The Time Has Come

by madge on March 26, 2013

As some of you have guessed, I am not going to be re-opening Wear the Shift any time soon. I have loved making so many cute dresses for all you hot and thoughtful ladies, but I just don’t have the time to do it properly. So, no more shifts for sale. At least not right now :(

BUT! If you have ordered a shift from me in the past, and you want a copy of your pattern, you can order one here. I’m only going to keep this link active for a few days, because I’d like to draw a line under Wear the Shift in the next few weeks. And I won’t be drafting new patterns — this deal is only on offer for folks who’ve ordered dresses before. But I want you to have all the cute custom-fit dresses you want, even if I can’t sew them for you.

If you decide to order, I’ll send you a copy of your shift pattern (and your slip pattern, if you bought a slip from me) as well as instructions on how to put the dress together. It’s a good beginner sewing pattern, and it’s also an easy thing for any experienced stitcher to sew for you.

I want to thank you, so much, for your support over the last few years. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed meeting you lovely people and putting you in cute dresses that make you feel good about yourselves! My ultimate goal of overthrowing mass-produced ill-fitting fashions in favor of bright green, custom-made dresses has not yet been realized, but there are folks working on it. I have a few more ideas up my sleeve, too, and it’s possible that I may yet get the opportunity to flesh them out.

Either way, the whole project has been amazing, and I can’t really put into words how much I appreciate your faith in me. I may continue to update this blog with fashion rants and sewing projects, but you can keep up with what I’m doing and thinking a little more often over at Be Less Crazy and The Hairpin.

Peace, love, and cute dresses to us all,


Check it out! Wedding pics!

by madge on January 7, 2013

You guys, I put up pictures from my wedding on Be Less Crazy. Go check them out! There are lots of pretty shifts. :)

Here is a bonus shot of my reception dress …

And now I am married! It’s three months later and I’m just now getting used to saying “husband.”


Katie and Me

August 15, 2012

The best thing about making shifts for ladies is that sometimes I get to meet said ladies, and sometimes we get to be friends! That is what happened with Katie and me, anyway. This woman wears a shift like no one’s business. She also made perhaps the most amazing ice cream I’ve ever had. And […]

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Wedding! Dresses! Sparkly!

August 2, 2012

When I started planning my wedding (less than 2 months away now!), the first thing I decided was that my bridesmaids would wear the most awesome shifts I could make. You guys know me, I am not going to buy 4 boring dresses from J. Crew and call it a day — no, I want […]

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New Dresses Today!

July 26, 2012

One wacky … One sweet … Click on the pictures to check them out in the Etsy shop!

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Reading, Wine, and Real Talk

July 25, 2012

Last Thursday night, I read a few chapters from my book to a couple dozen dazzling people at Gypsy Tattoo Parlor. Of course I had to make a new dress and wear my favorite shoes and then dance around weirdly after it was all over. When you start talking about body image, there is always the […]

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Pork Among Friends

July 19, 2012

Sunday was Ramen Day at Salt of the Earth! The third Sunday of every month, Salt’s chefs brew a potent broth and serve it with delicious stuff like barely-cooked eggs, pork belly, fish cakes, scallions, and noodles. My beloved’s pre-occupation with ramen has rubbed off on me — we’ve tried at least a dozen ramen […]

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There's a New Gypsy In Town! And a Reading Next Week!

July 10, 2012

So, my dear friend and WTS cover girl Michelle and her partner Mere have opened up a tattoo shop! Welcome to the world, Gypsy Tattoo Parlor! Unlike every other tattoo shop I’ve seen, it’s so clean and fresh inside! Like a spa! I’m so excited for them, and also for me, because it’s really fun to […]

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Forecast: Kitten Showers

July 2, 2012

Yesterday was so much fun! I got to go to a Kitten Shower at Animal Friends, Pittsburgh’s only no-kill animal shelter, with Jolene, who runs the joint! You know what that means: kitten pictures! I got to hold Macie, and I reeeeally wanted to take her home! THAT PINK NOSE. So many cute kittens! Ungh!! Jolene and […]

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Fri-DIY-day: The 1-Hour Summertime Schmatta

June 22, 2012

The other morning when I got up, it was a bajillion degrees. In weather that feels like a hundred blow dryers aimed at my skin, I don’t want waistbands or zippers or anything fussy — just something simple and thin and not-clingy. So I whipped up this little maxi dress before heading out the door […]

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