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Fulwood Dresses, Brightside Shrugs & Shared Nostalgia for Sheffield

Kate Brookes is a sewing blogger based in Sydney Australia, but she’s originally from…..yes, you guessed it, Sheffield!! All good things come from Sheffield!

So, inevitably Kate and I occasionally reminisce about all things Sheffield online and I was chuffed when she recently chose to buy my Fulwood Dress and Brightside Shrug patterns.

She’s now written a lovely review of them which includes some Sheffield nostalgia, sewing, squeezing a pint out of a half pint pot (in fabric terms) and inspiring one of her 11 year old sewing students to also make a Brightside Shrug!

It’s a great read, have a look.

Brightside Shrug – Now Available as a Complete Making Kit!

Shrug Sewing Kit

Just in time for last posting for Christmas I’ve got the Brightside Shrug Kit online and available to buy at MIY Collection.

The complete making kit comes with a paper copy of the Brightside pattern, enough beautiful quality lightweight sweatshirt fabric in a choice of colours to make one shrug and matching thread all for £45. It comes gift boxed and delivered to your door for free (in the UK)!!

Perfect for impatient stitchers who don’t want to worry about fabric shopping for the right fabric or a great gift for new dressmakers. I’ve had students at MIY Workshop make these in a 2 hour class!!

Last posting date for Christmas delivery is Monday 21st.


A New PDF Pattern & Some Changes to MIY Collection Sewing Patterns

My MIY Collection shrug pattern is now available as a PDF instant download from my shop.

miy brightside shrug sewing pattern

A perfect summer sew – quick, a good stash buster if you make contrasting bands, it’s just enough to keep the chill off your shoulders and folds down small enough to stick in your bag!

I know PDF patterns aren’t for everyone (you can buy a print version of the Brightside here), but with this one I’ve introduced a few changes to my patterns:

  • you’ll notice it has a name – the Brightside Shrug
  • it uses a new size labelling system which refers directly to body measurements rather than some oblique numbering system
  • as well as a tiled version of the pattern to print onto A4 sheets and tape together at home, a full size untiled version is included which can be printed at professional copy shops.

I will be gradually making these changes to all my existing and new patterns and you can read about why I decided to do it here.

I’d love to know what you think?