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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 madalynne.com 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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What i Made: Marigold Eden

While there are certain staples every woman knows she must have in her wardrobe – a pair of jeans, a white button down and a plain tee – a kimono is not usually in that equation, especially a polka dotted one. But when I spotted these oversized, marigold polka dots at Jomar, I was suddenly all about getting wrapped up in a dotty, floor-length super shrug. No, it’s not a direct iteration of the ones from Asia, but it is very Rita Hayworth, and gives me enough reason to pop open whatever beverage on whatever given night for no good reason at all. So, Blanche Dubois. A kimono has been on my to-make sewing list for quite a while. I embarrassingly admit that the amount vintage shops I follow on Instagram is almost as many as the amount of sewers I follow, which means a lot. Milly Vintage is one of my favs (shoutout to Mary!), Dalena Vintage is another and the crème de la crème of them all, at least in my opinion, is Gossamer Vintage. A chockablock of beaded, silk and lace garments, her feed is a constant inspiration for my sewing projects. Now, before I get to the particular garment that inspired this post, I must make my next point. While some sewers condemn buying vintage with the same arguments they use to condemn buying RTW, I’m not a part of that camp. I like giving vintage clothes a new life. My favorite dress is the one I remade and wore during my online bra making class. Purchased as a size 16, I recut and resewed it to my size. Lately, Gossamer Vintage has uploaded gorgeous kimonos in blush tones that feature exquisite embroidery. I almost succumbed and purchased one, but the price was too steep for…

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Homemade: Megan Swansen

From off-menu eateries to underground java joints, too many of the best things fly off the radar. Usually discovered through word of mouth, hidden gems go beyond the iconic and provide us with quirky, unexpected and different. Philadelphia is known for many local designers, Norman Porter and Priscilla Costa are just two, but for those who like a relaxed, minimalist approach to dressing, you will want to sit up and take notice of Megan Swansen. A less-hyped designer, she has churned out small collections since launching in 2011 that dovetail neutral colors and simple silhouettes with laid-back glamour. Another testament of what a hidden treasure she is – as I was taking photos towards the end of our interview, she pulled out her uncle’s notebook that was passed down to her, and inside were pattern making assignment from the 1950s! Her Uncle Frank attended a satellite fashion school, so he mailed his homework to be corrected. Maybe, just maybe the reason why Megan remains under the radar is because those who know about her want to keep her their own little secret. Sorry, guys, but the word is out. Your story: I started sewing when I was in high school. I didn’t quite know what I was doing; it was more of an experimental stage. I mostly took garments apart to see how they were made. I made my prom dress out of recycled upholstery fabric that I draped and tacked until I had the silhouette I wanted to wear (I was looking a lot at Schiaparelli at the time). I don’t remember what my first machine was – whatever was tucked away in our basement at the time. I attended Moore College of Art and Design and a earned degree in fashion design. I’ve worked for several corporate companies in…

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