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What I Made: Riley

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Portrait of a Seamstress: Jovan O’Connor

Sometimes, the reality of fashion doesn’t match up exactly with your dreams. I’ve been there – I’ve dreamt about what it would be like to show a collection – my collection – at fashion week. For one woman, Jovan O’Connor, that dream is becoming a reality. This week, she is showing at New York Fashion

Create This Look With The Fabric Market

While Maddie is away, I’m going to share another Create This Look with you! Since she’s in Paris, I decided to choose a dress that would continue the Parisian theme. This week was not only inspired by Maddie’s trip, but also inspired by the Be Outside Dress in Delft from ModCloth. I can imagine a beautiful Parisian lady enjoying

Weekend: Is it Too Early to Think About Sewing in 2015?

Describing the function of fashion school, Nicolas Ghesquière was quoted: “It’s a time for pure experimentation — for pure research, to refine your perspective and to create things and to materialize things as an exercise.” Having never attended design school, Ghesquière considered his stint at Balenciaga as a long learning curve similar to that of