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    Register Now for Bra Making With Madalynne: Bralette, Halter, Underwire + Undie

    With the London workshop last weekend, it’s now time to announce classes for the remainder of 2016. I only planned on hosting 4 this year, but I’m being bold and will host 8. I’m most excited about the upcoming classes, because there are 2 new bra options and a basic panty class. Panty partayyy!

    This will not be an ordinary class; it will be a workshop event. Just some of what you can expect throughout the day include a catered lunch, treats, refreshments, swag bags, give away, photo ops and more. Just see all the goodies students received here.

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    Cheers! I’m off To London!

    By the time you read this, I’ll either be on a plane crossing the Atlantic, or in London and a jet lagged mess. Seriously, who sleeps on a plane? I’ll be in Prince Harry’s territory for a week to teach 2 days of Bra Making with Madalynne workshops and then to enjoy a seriously, seriously needed vacation. The past few months have been my busiest ever. The combination of the last two workshops and the release of the Urban Outfitters x Madalynne collection totally wiped me out. Yeh, yeh, we’re all busy and we’re all wiped out. We should have a pity party sometime. Maybe with panties too? A pity panty party? I’m getting way off topic. Anyways, the only plans I have are to wander. Wander the Thames River, The Tower of London, Sketch, Hyde Park, Piccadilly and whatever more I can squeeze in. Very much so, this will be a soul searching trip, and I’m hoping that when I return, I have a clearer idea of my next move. Lingerie is definitely in the future – oh yes! – but there’s a lot up in the air right now. So, any suggestions while I’m in the city, let me know in the comments below. Also, be sure to follow along with my adventures of Instagram and Snapchat:

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    Madalynne Intimates Launch Party with Urban Outfitters

    Am I religious? I believe there is another world that we can’t see, but I don’t believe there is one high being controlling what happens in the physical. My mom told me to never talk politics or religion, but I’m sharing this with you despite her wish. Not trying to offend anyone here. Why do I say this? Well, because last Saturday, Space Ninety 8, Urban Outfitters store in Brooklyn, threw an afternoon party to celebrate the release of the Madalynne x Urban Outfitters intimates collection. On every level, I felt like the luckiest lady. Like a bride on her wedding day. I am not 100% sure what or who is watching over me – maybe my mom’s spirit? – but there is something guiding me in the right direction.

    It was a beautiful spring day in Brooklyn, and both passerby shoppers and friends/fans came out to support me. Women who have been following my blog for a while as well as my favorite NYC chicks – Pamela and Ying. There were sweet treats, prosecco, a free potpourri sachet and custom applique with every intimates purchase. It was a short event, from 2-4:00 PM, but so much fun! Seriously, I can’t thank the Space Ninety 8 folks for coordinating and for everyone who popped in. Y’all rock!

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    How To Reduce Bulk When Sewing Lingerie

    When working with thick fabrics such as fleece, wools or double knits, bulk is an obvious issue. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but bulk is also an issue when sewing lingerie. Generally speaking, lingerie is made with thin fabrics – lace, mesh, powernet and the like. Lingerie is also made with elastic, which is thick in comparison. When two seams or edges intersect that have elastic (example: strap point), it becomes very noticeable – an unsightly lump that is a red flag for homemade. Even with the help of something like a hump jumper, it’s difficult to sew over without getting skipped stitches and/or your machine getting stuck. I have started using a (very easy) method, which I’m sharing with you today, that reduces bulk at these points, and has taken my me-made lingerie up a notch.

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    What I Made: Anita

    It’s been a long minute since I sewed something. Between the launch of the Madalynne x Urban Outfitters collection and event this weekend, and then finalizing the London workshop, I’ve had ZERO time to sit down and make something. However, there was a lull in my schedule last week, so I squeezed in some quality time with my sewing machine to make a simple set. It took about 2 hours to cut and sew, but that 2 hours felt so, sooo good. Don’t think a quick project can result in a good project? Wrong! Anita is a new favorite. Come on, ain’t she smokin’ hot!? Ow ow!

    In both my life and my sewing, I’ve been simplifying. Edited down, removing the non essentials and only including what matters the most. This includes people, places, food and things. For clothing, that translates into only wearing garments that I LOVE. It has resulted in a seriously small wardrobe, which I have come to love. That has also naturally translated into styles that are very basic and can be mixed and matched. Comparing then to now, I am the most happy with my wardrobe now and think that my style is the best it has ever been.

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    Madalynne x Urban Outfitters Launch Event

    Mark your calendars! On May 14, Urban Outfitters will be hosting a launch event at their store in Brooklyn to celebrate the Madalynne x Urban Outfitters collection. If you didn’t hear the news, Urban Outfitters released an exclusive Madalynne collection of intimates, which are now available for sale online and in 50 stores.

    It’s going to be an exciting, DIY event. The project? With every intimates purchase, Madalynne or not, I will add a Venetian lace applique. I’ve partnered with Spiegel’s once again – they’re so good to me – and I’ll be using their 60609 to sew the appliques. They’ve also offered to raffle off a machine to one guest. All the more reason to come! My favorite Philly bakery, Whipped Bakeshop, made super cute and super yum cookies, so we’ll all be on a sugar high. Last, with each purchase, you’ll receive a branded linen goodie bag with dried flowers.

  • How They Wore Noelle: Sara, Lisa + Katie

    Confession: I may have given these three fine ladies, Katie, Sara and Lisa, a firm nudge to wear a Noelle bra. Or bralette? To-may-to, to-mah-to – whatever you want to call the damn soft bras. They’re my coworkers and they hear me day in and day out talk about my workshops, my bras and all my sewing trials and tribulations. With enough preaching, I turned them into halter bra believers. I think I have them converted, or they just want me to shut up and get off my damn soap box.

    Sara: “I am in love with my Noelle bras! I think the best way to wear them is in something that lets the bra shine through. I love wearing it with drapey tops and tops with low-cut necklines/armholes. The look is classy with a little edge, and the bralette makes an appearance without showing too much.”
    Top : Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/ // Jeans: DKNY Jeans // Shoes : Converse http://www.converse.com/us

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    Portrait: AnaOno Intimates, Lingerie for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Change comes in many forms and at many times. It can be forceful or it can creep along incrementally. It can come as the result of a tragedy or as the result of an opportunity. It can also happen for no reason at all. Just a natural evolution. Whatever and whenever the change, you are one person before and another person after. For Dana, founder and owner of AnaOno, change came when she was diagnosed with Infiltrative Ductal Carcicoma (breast cancer) just shy of her 28th birthday and wedding. Following a bilateral mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and chemotherapy, she set out on a mission to help other women recovering from breast cancer surgery feel confident and sexy. She started an intimates line that offers bras and lingerie exclusively for survivors with each design taking into account anything and everything a patient is going through. Just one example, the Pocketed Plunge Wirefree Bra was created in collaboration with radiation oncologist Katie Deming, MD. Made of eco-friendly modal/spandex, all interior seams are enclosed, so no elastic touches the skin.

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    REMINDER: Bra Making with Madalynne London Giveaway

    There has been a lot of hoopla about the release of my intimates line for Urban Outfitters, but don’t forget about the Bra Making with London giveaway! Sign up for the Sunday class before this May 1 – that’s this Sunday! – to be entered to receive ½ off your ticket AND win a free spot to bring a friend. Note that the Saturday class is sold out. If you are already enrolled, no worries, you are automatically entered and we will refund your money if you win. Winner will be announced the beginning of May. Good luck everyone! Hopefully, I’ll be seeing you soon.

    Can’t believe I’ll be hopping on a plane to London in just under a month!