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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.

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!

MIY Makers Monthly Challenge Starts Today!

miy makers

I love seeing all the MIY Collection makes that pop up on social media and I’m always impressed by how different they all look even if they’re made using the same pattern.  I see it happen in my classes too.

So, to celebrate this creativity and industriousness I’m starting a monthly MIY Makers challenge, here’s how it will work:

  • share your make using one of my MIY Collection patterns on social media (Instagram / Twitter) using the #miymakers hashtag
  • if you want to join in on Facebook you will need to post your photo direct to the MIY Collection Facebook page and use the #miymakers hashtag in the caption of your photo
  • this is also open to my MIY Workshop students who use my patterns in classes, but you must post your photo, not me!
  • at the end of each month I will choose my favourite make and that person will receive a voucher to get their next MIY Collection pattern for free (UK makers will receive a paper pattern / makers outside the UK will receive a pdf pattern).

Simple as that. So get making and sharing people!!

**NOTE: by taking part and sharing your photo you are allowing me / MIY Collection to re-use your photo in any future promotion. Not a bad thing as your handiwork will end up being shared and admired by many!**

Practical Patterns – MIY Collection in Sewing World Magazine

Kerry Green (aka Very Kerry Berry), writes an excellent column for Sewing World magazine called The Final Thread which is always a well-written and thoughtful read. Obviously I was very happy when Kerry got in touch to feature MIY Collection in a piece she was writing on what she terms “practical patterns” the name she’s given to the utilitarian inspired patterns out there that are designed for modern living rather than vintage tea parties.

MIY Collection patterns in Sewing World magazine

I’m in great company alongside Merchant & Mills, Marilla Walker and Sew Me Something.

Make yourself a brew and have a read!

MIY Collection Patterns – New Guides & Checklists

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You will find some little extras in your next printed MIY Collection sewing pattern:

  • a fabric shopping checklist to make sure you pick the right fabric for your pattern (for patterns that use knit fabrics)
  • a comprehensive guide on how to take your measurements with an explanation of that mysterious thing called ease.

Just because. Every little helps doesn’t it?!

The Brightside Shrug Reviewed by Kylie of InleDesigns

Don’t you think Kylie of Inledesigns looks cute in her version of the Brightside shrug? She’s made it look so ladylike by teaming it with her Kim dress.

inledesigns-brightside2Photo © Inledesigns

It’s one of the things that this pattern is great for: a non-bulky, grown-up, chic alternative to a cardi when you just need that little extra layer over the top of your frock!

inledesigns-brightsidePhoto © Inledesigns

But even better, although Kylie made it for a special occasion it’s becoming a wardrobe staple.  I just love that!

Read Kylie’s full write-up of what she thought of the pattern here.

If you’re inspired to make your own, you can get the Brightside as a printed paper pattern, pdf download pattern or as a complete making kit.

Two New MIY Collection Patterns & Kits

Well overdue, I finally launched 2 new MIY Collection patterns at last week’s Knitting & Stitching show and they’re now also available online from the MIY Collection Pattern Shop.

The first is the Kelham, the ultimate A-line skirt pattern.

kelham ultimate aline skirt sewing pattern

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t suit an a-line skirt shape and the Kelham includes:

  • 7 sizes (based on body measurements not confusing dress sizes)
  • 2 different ways to finish the waist (waistband or waist facing)
  • 2 length options marked on the pattern
  • 3 style variations (completely plain, with pockets or with a CF pleat).

There’s so much you can do with an a-line skirt pattern and it will look great in a range of fabrics from cotton poplin, linen, denim, corduroy or lightweight wool.

Get your copy here.

The second pattern is the Wisewood cowl neck dress and top.

wisewood dress

wisewood top

I love a draped cowl neck, they’re so flattering and easy to wear and this pattern went down a storm at the Knitting & Stitching show.

Both top and dress versions are included in the pattern as well as:

  • 8 sizes (based on body measurements not confusing dress sizes)
  • 2 depths of cowl
  • 2 different ways to finish the deeper cowl
  • sleeved and sleeveless versions.

This one is a pattern for stretch knits and works in a wide variety; a viscose jersey will give you a beautifully draped lightweight version – great for tops, a good quality ponte roma (try and find one with viscose rather than polyester) will result in a dramatic sculptural effect in a gorgeous cosy dress.

Get your copy here.

MIY Collection Kits

miy collection dressmaking kits

Another exciting launch at the show was MIY Collection Kits. Including a pattern, carefully selected beautiful quality fabric appropriate for the pattern in a quantity to allow for shrinkage in pre-washing and matching colour thread. Kits are available for the following patterns:

They will be available online just as soon as I’ve photographed them!