This is me – Wendy Ward.
I opened MIY Workshop in January 2012 after teaching my own independent sewing classes for adults for over a year. I have been teaching dressmaking, pattern cutting and textiles at various colleges and adult education centres throughout Brighton since 2007. I have a degree in Fashion Design, an MA in Design and am a fully qualified teacher.
Before teaching, I worked as a designer and product developer in the fashion industry for 7 years.
I am a regular contributor to Love Sewing magazine and my first two books were 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 for adults “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” is published by Cico in October 2016.
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.
At MIY Workshop you can make, do, create, sew, alter, repair and customise. The workshop is fully equipped with Janome sewing machines, 2.4m long cutting table, pressing equipment and specialist tools. Classes are open to all levels of sewing ability and in group classes there will only be a maximum of 5 people per class. You are free to work on whatever you want at the weekly classes, I don’t have all students making the same thing and you can join us and start a block of classes or try a single class whenever suits you – there are no fixed start dates, weekly classes are ongoing.
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I write about sewing (including tips and tutorials), the fashion and craft industries and other related subjects over on my main blog.