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The Walkley Vest & Dress – Now Available as a Complete Making Kit

MIY Collection walkley vest dress kit

At long last, the MIY Collection Walkley Vest & Dress is now available as a complete making kit.

The kit contains everything you need to make a vest or dress:

  • printed pattern
  • beautiful quality viscose/lycra ponte roma in a choice of 4 colours (enough to allow for shrinkage when you pre-wash your fabric)
  • and matching thread.

All delivered straight to your door with free P&P (UK only) so you can just get sewing.

See inspiration for how to make the Walkley on this Pinterest board as well as links to blogger reviews of the pattern from Handmade Jane, Scruffy Badger Time, Paprika Patterns and more!

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.

The Wisewood – Now Available as a PDF Pattern!

wisewood cowl neck dress sewing pattern

Hooray, you can now buy the Wisewood pattern as a PDF download and get sewing instantly!

I have to confess I love this pattern (is it a bit weird to say that about one of your own patterns?!) That sleeveless dress version in the picture above? I wear it soooo much in the summer, it’s comfortable and flattering to wear and can easily be dressed up or down.

The pattern has 2 cowl options – a standard depth cowl that you could probably wear without the need for a vest underneath or a dramatic deeper version that falls into lots of luxurious folds and drapes. Shown above is the top with the deeper cowl and the dress with the regular cowl.

The pattern includes 2 different ways to finish the deeper cowl: simply left to drape through the whole of the dress front, or with the bottom part stitched out to give a more fitted dress below the waist which emphasises the beautiful drape of the cowl neck, like the one below:

wisewood cowl neck dress sewing pattern

Both dress and top versions are included in the pattern and the instructions will walk you through inserting sleeves or how to add a beautifully professional finish to the sleeveless version as well as the different ways to finish the cowl.

8 sizes are included in the pattern ranging from bust size 80cm to 111cm (31.5″ to 44″) and hip size 88cm to 119cm (34.5″ to 47″). This pattern is sized based on body measurements not dress sizes and includes full details of finished garment measurements for each size to make sure you get the right size first time.

Here is a lovely selection made by my students in sewing classes at MIY Workshop:

wisewood cowl neck dress sewing pattern

There’s more inspiration on this dedicated Wisewood Pinterest board.

Get your Wisewood pattern now for just £9 and start sewing tonight.

If you’re not a fan of PDF patterns, the Wisewood is also available as a paper pattern here.

MIY Collection Longley Cardi Pattern Reviewed by Very Kerry Berry

MIY Longley Cardi Review by Very Kerry Berry

I’ve known the lovely Kerry Green for a while in the virtual world and she most recently interviewed me for her column in Sewing World magazine. Kerry does a lot of patchwork and quilting, but also makes most of her own clothes and blogs about both at http://verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk

I asked Kerry if she would be up for reviewing one of my patterns and was thrilled when she agreed (she’s a busy woman and I’m not quite sure how she fits it all in!). Kerry chose the Longley cardi and has written a really detailed review of the pattern in this blog post. She also includes a little tutorial on how to finish the back neck of the cardi with binding. Have a look, it’s such a nice detail.

If you’re inspired to have a go at making your own, the pattern is available in print for £15 and as a PDF download for £9.

If you need a bit of fabric inspiration, Ditto has a great range of excellent quality knits.

Sewing With Knits – A Shopping Checklist to Download for Free!

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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!

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.

The Brightside Shrug Reviewed by SoZo

You may know Zoe Edwards as author of the popular SoZo What do You Know blog and creator of the annual MeMadeMay sewing extravaganza. MIY Workshop students will also know her as the teacher of my Saturday classes.

When Zoe started teaching at MIY Workshop she asked if she could make the Brightside shrug and write a review of it. Obviously I was more than happy to let her loose on my patterns! Here’s her oh-so-wearable end result:

Brightside shrug by sozowhatdoyouknowPhoto © Zoe Edwards

Read her full review of the pattern here and like me, be super impressed at Zoe’s thriftiness…..

If you’re inspired by Zoe to have a go yourself, the Brightside Shrug is available in print, as a PDF pattern and a complete making kit in the MIY Collection shop.

The Longley Cardi – Now Available as a PDF Pattern

It’s here! The MIY Collection Longley Cardigan pattern is now available as a PDF  to download and get started tonight.

longley cardi sewing pattern

Here’s a bit of inspiration to whet your appetite; there have been some glowing reviews of the pattern in the last few weeks from bloggers, links in this post.

I particularly love Anne of Compulsive Seamstress‘s final sentence in her review of the pattern:

“So if you’re thinking of a drapey cardi that you can throw on over – or under, anything, this one is great!  Really quick to make, easy to put together and looks pretty darned good to boot!” 

There you go, her words not mine from the woman who having made one for herself and one for her daughter, is currently planning Longley cardi number 3…..

You can get the PDF pattern for just £9 here.

As well as the tiled pattern sized to fit on US letter and A4 paper I’ve included a full size copy shop version (sized to fit on UK and US large format professional printers) for those of you that aren’t fans of scissors and sellotape!!