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MIY March MIY Makers

MIY March MIY Makers Sponsors

Wow what a start to MIY March it’s been so far! After only 9 days there has already been over 4000 pictures posted by the sewing community on Instagram.

Did you know there’s also a new making challenge this year? Instead of my usual monthly MIY Makers challenge, for this month it’s the MIY March MIY Makers and there are prizes.

Full details for how to enter are here and don’t forget to download your copy of my free (for a limited time) Pomona Shrug pattern…..

free miy collection sewing pattern

Janome and Sew Essential are the generous sponsors of this challenge, here are the prizes up for grabs:

janome sewing machine

A Janome Sewist 525S sewing machine worth over £250 and….

mettler thread pack

from Sew Essential a Mettler thread pack worth £30 and your choice of 3 sewing patterns.

So, get busy with the scissors and I look forward to seeing what you make!!

A Free MIY Collection PDF Pattern

Free PDF sewing pattern

Remember me promising something special for you as part of MIY March? A free pattern that you can use to enter the MIY March MIY Maker sewing challenge?

Here it is; the Pomona Shrug. It’s a pattern I designed 3 years ago, initially for a Love Sewing magazine project that has since been languishing unused. As lots of my students at MIY Workshop seem to love the samples that are in the workshop I thought it was time to give it a 2nd wind!

free pdf sewing pattern

free pdf sewing pattern

Those of you that know me, know that “free” is not a word I use very often. Attach the word free to anything and I feel it’s valued far less by people, so enjoy this while you can. As the Pomona Shrug is a free pattern it’s in one size only, but the shrug is a relaxed, loose fitting garment which can comfortably accommodate bust sizes from 80cm to 101cm (31.5″ to 40″).

free pdf sewing pattern

free pdf sewing pattern

This pattern is suitable for woven and knitted fabrics (although the neckband and optional cuffs must be made from knitted fabric). My samples are made from silk satin and viscose single jersey.

You can download the pattern for free from the MIY Collection website. You will be asked for your email and postal addresses, but these will not be used to contact you unless you sign-up to receive my newsletter. A link to download the files will be emailed to you automatically once you’ve completed your free order. There is a full step-by-step instruction booklet, a full size copy of the pattern which can be printed at professional copy shops (sized to A0 paper width), the tiled pattern sized so that it fits on both A4 and US letter sized paper and a set of instructions to help with printing your tiled pattern.

You don’t have to use this pattern to enter the MIY March MIY Makers challenge (full details on how to enter here) but if you’d like to, I can’t wait to see what you make!

I can’t guarantee how long I’ll have this pattern available for free so get it while you can!

February’s MIY Maker

February MIY Maker

Jackie’s vision in red Fulwood Dress just pipped Abi’s Rusholme A-line Skirt to win this month’s MIY Maker.

Congratulations on a stunner of a frock Jackie!

Don’t forget as it’s now MIY March, the next MIY Maker is an extra special one. More details here.

Vote for February’s MIY Maker

February MIY Maker

Who gets your vote to be February’s MIY Maker?

Here are your fabulous four to choose from, clockwise from top left:

So, it’s over to you, whose make do you think deserves to be this month’s MIY Maker and win their next MIY Collection pattern for free?

Leave a comment with your favourite and I’ll announce the winner at the end of the day tomorrow (Wednesday 1st March). Voting is also open on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

MIY March 17 Sewing Challenge

Remember me saying there would be an extra sewing challenge dimension to this year’s MIY March?

MIY March MIY Maker

Here are some more details……..

  • Instead of my usual monthly MIY Maker challenge, for March I’ll be combining the two and we’ll have a MIY March MIY Maker!
  • At the end of March me and Emma (the co-host of MIY March) will choose our favourite 9 makes from the month.
  • The final 9 will be open to voting and the sewing community will choose the winner.
  • The winner of this challenge will win a Janome Sewist 525S sewing machine.
  • The MIY March MIY Maker challenge will only be open to UK entrants (sorry folks, those sewing machines just cost too much to post overseas).
  • The usual rules of my monthly MIY Maker challenge apply (full MIY Maker info here): post a photo of a make using any of my MIY Collection sewing patterns (including those from my 2 books Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking and Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts).
  • I HAVE A NEW FREE PATTERN you can choose to download and use if you prefer! Find out more about the pattern and how to get your copy here.

January’s MIY Maker

MIY Makers

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.

Happy sewing!

Who Should be the 1st MIY Maker of 2017? Vote Now!

January MIY Maker

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 InstagramFacebook and Twitter.