Two weeks ago, I taught the lovely Jasmine how to make a swimsuit. Our lesson was supposed to be a workshop, but unfortunately, only one person (Jasmine) signed up. I was a little bummed and tried not to take it personally. I was so excited for the class and thought for sure it would be easy to get students to sign up. Not the case. Luckily, Jasmine was still eager to take the class and I was still eager to teach it, so we turned it into a 1-on-1 session. I’m really glad we did because we had a fantastic afternoon. Let me tell you, her swimsuit turned out close to perfect. Like f**cking fantastic. Excuse my cursing, but excellent sewing definitely warrants profanity. We were so thrilled that we had to have an impromptu photoshoot. HAD TO. Doesn’t she look hot, hot, hot?! She sure is stunner in her me-made. Ow ow!
Anyways, Jasmine is here today to share her experience. For those of you who can’t make it to a workshop, I want to let you know that 1-on-1’s are available and tell you what it entails. They’re just as fun as the classes. Promise.
Also, I’d love to hear your feedback on why you think the swimsuit class didn’t fill up. Too late in the season? The style of the bikini? I want to host another next year (maybe at the beginning of the summer?) so please share your comments, positive or negative.
“Saturday, August 20, was Madalynne’s first swimsuit class and I had the pleasure of having her all to myself! Sometime last year, I became an instant fan of Madalynne, her collection and her blog. I fell in love with her Noelle Bra and from there, my little love affair began (meaning I stalked her just a little lol). I have always wanted to take the bra making class, but never had the opportunity. When I received the E-blast for the swimsuit class, I JUMPED ON IT! I was not going to miss this opportunity!
So about me having her all to myself. I was the only person to sign up; I do not see how you all were not interested! Of course, I was not going to turn down an 1-on-1 opportunity to learn from the woman who I stalked for almost a year. Oh, I didn’t mention that I am from Baltimore, MD, which isn’t far, but required a 2 hour drive in the early morning. I’m so not an early bird, but it was worth it!
At the start of the class, we introduced ourselves. Maddie is wonder woman in the industry and she also happens to be a personal stylist at my favorite clothing store, Anthropologie. That’s when I knew I was going to love, love Maddie! If you haven’t been to Anthropologie, just go and enjoy the smell and window shop like I do!
Okay, back to the topic of discussion! Maddie went through my personalized instructions, talked about fabric selections and preferences, print placements, trims and types of stitches in bra and swimsuits. At this point, I asked all the questions I could think of. From there, we jumped right into cutting the pattern and making my swimsuit. Throughout the day, we talked and got to know each other a little more personally, ate lunch, talked and sewed some more.
Fast forward to the finished product. At the end of class, my piece was complete and almost perfect. I have been sewing some of my own clothes since 2012, but I’ve just gotten into bra/swimwear making. We were both amazed by the beautiful pattern and how good it looked, that I had to try it on. This swimsuit looked so good that Maddie decided to take photos of me wearing it. I am not a model, but I was not afraid to hop in front of the camera!
The day was absolutely AMAZING! With that being said, I would like to say for those who considered signing up but didn’t, be the first to sign up next time! YOU CANNOT MISS THIS CLASS!
Thank you so much Maddie for the experience, your time and being so open with me! I cannot wait to see you again!