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


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’. We’ve been chatting since the class – having attended SCAD, I told her about my time there. Anyways, she’s hear today to tell you about her experience at the workshop. Veena, I hope you can attend another!

“I took Maddie’s workshop this July and had an incredible time. I have been following her blog for years and jumped on the chance to learn from her in person. I am a high school student with about 5 years of sewing experience. Despite never having sewn a bra before, Maddie’s guidance and instruction made it a do-able task.

The studio is just as picturesque in person as it is in photos. The ambience of the studio reflected the creativity that we were surrounded with. We began the class by introducing ourselves and our sewing experience. Maddie wasted no time by beginning with a lesson on fabric choice, accompanied by the passing around fabric swatches and elastic so we could get a sense of what she was talking about. She then demonstrated how to cut out the pattern pieces correctly. We were even lucky enough to use the bralette pattern from her collaboration with Simplicity before it was out in stores!

After we cut out the pieces, Maddie provided more instruction on sewing and discussed the types of stitches for different parts of the bralette. Since I was flying in from California, Maddie provided me with a Spiegel sewing machine to use for the day. Being in a small class of five students, I appreciated the personal attention I received from both Maddie and Ying, owner of Tailor Made Shop, who provided the fabric and materials we were using. 

We took a sewing break for lunch, which included a delicious cake with frosting shaped like ice cream on top. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian sandwiches were provided along with salad with two dressing options. I tried a little bit of everything and enjoyed all of the food.

After lunch, we continued sewing until one-by-one we each completed our bralettes. I was more than happy with the final product. It fits perfectly and looks great. I learned so much from Maddie in this workshop. Walking us through the process, she made constructing a bralette a much less daunting task. Not only did I gain so much knowledge, but I also enjoyed every minute of doing something that I love while surrounded by people who share the same passion. A bonus to my experience was being the lucky winner of a Spiegel sewing machine in a raffle! I am thrilled to continue sewing more bras on my brand new machine. Since it would not have fit into my suitcase, Maddie accommodated my needs and had it shipped to me.

A few days after the workshop had ended, Maddie even took the time to set up a phone call with me to discuss college and career plans. She went out of her way to assist my sewing career, while in the midst of hers. From handwritten letters to the phone call, I am so grateful for the amount of work that she put into the workshop to give us a great and personal experience. Thank you so much Maddie for a wonderful time! I hope to take many more workshops in the future.”

Want to come to a workshop? Click here to read about all upcoming classes. Ahem, there’s a swimsuit session in just a few weeks – August 20!

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