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!!
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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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Let me introduce you to the first project in Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts – the Roewood, a jersey pencil skirt.
It’s called the Roewood after one of my first schools in Sheffield. We didn’t actually do a lot of sewing in that school, but it was around the time that I started making clothes at home on an old Singer hand crank sewing machine. It was the 80s and my dressmaking of choice was simple batwing tops in an array of lurid coloured cheap cotton from the local market. After the first few I started adding bow ties to them in matching fabric. Thankfully I have no photographic evidence of these creations!!
The Roewood is a great introduction to working with stretch fabrics and an ideal project for beginners as it’s easy to fit and quick and easy to make. If you already know me and my work you’ll know what a fan I am of working with knitted fabrics so won’t be surprised that this is the first skirt in the book.
This skirt has an elasticated waist and you can progress from making the simplest plain version in any length then move onto some simple colour blocking and fabric mixing and then adding a flattering ruched detail to the side seams.
The Roewood skirt works in a wide range of knitted fabrics from single jersey to ponte roma, but you could also try it in a loopback sweatshirt (or French terry) for a casual sporty skirt, or a cut & sew knit (or sweater knit) for a snuggly winter maxi skirt in the longer length. If it’s your first time with knits choose ponte roma; it’s great fabric to wear and easy to work with.
Watch out for skirt number 2 tomorrow!
Good news, my stock of the book has now arrived and I’m taking pre-orders for signed copies! You can order yours here. NOTE: You will be charged when you place your order, but your book won’t be sent until publication day on 25th October.
Want to spend a day making a Roewood skirt with me at MIY Workshop in Brighton? There are still places available at the class on Sunday 6th November, full details and how to book here.
All photography is by Julian Ward © Cico Books with styling by Rob Merrett. Illustrations are by Wendy Ward.
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