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MIY March 17: Week 3 Prizes

MIY March sponsors

We’re almost half way through already!! If you’ve only just discovered MIY March and want to play along, you can find all the details in this blog post.

Here are the fabulous sponsors of this week’s prize bundle:

Feast your eyes on the bumper bundle you could win this Saturday…..

MIY March Prizes

  • Minerva – a £100 fabric hamper
  • Textile Garden – a £30 voucher to spend online
  • By Hand London – your choice of 3 PDF patterns.

Not bad eh?! And this week’s Prize Day is open internationally. Off you go, get snapping and posting!

Pull-on Shift Dress – Back in Stock and a New Pattern Hack

In lightweight denim

In lightweight denim

In lightweight wool tweed

In lightweight wool tweed

My popular MIY Collection pull-on shift dress pattern which sold out at the Knitting & Stitching show is back in stock. Get yours online now with free P&P in the UK.

I think there are lots of reasons why this pattern is so popular:

  • it’s easy – really, no fastenings, no fiddly bits
  • the pattern is very versatile – these features are optional: the cowl collar, the side seam pockets, the centre front and centre back pleats
  • it’s a great pattern for beginners (I’ve had lots of sewing newbies successfully make this dress in a  day), but has lots of versatility for those with a bit of experience
  • it suits a wide range of shapes and sizes
  • it’s comfy to wear – I know, I wear mine A LOT!
  • you can make it in a wide variety of fabrics: wovens such as lightweight denim, linen, lightweight tweed, chambray, needlecord and knits such as ponte roma, sweatshirt and even single jersey
  • it will see you through all the seasons – I wear my denim one with leggings and a long sleeved top in winter and on it’s own with birkenstocks in summer
  • you can easily combine fabrics, using a different one for the bodice and the skirt.

And if you’re not yet convinced I did a quick pattern hack from it this weekend to make this top which once I’ve hemmed, I think I will be living in…..

easy boxy top sewing pattern

All I did was to use the bodice pattern and lengthen it by 20cm! I’ve used a fabulous lurex ponte roma from Minerva Crafts which is a pleasure to sew as it just does as it’s told.  This will be my nod towards the festive season – black with a bit of subtle sparkle.

Get your pattern now and let me know what you do with it, I love seeing how you all interpret my patterns!