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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!!
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.
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:
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:
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.
Well overdue, I finally launched 2 new MIY Collection patterns at last week’s Knitting & Stitching show and they’re now also available online from the MIY Collection Pattern Shop.
The first is the Kelham, the ultimate A-line skirt pattern.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t suit an a-line skirt shape and the Kelham includes:
- 7 sizes (based on body measurements not confusing dress sizes)
- 2 different ways to finish the waist (waistband or waist facing)
- 2 length options marked on the pattern
- 3 style variations (completely plain, with pockets or with a CF pleat).
There’s so much you can do with an a-line skirt pattern and it will look great in a range of fabrics from cotton poplin, linen, denim, corduroy or lightweight wool.
Get your copy here.
The second pattern is the Wisewood cowl neck dress and top.
I love a draped cowl neck, they’re so flattering and easy to wear and this pattern went down a storm at the Knitting & Stitching show.
Both top and dress versions are included in the pattern as well as:
- 8 sizes (based on body measurements not confusing dress sizes)
- 2 depths of cowl
- 2 different ways to finish the deeper cowl
- sleeved and sleeveless versions.
This one is a pattern for stretch knits and works in a wide variety; a viscose jersey will give you a beautifully draped lightweight version – great for tops, a good quality ponte roma (try and find one with viscose rather than polyester) will result in a dramatic sculptural effect in a gorgeous cosy dress.
Get your copy here.
MIY Collection Kits
Another exciting launch at the show was MIY Collection Kits. Including a pattern, carefully selected beautiful quality fabric appropriate for the pattern in a quantity to allow for shrinkage in pre-washing and matching colour thread. Kits are available for the following patterns:
They will be available online just as soon as I’ve photographed them!