Category Archives: Books by Wendy

Make a Roewood Jersey Skirt in Sheffield

jersey pencil skirt

Up North and want to take a class with me? Good news! There are still places available at my one day workshop at Running with Scissors on Sunday 4th June.

We’ll be making the Roewood jersey pencil skirt from my book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”, ideal for newbie dressmakers and those fearful of sewing knits as I’ll be showing you how to sew stretch knit fabrics using just your regular sewing machine.

There are several ways to make this skirt so you’ll end up with a finished skirt completely unique to your own style to take away at the end of the day and a signed copy of my book to make more skirts.

Full details and booking info here.  Look forward to seeing you fellow Northerners!!

A Review of the Roehampton Culottes from Beginner’s Guide to Skirts

Aimee (aka Wrong Doll on her blog and Instagram) is a prolific stitcher, I don’t know how she manages it alongside a full-time job!

She recently made the Roehampton Culottes from my book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” and I instantly wanted to steal them!  They’re so my style; Aimee’s chosen the kind of fabric I’d have gone for and wears them pretty much how I would choose to.

Her review of the culottes project and the whole book makes heart warming reading for me but here are some choice words:

“Wendy’s book is split in two – the individual projects, followed by a techniques section at the end. This format empowers you to get into the driving seat and customise each pattern according to your whim.”

“Thanks to the mode of presentation and clarity of instruction, these Roehampton culottes are by far my most well made make to date.”

It’s so satisfying to know that I’ve played a small part in improving someone’s sewing skills like this. That’s what it’s all about folks.

Read Aimee’s full review here and get a signed copy of my book here.

New Class!!! Make a Wrap Skirt

skirt making classAll images taken from “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts and © Cico books / Julian Ward Photography.

Join me for a day of dressmaking this summer. You will make the easy Granville wrap skirt from my latest book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”.

This class is ideal for beginners and there are lots of different ways to make the wrap skirt; with ties or buttons, with pockets and even a reversible version so you can really make it to suit your own style. It’s quick, easy and a gorgeous flattering skirt that’s perfect for summer.

You’ll learn how to sew accurate seams, my favourite method for neat hems, how to sew darts, how to attach a facing or lining and how to make and attach a pocket (if you choose that option!).

By the end of the day you’ll feel confident using a sewing machine and leave with a unique-to-you handmade skirt, ready for wearing all summer.

Some materials will be provided, a full list of materials needed will be sent when you book your place.

  • Suitable for absolute beginners.                                                                                            
  • Class size limited to just 5 people.
  • £95

To book your place email Wendy on miyworkshop@gmail.com or ring 01273 693451

Signed Books Available Again!

signed sewing book

Good news, you can pre-order signed copies of both of my books again right now!

I have only ordered limited numbers, so when they’re gone they’re gone. Make sure you don’t miss out and pre-order yours now.

Payment will be processed at time of order and books will be dispatched week commencing 15th May.

Get your copies of Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking here and Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts here.

Bestselling Books!

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!

beginners dressmaking book

My first book “Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” is back in the number 1 slot.

skirt making book

And my second book “Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” is currently number 4.

Both books have also recently received some lovely reviews…..

sewing book review

…..this one for Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking…….

dressmaking book reviews

….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!

Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts – How to Add a Lining to a Skirt

Got a copy of Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts and want to add a lining to your skirt?

As I was so prolific with my writing for this book, we ran out of space for a section on lining, but never fear, here it is.

Happy lining!

Exciting News

I always used to think I wasn’t any good at keeping secrets, however, it seems I must be as this has been rumbling on since the summer but I can now tell all……

sewing book number 3

Book number 3 is go!!

The contract is signed, I’ve come up with some designs that I think you’re going to love and I’ve started writing.

I’ll tell you more about the subject of this one soon. No prizes for correct guesses…..