Category: Guest Post

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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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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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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Book Review And Giveaway: Streamlined Irons

As a seamstress and someone who is very into clothing, irons are like a hairdryer – a must have. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Wrinkly clothes are a no-no. But just like a hairdryer, irons are a tool that are taken for granted. There was a time when irons did not exist. Can you believe it? I had never thought about life without them until the sister of Jay Raymond, author of Streamlined Irons, contacted me about her brother’s book. She sent me a copy over the holidays and I tucked it away in my library, not taking a look at it because, well, life got in the way. She recently emailed me and asked for my opinion of the book. I admitted that I hadn’t read it but that now might be a good time. Would her brother be interested in an interview? Maybe that would get me to read the book. Well, he was interested and below, he answers some questions about his book and shares his opinion on irons and their future. Be sure to read the interview all the way to the end because there might be a giveaway for you. Q: Brief explanation of you, your history, and how you came to write Streamlined Irons. A: I’m 58 and a native of Philadelphia. I’ve done several different jobs in my adult life: heating mechanic, maître d’, handyman, and now author. I am a graduate of the art program and former member of the faculty at the Barnes Foundation. I’ve been collecting vintage electric irons since the early 1980s. It began with a box of old irons bought at a rummage sale. My first interest was irons of the 1930s and 40s when they were streamlined. Now I am collecting the earliest…

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Book Review: Sew Red

Anything that is done for a cause – a marathon or a charity – beats hard and fast in my heart. I write about my mom’s losing battle with breast cancer on my I am page and how the experience shaped who I am and how it affects my reaction towards others who are fighting a disease. Cassandra, a representative for Jim Beans Wool, contacted me about a newly released book – Sew Red. It’s the second of the four book series Stitch Red and is dedicated to raising awareness in preventing heart disease – the number one killer of women in the United States. It’s not your average sewing and quilting book as its patterns are fresh and fun and were designed by thirty renowned sewing/quilting masterminds – Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Suede are a few of these designers. And they don’t stop at designing, they also offer commentaries on their experiences with heart disease and tips and tricks to lead heart-healthy lives. Now, you could consider this a sponsored post but it’s for the right reasons. When I read Cassandra’s email, I could hear my mom saying, “Maddie, this is something you want to endorse.” I don’t put anything on my blog that I wouldn’t use, or at least I try not to, and this book is no exception. It’s a great book. My mom did not beat cancer but maybe someone else can win their fight with the help of proceeds raised through Sew Red.

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Interview & Giveaway With Anna Depew

Has my adoration for lingerie oozed out enough? It’s embarrassing to admit but my Google, Etsy, and Pinterest searches have been solely in the realm of “lingerie,” “vintage undies,” “bralettes,” “soft bras,” etc. Did the election occur because I have been oblivious to the world. One lingerie shop that seems to be ubiquitous (I see the sidebar button everywhere) is Mrs. Depew Vintage. Anna, the owner of the shop, is a military wife who currently lives in Norway (way cool!). She is a lover of making her own clothes (she blogs about her creations here), her cat, and most of all, vintage patterns. Stocked within this gem of an online shop are PDF patterns for vintage beachwear, lingerie, dresses, blouses, and hats. If that’s not enough, the silhouettes of said patterns are ones that aren’t seen in today’s world of fast fashion. I asked Anna is she’s be interested in an interview (and a giveaway – continue reading…) and she kindly agreed. When she sent me her responses to my questions, she worried that she was too thorough. I told her no,no,no… long answers are the sign of a blogger and shop owner her cares. So without further adieu, take it way Anna… Q: Can you briefly describe you and your shop, Mrs. Depew Vintage? A: I’m a military wife who followed my husband to an assignment in Norway. A series of very unfortunate events left me at home all day with nothing to do but sew. I started designing my own patterns almost by accident and suddenly realized how much fun it was! My shop is basically a fusion of the things that I love most – vintage clothing, sewing, lingerie and all things French. When I start a new pattern, I usually start with a look or an era that…

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