Category: Guest Post

Guest Post: The Fabric Market

Hi! I’m Caitlin. I will be your guide on this magical tour of First off I wanted to thank Madalynne for giving us the opportunity to guest post on her blog! I’m sure you are wondering, what is The Fabric Market all about? Well, is brought to you by F&M Fabrics 2954 Niles St. Bakersfield Ca. 93306. Floarea & Marcel (F&M) had been selling fabrics in California flea markets for over 10 years before opening their first tiny shoe box of a store in 1995. In 2001 they moved to their current 18,000 sq ft Niles St. facility & are now literally, bursting at the seams! Seriously, the building is stocked from floor to ceiling with fabrics! They needed help… to the rescue! The Fabric Market was brought to life by Floarea & Marcel’s son Dragos, and blends the traditional family business values with the demand for a fast paced customer service driven e-commerce store. Who’s Who   One of a Kind Inventory Many of the fabrics we carry are one of a kind and cannot be reordered, so snatch it up while you see it or it might be gone the next time you look! It can also difficult to keep up with the dynamic nature of our in-store sales, which means online quantities may not always correspond with actual availability. We will contact you prior to filling your order, if this happens. Here’s just a taste of our HUGE inventory!  Create This Look! Sparking Your Creativity! I am super excited to tell you about our latest campaign! Create This Look was inspired by some posts I saw on Pinterest. A few years ago, a blogger posted collages using an inspiration dress (usually from ModCloth), a pattern and fabric (from various sources). This inspired me to do something similar, but instead I use fabric…

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tags: fabric, Guest Post, How i Wore It Comments: 1

Creative Ways to Use Sheer Fabrics

I first met Jennifer from Workroom Social last year when she made a trip from NYC to Philly. From her blog, I knew she would be personable and friendly. The kind of person could have coffee or drinks with and wouldn’t be shy to talk about sewing. When I met her, she was so much more. She has an unparalleled presence. She recently teamed up with McCall’s Sewing Patterns to produce 6 short videos that will hopefully push sewers to think beyond the pattern envelope. Each one features two McCall’s patterns and one sewing technique. When she reached out to me to feature one of them, I jumped on board. I am always happy to help a fellow sewer, but especially Jen! In the video, Jen shows creative ways to use sheer fabrics (i.e. chiffon) by adding a simple appliqué. I hope you enjoy!

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tags: Construction, Guest Post, teaching Comments: 3

BERNINA Invisible Zipper Foot Tutorial + Giveaway

For my next post on BERNINA’s blog, WeAllSew, I’m sharing a tutorial on how to sew an invisible zipper into a skirt with a waistband. Whether a newbie or an experienced sewer, invisible zippers can be tricky. They’re even trickier when you have to line up a seam on either side of the zipper, like in a waistband. Hopefully, my tutorial will help you so you don’t end up unpicking the seam and re sewing! As an added bonus, BERNINA of America is offering one Madalynne reader an invisible zipper foot. Woot woot! To enter, leave a comment answering what your biggest tip is when sewing an invisible zipper within my blog post “How To Sew an Invisible Zipper into a Skirt with a Waistband” on Limit one (1) entry per person. Contest begins at 9:00 AM CST on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, and ends at 12:00 AM CST on Wednesday, May 5, 2015. One winner will be selected at random to receive a BERNINA Invisible-zipper foot # 35. The fine print: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are over 18 years of age as of date of entry. Void where prohibited.   Didn’t know that I was a BERNINA ambassador? Click here to read more.

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Review: Amy Alan’s Beginner Serging Class

I hesitated to enroll in an online class, sewing or nonsewing related. It wasn’t because I doubted the virtual system, it was more because I am a creature of habit (aren’t we all?) and didn’t want to change the way I learned. When the iPad first came out, I was an early adopter along with the rest of my generation. My dad’s generation though wasn’t so accepting of the new technology and my grandma, well, she was freaking scared of that thing. Fast forward to now, and my dad’s de rigueur mode of reading is his tablet and my grandma Facebook messages me from hers. It just takes time to adapt to new things, right? My time to change my routine came when Amy Alan offered me free enrollment in her Craftsy class, Beginner Serging. To sum up my experience – you know how I said that my dad’s de rigueur mode of reading is his tablet? Well, I think my new de rigueur for learning, especially when it comes to sewing, is online classes. You guys, Craftsy and Amy rock! My goal for taking the class was to get an understanding of today’s home sergers. For the past seven years of my sewing life, I have worked mostly on industrial machines and I have sporadically used a home machine that Mishka, the tailor I used to work for, gave to me. My home serger is started to give up on me and I’m taking it as an opportunity to invest in a new one. Plus, the possibility that I could use an elasticator foot for my lingerie sewing is so intriguing. Oh, the thought of perfectly sewn elastic is a dream! Puckers and skipped stitches begone! I got way more than I bargained for. Way more. The class is…

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tags: Construction, Guest Post Comments: 12

My Life As A “Professional” Blogger

One of the first questions I received when I asked you what about future topics for this blog was what it was like to be a “professional blogger.” Professional? Pshh! I hardly consider myself professional and the cat still gets my tongue when people ask me what I do. You can’t major in blogging and even though there are books about how to be a “good blogger,” anything goes in this industry. So what is it like to be a full time blogger? Well, I’ll answer by giving you a glimpse into my life. My official title is Internal Blogger for URBN. What that is exactly and what does it entail? Well, first let me rewind and explain how I ended up in my current position. I started working for URBN, which includes the brands Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, terrain, and BHLDN three years ago. Studying fashion design and merchandising, I applied and landed an internship in technical design and production for Anthropologie. Loving the whole gig, I refused to leave at the end of the summer; even if I had to clean the windows, I wasn’t going anywhere (I told them that too!). They offered me a position as an Assistant Technical Designer and with no hesitation, I accepted and haven’t left since. As I worked in tech design and production, I continued blogging. I started Madalynne my freshman year of college and I couldn’t think of any reason to stop. About a year ago, URBN approached me and asked if I would help them create an Intranet blog for the company. The entire URBN brand is massive – fourteen hundred employees work at our home office in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard and thousands more work in our stores which span the U.S. and the UK. Growing at an…

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