Category: Construction

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.

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tags: best sewing blog, bra making, Construction Comments: 6

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…

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tags: Construction, lingerie, personal, review, spiegel, teaching Comments: 4

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.

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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.

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Spiegel 60609 Sewing Machine Review + Giveaway

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

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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?

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What I’ve Learned From Sewing Lingerie

It’s a fun exercise to look back and reflect on where you once were and where you are now. Embarrassing too. I am one to constantly feel like I’m moving at a snail’s pace, which causes my inner mover and shaker to kick my tush into high gear and learn more, get stronger, be more efficient. I started sewing lingerie three years ago – I think, who’s counting? – and boy, has it been one hell of a learning curve. I made my first pair of underwear on a whim after I saw Amy made a Pepto Bismol pink bra and thought, sheesh, that’s pretty damn cool. My first piece wasn’t a bra, it was a pair of high waisted undies. Hideous – that’s what they were. But we’re all bad when we first start something. Unlucky for me, I shared my bad-ness on this blog. At the time, I didn’t think those panties were that awful, I actually thought they were good, and if I had a flux capacitor, I wouldn’t tell my former self that either. I’ve learned a lot since, and my style has definitely changed. I think it’s ironic that my eye is first drawn towards the frilly, La Perla type. But what I make and wear isn’t like that. Not at all. It is paired down, refined and modern. Not trying to toot my own horn, it’s just a matter a fact statement. I put together the gallery below. I started out with a lot of color and pattern, blue taking the lead. Then I made Nicole using a metallic lycra. The shape, the color and everything about it, I loved. This was around the same time I discovered Negative Underwear, a lingerie company with the same modern, simple, refined vibe. I continued this trend and for the…

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