Madalynne Interview

The past few months have been filled with time behind my sewing machine and very little documentation of the work that I have been doing. But at the beginning of this week I received a little shout out from a new sewing friend. Maddie Flanigan of interviewed me about my experiences as a costume seamstress going all the way back to my first sewing project when I was 8 years old and forward to now as the General Manager of Pierre’s Costumes. It was a wonderful afternoon filled with sewing geek talk of favorite machines and sewing details. Thank you again Maddie and I look forward to a good talk again soon outside of the shop!

Photo by Maddie Flanigan

Photo by Maddie Flanigan

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A New Year and some new projects.

So I know that I don’t use my blog to the best of it’s ability and I only have myself to blame for that. But in my own defense, doing two 365 projects back to back take up a lot of creative energy and more than I could have imagined for also keeping a blog up to date.

So this year I am not doing a 365 days of Blythe project… I am doing a monthly sewing challenge that I am setting for myself.  I will be sewing something for myself, specifically for my own wardrobe every month, while keeping a journal of my design inspirations as well as notes of how I change a pattern, fabrics chosen, etc.  And of course my other goal is to blog about each project.

For January, I chose to sew a dress from a vintage pattern, Advance #8213 which is from the 1950’s. I bought the pattern over a year ago and just had not found the right fabric for it until late fall of 2013 and just now got around to cutting it out and sewing it together.

I chose a black with red pin stripe and then red buttons with a bit of vintage flair to them. I think that this will be quite fun with my red hair.

Buttons! Almost Finished

Now I am ready to start patterning out my next project for February…

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Fun new things!

Since I have been so happy with my summer rose dress I took the plunge recently and found a new to me vintage dress pattern in my size! I’m so excited to test it out!


This is Advance pattern 8213 which has all of the pieces with 1 teeny tiny tear which was taped when it was first purchased. All in all a great design to wear this summer. Now to hit the fabric shop!

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McCall’s Complete Book of Dressmaking

I have been taken in with the recent success of sewing for myself again! So now that the bug is back I have picked up my trusty copy of McCall’s Complete Book of Dressmaking published in 1951.


This book reviews not only technique but also how to chose a pattern which works best with your body shape and how to adjust a pattern for your sizing.

It also has fun adorable little notes and reminders such as to take it slow and keep a neat sewing box! Gosh I love these old books!




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Summer Rose dress

I was super thrilled that today was warm enough to wear the dress I just completed yesterday! Hooray for a warm spring happening!

Here is a quick shot I begged a coworker to take this morning of me in my new dress!


The pattern makes the skirt about mid calf length which for me is a bit too long for my short legs, so I did remove 5 inches from the bottom.

Overall I loved how easy it was to adapt for using a knit fabric and skipping the zipper so I do see quite a few of these dresses in my future.

And I think it pairs pretty well with a cardigan for those cooler mornings.


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Trying to get back in the swing of things

Since the new year I have been absolutely swamped at work… Sewing til there have been holes in my fingers! But I finally got a little break and was able to do some sewing for myself!


I have been hoarding this pattern for a few years and finally found the fabric I wanted to use for it this past month while out shopping for Spamalot! With summer coming up, a fun floral seemed perfect!


The dress went together well even though I threw the directions out the window! Now I need a day warm enough and sunny to take a pic and show you!

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365 things I am grateful for…

As 2012 comes to a close I had decided many things…

1. I have loved doing my 365 with Chai, my T42 blythe doll. I will do another one with Perique my Rosie Red blythe I adopted in January.

2. Life is stressful. Work is stressful. But you can’t let those things take over. And so that I do not lose sight of the good stuff I am making a gratitude journal. A place where I will write down 1 thing per day which put a smile on my face or made me feel special.


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