a little bit of detail

Hello, everyone!  Thanks so much for all of the comments!  We never tire of reading them.  Never, ever.  We wanted to fill you in with some of the details on our new summer shade jumper pattern.  And let you know about some fabrics we used for our samples (+ Ellie's Christmas skirt).

Of course, we'll show you more pictures too!


Apphia's summer shade jumper in Dance With Melibby (JP25 turquoise)


Achaia's summer shade jumper in Dance With Mekimberly (JP28 teal)


Abigail's summer shade jumper in Dance With Mekayla (JP26 teal) with kayla (JP26 yellow)

Our new jumper pattern is almost ready.  As a matter of fact, we're looking at the next three weeks or so to have them shipping out, Lord willing!

the summer shade jumper pattern…

~available in ladies' sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 (split into two separate patterns, just like our street fair skirts… 2-10 or 10-18)

~horizontal bust darts for a neatly fitted silhouette

~wonderful pockets!

~overall-style straps

~feminine waistband to nip in the waist

~side zip closure (so you don't have to make buttonholes, if you don't want to)

~modest mid-calf length (can be easily shortened or lengthened)

~easily transitions from summer to winter (we're making this jumper up in corduroy for fall!)


Would you like to pre-order the pattern now?  Just drop us a line, and we'll add you to the waiting list.  And if you sign up now, you'll receive free shipping!

Some of you asked about the fabrics we used to create Ellie's little gracie ruffle skirt.  So here you go!


From the Darla collection by Tanya Whelan~

For yoke & bands… ticking (TW17 red)

First ruffle… rosie dot (TW20 green)

Second ruffle… picnic damask (TW19 red)

Third ruffle… darla rose (TW21 mint) 

marie-madeline interview & giveaway!

Kim over at True Up (a website dedicated to the love of fabric– just imagine that!) has interviewed marie-madeline studio!  And to top it all off, we're giving away a $35 gift certificate good for anything from our online store.  So you might want to head over to True Up to put your name in the hat!

Here's a sneak peak of an article we're working on for this Christmas… after all, it'll be here before you know it!  (And we'll teach you how to make those little flowers, too.)


Ellie's Christmas (small) 

Ellie's Christmas 2

Extra-special thanks go to our friends the Pearlstein family for these adorable photos!  Check out Clay's blog for some more fabulous images.

Be back soon, Lord willing!

xo~ the Long ladies

introducing… the summer shade jumper!



Our newest design is here… and we can finally show it to you!  This super-cute 70s inspired jumper is our new favorite thing.  We are really loving it!  

the summer shade jumper by marie-madeline studio~

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We made our summer shade jumpers using Jennifer Paganelli's lovely Dance With Me fabrics!


And a fun shot, just for you!  Oh, there's no one like our Abs…


We'll back with more details soon, Lord willing!  But please tell us what you think about our new jumper pattern!

xo~ the Long ladies

a family of pizza-lovers + an overabundance of vegetables =

That's right!  Vegetable pizza.  We had to do it, you see… and we're all typically strict pepperoni-or-cheese-please girls.  But the vegetables just keep on pouring in, so we had to find a way to eat them all.  (We're so blessed!)  This recipe does the trick.  A basic quick pizza crust, topped with loads (and we mean loads) of fresh from the garden produce.  Oops.  We forgot to take an "after" picture… this vegetable pizza was gobbled up too quickly!  


a really quick pizza crust…

1 TBSP active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 TBSP olive oil

2-1/2 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in water.  Add rest of ingredients, flour last.  Dump onto floured surface and knead dough, for about 5 minutes, until nice and smooth.  Roll into a large circle.  Place on large greased pizza pan.  Prick all over with a fork. 

Top crust with pizza sauce (we like Ragu homemade) and shredded mozzarella cheese (a little pepperoni, too, if you prefer).  Then…

just add the vegetables!

We used chopped black olives, diced green and red bell peppers, diced jalapeno peppers, chopped onion, and chopped tomatoes.  Quite a lot of them.  Just cover that pizza!  Sprinkle with a little parmesan and black pepper.  Bake at 450 degrees for about 22 minutes, or until crust is golden on the bottom.

(Perhaps you thought this recipe looked very similar to our breadstick recipe… you're right!  It's much quicker than our traditional homemade pizza dough.)   

a happy birthday and a little bit of news…

First of all, we would like to say a great big "Happy Birthday!" to our beloved Paps (Mom's daddy).  He is the best grandpa in the world, and our very biggest fan!  We are so thankful to the Lord for giving Paps to us.  He lives far away, but we think about him all the time.  And miss him lots and lots. 

We love you, Paps!  Happy birthday!  (Imagine we're singing to you right now…)

xoxoxo from all of your girls~


And… guess what?!  We've decided to extend the happy scrappy quilt giveaway!  So hurry up, folks.  Because we plan on leaving comments open through 12 AM on August 10th.  We will randomly select a winner Monday morning, Lord willing.

We hope you're having a cheerful evening, wherever you may be~

love, the Long ladies

PS… Now isn't that an adorable picture of our Paps?  It's one of our favorites.  It goes really well with the one we posted of Nan a while back.  What a cute couple!

the finishing touch… a cumberbund!

We've always loved cumberbunds… they are so cute, and add such a dash of panache.  They were used widely in the 1950s by really famous designers.  We can see why!  This tutorial is a simple interpretation of a vintage-style cumberbund.  Keep in mind that these can be made out of other fabrics, too… you don't have to use old cut-off sleeves!


you will need…

~the shirt sleeves left over from this project, if they are long enough to fit around your waist with a couple of inches to spare (if not, try finding a larger shirt in a coordinating color or print, using fabric, or even a pair of lightweight cotton pants legs!)


~1/4" elastic

~matching thread

~decorative buttons, hooks and eyes, or safety pins (to use as a closure)

sew it up…

1.  Neatly trim the edge of your sleeve (where the shoulder used to be).  Roll the raw edges under with your fingertips– about 1/4"– and press.  Pin the pressed edges together on each sleeve.  Stitch.  Press seam to one side.  (You'll still have two separate sleeves at this point.) 

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2.  Cut a piece of elastic a little over half the length of the sleeve edge.  Using the method we used for the waist of the shirt, stitch the elastic to the wrong side of the sleeve with a zigzag stitch.  You may have to ease in some of the fullness of the sleeve.  Be sure to stretch the elastic to fit as you sew.  Repeat for the remaining sleeve. 

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3.  Cut off the cuffs of your sleeves, right above the seam.  Stitch the ends of your two sleeves together, with right sides facing each other.  Pin the placket closed if need be, to keep it together.  Stitch elastic down the center of the seam on the wrong side of the cumberbund (see step 2).  Turn the edges under about 1/2", and stitch in place with several stitches (by hand or machine).  That will make the outside of your cumberbund neat.

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4.  When wearing, wrap the cumberbund around your waist, having the opening to the side.  Achaia uses safety pins (pinned from the wrong side) to hold her cumberbund in place.  But you could also use several hooks and eyes, sewn at the edges on both ends of the cumberbund, to fasten it.  And, for the really adventurous, you could sew on button-and-loop closures!

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So, what do you think?  Would you consider these tutorials helpful?  What kind of projects would you like to see in the future?  Just wondering~

We hope you're having a lovely day!

love, us Long ladies

PS… Wouldn't this adorable shirt look great with a new messenger bag?  We thought so, too!

How to turn an old mens dress shirt into a fabulously feminine top!

Well, you asked for it!  Hopefully, this tutorial will be everything you need (along with basic sewing supplies) to revamp an old mens dress shirt.  We Long ladies have had such a fun time with this project.  There is so much room for variation!  And we do love variations, you know.


you will need…

~an over-sized men's shirt (this can be only slightly larger, or several sizes too big… the shirt we used for this project was much too huge!)

~scissors and (if possible) a rotary cutter

~matching thread

~1/4" elastic

~a seam gauge, measuring tape, and/or ruler

Let's get started!  This is a pretty quick fix… you should be able to have your shirt ready to wear in just one afternoon.  (Provided that you have a couple of hours to sew!)

1.  Lay your shirt out flat (bubuttoned all the way up the front)  and smooth out the wrinkles.  Take your scissors or rotary cutter and cut off the top of the shirt, collar and all.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge them!)   

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2.  Cut off the sleeves, about 1/2" from the shoulder seam.  Use pinking shears (if you don't have pinking shears, finish the raw edge with a zigzag stitch) to finish the raw edge of the one-time sleeve.

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3.  Try on your shirt, wrong side out, and pin the shoulders in place.  This can be different on everyone, depending on where you like your neckline.  Make a small pencil mark at the place where the pins stop (next to your neck).


4.  Turn the pinked edge of your sleeves under to the wrong side; pin in place.  From the right side, stitch along the armhole at about 1/4", catching the pinked edges.  Your sleeves should look like this…

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5.  Trim the upper back of your shirt neatly… right above the yoke, if possible.  (See picture at left)  Turn the top edges of your shirt under 5/8"; press carefully (check the care instructions on your shirt before using a super-hot iron).  Turning the raw edge under to meet the crease, hem the top of your shirt– front and back.  (This will be in three pieces… left side front, right side front, and back)

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6.  Pin the front and back together, with right sides facing each other.  Stitch from the edge of the sleeve to the pencil marks, using a 1/2" seam allowance (be sure to backstitch!).  Your seams should be nice and clean, since we've already hemmed the raw edges.  We like to use a ruler to make sure the seam on both sides of your neck hole is the same length.  Press seams open; stitch seams down along sleeve edge, over the stitches you hemmed the sleeve with.

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7.  Now this step can be tricky, but it is optional.  So if you'd like to skip it, please do! 

Measure your ribcage, a few inches above your natural waist.  Cut a piece of 1/4" elastic that measurement minus about 3".  (It really stretches out!)  Mark your shirt (at the ribcage), on the inside, with pencil.  Place pins at the quarter marks (center front, center back, side seams).  Mark your elastic in quarters as well.  Starting beside the placket on the wrong side of your shirt front, using a zigzag stitch, stitch the elastic along the markings– pulling it to fit your shirt as you sew.  If the shirt you are using is a lot larger than your elastic, you may have to make puckers in the shirt, too, as you go along.  

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8.  Trim off the bottom of your shirt, 5/8" longer than you would like the finished length to be.  We cut ours off longer in the back, to add a little vintage swing!  Turn your hem under 5/8"; press carefully.  Tuck raw edges in to meet crease, and stitch.

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Your shirt should be looking like this…


And tomorrow, Lord willing, we'll show you how to make the cumberbund!

xo~ the Long ladies