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Madalynne Update

Outside of sewing lingerie (did you see Nina Warner? Love!), I have been working on many exciting projects. There are new things coming soon, so to give you a sneak peek, I’m sharing a few below. Stay tuned!

Bra Making with Madalynne:

Mark your calendars! Summer 2015 will hopefully bring 2 more bra workshops! In May, I am meeting with Anna, who co-hosted the inaugural workshop. Dates will be announced soon after. We have a lot of new ideas to make the next workshop so much better. This time around, we will hold it at Madalynne Studios. Because of heating concerns, the first was held at Love Me Do’s studio. You can check out all the fun we had on my workshop page and if you’re interested in attended, email me! I’ll add you to a list of ladies who will get first notice when registration opens.

Portrait of a Seamstress:

Remember that book I wrote two years ago and still haven’t published? I took a brief sabbatical after I was turned down from every single publisher. They wanted a tutorial-based book. I want to do something different. I picked it up at the beginning of the year and have edited it heavily. I’m somewhat glad I got turned down because the book is so much cleaner and refined after looking at it with a refreshed eye! In May, I’ll begin working with Shannon from Little Kids Grow, to self publish. Shannon specializes in self publishing and I’m so excited to work with her. If all goes to plan, 2015 will be the year!

Madalynne Studios:

Have you noticed that recent What I’ve Made posts have featured garments flat and not on body? I haven’t been at the studio a lot. Blame old man winter. The heating is not the best, which means modeling results in purple lips, hands and feel. Brr! I’ll pass and wait till spring! Over the next month, I’ll be refreshing the space and getting back into the groove of studio life. I just renewed the lease, so I’m excited to be a part of The Loom for another year!

Bra Making Forum Facebook Page:

The Facebook group Natasha and I created has become very active! Since posting about it, membership has grown to more than 300. It has been a great resource for me to learn about bra and undie patterns on the market and pattern and fit corrections for other sizes. Want to join? Click here!

Madalynne Sewing Prints

: I am moving my shop on Society6 to Etsy. Society6 is a great platform and provides an excellent print on demand service, but I don’t this it’s the right location for my product. Having an active shop on Etsy will also be good when I publish my book. It will be another point of sale in addition to Amazon.

Currently Sewing:

On my sewing table right now is a knee-length, v-neck dress. The only reason I’m working on it is because I didn’t plan well and ran out of 1/4” and 3/8” white elastic before restocking. Any bra maker will attest that these two trims are a must! I have other color elastics in the same widths, but no laces or fabrics to match or coordinate. So while I wait for the package to arrive, I’m making a spring dress. Confession – I hate the whole process! Okay, that’s an overstatement, but while I baste the sleeve and shirr the skirt, my mind wanders to bra making. I’ve caught the lingerie bug!

Basil and Sage:

My two kitties are growing up so fast! The most accurate description of them is rascals! Don’t let their good looks fool you, they are trouble makers! Trouble making rascals that I absolutely love! Their current antics include flushing the toilet and shredding the toilet paper, eating my hair in the middle of the night (which has been super fun to wake up to) and hiding inside the speaker compartment in my 1970s record player where I cannot get to them.

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    anoushkagoodwin

    what an inspiring post!!

    • Reply

      maddie

      You are too sweet. Thank you!

  2. Reply

    Lola

    omg. you’re cats love you. I’ve heard that when they lick you’re hair they are grooming you (because you’re one of them) I’ll try and come down in the spring/summer to visit your studio.. been dying to!

    • Reply

      maddie

      Yes and yes!

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    Carol in Denver

    I heard an author of a successful and highly-regarded book say her book had been turned down 53 times before a publisher took it on.

    • Reply

      maddie

      That’s encouraging! I still believe in my book, regarding of what publishers say.

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    shonastitches

    Ha! I thought I had the only weirdo cat who tries to eat my hair any chance he can get, including the middle of the night. Very cute kitties you have there!

    • Reply

      Natasha Estrada

      I used to have a cat that would start licking my eyelids at night.

  5. Reply

    Natasha Estrada

    How come you don’t store your stash at your studio. You KNOW I would have filled that place up to the rafters by now.

    • Reply

      maddie

      I don’t like clutter in my life – whether it be at my home or at my studio.

  6. Reply

    Zoe

    Just because a publisher doesn’t want it, doesn’t mean it’s not a good book – these decisions are based on more than the quality of the manuscript, they’re commercial decisions too. Good on you for having faith in your story, I wish you all the luck! As a veteran of the publishing industry, my only suggestion would be to invest properly in the services of a good editor. Don’t skip this step, especially if you’re going to self-publish! Don’t skimp, it’s an investment, but it will pay off. You’ve already articulated the benefits of stepping away from it yourself for a space, now get someone else’s eyes on it. My 2 cents 😉
    On another topic, did the air horn strategy for keeping your kitties from scratching your couch work? As in, did it stop them permanently? It’s a perennial problem for us crazy cat ladies 😉

    • Reply

      maddie

      Thank you for your feedback! I agree that a good editor is necessary and I have faith Shannon will do a fantastic job getting me all set up to publish.

      The air horn worked! Neither Basil nor Sage has scratched the couch since.

      • Reply

        zoe

        Fabulous, I look forward to being able to purchase a copy! 🙂
        I’m off to buy an air horn 😀

  7. Reply

    Victoria B.

    Excited for all of your upcoming projects–especially that book!

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