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    A Periwinkle Bralette

    Long, intensive projects are satisfying, but so are simple ones. I’m talking about the projects you can cut the night before, sew the morning or afternoon afternoon and still have time to relax that evening after the last stitch is sewn. Not sure what a perfect weekend is to you, but some version of this would be included in it.
    Along those same lines, while I love the underwire workshops the soft bra sessions are my personal favorite. No offense to you underwire ladies! For me – I can’t speak for the students – I feel like I’m taking a nice jog through the day; I don’t feel like I’m running a marathon. Sure, a marathon is good every now and then, but boy, does it wear you out!
    Last week, I made the sample bra for the upcoming bralette class on July 16. Cut and sewn in just a few hours, it was made with the loveliest shade of periwinkle galloon lace, lined with beige powernet and finished with matching periwinkle picot/plush elastic, all from Tailor Made Shop. I’m usually a black, white and cream gal when it comes to my lingerie, but this was a nice departure from the norm. Girls gotta go wild sometimes y’all!

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    Giveaway: Sora Designs “Handmade” + “Sewing Necklace”

    We all love handmade items. That’s a give in. Duh! Well, today I am hosting a giveaway that is very much in line with that word. Sora Designs is offering two necklaces to one lucky reader – one that says “handmade” and one that says “sewing”. They’re different lengths, one is long and one is short, so you can wear them together. Umm… I’m SUPER jealous of whoever wins!

    Before I get to contest entry, let me talk a little bit about the shop. Wen is the owner and in her previous life, she was a senior research analyst for the Judicial Council of California. Her role was to provide evidence-based research data to support policy making in the judicial council in the areas of family lay and juvenile delinquency and dependency court administration. It’s VERY different from what she is doing now, and very inspiration, especially since this month, I’ll be making a huge transition myself. I’ll be leaving my day job to pursue my passion, Madalynne, full time. Finally! That’s a different post for a different day that is coming very soon.

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    What I Made: Lana

    I sew lace a lot, yet I have a fear of sewing it. Sewing lace that’s lined – no problem. I could do it with my eyes closed. Not really; I’m kidding! Sewing lace that’s unlined, however, that’s a horse of a different color. Have you seen the movie, A League of Their Own? There’s a great scene, one of my favorites, where Mae, played by Madonna, says, “What if at a key moment in the game, my uniform bursts open, and, oops, my bosom comes flying out.”

    It’s an unrealistic scenario that most likely won’t happen, but I get what she’s saying. I’d say that 95% of the bras I make are lined (tricot, stretch mesh or powernet), and this is because I have the same unrealistic fear as Madonna. My thoughts, slightly exaggerated for effect

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    Noelle: A Free Bra + Panty Pattern

    You asked and you shall receive! After posting so many of my own iterations, and after so many requests to release a pattern, I am finally offering the Noelle as a free PDF. A simple style, I’m confident that if you’ve sewn lingerie, you can rock this! So, where can you download the pattern? Will there be a sew along? What’s the hashtag? Read below yo!

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    My Favorite Moments in Lingerie: Then + Now

    I’m in the throes of some pretty heated lingerie projects (coming soon!) while also trying to work through a few kinks on this new website design (how do you like the new layout?). I don’t want to leave you hanging, so today, I’m popping in with a fun most. These aren’t ALL my favorite lingerie moments – missing: Jamie Lee Curtis in “True Lies” and Catherine Deneuve in “Belle De Jour” – but they’re in the top tier. Xtina, Kate Moss and even my mom. Just like your trusted pair of jeans, or your TNT patterns, I keep coming back to these ladies to fuel my creativity and designs. After reading, I’d love to hear your favs!

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    Review: Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aid

    The most annoying thing in the world – skipped stitches. Also, thread that breaks mid sewing. Grrr! One of my students at the London workshop, Shiona, said she discovered a miracle in a (little) bottle – Collins All-Purpose Sewers Aid. A clear, non-staining lubricant, a drop on the needle, bobbin or thread eliminates skipped stitching. Used mostly for embroidery, it can also be used for garment and lingerie sewing.

    I had to give it a try. I placed an order on Amazon (no affiliate links are used in this post) and have been using it for about a week. Not enough time to give a legit review, but I thought I would share and ask if you used it. If so, what did you think?

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    What I Made: Isla

    I hate underwires. Let me repeat that in all caps and italics. I HATE UNDERWIRES. Mona, owner of Coeur Boutique, says that a bra must have underwires. Being petite and bony, underwires literally hurt. They press into my ribcage. I have steered clear of underwired bras for quite some time. I still sew them as custom pieces, but the last time I made one for myself was the Marlborough. That was early 2015 – yikes! – that was long ago. I’m currently lusting monowired styles, and I plan to make one next month. Keyword being plan. Before I get to it, I tiptoed back into the world of underwires by remaking an oldie but goodie, Noelle, but altering the pattern for underwires.

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    A Small Milestone

    It’s a small milestone, but a milestone that means a lot to me. Last week, I was scrolling through the hashtag #bramakingwithmadalynne and saw that there were over 500 images uploaded. Hot diggity dog – that’s incredible!

    I created that hashtag just before my first bra workshop. It was 73 weeks ago. January 2015. The first image was taken with no anticipation that it would grow into what it is today – a gallery of women who have contributed to a shared, intimate cause – making our own lingerie.

    Teaching has become the most fulfilling thing in my life. I remember walking to the King’s Cross Station after the second workshop with The New Craft House on a high. I loved being able to watch those women succeed. To come in knowing nothing, or very little about bra making and to leave with the courage and knowledge to make their own. I gave them something, something no one else had given them. Also, the look on student’s faces when they get it right – I can feel their sheer excitement when they finish. With every upload to that hashtag, their enthusiasm seeps through they caption. It’s contagious. Infectious. Just as satisfying is seeing the progress student’s make over time. I give them the alphabet, but they are the ones who write their own stories.

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    SNEAK PEAK: Simplicity Patterns X Madalynne

    SNEAK PEEK! Over the past year, I’ve been working with Simplicity on 2 exclusive lingerie patterns. They’re not in stores yet – they’re coming soon – so I can’t say much. What I CAN tell you, however, is that students at my summer and fall workshops will be the first to try. There will be both a soft and an underwire bra. You may even get to sew the pattern before they’re released. Interested in attending? See the class schedule here and sign up!

    This year has been a big year for me. First the collaboration with Urban Outfitters and now this partnership with Simplicity? Pinch me! My vision has ALWAYS been to offer a way for people to either buy or make my products. Not everyone knows how to sew, and some sewists like to shop RTW. That’s why I have set out on a mission to provide both, and I’m almost there.

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    The Little X Girdle

    For as small as it was, The V&A’s exhibit “Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear” was extensive. At least it was for me. It provided interesting commentary, new designers, key moments in lingerie history and more. There were several stop and pause moments that made me think back to a time that once was. One of those moments – The Little X Girdle.

    Designed in 1958 by Ann-Marie Lobbenberg, The Little X Girdle was particularly popular with the younger generation. Ann-Marie was the widow of Max Lobbenberg, who co-founded ‘Ski-Corsetry’ in 1887. They made corsets, obviously, and were one of the few companies to stay in business during the First World War and The Great Depression. Actually, they were so successful that they had subsidiary companies in Paris, Amsterdam, London and the US. But the rise of the Nazis during World War II forced them to sell to a Bavarian company. The London office, however, continued to operate. The name changed to Silhouette Corset and throughout the 1930s, they became the leading corset company in the UK. In 1937, they introduced the ‘Silhouette Radiante’ to provide a “stimulating, even rejuvenating influence” of radiation. Ha!

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    London Recap (Fabric Shopping Details)

    Last week, I hopped on a plane and crossed the Atlantic for the second time in my 28 year existence. Alone, I traversed the city of London for a week, first teaching two back-to-back bra workshops and then stomping around the city. I never traveled when I was younger. My mom’s spine collapsed when I was just a teenager – breast cancer ate her bones. She had metal rods holding her up, and thus, couldn’t sit for long periods of time. So a long plane ride was out of the question. It was 10 years after she passed away that I made my first international jaunt – Paris stole my heart last July. Swoon. That trip taught me the importance of traveling. It really does feed your soul. On my last day in the UK, I was on the platform at the Hammersmith waiting for my train back to the Victoria station when I texted my dad this, which sums of how I feel about traveling: “You realize how big the world is. On the contrary, you realize how small you are in the world.” If you’re hesitating to travel for whatever reason, stop right now. Just do it! Oh geese… I just made Nike reference.

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    Bra Making with Madalynne: London Recap

    I didn’t know if I could do it – teach two back-to-back bra workshops. Do the math, that’s 48 continuous hours of stretch fabric, lace, elastic and estrogen. Oi vey. Throw in the international bit, I’d be teaching in London, and I was up for a challenge. Like usual, I let unnecessary paranoia seep in. Both turned out great. Fantastic actually! Cheers and cheerio to completing another (successful) workshop!

    Back up about nine months, when Hannah + Rosie of The New Craft House reached out to me with the idea to co-host. I had recently come back from a trip to France and was still suffering from the wanderlust bug. I said yes in about 2.2 seconds. When, where, what and how – that didn’t matter at the time. I’d figure the details out along the way. I had the opportunity to go to the UK!

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    Bra Making with Madalynne: One-on-One Lessons Now Available

    Can’t make it to a Bra Making with Madalynne workshop? No prob Bob. Did you know that I also offer one-on-one sessions? We all have different schedules, and I understand that you might have a conflict in your schedule. Also, sewing experience is required to attend the workshops, so if you’re a completely new to sewing, like never threaded a machine, you could take a one-on-one first and then sign up for a workshop.

    Something you’re interested in and want to know more. Read the full details below and email me to schedule a session.

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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!