In a shock result Maria and Kate were neck and neck in votes on Instagram, my blog and email responses to my newsletter, so they are both MIY Makers for July!!
Maria’s Wisewood dress and Kate’s Brightside shrug are both beautifully made garments with great fabric choices. I suspect they would each look at home packed into a summer holiday suitcase too.
Well done to Maria and Kate, they can now both choose their next MIY Collection sewing pattern for free.
Have you got what it takes to be August’s MIY Maker? Post your makes using my patterns online and you might make the final 4. Full details of how to enter here.
Posted in MIY Collection Patterns, MIY Makers, Sewing Patterns by Wendy
Tagged Brightside shrug, indie patterns, MIY collection, MIY Makers, sewing patterns, sewing patterns for jersey, sewing patterns for knits, Sewing With Knits, wisewood dress
Photo © Handmade Jane
The MIY Collection Walkley Vest was originally made by Jane in November (see her original review of the pattern here).
I was then over the moon to see it included in Jane’s best makes for 2015! I think my favourite (apart from her stripey Walkley obviously!) is that black dress….gorgeous.
If you’re starting to plan some Summer sewing (it’ll be here before we know it…) the Walkley is available in print, as a PDF pattern and coming soon as a complete making kit.
Posted in Sewing Patterns by Wendy, Walkley pattern
Tagged easy sewing patterns, handmade jane, MIY collection, sewing patterns for beginners, sewing patterns for jersey, Sewing With Knits, walkley dress, walkley pattern review, walkley vest, Wendy Ward
Winnie who blogs at Scruffy Badger Time made this very graceful asymmetric version of the Tapton Skirt just before Christmas:
Photo © Scruffy Badger Time
Here’s her review of the pattern. Sounds like it was a winner!
There are 2 variations of the Tapton skirt included in the pattern; this asymmetric one that Winnie chose and a simple a-line version. Both have only 4 seams to sew…..! A quick start to your 2016 sewing?!
The print pattern is available here, a PDF pattern will be available soon.
Posted in Sewing Patterns by Wendy, Tapton Pattern
Tagged easy sewing patterns, easy skirt pattern, fold over skirt, MIY collection, miy tapton, scruffy badger time, sewing patterns, sewing patterns for beginners, sewing patterns for jersey, Sewing With Knits, tapton skirt, tapton skirt review, Wendy Ward
There have been some great reviews of the Longley cardigan recently. I guess January is cardigan time of year for a lot of the world and what could be better than a cosy, stylish, easy to wear, quick to make cardi?!
Rae Hoekstra, the US designer behind Made by Rae sewing patterns made this gorgeous version:
Photo © Rae Hoekstra
….and wrote a glowing review of the pattern! Read it here.
Published on the same day was a review by Anne who blogs as Compulsive Seamstress and has so far made 2 Longley cardigans:
Photos © Compulsive Seamstress
Read Anne’s review of the pattern here.
I love that both these bloggers aren’t stopping at just one cardi, Anne is onto her 3rd and Rae has lots more planned. Surely the sign of a great pattern?!
Inspired? The Longley cardigan pattern is available in print and now as a PDF digital pattern from the MIY Collection shop.
Posted in Longley Pattern, Sewing Patterns by Wendy
Tagged cardigan pattern, Compulsive Seamstress, digital sewing patterns, easy sewing patterns, longley cardi, longley cardi review, Made by Rae, MIY collection, MIY longley, pdf sewing patterns, sewing patterns for jersey, Sewing With Knits, Wendy Ward
My straight neck vest and dress pattern is now the Walkley Vest Dress.
I’ve just updated the PDF version of the pattern and as well as the new name it uses my new sizing system based on body measurements and a full scale untiled version of the pattern if you prefer to print patterns at a copy shop rather than on A4 sheets to join together at home.
If you prefer a paper pattern, it’s still available here and will be updated soon with the new name and size labelling.
This pattern is a great summer project – the vest and dress are both really easy to wear – a loose-ish fit, but with some shaping at the waist so it’s not a completely boxy shape. It’s easy to add custom seams to your pattern (fully explained in the instructions) so you can mix and match fabrics and use up some of that stash!!
Lots of my beginner students have happily used this pattern and if you’ve done a bit of sewing before, get creative with those seams and make yourself a completely unique version. I love seeing what people make with my patterns so don’t forget to tag your makes #miywalkley or email me your pictures.
Posted in Sewing Patterns by Wendy, Walkley pattern
Tagged easy sewing patterns, indie sewing patterns, MIY collection, miywalkley, pdf sewing patterns, sewing patterns for beginners, sewing patterns for jersey, Sewing With Knits, simple sewing patterns, tshirt dress pattern, vest pattern, walkley vest dress, Wendy Ward
My MIY Collection Fold Over Skirt pattern has been picked to be featured in this month’s Sewing World magazine “Pattern Showcase” feature: I love this pattern – it’s so quick and easy and the skirt is super comfy. The a-line and asymmetric versions are both included in the pattern. A perfect sew for your summer holiday wardrobe……. Here’s MIY Workshop student Tam in the one she cut out and finished (apart from hemming) in class this week!
If you’re inspired to have a go, get your pattern here.
The simple t-shirt from my book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” is featured in the current Making Magazine (issue 61 – June 15). It’s the perfect project for this time of year – it’s quick to make, you can mix and match different knit fabrics making it a great stash buster and you can’t really have too many t-shirts, can you? Just click on the image above to download your pdf copy of the pattern. If you fancy a t-shirt dress, the pattern lengthens easily into a great little dress for layering over leggings or chucking on over your bikini on holiday…..
Posted in Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking, Books by Wendy, Writing for Magazines
Tagged Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking, bgtdm, easy sewing patterns, making magazine, pdf sewing patterns, sewing patterns for beginners, sewing patterns for jersey, tshirt pattern, Wendy Ward
I spent a good chunk of my Christmas holiday designing a new website for MIY Collection – my sewing patterns and tools. It’s now live and even if I do say so myself, I think it looks pretty good!
To celebrate the launch of the new website I’ve reduced the price of all my patterns by 20% for 2 weeks only. That makes each pattern just £12.
You can choose from:
All my patterns are printed on proper paper rather than tissue paper and packaged in a sturdy bag with an A4 detailed instruction booklet. Better still, there are more styles waiting to be added this year!
I like Etsy, but it was never quite what I wanted and I felt never looked as professional as I’d have liked. Hopefully this new site combines everything you need: easy-to-use online shop, detailed sizing info, thorough FAQ section and a link to my blog for access to a whole library of sewing tips and advice.
I really hope you like it. Happy sewing!
That’s certainly what yesterday was all about! Five students, five lots of very different fabric, five hours later…..four and a half pairs of leggings finished! Yes, one pair will be finished at my class on Tuesday evening thanks to a pesky bobbin running out at just the worst minute – don’t they always do that?!
Here’s what was finished yesterday…..
This is what the students thought of the day:
“Wendy as usual makes everything work, I could not believe that I would go home with a perfectly fitting pair of leggings and the day was such fun.” Brenda
“Fantastic course and a fab pair of leggings at the end of it. Don’t know what all the fuss was about on the Great British Sewing Bee!” Naz
“I have had a fantastic day, Wendy taught me so much and the other girls were great fun. I will certainly make more leggings now!” Joy
“Brilliant day, learned lots and was really good fun!” Mel
Of the four pairs that were finished by the end of the day, three were proudly worn home! Now that’s a good day’s work.
This legging pattern will soon be available to buy from MIY Collection.
Posted in MIY Workshop - Sewing Classes
Tagged easy sewing patterns, indie sewing patterns, learn to sew brighton, legging sewing pattern, make your own leggings, MIY collection, miy workshop, modern sewing patterns, sewing classes brighton, sewing patterns for jersey, Wendy Ward