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 had my own column in Love Sewing magazine for 3 years from 2015 to 2018 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. My fourth book will be published in January 2020.

In January 2012 I opened MIY Workshop in central Brighton to teach all of my sewing, dressmaking and pattern cutting classes. In 2019 I re-located back to my hometown of Sheffield in the foothills of the glorious Peak District.

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