have heart palpitations just thinking about it. The sewing industry has made strides to keep up with the pace of technology, Megan Nielsen’s app being just one example, and I believe we have made another giant step forward with the release of a new sewing machine – the Spiegel 60609. Made by Spiegel, a retailer with long history of innovation, the machine has WIFI technology and using their Spiegel Social Sewing App (available for both iPhone and Android) it can connect to your cell phone and tablets so that you can view and share what you’re sewing in real time on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Periscope, etc. You know what that means? #sewingselfie

Review + Giveaway: Superior Threads


When Superior Threads asked me if I was interested in testing their threads, I told them I most certainly was. I don’t put much thought into thread. I usually grab a spool of poly Coats and Clarks or something similar when buying fabric. Poly because I sew lingerie and the thread has a slight give. Woolly nylon was a new discovery – I wrote about it here – but I only use it for serging. So, yeh Superior Threads, why not expand my thread horizons?