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July’s MIY Maker

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June’s MIY Maker (& MIY Makers is a Year Old!!)

MIY Maker sewing challenge

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Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts – A Journey

skirt project names

I began with these 8 basic skirt shapes for “Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” that I designed to suit all levels of sewing ability, shapes and tastes; from an easy pull-on jersey pencil skirt to a full-on girly bubble skirt.

I am a firm believer in making everyday clothing; a wardrobe of core basics that fit you well, that are comfortable, that suit you and that you wear again and again. You don’t need boxes full of different patterns, you just need to find a few good adaptable styles that work for you, that you enjoy making and stick with them.

I hope you enjoy your sewing journey. You can share in a bit of mine with the story behind the names of the projects; they’re named chronologically after places that have been significant during my career so far.

Over the coming 8 days until publication day on the 25th I’ll be writing a blog post for each of the skirts in the order that they appear in the book; where the name came from, a bit of background about the skirt style, what skills you can learn when making the 3 different variations of the skirt along with some styling and fabric ideas.

I hope you’ll join me!

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!




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



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”.

June’s MIY Maker

As voted by you here on the blog and on Instagram and Facebook, the winner of June’s MIY Maker challenge is Rachel and this superb stripe matching in her Kelham skirt. Rachel can now choose her next MIY Collection pattern for free.

Setting the bar high there Rachel! 

Are you up for the challenge in July? All you have to do is share your MIY Collection makes online. Full details here

Good luck!

My Next Book – Big Reveal!!

So, today was the last day of MIY March and the theme has been “Skirty”, it’s also a bonus prizeday sponsored by my publishers Cico Books.

MIY March 16 - skirts

Here’s my post for today – a collage of some of the behind the scenes peeks at progress on my new book that I’ve been teasing my Instagram followers with over the past couple of months.

None of this is a coincidence, now come on you don’t need to be Poirot to work it out from here, yes, my next book is going to be a bumper book of skirts!! Everything you ever needed to know about making skirts, including pull-out patterns in 10, yes, 10 sizes.

It will be out on October 13th and is already available to pre-order on that old Amazon.

All very exciting, but right now, deadlines for said book are looming and I have instructions to write so TTFN!

Make Your First Garment in a Day with a MIY Collection Sewing Pattern!

I don’t very often post about my sewing classes here, but this one is an exception as the students were all new to dressmaking, all used MIY Collection sewing patterns and all got great results as you can see!

make your first garment in a day workshop

Don’t they look fantastic!!  Yes, these really were their first garments and yes they are all made from knitted fabrics. We have from left to right:

Tracey-Leigh in her gorgeous stripey vest, Kate in her floral print sweatshirt shrug, Lesley in her retro style glasses print shrug, Anne in a lovely version of the asymmetric skirt and Louise in a gorgeous vest dress – I love that colour!

All 5 students did absolutely brilliantly, they worked really hard, crammed loads of learning into a day and all had a finished garment to show for it.

If you’d like to have a go at making your own version of one of these garments at home, all three patterns are available to buy from my online shop at MIY Collection, printed on sturdy paper not tissue paper and complete with comprehensive instruction booklet, including how to work with knitted fabrics.

You can find out more about my sewing classes at MIY Workshop here.