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Thank You From A Reader

Women gawk at babies, especially ones with fat chubby cheeks and as many rolls as a cinnamon bun. I don’t understand. Men ogle at women with large ta-tas, especially ones of the watermelon type. Again, I don’t understand. My soft spot – what I gawk and ogle at – are kind testimonials and praising thank you notes, especially ones like the thank you note Kait, one of my readers, wrote above.

Kait emailed me about a week and a half ago. I actually remember where I was when I was first read her email – in line at Franklin Fountain in Old City (even ice cream can’t deter me from checking emails). “I just read your post about drafting your own bodice sloper! I’m in a pattern making class, and my teacher refuses to teach us how to do it, so you’re a LIFESAVER! I DO have a couple of questions though…”

She sure did have a couple of questions. Through several emails that included pictures of her sloper draft and a list of her measurements, we got to the root of her problem. As is the usual case – her measurement and not the method of drafting was off; it was the devil that was causing her sloper to look funky – ARMHOLES!  Once we drew the right  armhole length, the problems, as well as some funky curves lines, were erased. She is now on her way to sewing up her first fit.

Thanks again Kait! I can’t wait to see how the first (and second) fit turn out. Nothing is perfect on the first go and I will be here to provide a helping hand every step of the way.

I have said this often but I truly love what I do. I spend way to much of my extracurricular time on it – seriously – but I wouldn’t spend it any other way. I have lots and lots of plans for the future of me and Madalynne (sorry if that isn’t grammatically correct – it reads and sounds better). If the last year is any indicator of where me and Madalynne are headed, we have a lot to look forward to. I won’t give you any hints or clues and I won’t divulge too much. You’ll just have to stay tuned.


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    Jackie Saffert

    That’s so wonderful of you to connect with / help your readers even if it takes extra time out of your day. I remember the day I commented on your feature on The Everygirl and you e-mailed me a thank you in response. You’re so personal with your readers and I admire that SO much!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      … and I remember writing you that note 🙂

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    lisa g

    very sweet! some blogs feel very impersonal, it’s nice to read one that doesn’t! i realize blogging (and doing it well) takes a lot of time and thought, keep up the good work!

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    Very sweet card and so truthful! I appreciate the time you took to help me when I had emailed you a while back. You were very helpful and took your time to make sure I understood.

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    You just became very dear to my heart among all the other bloggers I follow. You deserve every happy note of thanks you receive. 🙂

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    Oh Maddie! That’s such a sweet note, and you deserve every word of praise! I can’t wait to see what your blog has in store for us.

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    oddly enough, as i snapped pictures of THREE muslins for ruggy to throw on the blog, in my head i thought “i hope maddie will know how to fix this”. kait is right!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      haha! You know I will always have a seamstresses back!

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    Marisa Noelle

    That is incredibly sweet and definitely something to smile real big about 🙂 It always feels really rewarding to know that you were an encouragement/inspiration to someone. Looking forward to what you have in store Maddie!

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    Just like Jackie I remember commenting on your feature on The Everygirl, and receiving your email. Having just started my own blog It was so thoughtful to have you reach out, and shows just how passionate you are. I’m looking forward to what’s to come for Madalynne, I’m sure it will be great things!

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    Maddie Flanigan

    It may sound crazy but I remember what I wrote to each and every one of the ladies who commented below

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    You are a great teacher, it is quite wonderful that you are so willing to help people! Can’t wait to see where your blog goes next.

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    I could not agree more with Kait. You deserve all of the praise. You are so sweet, kind and easy to talk to. Plus, you help us out with our sewing and pattern drafting dilemmas. I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful things that the future holds for you and Madalynne.

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    Kait’s message is so sweet and you deserve the praise Maddie! I cannot tell you how much I have learnt reading your pattern making and construction posts. Wherever you’re heading, I am sure it will be great and I am really looking forward to see what it is.

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    Amanda Russell

    I don’t gawk at babies OR ta-ta’s… but I can totally understand your love of kind words. You are so generous with your knowledge and time that you certainly deserve any and all words of praise that come your way, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks forward to seeing what surprises await us for the future of Madalynne 🙂

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    Natasha Estrada

    When I was a student at FIDM (before I switched to nursing) we didn’t draft our blocks we draped them. Only the sleeve was drafted. In fact the final for the first quarter was to drape, transfer and true the bodice and skirt block and draft the sleeve within 90mins. At community college we drafted in the flat pattern class and draped in the draping class. I prefer the blended approach though.

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