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Recap: Bra Making With Madalynne February

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Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart. Not because of the flowers, chocolates and other sweets that are all around, but because it was Valentine’s Day weekend many moons ago that I hosted my first bra workshop. If someone told me then that today, I’d be teaching sewing out of my own studio, designing

Bra Making With Madalynne 2017: Sign Up Now!

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It was almost 2 years ago that I hosted my first Bra Making with Madalynne workshop. If somebody told me then that 24 months later, I’d still be hosting them, I would not have believe them. No way in h**l! It’s been an incredible 2 years of teaching. Incredible. Sewing is a solitary habit and through teaching, I

Open Sew Session with PFAFF

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You know what movie I want to see? Collateral Beauty. It’s about a successful New York advertising executive who suffers a great tragedy, and when he retreats from life, his friends try to reconnect with him. He looks for answers by writing letters to Love, Time and Death and begins to understand how these three interlock and how important

The Madalynne Girl: Anna Fowler

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More than I think she knows, Anna has given me a new wave of confidence. We are both newbies at Anthropologie’s Rittenhouse location; it was August that we started working there. Last week, the Nina Set arrived at our store. Although associates were thanking and congratulating me about the release, I hadn’t seen anyone try it on, wear it

My Intimate Story: My New Life as a Full Time Lingerie Designer, Sewing Teacher and Part Time Personal Stylist for Anthropolgie

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Sometimes, the grass IS greener on the other side. I don’t get super personal on my blog often, but in early August, I shared a big life change. After 6 1/2 years of working a corporate gig for URBN, I left to pursue my lingerie dreams. My biggest fear, one that held me back from

Bra Making with Madalynne: Halter Bralette

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I’ve been lucky in that at almost every workshop, there is a “character” who makes the whole class. You know the saying, “a bad egg can spoil the batch”? In this case, the opposite is true. At yesterday’s workshop, this “character” was Donnelle. I’ve know him for only a short while. We met two weeks ago when he started

From A Student’s Perspective: Bra Making Madalynne Part II

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Just like Maddie, Veena was another start student at the bralette class this past July. Quiet at first, she opened up throughout the day. She traveled from San Diego to attend; she was on a summer trip visiting colleges throughout the east coast. Can you believe she’s just a teenager? So talented for such a youngin’.

Sign up Now! Bathing Suit Workshop!

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Calling all beach babes and beach bums! Listen here! On August 20th, I will be hosting a bathing suit workshop. I originally scheduled a basic panty/underwear class, but being that it is just a few weeks before Labor Day, a bathing suit seemed more fitting. What makes this workshop even more special is that I teamed up with Cinne, owner

From a Student’s Perspective: Bra Making With Madalynne

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Being that I’m the teacher, recaps for my workshops may be biased. Hell, who am I kidding? They’re totes biased. However, I would never lie to you and promise each one is as fun and informative as I claim. Cross my heart and hope to die. Come on, did you not see the periwinkle bralette and the cake from last one?

Recap: Bra Making with Madalynne, Bralette

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Yesterday, I hosted another Bra Making with Madalynne workshop. Total success! It was the smallest class I’ve had, but the most intimate. The days leading up, I was excited that I would be able spend more time with each student. With less students, I had time for the little details – hand written thank you notes, swatch cards,

Behind the Scenes: Madalynne x Simplicity Video

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I can’t tell you exactly why just yet, but I’m sure you all are smart cookies and will be able to figure it out. This past weekend, the Simplicity team and I spent some quality time together at Madalynne Studios. If you didn’t hear the news, we teamed up to create 2 lingerie patterns, which will

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

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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.

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

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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.

Madalynne Intimates Launch Party with Urban Outfitters

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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!

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

Behind-the-Scenes of Madalynne x Urban Outfitters Intimates Collection

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If you didn’t hear the news from the last post, let me fill you in. Over the past year, I’ve been working with Urban Outfitters to create an exclusive Madalynne collection of intimates, which is now available for sale online and in 50 stores. Eek! I’m still pinching myself that it’s real!

Today, I’m making an appearance on their blog, sharing more about the collection, my “day job”, producing the collection and more. So hop on over to read more as well as check out some awesome photos of my studios that you don’t get to see often. Above and below are some outtakes.

Reminder: Join Me at The All Day Lingerie Affair Tomorrow

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Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow, April 20, Coeur Philadelphia will be hosting their annual The All Day Lingerie Affair from 12-7:00 PM. Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Chantal Thomass, Janira, Marlies Dekkers, Cake Maternity Lingerie and Curvy Kate/Scantilly will be at the boutique to attend to all your intimates needs. There will also be light bites and music, and customers will receive 10% off all orders during the event.

Coeur is a premiere, actually, it’s the premiere lingerie boutique here in Philly. I’ve come to know the owner well and she is truly an amazing, hard working and inspiring woman. I want and will be there between 5:30 and 7:00 PM to support her. So, if you’re in the area, stop by, say hi and browse some lingerie!

Address: 132 South 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Bra Making With Madalynne Recap: April 2016

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Seriously cannot believe it. The seventh Bra Making with Madalynne Workhop is won and done. Seven if you count the panty party/bridal shower I hosted. Ack! Still hate that word.

Yesterday was truly unforgettable. The largest yet, this class brought students from all over. Elyse traveled from Minneapolis to attend, and Carla came from Florida. She actually came from my hometown, Ft. Lauderdale! A first for her, Carla got to see snow. Yes, snow in April! Ying was also at the class, and it was soooo great seeing her. The highlight of the day, other than the me-made bras obviously, was the confetti cake. Seriously, doesn’t it look dee-lish? The theme of the class was dots, dots of all shapes and sizes, so it was a perfectly fitting treat. Lisa Singer, a seriously talented lady who offers baking and signage services, made it. As you can see, most students ate it while wearing their finished bras. Too funny! Most students sewed their bras using Spiegel’s new 60609 machine and loved using it – its stitch quality, the way it handled stretch fabrics and the ability to keep their phone charged throughout the day.

A huge thank you goes out to the sponsors and people who made yesterday possibly + helped me throughout the week. Yesterday WAS NOT the work of a one woman show. So, to all you, merci boucoup!

Bra Making With Madalynne: Behind the Scenes

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Seriously.cannot.believe.it. The sixth Bra Making with Madalynne is tomorrow. Snaps to that.

As is always the case, I more excited about this class than any other. No really, I mean it this time. I had 2 amazing ladies/helpers/interns assisting me this go around, and between the planning, the Pinteresting, and Lisa getting hammered (see photos below), it was a lot of fun. I’m the type of person who thinks she can do it all, all by herself. The reality is, it ain’t gonna happen, not without a trip to the loony bin. Reason for submission: confetti overload. Also a reality – the process is a heck of a lot more fun if you have someone to share it with. Bringing this dot-themed workshops to life was a lot of work. The theme for tomorrow’s class is dots, dots of every size, color and shape – just an FYI. Metallic dots too. Behind every great woman, man, entrepreneur, small business owner and even bra maker is a treasure trove of people who believe, support, help, encourage and push. No one has to go at it alone. Being lonely is an awful thing in my opinion. I needed Katie and Lisa these past few weeks, and can’t thank them enough for making tags, cutting fabric, picking out polka dot garlands, baking cakes. You girls rock!

How She Wore It: Lisa

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The Noelle Bra is meant to look great and be a comfortable, but most importantly, be wearable. Pretty is useless if it isn’t functional – that’s the case is almost every instance, isnt it?! With a halter neckline, Noelle’s styling options need consideration. Obviously, it can’t just be thrown with a camisole top unless you want to take visible lingerie to the extreme. I love the look Noelle paired with open garments – low draped armhole at the sides or an open back. Last week, Isabella rocked her Noelle with a tank, sweater and jacket and today, Lisa rocks her Noelle by showing off the racerback.

Host a Bridal Shower with Madalynne (Read: Panty Part-AYYY!)

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Weddings make for the ultimate girl-bonding events – bridal showers and bachelorette parties. Girl power yo! If you’re a bride-to-be, bridesmaid, maid of honor, sister of the bride, or just party planner, you may be brainstorming bridal party ideas. Hey, here’s an idea – gather your wedding squad and panty party. I may hate the word (panty), but making one of the simplest DIY sewing projects makes for a great afternoon. It’s not just me, even the Huffington Post agrees.

Emily Watson is a food blogger who lives in Philly and is getting married this spring. Surprise, surprise, we met via our blogs/Instagram. She reached out to me about collaborating for her bridal shower – I hadn’t thought of hosting one, but after Saturday, I sooo want to do more! Seriously.soooo.much.fun.

The All Day Lingerie Affair at Coeur

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Calling all Philly area, lingerie enthusiast folks! I want to let you know about an exciting upcoming event. On April 20th from 12-7:00 PM, Coeur Philadelphia will be hosting their annual The All Day Lingerie Affair, where Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Chantal Thomass, Janira, Marlies Dekkers, Cake Maternity Lingerie and Curvy Kate/Scantilly will be at the