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What’s Next for Madalynne

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We’re all going to be stronger, skinnier, more efficient, and live a more balanced life in the new year, right? Two thousand fourteen is going to be our big year, correct? I’ve never believed in new year’s resolution because if you’re not willing to make a change now, what makes you think you’re going to change on January 1? I didn’t have a resolution for 2013, instead, I had the goal of releasing patterns. As the year went on though, I slowly realized that it wasn’t my calling, at least not for now, and that something else, something I was more passionate about, was starting to brew. In June and on a whim, I published the first Portrait of a Seamstress post. Just like my How To Draft A Sloper post, I received such positive comments that I continued the series. After the third or fourth post, I thought bigger than my blog – could I turn this into a book? Printed on paper, the words of the various seamstresses and seamsters could serve as inspiration to both sewers and nonsewers. You don’t’ have to sew to feel motivated to pick up your hobby after reading Nilah, Kenneth, or Heather’s words. But I didn’t want the book to be a passive activity, instead, I wanted it to be interactive and engaging. What if in between the interviews, I offered mini tutorials on both basic and advanced pattern making techniques? That would give a detailed glimpse to nonsewers about what exactly is involved in our craft and it would be informational to those wanting to learn more about patternmaking. And because I’m always one for a little humor, throwing cute commentary on the sewing world would pull everything together..

So instead of collaborating with websites, guest posting on blogs, and creating in depth tutorials, this is what I’ve been working on and will continue hammer through in 2014. It feels amazing to work on something slowly and whole-heartedly. Along with my sewing projects, I sleep, eat, and breathe this book. Post and project frequency here on Madalynne won’t change, but if you continue to not see me around the web, this is why. And most likely, I won’t mention it again. I’ll just come out with it when it’s ready. So be patient, hang in there with me, I have lots for you in the future. This book is only the beginning.

In the meantime, I’d love it if you’d participate in a short, anonymous survey (less than 10 questions). What is your favorite post? What is a post you hate? What tutorials would you like to see on the blog? Let me know and tell me bluntly. That’s the only we Madalynne + I will grow. Click here to participate.


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    Stephanie Lanzetti

    I can’t wait – but I will. If it is anything like your blog, it will be worth the wait. Take care.

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    The new layout web design thingy, it is SO hard to open using ipad or mobile device …
    I have to always try soooooo many times before it opens …
    And cannot open while in bloglovin (embedded) …
    It looks nice but a pain to try to view that I sometimes just stop trying to view the post …

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I’m sorry to hear that, but thanks for bringing it to my attention. By any chance can you send me photos of what you’re experiencing? I will send to the developers.

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    Wow, what a great plan! Good luck with it 🙂 can’t wait to see the result.. Now I’m off to fill in the survey

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    Happy New Year and good luck with your book Maddie. This sounds like a very exciting project.

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    I see amazing things coming for you and Madalynne in 2014. I dare bet it’ll be your best year yet. I’m really excited to see it all happen and cheer you on!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      And I’m cheering you on as well, Anto! I’m excited to see what you’ve been working on Thursday night.

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    Kate McIvor

    That’s so exciting! I can’t wait for your book!

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    Laura Doty

    OMG I love where your head’s at! Your blog is so aesthetically awesome; I know your book will be absolutely beautiful as well as informative. =)

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    You have such an exciting year coming up! I can’t wait to see how it all plays out 🙂

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    You’ve been hiding a book – of course! Good luck, and happy new year! I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for you!

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    Sarai Mitnick

    Your book project sounds amazing! Really cool, I can’t wait to see it.

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    Lady ID

    Happy New Year!!

    The book sounds like a great project. I don’t think there’s a post I hate, lol. As far as favourites, even though I have no desire to tackle bra-making, reading your experiences with the process has been really intriguing. I’d love to see more of that.

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    Pauline alice

    Happy New Year Maddie!
    I wish you the best for 2014! The book project sounds amazing, how great! You’re such a talented and inspirational girl, I can’t wait to see what else you’ve prepared for this year…

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I can’t wait to see what’s in store for your blog either! I’ve been meaning to make a Malvarosa dress!

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    Kirsty Bunfield (kbfield)

    Happy days for 2014. Such a wonderful project all the best with it x

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    Jennifer, Workroom Social

    An amazing sounding project that I can’t wait to see when it’s ready. Happy new year!

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    Happy New Year, girl! I know that whatever you get up to, you’ll have a fun and exciting year! Looking forward to it!

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    Amanda Russell

    I will absolutely buy that book… you go girl!! 🙂

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    Maddie, my heart was so full when i read what you’re going to work on this next year. when you were helping me with my front bodice, i kept wanting to beg you to write a book! i’m looking forward to the completed product and send blessings over you in the whole process! you are a treasure!

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    I think the book idea with the tutorials would be awesome. Inspiring and educational, especially if it’s cool techniques I never would have thought to learn.

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