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New Classes at MIY Workshop!! Make a Kimono | Make Your Own Knickers | Fabric Stamping

Two new teachers are bringing 3 fantastic new classes to MIY Workshop this autumn with lots of dates and times (weekdays, weekends, evenings) available.

Michelle will be showing you how to make your own bespoke kimono and your own knickers:

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Nula will be teaching fabric stamping so that you can print your own fabric:

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Spaces are limited at all these classes. Full details including prices, dates and how to book are on the MIY Workshop website here.

Come & Make A Skirt From “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”!

In celebration of my new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” being published in October I’m teaching 2 one-day classes based around the book.

These are the only 2 dates that I’ll be teaching one day classes based around my book this year, so once they’re booked, that’s it!

The first date is suitable for absolute beginners that have never made clothes before, the second date is for those who already know how to use a sewing machine and have done some dressmaking. Both classes include a signed copy of the book to take away with you and make more skirts!

To book, email me at miyworkshop@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 10am-4pm

MAKE AN EASY PULL-ON PENCIL SKIRT WITH WENDY WARD

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Join bestselling craft book author Wendy Ward for a day of dressmaking. You will make a pull-on stretch pencil skirt from her new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”. The class includes a signed copy of the book to take away with you to make more skirts and even all your fabric and thread. All you need to bring is yourself!

This class is ideal for beginners and don’t be scared of sewing knitted fabrics, we’ll be using a regular sewing machine and Wendy will guide you through setting up the machine to sew stretch fabrics – it’s a lot easier than you think. There are lots of different ways to make this skirt; different lengths, adding gathering to the side seams and colour blocked panels so you will be able to make it really suit your own style.

  • Suitable for absolute beginners.                                                                                             
  • Class size limited to just 5 people.
  • £125 includes a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” and materials.

SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 10am – 4.30pm

MAKE A SKIRT WITH WENDY WARD

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Join bestselling craft book author Wendy Ward for a day of dressmaking to make your choice of skirt from her new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”.

There are 8 skirt styles to choose from and the class also includes a signed copy of “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” to take away with you to make more skirts!

This class is ideal for those who have just started sewing and those with more experience but need a refresher, some new ideas or just a confidence boost.

You will be able to choose to make one of the 8 different skirt styles in the book and with each skirt having at least three different style options you can really make the skirt your own style. Wendy will teach you how to perfect lots of dressmaking techniques; from pockets and pleats to zips, gathers and different ways to finish waistbands using her own tried and tested methods.

  • Best for those who know how to use a sewing machine and have done a bit of sewing.
  • Class size limited to just 5 people.
  • £125 includes a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”.

Saturday Sewing Classes – Weekly From 11th June at MIY Workshop!!

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Yes, you read that right, from Saturday 11th June you can sew every Saturday at MIY Workshop. Full details here.

MIY Workshop Class Reviews

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Did you know there are masses of reviews from past students about their classes at MIY Workshop? Have a read here.

Sunday Sewing Classes

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After many requests over a long time I’ve finally given in!

Starting from Sunday 12th June there will be 2 Sunday time slots available for weekly sewing classes: 10am-12 and 12-2pm.

You can book just one class or both and you can mix and match these sessions with all the other weekly classes (see full timetable here).

These classes will happen on one Sunday per month starting on Sunday 12th June. From July they will run on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Prices are the same as for all the MIY Workshop Sewing and Dressmaking classes, ie. a block of 4 classes for £90, a block of 10 for £195 and single classes at £35. The only difference is that if you want to only do Sunday classes, you must do consecutive Sundays.

As with all other MIY Workshop classes there are only 5 spaces available per class, that means I only have space for 10 people to do regular Sunday classes. 

You can work on your own choice of project at the classes and they are open to all levels of ability from absolute beginners to more experienced stitchers. The common theme whatever your ability is that I won’t teach you shortcuts, I’ll teach you how to sew well and I won’t just teach you the standard way to do things that you can find in any sewing book you pick up, I’ll show you my own techniques that I’ve developed over years of sewing and teaching.

I’ve been sewing since I was 12 and pattern cutting since I was 16. I’ve got a 1st class degree in fashion, an MA and a teaching qualification. I spent 7 years working in the fashion industry (read a bit about that here) and I’ve been teaching adults to sew since 2007. I also write a regular column for Love Sewing magazine, my first dressmaking book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” which came out in 2014 is a bestseller and my second book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” will be published this Autumn.

So, you’re in safe hands! I’ll teach you how to sew well and make clothes to be proud of. 

But don’t just take my word for it, have a read of what previous students have thought here.

To book your place, email me at post[at]wendyward.co.uk

How to Make Perfect Patch Pockets in Sewing World Magazine

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For Sewing World magazine this month it’s all about making patch pockets.

Thought they were too simple to merit a place in the Finishing Touches category?  Well they are one of the easier pockets to make and attach but there are a few little things you can do to make yours look perfect rather than just ok.

It’s on pages 52-54 of the July issue which is out now.

New Sunday Workshop Timetable Now Booking!!!

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My new timetable of Sunday workshops for July to December 2014 is now open for booking and they’re filling up fast!

See the full list here.

British Sewing Awards – MIY Workshop was 3rd!

SEW 3rd Place LogoI had some pretty impressive news last week, MIY Workshop came 3rd in Sew Magazine’s British Sewing Awards in the “Best for Sewing Courses/Workshops” category.

I have to admit that usually nothing less than the best is good enough for me, but this was a national competition open to the many businesses teaching people to sew across the UK, so I’m actually rather chuffed with 3rd.

And, dear reader, this is mostly down to you, as I relied on you first of all to nominate me back in September of last year and then to vote for me, so a big thank you bear hug from me to you.

MIY Workshop seems to be on a bit of a roll this year……

A Mini Lesson on Sleeves

If anyone feels tempted to have a go at the alteration challenge that was set on the Sewing Bee last night (don’t worry, no spoilers contained in this post if you haven’t seen it!), here’s a bit of background knowledge to help you.

Putting a sleeve into a sleeveless armhole is never a good idea, take note from the most successful version last night – Chinelo’s pleated sleeve head.  A sleeveless armhole is much smaller than an armhole designed for a sleeve, with good reason – so that it doesn’t gape!  This makes for a snug armhole that is completely the wrong shape to then go adding in a sleeve.

I’ve also seen the term “set-in sleeve” not being used properly this morning.  So, as I like things to be just so and as I believe that if you’re learning a new skill, it’s best to get it right from the start, here’s a little starter for ten on sleeves…..

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So, if ever you’re trying to put a sleeve into a sleeveless armhole, remember……you need to add some kind of fullness into the top of the sleeve, be it in the form of gathers or pleats.  That is, if you want to be able to move in the garment!

Sewing with Stretch Knits Workshop

This workshop is becoming increasingly popular and I’m not surprised because each time I run it students walk away with fabulous new garments. Yesterday’s workshop was no exception and two of my students even went home in their creations!

It always amazes me how people with the same pattern can make such different garments. Here’s a perfect illustration – all three garments below were made from the same pattern – my Straight Neck Vest and Dress:

dressmaking patterns for jerseyHere are from left to right; Louise in her straight neck vest in a lovely lightweight loopback sweatshirt fabric from The Cloth House in London, Debbie in her fabulous straight neck dress (which has a plain black back to it!) in lightweight jersey from Fabricland and Katie in another lovely straight neck vest in a teal ponte roma from Fabricland (loving that colour!).

sewing patterns for stretch knitsAnd here’s the same pattern and Louise again in a lovely sporty straight neck dress for summer using a gorgeous flecked teal sweatshirt fabric, again from The Cloth House.

how to sew stretch knit fabricLast but not least is Kate in a lovely cowl neck dress in the perfect drapey printed jersey from John Lewis. This pattern will be the next one available as a multi-sized MIY Collection pattern, just as soon as I’ve finished my sewing book! Impressively, once Kate had finished this dress, she then cut out and almost finished a shrug!

The only person we didn’t get in front of the camera was Tess. She was soooo close to finishing a drapey cardi, but the sewing gods were against her – we had to really juggle the pattern and fabric to get it out of not quite enough fabric and then her bobbin ran out right at the end. You know how it always does, just when you think you’ve nearly done…?!

Here’s what the five students thought of the workshop in their own words:

“Brilliant! Loved it! Wendy is super knowledgeable and super helpful. I came away with a lovely top that I’ll certainly be wearing a lot, as well as a lot more confidence. Already looking forward to my next workshop.” Katie

“What a great day. made a dress and wore it home. FABULOUS! Lovely people, patient teacher, lots of laughs. A lovely way to spend a Sunday.” Debs

“Great fun day – so pleased with my results and have two great garments to wear. Wendy was a great teacher and very patient.” Louise

“What a great way to spend a day. And to think, I walk away with something new to wear. Fantastic.” Tess

“A really great day! Wendy was brilliant at helping me get to grips with sewing with jersey. I’m totally converted. Thank you!” Kate

Wow, thanks folks! Sounds like a job well done.

If you’re feeling tempted to have a go yourself, I will be announcing more dates for this workshop soon. To be able to book your place before workshops are advertised (and they often book up before I get chance to advertise them on my website), join my mailing list here.

Look forward to seeing you…..!