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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

What I Made: Ellie

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Halloween, I always have such high hopes. Sigh. I get so excited months before; it’s August that I start pinning the most clever me-made costumes. Peg Bundy, Cruella De Ville, a donut. When October rolls around, however, I have 0 supplies purchased, but I still every intention of pulling through. Then mid month hits and I have that

My Intimate Story: My New Life as a Full Time Lingerie Designer, Sewing Teacher and Part Time Personal Stylist for Anthropolgie


Sometimes, the grass IS greener on the other side. I don’t get super personal on my blog often, but in early August, I shared a big life change. After 6 1/2 years of working a corporate gig for URBN, I left to pursue my lingerie dreams. My biggest fear, one that held me back from

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

Madalynne X Simplicity Patterns Now Available in the UK! 


Just a quick update to let you know that the Madalynne X Simplicity patterns are now available in the UK! Simplicity is selling them on their UK website and Timeless Fabrics and The New Craft House are offering as well. TNCH also have the cutest bra kits! Look at that packaging! I have also created a page

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

Bra Making with Madalynne: Halter Bralette


I’ve been lucky in that at almost every workshop, there is a “character” who makes the whole class. You know the saying, “a bad egg can spoil the batch”? In this case, the opposite is true. At yesterday’s workshop, this “character” was Donnelle. I’ve know him for only a short while. We met two weeks ago when he started

Sign up Now! Bathing Suit Workshop!

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Calling all beach babes and beach bums! Listen here! On August 20th, I will be hosting a bathing suit workshop. I originally scheduled a basic panty/underwear class, but being that it is just a few weeks before Labor Day, a bathing suit seemed more fitting. What makes this workshop even more special is that I teamed up with Cinne, owner

From a Student’s Perspective: Bra Making With Madalynne


Being that I’m the teacher, recaps for my workshops may be biased. Hell, who am I kidding? They’re totes biased. However, I would never lie to you and promise each one is as fun and informative as I claim. Cross my heart and hope to die. Come on, did you not see the periwinkle bralette and the cake from last one?

Behind the Scenes: Madalynne x Simplicity Video


I can’t tell you exactly why just yet, but I’m sure you all are smart cookies and will be able to figure it out. This past weekend, the Simplicity team and I spent some quality time together at Madalynne Studios. If you didn’t hear the news, we teamed up to create 2 lingerie patterns, which will

What I Made: Lana

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I sew lace a lot, yet I have a fear of sewing it. Sewing lace that’s lined – no problem. I could do it with my eyes closed. Not really; I’m kidding! Sewing lace that’s unlined, however, that’s a horse of a different color. Have you seen the movie, A League of Their Own? There’s a great scene, one of my favorites, where Mae, played by Madonna, says, “What if at a key moment in the game, my uniform bursts open, and, oops, my bosom comes flying out.”

It’s an unrealistic scenario that most likely won’t happen, but I get what she’s saying. I’d say that 95% of the bras I make are lined (tricot, stretch mesh or powernet), and this is because I have the same unrealistic fear as Madonna. My thoughts, slightly exaggerated for effect

My Favorite Moments in Lingerie: Then + Now


I’m in the throes of some pretty heated lingerie projects (coming soon!) while also trying to work through a few kinks on this new website design (how do you like the new layout?). I don’t want to leave you hanging, so today, I’m popping in with a fun most. These aren’t ALL my favorite lingerie moments – missing: Jamie Lee Curtis in “True Lies” and Catherine Deneuve in “Belle De Jour” – but they’re in the top tier. Xtina, Kate Moss and even my mom. Just like your trusted pair of jeans, or your TNT patterns, I keep coming back to these ladies to fuel my creativity and designs. After reading, I’d love to hear your favs!

The Little X Girdle

the little x girdle

For as small as it was, The V&A’s exhibit “Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear” was extensive. At least it was for me. It provided interesting commentary, new designers, key moments in lingerie history and more. There were several stop and pause moments that made me think back to a time that once was. One of those moments – The Little X Girdle.

Designed in 1958 by Ann-Marie Lobbenberg, The Little X Girdle was particularly popular with the younger generation. Ann-Marie was the widow of Max Lobbenberg, who co-founded ‘Ski-Corsetry’ in 1887. They made corsets, obviously, and were one of the few companies to stay in business during the First World War and The Great Depression. Actually, they were so successful that they had subsidiary companies in Paris, Amsterdam, London and the US. But the rise of the Nazis during World War II forced them to sell to a Bavarian company. The London office, however, continued to operate. The name changed to Silhouette Corset and throughout the 1930s, they became the leading corset company in the UK. In 1937, they introduced the ‘Silhouette Radiante’ to provide a “stimulating, even rejuvenating influence” of radiation. Ha!

Madalynne Intimates Launch Party with Urban Outfitters


Am I religious? I believe there is another world that we can’t see, but I don’t believe there is one high being controlling what happens in the physical. My mom told me to never talk politics or religion, but I’m sharing this with you despite her wish. Not trying to offend anyone here. Why do I say this? Well, because last Saturday, Space Ninety 8, Urban Outfitters store in Brooklyn, threw an afternoon party to celebrate the release of the Madalynne x Urban Outfitters intimates collection. On every level, I felt like the luckiest lady. Like a bride on her wedding day. I am not 100% sure what or who is watching over me – maybe my mom’s spirit? – but there is something guiding me in the right direction.

It was a beautiful spring day in Brooklyn, and both passerby shoppers and friends/fans came out to support me. Women who have been following my blog for a while as well as my favorite NYC chicks – Pamela and Ying. There were sweet treats, prosecco, a free potpourri sachet and custom applique with every intimates purchase. It was a short event, from 2-4:00 PM, but so much fun! Seriously, I can’t thank the Space Ninety 8 folks for coordinating and for everyone who popped in. Y’all rock!

Giveaway: Sewing Pouches from Tailor Made Shop

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Every sewist has an arsenal of tools – thread, needle, seam ripper, yada, yada, yada. New flash: you should store those tools in Tailor Made Shop’s new “Sewing Notions” pouches. Measuring 9.25″ x 5.5″ and available in black and natural color canvas, it comfortably fits almost all your sewing supplies, even 8″ Gingher scissors with its guard. It can also be used as a make-up/cosmetics bag, a pencil case or a pouch for travel essentials so that you can show the whole wide world that you sew.

Ying, owner of Tailor Made Shop, is giving away one sewing pouch to a Madalynne reader. Woot woot! To enter, follow Madalynne on Instagram or sign up for my monthly newsletter (either is fine).

What I Made: Oaklyn

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This is not your momma’s bodysuit nor is it a leftover leotard from my or your dancing days. Oh wait, that’s right, I was never a dancer. In any case, I’m pretty nuts about bodysuits right now. Gotta have them, need to have them. They’ve become a wardrobe staple. They’re back and better than ever before. So not 1989.

With three new bodysuits in my wardrobe, I’ve definitely found ways to wear all of them. On repeat. Actually, one of my outfits right now is the Ashton or Oaklyn with a pair of Madewell overalls. I bought a jumper dress from Free People, but it’s still a little too chilly to wear it. Warm weather, get here already!

Video: Bra Making with Madalynne

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I hope you all are having a great start to the weekend. I am in the studio today playing pretend bride with BHLDN, but wanted to share a video from the last Bra Making with Madalynne workshop. I pour my heart into these classes, and seeing the day come together so beautifully into this two minute video is so fulfilling. I can’t stop playing it, and I smile each time and think, “How lucky am I?”

The video was made by Kate Diloia, photographer and videographer behind Infinite-Arrow. Based in Philadelphia, she offers a little bit of everything – food photography, weddings, portrait sessions – and is one of those people who is truly passionate about what she does. She is always eager for the next project, and is very open to collaborating so that her clients get exactly what they want. She’s getting married in June, but is booking for summer and fall. So if you’re in need of a photographer or videographer, get in touch with her via her website.

What I Made: Ashton


“Simple is as simple does.” Forrest Gump so eloquently stated these lines. Okay, less eloquent, more southern twang.

I think a lot about over-stimulation. Via social media, I am constantly bombarded with images, tweets, posts, texts, yada, yada, yada. My mind is always engaged, scrolling from top to bottom or swiping from left or right. As much as I’m in it and take part of it, I also crave to get away from it. Far far away from it. Increasingly, I want more peace, harmony and simplicity. I only want to surround myself with the people, the places and the things that matter the most and leave me feeling fulfilled at the end of the day. Included in this is clothing, lingerie too. My closet used to be ridiculous, you could even call it ridonkulus. It was so full of crap that I wore once or was trendy at the moment. I began to edit what I worn with Colette’s The Wardrobe Architect and today, my closet is tiny. Just take a peek here. Only four drawers and one rack are all I got. I love it.

The bodysuit you see today is simple – one bust dart and a fold over turtleneck – but it’s a reflection of what I’m all about these days. Aside from the construction of the turtleneck at the back neck, which is a hot mess and I’ll get to below, you might not think I need to change anything. Agree to disagree. Just like all other areas of my life, there are still things I want to refine. So onward I go, bodysuits like this are coming your way yo!

What I Made: Riley


Can’t stop, won’t stop. Bodysuits. I’m on a kick, and I don’t believe this will be the last iteration.

I made my first me-made bodysuit, Allegra, last fall and didn’t know how much wear it would actually get. It’s been about five months since I stitched her up, and I’ve worn it many, many times. Not so much as a show piece, but for warmth. Underneath dresses, blouses, and sweaters, she provides an extra layer that really does make a difference. The only issue I’ve had is wearing her with tight pants. As long as there is no VPL, she’s a go.

Sewing Machine Turned Musical Instrument


Today, I’m taking a departure from lingerie to share a cool, sewing related invention. Maybe it’s been done before, but I’ve never heard of it, so I’m giving the “inventor” full credit as being the first. Philip is a 28-year-old musician from Helsinki, Finland who got the idea to make a musical instrument out of a sewing machine. He’s a musician, playing double bass most of the time and has recently been focusing on folk music. So, it makes sense that he would do this. He had the idea for a long time, and when he found an old Jones sewing machine at a yard sale, he decided make it a reality. His vision was that it would function like a hurdy-gurdy, a medieval string instrument where instead of a bow, a cranked wheel “bows” the strings continuously (On bowed string instruments like the violin, the sound is created by bowing, that is “rubbing” the bow against the string. With the hurdy-gurdy or räätäliira, the turning wheel functions as the bow. In the simplest case, it is just continuously turning in one direction. The strings press against the wheel and start to vibrate by the motion of the wheel). Not handy himself, he asked two luthiers, Lauri and Mayim, to build it for him. Together, they tried out different designs and strings, and ultimately, opted for a violin fingerboard instead of the key system of a hurdy-gurdy. The instrument still lacks a proper name in English. In Finnish, they call it the Räätäliira, which is a combination of the words räätäli (tailor) and liira (lyre).

What I Made: Lylia

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I’m kicking off 2016 with the sexiest set I have ever made. Ow ow! Maybe it’s because the temperature is averaging 20 degrees right now and I need some excitement to help a bad case of the January blues. Or maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’m in a romantic mood. Whether single, in a relationship, or in one of those “it’s complicated” situations, some gals hate the holiday. Think it was made up by Hallmark. Not me. I love seeing pink, red, chocolate and jelly beans everywhere. Give me more! Whatever you’re current status might be, celebrate February 14. Get your hair done, get your nails did. Me? I made myself some lingerie. Garter belt included. Because why not? YOLO!

A Very Jenga Christmas


Well, Christmas has come and gone. Can you believe it? I spent the holiday in South Florida with my family, and it was the perfect getaway. I even celebrated my 28 birthday! Cheers to another year of looking like I’m 14-years-old!

My trip was very – waking up later than usual, baking ugly holiday cookies (we tried; A+ for effort), shopping for gifts, watching movies (Star Wars on repeat), going out to lunch every day, and outside dinners. Gotta love that last one. Santa was good to all of us, but we received an extra special gift this year. We had a live Elf On The Shelf! He is actually my brother’s roommate and being Jewish, he had never celebrated Christmas. We played white elephant after opening gifts – it was my older brother’s idea. Not mine. My younger brother was the lucky recipient of the “sweet cheeks” undies. I don’t recall who received Jenga, but it became a centerpiece of the trip. Many intense games. Real nail biters.

What I Made: Holly


By now, you probably think that I don’t wear clothing, that I prance around in my skivvies all day long. Grocery shop wearing Allegra, attend work meeting wearing Sierra. Well, I’m here today to break that assumption, if that was your assumption. I do wear clothes! Multi-colored trumpet skirts! Sequins.every.damn.day…

Although this skirt is an occasion piece, I think it is not super trendy and that I’ll be able to wear it for many holidays/seasons to come. Sequins and sparkles are timeless – just my two cents. Also, because of the color, I can wear it year round. Maybe a spring wedding?

And a trumpet skirt ain’t a trumpet skirt unless you can bust a move in it. I’ll be cuttin’ some rug y’all this New Year’s Eve.

My New Tattoo


I did it again – I got another tattoo. My mom is probably rolling in her grave right now. She hated when I got my belly button pierced in high school and I’m CERTAIN she would not approve my new ink. Sorry mom!

The quote is from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In chapter 5, it reads:

“Women derive a pleasure, incomprehensible to the other sex, from the delicate toil of the needle.”

Bra Making With Madalynne Recap


Bra Making with Madalynne 2015 came to a close with a bang. Seriously. The last session went down last weekend with no hiccups, bumps or obstacles. Actually, this was the most seamless workshop yet. Woot woot!

I wouldn’t consider myself a seasoned teacher by any means – I’m still a newbie with about a year and a half of experience under my belt – but I’m quickly learning how every class can be different. The students in the February, June and August sessions were very outgoing and talkative. Like they were best friends. This bunch, however, was different.

Sierra Wrap Bra Round Up


My favorite part of the Sierra sew along was seeing all your versions pop up on Instagram. The different variations were so fun to look at! One woman commented that she was going to add foam cups. Y’all are so smart and creative.

Today, I am sharing just a few of your Sierras. A list of Instagrammers are below so you can connect IG and follow along with their sewing adventures.