In the midst of drafting patterns, making samples, writing instructions and drawing illustrations for book number 3 it’s heartening to see books number 1 and 2 doing so well; both in Amazon’s top 10 bestselling Dressmaking books!
My first book “Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” is back in the number 1 slot.
And my second book “Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” is currently number 4.
Both books have also recently received some lovely reviews…..
…..this one for Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking…….
….and this one for Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts.
A huge thanks to everyone who has bought my books and a bigger one for those of you that have taken the time to write reviews. It is much appreciated and I read every single one!
This gorgeous Fulwood dress popped up on my Instagram feed at the start of this week:
It was made by Kath Webber who bought one of my Fulwood denim kits just over a week earlier, she’s obviously a fast mover!
It got me thinking how popular this pattern is so I decided to gather together a little gallery of some of the most recent makes shared by the online sewing community.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but this pattern is just so versatile and everyone that makes it seems to reinvent it all over again.
It’s a pull-on style without any openings making it easy and comfortable to wear and layer and quick and easy to make. It works in almost any fabric from heavier weight denims through to lightweight single jersey knitted fabric, it works as a top as well as a dress, has optional collar, pleats and pockets and I’m working on a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to add a lining to it.
Here are just a few that I’ve made for myself that get regular wears:
If you’re feeling inspired the Fulwood pattern is available in print, as a PDF download and as a complete makers’ kit in a choice of 2 denim washes.
I look forward to seeing your version!
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Tagged denim dress, dressmaking kit, easy sewing patterns, fulwood dress, fulwood pattern, indie sewing patterns, makers kits, making kits, MIY collection, miy fulwood, pull-on dress, sewing patterns, shift dress, Wendy Ward
Have you ever found yourself mid-project, in need of some elastic of a specific width and only able to find something too wide in your stash?
If you have an overlocker, here’s a genius way to fix that:
Just overlock your elastic to the width you need and the overlocked edge stretches with the elastic without unravelling.
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Tagged alter elastic width, elastic, elastic width, how to alter elastic, how to sew, how to sew elastic, sewing help, sewing tutorial, sewing video, sewing with elastic, Wendy Ward, youtube
Well, 2017 MIY Makers got off to a good start, all 4 final makes were so popular it was neck and neck and I had to extend the voting time to get a final winner.
In the end Kath’s spotty Roewood Jersey Pencil Skirt from my book Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts just pipped the others to the post, by just 3 votes!
Congratulations Kath who wins her choice of MIY Collection pattern. This is already her second Roewood skirt and it sounds like she has many more in the planning.
If you fancy being February’s MIY Maker, just share a photo of your makes using my patterns on social media. Full details here.
It’s MIY Makers time again. Who gets your vote for the first MIY Maker of 2017?
To choose from we have, clockwise from top left:
Whose make do you think deserves to be January’s MIY Maker and win their next MIY Collection pattern for free?
Over to you! Leave a comment with your favourite and I’ll announce the winner at the end of the day tomorrow (Wednesday 1st February). Voting is also open on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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Tagged beginner's guide to making skirts, beginners guide to dressmaking, beginners guide to skirts, indie sewing patterns, January MIY Maker, jersey pencil skirt, MIY collection, MIY Makers, roewood skirt, sewing challenge, sewing patterns, sewing patterns for beginners, sewing patterns for knits, Sewing With Knits, t-shirt pattern, Wendy Ward