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Up-cycled Lace & Denim Shorts

Hello again,
I've something a bit different to show you for today's blog post. My grand-daughter Jess (yes the one that works in the Minerva Craft Centre with me most Saturdays) goes away on holiday the same time as me. She is visiting her other Nan and Grandad who live in Spain. She mentioned how she has two pairs of shorts that she can't wear because they were TOO short. You will know what I mean!! 
So I suggested I attach some lace round the bottom edges. The first pair are these blue and white denim ones above, with a frayed edge (the frayed edge had been frayed a bit too much me thinks!!) The lace we chose is this lovely wide cotton lace in white. This is quite a deep cotton lace and has that crunchy feel. Don't ask me why I describe the lace that way it just somehow sounds right to me. Don't let me know what you're thinking haha. 
I first cut off the fringed edge of the shorts and then attached the lace using a three step zig zag. This neatened the raw edge and attached the lace in one go.
This is the lace we used photographed over blue so you can see the design clearly.
Here's how they turned out...
Her second pair already has a lace trim over one side of the shorts so we needed something that more or less matched. The same lace in the natural cream colour was the best match. The design on the cream lace is slightly different to the white - sometimes they do come in in different patterns in each batch. 
We attached it again around the bottom in a similar manner. The only difference really was on the side with the lace, I positioned the new lace over the existing one and the denim behind. The finished results look brill what do you think?
Jess has promised to send us some holiday snaps!
Bye for now,
Annette xx
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Pattern of the Week Kwik Sew 0119 - Floor Decor Decorative Rugs

Hello Gang! 
Well our POW this week is a fresh one. Moving away from clothing we have a lovely pattern for 3 different rugs, a Flower, a Tree, and an Elephant. Each rug is 36" wide with lovely appliqués, non-slip backing, fleece interlining (I think our Volume Fleece would be perfect!), and binding at the outer edge.
I am completely in love with these designs, and I know a few tiny people who I think will appreciate these! The pattern is designed for Minky, Fleece or Fleece Type fabrics (I think our Truella and Winceyette would work very well), also Cotton or Cotton types for appliqués. So as you can see this pattern is a great opportunity to work with some fantastic colour and texture. I'd even go so far to say a Towelling fabric would work wonders, too! 
For the flower pattern I definitely see our Towelling fabric coming into play, particularly in Lavender! Teamed with our Camelot Fabrics Wildflowers Daisy Dot Poplin Quilting Fabric in Pink, and a bright plain centre and accents in Camelot Fabrics Fresh Solids Poplin Quilting Fabric will really make this rug pop!
A perfect chance to experiment with texture!
This absolutely HAS to go in a tiny one's nursery. It's so easy to colour co-ordinate, and with our massive range of Quilting Fabrics you'll be spoiled for choice! Our 100% Cotton Marble Print Quilting Fabric in mid light grey will be perfect for the elephant! Teamed with our Mint Condition Collection Cotton Quilting Fabric Polka Dot in Mint and Polycotton Bias Binding in Pale Grey
The great thing about our 100% Cotton Marble Quilting Fabric is it comes in so many different colours, and each colour has a minimum of 7 shades so you can really tie it in to any colour scheme!
This is certainly the most gentle of the three designs and my personal favourite. The border and trunk would look lovely in our Timeless Treasures Tonal Stripe Texture Poplin, giving a realistic look to the trunk and branches. For the leaves and bird, our Fat Quarter Packs our certainly the  best way to go to get a good mix of colour and print. For the background, I'd be temped by a subtle texture to create a bit of depth, so our Tie-Dye Print Crinkle Cotton or Linen look Cotton would be something I'm tempted towards!
Another great way to tailor your colour scheme!
I love how this one pattern includes varying designs, and gives such an opportunity for personal touches. A great pattern, this week at just £4.50! I hope no family members are reading this, at least 2 people are getting these as Christmas present!
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Katie B xo
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Q&A with Amy from Handmade by Humbug!

Hi Everyone,

Another lovely Q&A from another lovely craft blogger today! Please meet Amy from Handmade by Humbug craft blog...

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?

Hello I’m Humbug. My blog is an extension of liking the sound of my own voice a bit too much, even when it’s in print. It’s also the place where I document what I’ve made. Showing off what went well and denying all knowledge of what didn’t I mean developing through honest evaluation.

When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?

Ok full disclosure. I hated crafting at school, my mum made my sewing class pencil case project. Three generations of my family had tried to teach me to knit but all had failed. In the end it was my Great Aunt teaching me to crochet that kicked it all off. I made my then boyfriend a blanket out of granny stitch. I then made my best friend a blanket that she still uses when she’s feeling poorly, what bigger endorsement is there than that? More addictive than pistachios I tell you.

What is your favourite craft?

You never forget your first love so I’d have to say crochet but I’m pretty smitten with dressmaking.

What do you love most about crafting?

I like things my way; crafting allows me to indulge my (not even remotely inner) control freak. I’m also 5’11” with a lotta of me to love so why stand disheartened staring at a changing room mirror when I can prance around my sewing room in garments where the correct size is my size?

My partner in crime Olive

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My Mum is an excellent seamstress making my sixth form leaving do dress. My grandmother made knitted jumpers. My favourite being a My Little Pony one with real tassel tails! I mean tassel tails, come on! My sister is a baker who makes brownies that would make a dessert chef weep.

Who do you make things for?

My favourite is to make things for my loved ones. Nothing better than someone showing off something you made for them...well that is til I start nit-picking the straightness of the stitching in the ditch.

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

I like to keep records of what I make. As much as I was joking about ignoring mistakes I think it helps to keep a chronical of your progress. You need to know where you are to know where you’re going.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

Not much of a snacker as I’m such a messy eater I prefer to wait for the garment to be made before I smear my dinner down it. Gin however is the perfect accompaniment to any craft based activity.

What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?

Seam ripper, Ravelry (can you believe how good this website is and it’s FREE?!?!?) and my trusty sewing machine Bob.

This is Bob. Say Hello Bob. Hello Bob. 

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

Me and slippy fabrics do not get on. Give me a lovely cotton or a nice jersey any day.

How many projects do you have on the go at one time?

I like to have one in each medium going at once so one knitted, one crocheted and one sewn.

WIP the Bettine dress by Tilly and the Buttons 

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

I’d pick two. One made for each of my favourite gentlemen. The shirt of ‘Oh no I’ve gone blind’ that I made for my Daddy dearest and the Newcastle cardigan I made for the fella.

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)?

I have three. Two I will gladly share and one wild dogs couldn’t draw from me. Crochet: Aster wrap.  Sewn: Bettine dress. Knitting: My lips are sealed, sorry.

My modest stash

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?

I love a good podcast while sewing. Answer me this, The Allusionist or Radio 4 are my preferred ear worms.

What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?

The crafty community always has the goods. You peeps are the wind beneath my wings.

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

However many pins you think are enough? Double it.

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

Many many many blogs. Lucky Lucille, Jennifer Lauren Vintage, LLADYBIRD, Not so Granny, Yarn Harlot, Joy the Baker, Tin Can Knits, Thread Theory, Tilly and the Buttons, But it can’t be from Dolly Clackett.... I could go on.

Crochet squares ready to make up the Aster wrap.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

I’d feel a bit cheeky offering advice as a blogger with only 20 posts to her name so I will give general advice. Cut yourself some slack.

Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words?

Generally winging it.

Lovely! Thanks so much Amy! Be sure to pop on over to Amy's blog to find out more about her crafty adventures. Completely agree, double the amount of pins hehe :)
Bye for now,
Vicki x
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Q&A with Toria from 'Further Adventures of a Little Squish' Craft Blog

Hello,
We have another fab Q&A for you today!
For a little while now I've been a follower of Little Squish and we regularly have contact on twitter :) So I thought it was about time I asked Toria (the writer) if she would like to do a little guest post over here on the blog and tell us a little about herself, her blog and the fantastic Children's clothing she makes. So to find out more please read on...

Welcome! Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?

Hello! I’m Toria, mummy to two girls, and I taught myself to sew about 3 years ago to make things for my daughters. My background is in teaching, but since learning to sew I’ve gone on to start my own business, Little Squish, making clothes for children! My blog mostly focuses on the sewing I do for myself as I just wanted something to document it and see my progression.

When did you start sewing and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?

I grew up watching my Grandmother sew, but I never really had any interest back then. It wasn’t until Kirstie Allsopp started doing her Christmas crafty shows that I thought I’d want to have a go myself!

The very first thing I made was a pretty awful-looking quilt square; it was meant to be put together with squares made by other mums in my birth group, but I don’t think anyone ever finished it! I sewed it completely by hand and felt so proud of myself at the time.

The first thing I ever made using my Grandma’s old sewing machine was a little felt bag for my daughter, which she still has so it’s pretty special to me.

What is your favourite craft?

It has to be sewing! Not only do I love doing it, I’ve met some amazing people through it too. A close second at the moment is screen-printing though, it’s such good fun. This year I really want to master a bit of crochet or knitting, but so far I’m mostly tangling myself up!

What do you love most about sewing?

As I gave up a teaching career to stay at home with my daughters, sewing keeps my brain active! It’s also a way to unwind after a long day and forget about anything else that may be going on.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My husband helps me out when I’m screen-printing, he quite enjoys that, but I tend to sew alone. One of my friends recently bought her first sewing machine though, so maybe in the future we can have our own little Sewing Bee!

Who do you make things for?

Myself and my daughters. I’ve made a couple of gifts for people, but I tend to just sew clothes for us. Through Little Squish, I sew just for younger children, so it tends to be simple things like elasticated skirts (with a bit of screen-printing too!). 

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

I wanted to have somewhere to document my sewing progress, a bit like a diary I guess. It also seemed like a good way to get involved in the sewing community.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

I try to avoid snacks until the crafting is done; I’m always worried I’ll make a mess! I can’t craft without a good cup of tea though, tea is my weakness.

What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?

I think sewing machine kind of goes without saying doesn’t it? It has to be my seam ripper, because I’m forever having to unpick stuff; my glue pen which I’ve found is a great alternative to pinning (depending on what I’m making); and my tape measure.

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I have a real soft spot for quilting cottons, just because I love to make myself skirts and dresses with novelty prints on.

How many projects do you have on the go at one time?

Haha, quite a few usually. I get all excited by something, start making it and then get distracted and start something else.

What’s your favourite thing you have ever made?

That’s a really tough question! I think the project I’m proudest of (which is kind of the same thing!) is the Little Red Riding Hood cape that ended up being my first project for Love Sewing magazine. I’d designed it for my eldest daughter for World Book Day and it was a very proud moment to see it in print!

What is your latest WIP? Do you have a photo?

I cut out a skater-style dress a while back, pinned it and it’s now waiting patiently for me to get around to sewing it. It’s a mustard-coloured fabric with white cats all over it. I would take a photo, but I’m not exactly sure where it is!

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?

I tend to have the TV on. We watch a lot of stuff on Netflix.

What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?

Inspiration can be anywhere! Sometimes I’ll see someone wearing something, or see something I like online, and I’ll think about how to sew something similar; other times inspiration can come from sewing books or magazines. And of course, there’s always Pinterest!

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

Make sure you have everything you need for a project before you start it! So many times I’ll abandon a project for ages because I forgot to get the zip I needed to finish it, or something like that.

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

I do and thank goodness for Bloglovin’ or I’d never keep up with them all. I love Dolly Clackett, Roisin has my dream handmade wardrobe! Other blogs I love right now are Made Peachy, Lazy Daisy Jones and Makery.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Just be yourself and don’t be disheartened if hardly anyone reads those first few posts. Also, get your blog on Bloglovin’ so people can find you more easily.

Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words?

Colourful, messy, perfectionist.

Thanks so much Toria, it was great to find out a little more about you. For anyone new to Toria, check out her blog and be sure to check out her shop page which has some delightful screen printed children's clothes for sale!
Bye for now!,
Vicki x
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Blue & Purple Floral Trousers

Hello,
And so to sew, so to speak!
My next project is another pair of trousers following the success of my last pair. I have a lovely sleeveless t-shirt with a lace back in navy blue and not a single thing to go with it. My choice of fabric is this beautiful floral print which again drapes really well. This time it isn't a jersey so I've chosen simplicity pattern no 1887
These trousers will hang in a similar way to my jersey ones and are still elasticated at the waist. Yet again this is a pattern with my favourite pockets (the one piece pocket as I call it). 
I have pretty much sewn these trousers the same as the pattern for the jersey trousers, up until the waistband. The pattern suggests threading two layers of elastic through the casing with a row of stitching inbetween. The main reason a lot of patterns suggest this method is to help with the elastic not folding in half when wearing. As I've suggested before you cannot beat the non roll elastic. This time I used a ribbed version of the non roll elastic which I think maybe even stronger than what I've used before. The whole waistband was easier to sew mainly because I am just using the one piece of elastic.
My trousers are a little baggier round the top of the legs than my jersey ones. Maybe this is needed with them being non stretch. The fabric glides against my skin, they are lovely to wear!
That's all for today! I'll be back again soon to share more of my projects with you. What have you been sewing lately?
Annette x
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Noah's Ark - introducing the first knit-along by Sirdar!

The story of Noah’s Ark is one that has been passed on from generation to generation, and one that children and adults alike love! The people at Sirdar HQ love the story so much they have decided to create a fun six-part knit along featuring your favourite animals from the ark.
How adorable are these knitted toys...
Bestselling toy designer Sue Jobson has created six pairs of the most adorable animals you will ever see. Each one has been designed with the loveable character and charm that Sue Jobson is famous for.
Designed using a mixture of traditional and zingy colour combinations from two of our bestselling yarns, Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK and Sirdar Cotton DK, these toys are perfect for knitters of all ages and knitting abilities.
Tilly and Tommy Tiger, Hatty and Hector Hippo, Gerry and Georgie Giraffe, Molly and Mickey Monkey, Ellie and Eddie Elephant and Zoe and Zack Zebra are a great way to introduce children to knitting and would make fantastic Christmas presents!
If you would like to join in this Knit Along here is the materials list for all the yarns you will need for each character;
The first installment of this knit-along will be launched here on the blog on Friday 18th September with a new one following every two weeks, so be sure to check back!
I'm really looking forward to this!
Bye for now,
Vicki x
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Q&A with Emma of Crafty Clyde Sewing Blog

Hi Guys,

Another Q&A for you today! I recently came across this wonderful sewing blog Crafty Clyde and thought it would be fun to do a Q&A here on the blog with Emma the writer so we can all find out a bit more about her!

So here goes...

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?

My name is Emma and I write a little blog called Crafty Clyde. Clyde is the name of my tortoise who regularly features in pictures as he just loves to get involved! I blog about sewing projects, pattern reviews and great fabrics. There are a few tutorials on there and I have also blogged about general arts and crafts – anything creative!

When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?

I have been into crafts for most of my life, as a kid I was always making something! I once tried to make a time machine from cardboard and egg boxes. Sewing however was a more recent event – I taught myself how to sew about 5 or 6 years ago. I saw a designer tee dress and thought ‘I’m going to have a go at that!’

What is your favourite craft?

I’m going to have to say sewing clothing at the moment as you get something lovely and useful as the end result, but I’ll have a go at most things like these spray painted plant pots!

What do you love most about crafting?

Crafting is a great creative outlet, especially if your day job doesn’t let you go too wild with colours and imagination! It’s almost a form of meditation as time just slips away when you’re concentrating. I think I love feeling useful the most – it’s nice to have a skill.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My sister has been known to come round and do some decoupage! And she lives about 200 miles away so it’s quite an event!

Who do you make things for?

I used to make to sell, but no more! It’s far less stressful to be a selfish sewer! I do enjoy making things for my sister and gifts for friends. I’m currently working on a child’s dress for a friend’s daughter.

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

It was a way of forcing myself to sew more, improve and get better. If it’s out there for people to see, it gets you learning and making! I also liked seeing how it was possible to interact with other bloggers and share opinions and ideas on patterns. I learnt from people’s blogs and tutorials so if someone can learn from mine that’s lovely.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

I tend to get a bit involved and forget to eat – however a G&T or a cold white wine always goes down well!

What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?

Seam ripper, seam ripper, seam ripper.

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I recently, and goodness knows why only recently, I discovered that viscose prints are great! Lovely soft and drapey. I do love a bit of ponte de roma though, that’s my favourite, very forgiving!

How many projects do you have on the go at one time?

I have tried to be a reformed character and try and keep to one at a time these days. That’s not to say I haven’t got a draw of unfinished bits and pieces from before this new rule! I also have an ever changing list of things I want to make next.

What’s your favourite thing you have ever made?

A pair of floral trousers made of stretch cotton fabric – getting the pattern right for those was a labour of love. My By Hand London Anna dress was also great because I loved the fabric. Still not worn it out yet though.

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?

My WIP at the moment is my first proper man’s shirt! It’s a test version in some great Alexander Henry fabric that’s got naked tattooed ladies on it.

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?

I watch all kinds of rubbish on my ipad! All the tv player apps.

What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?

If I have a pattern in mind I have a browse on pinterest and instagram to see what versions people have made – it’s great to have inspiration like that out there.

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

Bias bind your armholes!

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

I follow loads of them – some of my favourites are The Enantiomer Project, House of Pinhiero and Erica B’s DIY Style.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Just have a go – why not! It’s good to see people wearing their own creations as you can see how a pattern works in real life, that’s useful to other sewers.

Thanks so much Emma for that great Q&A. To find our more and watch future projects evolve be sure to hop on over to her blog.

Bye for now,

Vicki x

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Lace Cover Up

Hello,
Recently I bought a cover-up for around the pool in black lace. I later thought why? when I could have made one! 
And so I decided to make one in ivory lace. I chose this gorgeous cotton lace fabric because of its cotton content. It is the design though that sold it to me as you can see from the picture. 
I have photographed it over my blue ironing board cover so you can see the lovely design a bit clearer. 
The design runs along the length of the fabric but I have cut it out across the width of the fabric so that the 'stripes' run from side to side. Talking of cutting out! The pattern I have chose is Butterick 6176 design C. A really quick and easy design, it has no facings, just turned under edges.
What can I say about the sewing of this garment. I've cut it out and completely sewn it in just under 1 hour!
Why oh why didn't I just return the black lace one and make it instead. I could have chosen this gorgeous black lace fabric
This a soft lace fabric that drapes beautifully and because the lace design is quite close together it is less see through than my ivory one. 
Here's a couple more pictures of my finished cover up...
That's all for today folks, hope you like it!
See you soon,
Annette xx
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Fake It 'till you Make It - Part 2!

Hey Guys,
Yes I'm back with my first Part 2! I'm excited. When I started work on the Fake It 'till you Make It post, I completely underestimated how usable faux leather and suede were! So here's the second installment in the F.I.M.I. saga, how to work Faux Suede! Like I said in the first F.I.M.I. post, leather and suede are BIG in fashion right now and many of the suede trends blend so I'll do my best to categorize them for a quick go to guide!
 
Starting with clothing and a pretty solid staple. The Suede Jacket
Winnie (Scruffy Badger) on our Blogger Network did a wonderful replica of a jacket she had when she was a teenager and it is divine! She used KwikSew 3334 and our 60" wide Polyester Suede Dress Fabric Brown.
I really like the look of Butterick 6169 for our Black Suede, but I'm REALLY tempted by Burda 6800, I sense a lot of fun with contrasting on this one. Maybe the Stone and Cream... 
Another thing I noticed a lot of were Suede Skirts
Simple A-Line cuts, letting the fabric do the talking! The most adorned skirts I saw were button ups like New Look 6346 in Tan
If you want a slightly sexier look, Burda 6902 is right up your street with gorgeous Pencil Skirts! I love the double button look on View A!
Next on the clothing line is a suede shift dress
I could see a peep of a contrast zip on the back of one of my favourites (which I'm a huge fan of) so why not rock a Bold Metal Zip with Simplicity 1609
A surprising find for me was a boxy suede top! I didn't think this could be a thing, but it is and it's really cool!
Burda 6850 is a collection of loose fitting casual tops which I think would work with the faux suede as it isn't as heavy as you'd imagine!
Next on the fashion line up is a slouchy hobo bag 
Butterick 6011 is a great pattern for this. You can keep the straps as they are, shorten them for a high street look or swap them for handles for a true designer look.
I would absolutely LOVE to see Vogue 1311 in Suede!
Another bag I saw around the place, in suede particularly, was a type of drawstring bucket bag, not dis-similar to Burda 6961. It was often mixed with Aztec Weaving designs and so much fringing!
Which takes us swiftly into accessories and the big trend with suede; Tassels and Fringing!
 You can add them to anything for instant style and chic. Mix and match textures and fabrics with suede tassels on a calico bag for Boho vibes. Misty Spinny at Brit + Co has a great tutorial for Tassel Jewellery which can easily be tweaked to make great adornments for your accessories, or a quick and easy way to stay on trend (psst we sell Jewellery Making  supplies, too!)
Another quick and easy accessory comes from Eileen at Yes Missy who has a lovely tute for a DIY Bracelet with suede thonging woven in a cross style through the chain. Absolutely to die for! I might adapt into a headband for festival season!
For something slightly different we head over to Lil Blue Boo where Ashley has a great tutorial for DIY Suede Book Covers and Handmade Journals! How amazing would these be as gifts?!
So how did I do for my first Part 2? I thoroughly enjoyed myself as it got me right into the festival spirit! I'll be bouncing around an Island in the Danube River around the time this goes out to you lovely people! I'll hopefully have plenty of homemade Minerva fashion to share with you all on my return so stay tuned!
Be sure to share your makes, too! 
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Keep crafting!
Katie B xo
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Q&A with Maddie of Madalynne Sewing Blog

Hi Everyone!

Madalynne is one of the most beautiful looking sewing blogs I have ever seen! If this blog is new to you I urge you to check it out and especially visit the 'About' page which is a lovely read. I discovered this blog a little while ago and it's one that draws me back time and time again. If you appreciate beautiful photography, then you will love this blog too.

I thought it would be a lovely idea to ask Maddie the author if she would like to do a Q&A so you can all find out a little bit more about her and the blog. You can see examples of her beautiful imagery as used in this post and hop on over to her blog to find out more!

So, without further ado... 

Hello! Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog??

Hi! My name is Maddie Flanigan and I am a sewing blogger, aspiring lingerie designer and freelance photographer. I started my blog, Madalynne, when I was 18-years-old at the suggestion of my father. In was 2006 and I was a freshman in college. In hindsight, I believe it was his way of keeping an eye on his only girl. Thank you dad! At first, Madalynne had no focus. I didn’t know what to write about so I wrote about everything – fashion, food, travel, beauty, cars, history, etc. I was a hot mess. Shortly after I started blogging, I discovered sewing, and as I got more involved and passionate about it, my blog naturally evolved into a sewing blog.

About 3 ½ years ago, I made my first pair of underwear, and it was the beginning of my love affair with lingerie. It’s been a huge learning curve, and I attribute a lot of my success to the fact that I worked in technical design for intimates for 2 ½ years. Having that foundation in sewing, patterning and producing lingerie has helped me tremendously.

Madalynne has grown organically over the past 9 years, and that’s just the way I like it. I’m really happy with what my blog offers today – tutorials on bra making, glimpses into my own sewing projects, one-day intensive bra making workshops and more.

What is your favourite craft??

Sewing

What do you love most about crafting??

The community. My best friends today are women I met through my blog.

Who do you make things for??

I sew lingerie equally for myself and others. I offer bespoke/one off lingerie and I really enjoy seeing my designs on other women.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting??

Cereal, especially Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without??

Duck-billed scissors (to trim super close to seams), French ruler (for getting the most accurate curves), and temporary spray adhesive (for basting fabrics together).

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why??

Lace – it’s just so darn pretty!

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made? 

My favorite thing I’ve ever made is my dress to my dad’s wedding (he got remarried after my mom passed away). It was a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline. It was made with 4-ply silk and chiffon, so you know it was a labor of love!

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? 

I’m currently working on a bodysuit. I love the look of bodysuits, but haven’t found a way to wear them practically. I mean, I don’t want to prance around the house in swimsuit-like attire. I’d rather wear an oversized t-shirt. But I think that if it’s the right shape, you can wear underneath dresses, pants and blouses.

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft??

It all depends on my mood. Sometimes, I’ll listen to music on Spotify, Pandora or Soundcloud and sometimes I’ll listen to a movie or documentary on Netflix or Amazon Prime. If I’m working on project that doesn’t require much thought, like a TNT, I’ll listen to NPR.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers??

Define what your blog is about. If you don’t have a clear purpose, you will find it harder to generate ideas and motivation for blogging. After 8 years, I’ve missed 3 post, and that’s because I have a clear focus and passion - sewing.

Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words? 

Detail-oriented, passionate, meticulous.

Thank you so much for that Maddie! I hope you feeling inspired and if anything like me, a bit awe-inspired by all these beautiful images! Please take the time to check out Maddie's blog!

Bye for now,

Vicki

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