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To book a place or for more information contact me on 01273 693451 or miyworkshop[at]gmail.com

***Dates for the second half of 2014 are now open for booking, scroll down for full workshop descriptions!***

Please check your diary to ensure you can make the date before booking a workshop and ensure you read the  Classes – important info section of my website which contains important information about cancellations.  Thanks!

You can read what students have thought of previous workshops here.


Sunday 21st September – Sewing with Knits


Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics is easier than you might think.   At this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some stretch knit fabric of your choice and matching thread.  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £65

Saturday 27th September – Styling & Sewing with Wendy Ward and Clary Fisher


Wardrobe full of clothes you never wear?  Getting dressed a hassle instead of a pleasure?  Starting to hate clothes shopping?  Bring those annoying, unworn clothes and learn how to turn them into fresh, flattering garments that will become the new go-to pieces in your wardrobe.  You will learn: which shapes best suit your body / what styles you enjoy wearing / how to choose colours that flatter you / ways to alter garments to fit and flatter you.  You should be happy using a sewing machine and have a bit of sewing experience to do this workshop, it’s not for absolute beginners.

  • class size limited to 5 people
  • 10am to 5pm
  • £100

Sunday 19th October – Pattern Cutting for Dresses 1 – the Basics


Tired of buying dresses that don’t fit properly?  Try this one day intensive workshop to have a go at pattern cutting and draft the perfectly fitting dress block. At this workshop you will draft a basic dress block and pattern and make a toile (sample).   This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.  It is NOT suitable for those who have never done any pattern cutting.

  • Class size limited to 4 people
  • 10.30am to 5pm
  • £80

Sunday 2nd November – How to Use Your Sewing Machine for Dressmaking


Got a sewing machine gathering dust in a cupboard and no idea how to use it?! Bring it along to this workshop. The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!  Suitable for absolute beginners!

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 11am to 3pm
  • £40

Sunday 30th November – **NEW WORKSHOP!!**  The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking


Come and make a garment from Wendy’s new sewing book. You will be taken step-by-step through using one of the 6 patterns from “The Beginner’s Guilde to Dressmaking” and should have a new t-shirt, skirt, dress, trousers or jacket to take home at the end of the day! Just bring fabric and thread, price includes a copy of the book to take home.  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £80

Sunday 14th December – Pattern Cutting for Dresses 2 – Sleeves & Style Adaptations


Aimed at students who have previously drafted a basic dress block. We will be drafting a sleeve for the dress and I’ll show you the best way to set in a sleeve, we’ll look at the basics of dart manipulation and some basic style adaptations including: princess line, collars and some sleeve adaptations. You will need to bring your original dress block with you in order to draft the sleeve!  This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine. It is NOT suitable for those who have never done any pattern cutting or dressmaking.

  • Class size limited to 4 people
  • 11am to 4pm
  • £60

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12 responses to “1 DAY WORKSHOPS

  1. Hello, do you have space on your skirt making July 1st please?

  2. Hi Do you still have spaces for the pattern cutting course on the 20th October for 2 people?

    • Hello, thanks for your message. I’m afraid that workshop is fully booked. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list in case of any cancellations please email me at miyworkshop[at]gmail.com

  3. Lynn openshaw

    Hello Wendy are you offering a C&g course in pattern cutting?



    • Hi Lynn, I do offer C&G Pattern Cutting courses but all the current ones are fully booked. I will be doing more in the Autumn but don’t have dates confirmed yet. If you’d like to join the MIY Workshop newsletter, you’ll be first to hear about all new class dates and get priority booking before they go on my website. You can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/EVEYn

  4. Hi there do you have any space left for the Sunday 20th July workshop?



    • Hi Daisy, thanks for your message, I’ve just sent you an email with details of how to book!

  5. Hi Wendy, do you have space left on the pattern cutting for dresses workshop on the 19th October? If you do then I am very keen!

  6. Hi Wendy,
    Do you have any spaces on the dress pattern cutting day, 19th October?

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