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So this week was all sorts of awesome. Doors are closing in my life while others are being opened; people are walking out of my life while others, more amazing ones, are walking in.

For the past two and a half years, I have worked for this stellar company in the technical design/production department. It has been a humbling experience in that I learned from day one that most of what I had learned up until that point was wrong and that I knew little to nothing.

So that’s exactly what I did, forgot about most of it and learned the real ins and outs of the pattern making, sewing, and fashion industry, most of which is not taught in classrooms or textbooks. It is because of what I learned that Madalynne has become what it is today and that my new adventure is starting. As of Monday, I will be the blogger for my company’s new blog. Yes, I, Maddie Flanigan, will be a professional blogger. Paid and all. Legit. They (my company) took notice of my personal blog and asked me to spearhead a new blog for the company. Exciting, nerve-wracking, but most important, rewarded, is how I feel.

There are two more days left in the week and I have lots of exciting things going on. First, the final muslins for my project were sewn and fitted last week, which means the next step is to cut and sew the final garments. The final project will be made of an odd combination of fabric – a vintage yellow tweed (with lurex) for the body and a white cotton eyelet for the interior facings. Most likely, I will add a lace trimming or ruffle here or there mid-sewing. After I finish sewing the final garments, I will scan the pattern, grade it, and sell it to all of you (so excited!). Also this weekend, I will be working on a really cool post about the “correct” relationship between across front, across shoulders, and across back and back/front neck width .


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    Ladipo Harris

    That’s a pretty cool before I die board 🙂

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    Congratulations , just goes to show you hard work pays off! Super excited for you!

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    Maddie! That is so exciting! I am so pleased for you. Can’t wait to read it 🙂

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    Heather Valentine

    Exciting News Maddie!! Many congrats.  Look forward to reading more about it.  Remember life is an adventure – embrace it!

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    Yay, how exciting!  I’m looking forward to reading the new blog (and to seeing your new dress– sew fast!)!

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      I know, I know, I’m the worlds slowest sewer but I like the process. I like perfecting the patterns and fit samples so that the final garment is impeccable! I’l get there. I know it. I have faith. 

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    Lindsay Snyder

    That is AWESOME news! I can’t wait to see the new blog!

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    Congratulations!  Well deserved!  And I can’t wait to see your patterns.  All great news!

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    Excellent news, congratulations!

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    Heather Lou

    YES!!!!!!!! Congratulations Maddie! I’m sooooooo happy for you. Couldn’t have happened to a lovelier or more deserving lass. HIGH FIVE!

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      huge high five right back!

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    Congratulations Maddie! Wish you all the best & and can’t to read about your upcoming journey!!

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    Congrats, Maddie!

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    Awesome!  Congratulations!  Wishing you loads of success!

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    well happy friday to YOU, it girl!

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    Christine Newton

    That is FANTASTIC!!! I am so happy for you! Congratulations and how exciting to have all of your hard work and creative endeavors pay off.  I will definitely be a follower of one of my favorite stores (or as my hubby laughs when I call it ‘Mecca’) blog.

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      Anthropologie is my mecca too. It gets me into a lot of trouble at the end of the month!

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    Kate Fitchett

    Girlfriend! That is so exciting. What a great opportunity to do more things that you love, every single day! So many blessings.

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      So many blessings indeed. I think, actually, I know, it’s my mom watching over me 🙂

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    How exciting! Congratulations 🙂 You are going to do so many great things Maddie. You’re so talented!

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    Carrie Elias

    way to go!  i know you are going to be awesome <3

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    Meg the Grand

    What FANTASTIC news!! Congratulations to you – you totally deserve it!  Have an amazing weekend, my friend!

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    So cool. I am so pleased for you and strangely (because I don’t know you) , I am proud of you as well. What an awesome opportunity. Isn’t life exciting!

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      Oh you definitely said it correctly – life is exciting! And it is not strange to say you’re proud of me even though you know know me. I consider us blog “friends”

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    Chrystina Noel

    that’s such an exciting opportunity!!  good luck!!

    (also, it really is amazing how much work we did in college to just forget about it…. but that’s what we were all told to do)

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      I completely agree! And I think college should teach students that all the principles are only useful if we find ways to APPLY them into our everyday lives after graduation. 

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    Fantastic!  Congratulations!!  You deserve it 🙂

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    Christine Haynes

    Huge congrats!!! Can’t wait to follow your new adventures!

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    I’m SO excited for this pattern!! And I’m so excited for you and all that this new path may bring. Much happiness to you, Maddie, you deserve it!

    Also… Philly <3

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    Wonderful news! Do you think you will miss your “old” job? It sounded to be such an exciting experience too! Good luck!

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    Amazing, Maddie! Congrats! Very excited for you. Loving the pictures of west Philly… can’t wait until I have my own to share.

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      Seriously… West Philly has a unique way of living. It cracks me up sometimes!

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    can’t wait to see you blogging on both sites soon. How exciting!

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    That is so incredibly exciting! Congratulations!!

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    Congratulations, Maddie! What an exciting new venture… blessings on the changes afoot!

     I love your Philly photos. 😉

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    Marisa Noelle

    Aw yay!!!  A huge congrats to you and best wishes on your new adventure!  Professional blogger – that sounds so exciting and like a wonderful opportunity!  You will surely do amazing:) xx Marisa

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    Amanda Russell

    Wow, this is fantastic! Very very well deserved! 🙂 I’m really excited to see your new pattern too – much love and heartfelt congratulations 🙂

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