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Pattern Cutting for Dresses

Sunday 11th May was a day of dresses at MIY Workshop!

It’s a full-on workshop this one, but the effort students put in is worth it.  They were all thrilled by the end result of a perfectly fitting dress.  It always surprises me when students are so surprised with their results!

We all agreed that when a garment fits you properly it is just about the most flattering and nice to wear garment that you will ever put on.  Also confirmed by the fact that one student arrived for the workshop in one of 5 perfectly fitting skirts she’s made herself after attending my Beginners’ Pattern Cutting workshop.  What better way to spend a Sunday?

Here’s what they all thought of the day:

“Absolutely amazing!  To be able to draft a perfectly fitting dress so quickly was brilliant.”  Dianne

“Great class, I now have a dress block that is a perfect fit and what a difference it makes!  Really wonderful class and Wendy is a highly knowledgeable teacher.”  Kate

“It fits!  Great day had by all thanks to Wendy’s very patient nature.  Dresses galore for the summer.”  Delia

“So looking forward to the next session and my dress will have sleeves too.  Thanks so much!”  Tess

Recent Pattern Cutting Workshops

Yesterday I spent the day showing four eager students the delights of pattern cutting at the Beginner’s Pattern Cutting Workshop.

They started the day with just a piece of fabric and a blank piece of paper.  Five hours later they were all amazed (I’m always amazed that my students are amazed!) to have created a basic skirt block, made a toile that fitted perfectly and learnt enough to be able to turn their basic skirts into either a pencil skirt or an a-line skirt.

One of the main things my pattern cutting students seem to leave with is the delight of having a garment that fits them perfectly.  I guess if you’ve always tried to make yourself fit shop bought clothes and wrestled with fiddly pattern adjustments when working with dressmaking patterns, a garment that fits your body perfectly must be a bit of a revelation.

Here’s what they thought of the day in their own words:

Yet another great day learning to sew…..again.  Finally I can wear something that fits!”  Deb

So lovely to have a pattern that truly fits ME!!  Great workshop covering everything from pattern through to stitching the skirt together.”  Mary

A wonderful day I understood everything that Wendy said and I was very pleased with the end result.  I’ve started with the skirt block and I will be coming back to do the dress block!”  Georgia

Brilliant day, only 4 in the group so really had time with Wendy to learn.  Would love to come back for the dress course!”  Claire

And speaking of the dress pattern cutting workshop, here’s what some recent students thought of that one!

An informative, fast paced and fun day. And I got a made-to-measure dress toile and pattern, drafted by me (under the watchful eye of Wendy), to my personal measurements. What a great way to spend a day.”  Cathy

I attended the dress block pattern course and it was excellent, very informative and very productive (especially for a Sunday!), I cant believe after one days work I now have a dress pattern which I can make again and again and for it to fit perfectly every time. And if I ever do loose that stone I planned on loosing in January, I’m confident that I can now redraft the block on my own with all the handouts provided. I had a really good time and I’ve already brought some fabric to make my first proper dress from the pattern! Thanks Wendy”  Sarah

If you’d like to have a go at pattern cutting I’ll be doing more Sunday workshops after Christmas and more City & Guilds courses.  To get priority booking for workshops which will be announced in the next few weeks get yourself on my mailing list!  Email me on miyworkshop[at]gmail.com to be added.

Wendy Ward “Sewing Guru” (!)

Here I am; the expert and “sewing guru” on page 29 of the August issue of Sew magazine which is on sale now.

sewmag-patterncutting-aug13-webThe feature is all about pattern cutting – what blocks are used for and why it’s important to make toiles and includes instructions for drafting basic bodice and skirt blocks.

If you fancy having a go at designing your own patterns and drafting the perfectly fitting garment, there is just one space left on my City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School (more details here) and I have a few pattern cutting one-day workshops coming up in the autumn (more details here).

Sunday workshops for July to December now booking…

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If you fancy making something like this one Sunday, here’s a list of the Sunday workshops I’ll be running between July and December.  I’ve included in the descriptions whether each workshop is suitable for beginners or not.  Hopefully there is something for everyone!  They’re already filling up, if you’d like to book a place or have any questions get in touch by phone on 01273 693451 or 775951 or email post[at]wendyward.co.uk

Sunday 14th July – Summer Frock Making                                          Fancy making a unique summer dress to take on holiday or just to waft around town?!  Come along to this workshop where I’ll have a choice of dress patterns for you to use to whip up a new frock by the end of the day.  Specific sewing techniques covered will include pockets, zips and facings.  Just bring your fabric and matching thread.  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.                                                                                                                                              •    Class size limited to 5 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 18th August – Pattern Cutting – Dresses                                 Tired of buying dresses that don’t fit properly?  Try this one day intensive workshop to have a go at pattern cutting and draft the perfectly fitting dress block.  At this workshop you will draft a basic dress and sleeve block and pattern and make a toile (sample).   This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.  It is NOT suitable for those who have never done any pattern cutting.                              •    Class size limited to 4 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 15th September – How to use your Sewing Machine for Dressmaking                                                                                         Another date for this popular workshop. The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!                                             • Class size limited to 5 people            • 11am to 3pm             • £35

Sunday 29th September – Skirt Making                                               Want to learn to sew? Fancy a new skirt? Want to make a present for a friend?
Come to this one day intensive workshop and learn some sewing basics whilst making an A-line skirt. This workshop will teach you the basics of reading a pattern (pattern provided, no need to buy one!) and using a sewing machine.
  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.
  See what previous students have made at this workshop here.                                                           • Class size limited to 5 people            • 10.30am to 4.30pm               • £45

Sunday 6th October – Sewing with Knits                                           Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.  This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.  See what previous students have made at this workshop here.                                                                                                                                      •    Class size limited to 5 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 20th October – Pattern Cutting – Dresses                              Tired of buying dresses that don’t fit properly?  Try this one day intensive workshop to have a go at pattern cutting and draft the perfectly fitting dress block.  At this workshop you will draft a basic dress and sleeve block and pattern and make a toile (sample).   This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.  It is NOT suitable for those who have never done any pattern cutting.                              •    Class size limited to 4 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 10th November – Cushion Making                                    Cushions don’t have to be boring! Cushion covers can be a great first project for beginner sewers and provide a blank canvas for more experienced sewers to explore new techniques. At this workshop you’ll learn the basics of cushion making and we’ll move on to ways of making them a bit more interesting by adding piping, using recycled fabrics and customising. Great for presents or to add a splash of colour to your own place.  Suitable for absolute beginners and those who have just started sewing.  See what previous students have made at this workshop here.                                                                                                                             • Class size limited to 5 people            • 11am to 4pm             • £40

Sunday 8th December – Sewing with Knits                                       Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.  This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.  See what previous students have made at this workshop here.                                                                                                                                      •    Class size limited to 5 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 15th December – Pattern Cutting – Trousers                         Tired of buying trousers that don’t fit properly? Try this one day intensive workshop to have a go at pattern cutting and draft the perfectly fitting trouser block. By the end of the day you will have drafted a basic trouser block and pattern and made a toile (sample). You will get the most out of this workshop if you have previously made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.
This workshop is suitable for those new to pattern cutting & those who have done a bit of pattern cutting.                                                                                               • Class size limited to 4 people            • 11am to 4pm             • £40

Workshops now booking for 2013

My programme of Sunday workshops from January to June 2013 is now booking!

Have a look at what’s happening here, there’s more dates for my most popular workshops and a couple of new ones, hopefully something for everyone!  Remember, if you see something that you think a creative friend might fancy, gift vouchers are also available.

To book a place at any of these workshops get in touch with Wendy by email on post[at]wendyward.co.uk or call 01273 775951 or 693451.

2012 Sunday Workshop Dates

Finally (!), I have timetabled my Sunday workshops for the first half of 2012, it includes two brand new workshops, here they all are:

Sunday 5th February – How to use your Sewing Machine
Another date for this popular workshop.  The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!

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Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 3pm.
  • £35 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 26th February – Skirt Making Workshop
Want to learn to sew?  Fancy a new skirt?  Want to make a present for a friend?
Come to this one day intensive workshop and learn some sewing basics whilst making an A-line skirt.  This workshop will teach you the basics of reading a pattern and using a sewing machine.
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 11th March – Sewing with Knits
A combination of the winter and summer versions of this workshop depending on what you want to make!  Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of winter and summer patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.
This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 25th March – **NEW WORKSHOP** Cool Cushions
Cushions don’t have to be boring!  Cushion covers can be a great first project for beginner sewers and provide a blank canvas for more experienced sewers to explore new techniques.  At this workshop you’ll learn the basics of cushion making and we’ll move on to ways of making them a bit more interesting by adding piping, using recycled fabrics and customising with easy appliqué (I’ll provide you with some stencils to use) and pompoms.  Great for presents or to add a splash of Spring colour to your own place.
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 15th April – **NEW WORKSHOP** Wedding & Party Bunting
I have to confess, I’m hesitant about bunting!!  It can look awful, it can look twee, but I plan to show you how to make sure yours is neither!  I want you to make cool bunting so, it’s all in the choice of fabrics, mix of colours, scale & shape of your bunting and how you finish it off and decorate it.  We’ll go through some bunting basics and then look at ways to customise it by adding lettering, embroidery, using ribbon/tape and recycled fabrics.  It doesn’t have to be for a wedding or party though, you might just want it covering your house….!
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 29th April – Sewing Workshop
Want to come to a sewing class but can’t commit to a weekly session?
Come to this Sunday workshop and sew away to your heart’s content. Suitable for absolute beginners who want a kick start to their new sewing habit or more experienced sewers who want a bit more time to focus on a specific project.
Bring along a project you’re working on or would like to start and we’ll take it from there.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 10th June – Pattern Cutting Workshop
Not sure if pattern cutting is for you?  Try this one day intensive workshop, suitable for beginners and students who have previously drafted skirt or trouser patterns.
At this workshop beginners will draft a skirt block and pattern and make a skirt toile (sample).  Students who have done some pattern cutting before will draft a trouser block and make a trouser toile.  Students who have previously drafted a trouser block with me will draft a one-piece dress block.

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Class size limited to 4 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 24th June – Customising Workshop
Had a spring clean?
Found lots of old clothes that could do with a bit of a revamp?
Bring them along to this workshop where I’ll show you some quick and easy ways to re-invent your old clothes and/or charity shop finds. Also bring some fabrics to use as the decoration, buttons, wool, ribbons, lace, anything you can lay your hands on! Some additional materials will be provided.
Suitable for all levels of sewing ability.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

All workshops take place at MIY Workshop, 33 North Road, BN1 1YB, in the North Laine area of central Brighton.

As always, if you need more info or would like to discuss in more detail, email me at thiswasmadeby[at]gmail.com or give me a ring on 01273 775951 or 689108.  Look forward to hearing from you.

Workshops – what would you like?

I’m starting to plan Sunday workshops until Christmas.  Already booked for September are “How to use your Sewing Machine” on the 11th and “Skirt Making Workshop” on the 25th.

What would you like to see for October, November and December?

Here’s a list of my existing workshops:

Pattern Cutting – Skirts – make your own skirt pattern
Pattern Cutting – Trousers – make your own trouser pattern
Sewing with Knits – learn how to sew stretch jersey fabrics & make a garment
Customising – revamp and repair old clothes & charity shop finds
Sewing Workshop – a day of sewing what you want
How to use your Sewing Machine – get to grips with your sewing machine
Skirt Making – make an A-line skirt

Or would you like to see something new?

I wait with open ears…