Tag Archives: summer sewing

MIY Made By You – Fulwood Dresses

So many gorgeous makes using my patterns have been shared by proud makers on social media recently. Probably too many to be included in this month’s MIY Makers and, if you don’t use social media, you’ll miss them, so I’ve decided to devote a special post to them here.

Unsurprisingly there were lots of Fulwoods.

The Fulwood is one of my most popular MIY Collection patterns, I think thanks to the seemingly endless different ways to make it.  I’m still finding new ways and so, it seems, are you!

MIY Collection Fulwood DressThis summery floaty floral viscose number is by @_ym.sews_ on Instagram. Check out her feed to see it finished.

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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!

Summer Sewing Plans & A Summer Discount


Do you have any summer sewing plans? I love sewing for summer; quick, easy pieces that you just know you’re going to love wearing.

How do you plan your sewing? When I started planning mine recently I thought it would be nice to share some of the process with you – I do line drawings of the patterns I’m planning to make and then colour them in or add fabric swatches, a bit like in the image above.

To help you with your summer sewing plans, here’s a little thank you:

Will you spend just a few minutes to write a review of any products you have bought from MIY Collection in return for 15% off your next order? You can have bought them online, direct from me at MIY Workshop (or have used them at a MIY Workshop class), at a show or from another shop who stocks MIY Collection.

Honestly, it’s really easy – you don’t need to create an account or anything, just go to the product you want to leave a review for on the MIY Collection website then follow these 5 easy steps:


  1. click on “write a review” under the product description and the box will expand
  2. fill in your name
  3. fill in your email address (don’t worry, it won’t appear on the review!)
  4. enter your rating from 1 to 5 stars
  5. write your review then click “submit review”.

That’s it! Your email address won’t be collected by any 3rd parties, it’s just used to submit the review and won’t appear on the website.

Once your review has been submitted, you will receive a single use 15% discount code by email to be used on anything in the shop before 1st August.

Happy planning!

A New PDF Pattern & Some Changes to MIY Collection Sewing Patterns

My MIY Collection shrug pattern is now available as a PDF instant download from my shop.

miy brightside shrug sewing pattern

A perfect summer sew – quick, a good stash buster if you make contrasting bands, it’s just enough to keep the chill off your shoulders and folds down small enough to stick in your bag!

I know PDF patterns aren’t for everyone (you can buy a print version of the Brightside here), but with this one I’ve introduced a few changes to my patterns:

  • you’ll notice it has a name – the Brightside Shrug
  • it uses a new size labelling system which refers directly to body measurements rather than some oblique numbering system
  • as well as a tiled version of the pattern to print onto A4 sheets and tape together at home, a full size untiled version is included which can be printed at professional copy shops.

I will be gradually making these changes to all my existing and new patterns and you can read about why I decided to do it here.

I’d love to know what you think?