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The Way Sewing Used to Be: Scissors

posted on 11/12/2014, by

While Egyptians used basic, elemental scissors, it was the Romans who used modern day shears. Similar to today’s variety, they featured a handle at one end, blades on the other and some kind of joint in between. Their simple silhouette and clean lines were a reflection of how advanced they were – like Apple computers  Continue Reading »

Best Sewing Blogs Update: Easier Voting!

posted on 11/11/2014, by

In some areas of my life, I’m ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. I’m savvier than the savviest. Then there are other areas of my life where I’m living in the stone ages. “A smart TV? Is it smart enough to pay my taxes?” That’s was my remark to the sales clerk  Continue Reading »

Coming Soon: A Brand New Madalynne

posted on 11/10/2014, by

Over the past 6 months, I’ve been working to completely redesign Madalynne, turning it into more of a business and less of a hobby blog. I started blogging 8 years ago and let me tell you, I was as an awful fashion blogger! Let’s all take a moment to poke fun at my very first  Continue Reading »

Weekend: Brotherly Love

posted on 11/7/2014, by

Have you ever heard of the story of Steve Jobs and Mona Simpson? If not, I’ll give you a brief rundown. It’s pretty interesting. Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, was given up for adoption by his biological parents – American Joanne Schieble and Syrian-born Abdulfattah “Jonh” Jandali. The two later had another child – Mona.  Continue Reading »

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      GRAINLINE STUDIOS just released its newest pattern, the Linden sweatshirt. A modern update to the classic sweatshirt, it features a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves and a scoop neckline. Ladies, this is the perfect winter staple!


      SALLIE is laid back cool in her me-made loungewear.


      Are you following LAUREN and the whole host of other sewers who are making V1419, a Ralph Rucci inspired coat? It’s going to be fantastic.


      She is and has always been an inspiration. AMY just made the most well constructed strapless bra. A combination of lace, lycra and powernet, this beats any bra on the market.


      Why use PDF patterns? MELISSA from Fehr Trade discusses.


      With the temperatures cooling off in the northern hemisphere, RACHEL just finished a colorful clover dress. I hope she layers it with tights and a sweater/jacket because it is too good to sit in her closet until spring!


      JEN shares a great way to finish the neckline of a wrap dress.


      KAREN diverted a serious dungaree dress disaster and transformed Pauline Alice’s Turia pattern into a pinafore dress.