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Everyday Lingerie: Madalynne Intimates Styled Shoot

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The first Madalynne styled shoot introduces you to one of my favorite ladies, Nicole Boychuck. The blogger behind Wandress World, she was my first muse when designing the Nina set. Sure, we’re all inspired by our mothers, Jackie O, Megyn Kelly, Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton, Audrey Tatou, Carey Mulligan, Hillary Clinton, but its the women in my everyday world

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

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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! 

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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!)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!