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- Wearing this cool breezy self-drafted tent dress makes me happy. I absolutely love the fabric which is from @ikeauk a few years ago. ■■■ The pattern is easily adapted from the shift dress in my 1st book Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking. Would you like a blog post on how to do it?Some gorgeous Longshaw skirts have been popping up during our hot spell. I love the variety shown by these: prints, plains, dressy, casual. That last one by @dressmakerssocial isn't even a knit, it's crepe!! Lovely makers all tagged. ✅ pattern is from my latest book Beginner's Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics 📖✂️A few of my spoils from my recent visit to @fabworksmillshop - pic 2 wools ✅ pic 3 waxed and showerproof ✅ pic 4 cottons and linens ✅ and of course pic 5 a couple of knits ✅ Can't wait to get cracking on these, the epic pre-wash has begun.....What a fabulous finale to our holiday. Salt's Mill and Saltaire are just as wonderful as I remember. It might sound a bit melodramatic but seeing all of Hockney's "The Arrival of Spring" iPad drawings printed so large, in such a beautiful setting made me feel a bit teary. I think they are tapping into some deep yearnings within me, plus I read a book of interviews with Hockney just after my dad died in which he talked a lot about creating these pieces and how much that particular East Yorkshire landscape meant to him. Anyway, there you go, the power of art 'n' all that. . . Also pictured - Beginner's Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics in the Salt's Mill bookshop 🤗 was the cherry on today's cake. Plus some gorgeous paintings of and inspired by Salt's Mill by @kittynorthartist
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You can now pre-order your signed copy of my new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics”.
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.
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!
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.