wendy ward aboutPhoto of Wendy by Julian Ward © Cico Books

The creation of a garment that originally began as a flicker of an idea inside my head still seems to me to be a bit like magic.

After working as a designer in the fashion industry for 7 years I began teaching dressmaking, pattern cutting and textiles at various centres throughout Brighton in 2007.  I have a degree in Fashion Design, an MA in Design and am a fully qualified teacher.

I am a regular contributor to Love Sewing magazine and contributed 4 popular series to Sewing World magazine between 2013 and 2015.

I had my first two books published in 2014: “My Fashion Label” a book about fashion design for kids and “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” a hands-on dressmaking book for adults containing 6 projects, 14 key dressmaking techniques and full-size pull-out patterns.  My second dressmaking book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” was published by Cico in October 2016 and my third book (also with Cico) “A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics” was published in January 2018.

In January 2012 I opened MIY Workshop in central Brighton where I teach all of my sewing, dressmaking and pattern cutting classes.

In 2013 I was nominated in Sew Magazine’s Best of British Sewing Awards in the “Best for Sewing Workshops/Courses” category and was awarded 3rd place out of the whole of the UK..

I design my own range of sewing patterns, tools and accessories called MIY Collection which are available online here.

Say hello at post[at]wendyward.co.uk