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.

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