It’s those little details that truly make a difference. In sewing, it’s that extra bar tack that keeps your bra straps secured. In hosting an event, it’s that chocolate or that delicate scallop lace that goes into every goody bag. At each Bra Making with Madalynne, curating the right fabric, food, drink, good conversation, picot plush elastic is combination of the right ingredients. And it’s those minute specifics that transform a basic sewing class into to an event.
After 28 workshops, I’ll admit it’s hard to come up with fresh, new details. After 4 years, the classes are pretty much a well oiled sewing machine. I know what to do when. However, I’m patting myself on the back because 2 days after the last Bra Making with Madalynne workshop, I’m soooo happy that I was able to surprise the student’s with a spring + summer cheese spread, curated by a local cheese connoisseur.
You see, this all started about 7 months ago, when I was on the prowl for a good storage unit. I hate having things out and wanted a solid piece that could store patterns, bulk trims, etc. Browsing Craigslist, I came across a huge pink chest. Like giant. It was pricey, and I got ballsy by offering less than half the price. Maybe it was the fact that nobody else wanted a pink chest, and the buyer was trying to just get rid of it, but he accepted. On the upper left side, the doors open to I think what was a pull out TV stand. Ryan suggested that I do something cool with it… like a bar cart. He’s so smart… and handsome ; ) It took me a few months to find the right opportunity, and at last weekend’s Mother’s Day lingerie event, the Madalynne bar car/cabinet made its first appearance, which will DEFINITELY be making another appearance. Just a week later, I didn’t want to do the same thing, so when I was put in touch with a friend of a friend who was a into cheese, the light bulb when off.
Right after everyone sewed their hook and eye, finishing their 8228, Jamie, the cheese lovah, arrived and set up a specially curated cheese spread featuring two seasonal cheeses. The first was Julianna, aged, raw milk goat’s cheese named after a Hungarian intern, Julianna Sedli. During cheesemaking, this cheese develops a surface of white, flossy bloomy rind, which is then dusted with a natural coating of herbes de Provence. It’s just as delicious as it looks. The second cheese was Cornish Yarg, a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese made in Cornwall, England. Before being left to mature, this cheese is wrapped in nettle leaves to form an edible, though mouldy, rind. Again, just as delicious as it looked. To top it off, Jamie added cranberries, acacia honey, fresh bread, and Champagne.
Sure, you could say that bra making and cheese making don’t go together. But just like that bar tack, it’s those extra details like the curated cheese spread and the floral wall by Nicol Floral Design, that I’m hoping made this Bra Making with Madalynne NOT a basic sewing class.
In addition to all of this, I also go to meet Hannah of Palindrome Dry Goods attending. She’s just as sweet and lovely in person as she seems.
So thank you to everyone who made my 28th workshop a total success. Each one leaves me feeling pumped for the next. I’m excited for the summer and fall classes to start!
Fabric: All fabric + trims came from my 8228 Madalynne X Simplicity DIY lingerie kits, which you can purchase here.
Sewing Machines: PFAFF Passport 2.0, Quilt Expression 4.2 1.0 and Creative Essential (AMAZING! Read my review of the Passport 2.0 here)
Pattern: Madalynne X Simplicity 8228
Goody bags: Scallop lace samples, picot elastic samples, a copy of the Madalynne X Simplicity 8228, The Laundress Delicate Wash packet, and chocolate
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