Category: Fashon

Happy Birthday To Me: It’s My Golden Year!

Golden birthdays are that rare and exciting birthday when the date of your birth matches your age. Yes! Tis true! Tis so very special! Today is the start of my golden year. I was born on December 27 and I turn 27 today. There are so many ways to celebrate a birthday – parties are great, but there are lots of other things I can do to make my day memorable, like wear a golden crown? Or as Carolina referred to it – a tiara. I’m in Florida for my big day, but I just wanted to pop in say thank you for helping me reach this ripe age. While I’m receiving lots of birthday love today, all of you deserve my heartfelt appreciate in the right measure. So, from me to you, I say thank you. You inspire me with what you make and you pamper me with the knowledge you give me. As Neil Young, “Long may you (and I) run.”

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Portrait of a Seamstress: Mali

In the last 50 years, sewing has undergone an evolution. A necessity for women in the early 20th century, it transitioned from a chore to an almost obsolete hobby during by the 1980s. There was a lull in the 90s where sewing moved neither forwards nor backwards, but in the past few years, maybe even decade, it has grown into an intriguing life skill, like an item to put on one’s bucket list. People are eager to learn a trade that has an intimate, fond history, especially if their mother, grandmother or member of their family sewed.  Amalia is the owner of Butcher’s Sew Shop, a studio space that offers sewing classes of all levels for adults and children and focuses on teaching students how to make professional looking pieces at home.  Coming from a lineage of sewers, Amalia first started a career in the non-profit sector, but her sewing DNA seeped slowly through her veins. On nights and weekends, she kept up on her heritaged hobby and sewed. The urge to start something new ran rampant when she walked by a closed-up shop in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood. With a beautiful, marbled doorstep, the building called to her. She took a chance, and got the place. Once renovations began, she came to understand that it was once a highly regarded meat store -“Guarrera’s Quality Meats” had been a Philadelphia establishment for 80 years. She uncovered many of the design elements from the 1920s, which only adds to its charm. Open for just six months, it’s become an establishment in the neighborhood. As I was interviewing Amalia, a local stopped in to say hello and admire her Christmas tree. Oh, and it’s also where one of my favorite sewing ladies, Andrea, works (hey pretty lady!). While this series, Handmade, started as…

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Reminder: Vote for the Best Sewing Blogs of 2015!

There has been a lot of excitement on the blog lately – a new layout, sewing-inspired art prints, sewing-inspired gift wrap and the announcement of my bra making workshop – but don’t forget about The Best Sewing Blogs for 2015. Friday is the last day to vote! There’s been an impressive response and I can’t thank you enough for your input. So many new sewing blogs were added to my roster this year and I hope the results will do the same for you. Between now and Friday, you can vote for the categories below using this online survey. Just like last year, the results will include anonymous quotes from fellow sewers, so be sure to provide a sentence or two explaining why you are voting for that particular person in your answer (optional). Last, if you believe a category has been left out, comment below or email me and I’ll add it to the list. Between December 12th and the first weeks of the new year, I format a GIANT post, which will be published in the beginning of next year and will live on my site for the remainder of the 2015. What a great way to start off 2015, right?

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A Brand New Madalynne

Do you notice something different on the blog today? Madalynne got a makeover! Not a Miley Cyrus kind of remix; more like a Jennifer Anniston evolution. Pre Rachel to post Brad Pitt. It’s been a long time coming, but it was time for a change around these parts. I started blogging 8 years ago as an awful fashion blogger and 6 years after my first post is when I became a bonafide sewing blogger. It has been 2 years since I made that transition and over those 24 months, I grew up and out of my old blog design. The new Madalyne is cleaner, and has a look to go along with all the exciting, new things coming this year, which I’ll go into below. Also, the blog now matches my site, which is where you will find the 411 on the Madalynne brand. I created the new layout with Ink + Mortar and it was a fun, collaborative process. All of the vintage sewing notions that surround the page were photographed by me and were inspired by my Instagram series, #thewaysewingusedtobe. Lots of thanks goes to Liz and Sharon, who helped turn my vision into a reality. I’m still working on some tiny tweaks and kinks, so bear with me for the next few weeks as I get all the pages in working order. And if there is anything that isn’t functioning on your end, let me know! Although I’ve never publicize it, I’ve offered private sewing lessons for about a year. For those who live in the Philadelphia area, there is now a page dedicated to the lessons I provide. I take students on a first come, first serve basis, and lessons are held either at Madalynne Studios or in your home. Something else I’ve never publicized is…

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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 a college or uni student. He “graduated” Balenciaga in 2012 and recently took the reigns at Louis Vuitton as Artistic Director. It might be too early for some, but not for me – with the end of the year approaching, I’ve been thinking about how to end 2015, how to pat myself on the back for the goals I achieved, how to move on from the goals that were never accomplished, and how to compile a list a reasonable goals for the new year. As I’ve been tallying all this up in my head, I feel the same sentiments as Ghesquière – that the past 8 years of my sewing career and the past 2 1/2 years as a sewing blogger have been pure experimentation. In 2012, I made about 5 garments, most of which were occasional pieces. A dress for a friend’s wedding and another dress for… who needs an excuse or an occasion for polka dots? Until this year, I couldn’t grasp how other sewers did it. How the hell did they make an entire wardrobe (or close to it) of me-made clothing? Alcohol? Fairy dust? Bribery? If I could only have a few sips of Lauren’s Kool-Aid, I could whip up tees, dresses and more just as fast and fashionable. Maybe it was Sarai’s The Wardrobe Architect or maybe it was the inspiration from other sewers, but this year, I finally feel like I got my style and sewing figured out. I…

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