Category Archives: Full Day Classes

Kinder Cardigan Workshop – NEW DATE ADDED!!

beginners guide to sewing with knitted fabricsAll images from “A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics” taken by Julian Ward Photography and © Cico

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Make A Kinder Cardigan From “Beginner’s Guide To Sewing With Knitted Fabrics”

Beginners Guide to Sewing with KnitsAll images from “A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics” taken by Julian Ward Photography and © Cico

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Two New Summer Sewing Workshops!!

MAKE A KAFTAN / BEACH COVER-UP

With Candy Arbuckle / Sunday 23rd July 10am-2pm / £45

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Learn to make this flattering beach cover-up dress that looks just as good on the beach as it does worn out in the evening.

An Ideal project for beginners, rusty returners or those with more experience that just want to spend a few hours sewing up a holiday wardrobe!

The dress is simple and quick to make, has a comfortable drawstring waist and can be made in a range of lightweight fabrics – it looks great in floaty prints. All you need is 1m of 140cm+ wide lightweight woven fabric (eg. crepe, satin, lawn, challis).

You’ll learn how to sew accurate seams, neat hems and insert a drawstring.

By the end of the day you’ll have a beach to evening garment ready for your summer holidays and what’s better – a copy of the instructions so you can then go and run up a whole suitcase full!

Suitable for absolute beginners and those with a bit of sewing experienceincludes instructions to take home & make more dresses.

  • Suitable for beginners and more experienced dressmakers.
  • Class size limited to just 5 people.
  • Sunday 23rd July 10am-2pm
  • £45. 

To book:

  • email Wendy at MIY Workshop miyworkshop@gmail.com
  • ring MIY Workshop 01273 693451
  • call into MIY Workhsop during class times

MAKE A BEACH BAG

With Candy Arbuckle / Thursday 27th July 10am-2pm / £45

Learn to make this roomy practical beach bag that will double up as a useful shopping / nappy bag when the holidays are over! An Ideal project for beginners, rusty returners or those with more experience that just want to spend a few hours sewing up a perfect holiday essential.

This roomy bag has large clear vinyl outer pockets that are waterproof and wipe clean – perfect for easy access to all your beach essentials. The bag can be made in a wide range of medium weight cotton canvas and furnishing weight fabrics, prints, stripes and plains all work well. It would look fabulous in a stylish stripey ticking.

All you need is two lengths of 40cm of 140cm+ wide woven fabric (eg. denim, canvas, ticking) and 1.1m of bias binding. Candy will provide the clear PVC pre-cut for the pockets and you will be able to buy the webbing for the straps on the day.

You’ll learn how to sew accurate seams, insert a bag lining and sew PVC.

By the end of the day you’ll have a stylish beach bag ready for your summer holidays and beyond. What’s better – a copy of the instructions so you can then go and run up more! 

Suitable for absolute beginners and those with a bit of sewing experienceincludes instructions to take home & make more bags.

  • Suitable for beginners and more experienced dressmakers.
  • Class size limited to just 5 people.
  • Thursday 27th July 10am-2pm
  • £45.

To book:

  • email Wendy at MIY Workshop miyworkshop@gmail.com
  • ring MIY Workshop 01273 693451
  • call into MIY Workhsop during class times

 

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New Class!! Make a Wrap Skirt

skirt making classAll images taken from “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts and © Cico books / Julian Ward Photography.

Join me for a day of dressmaking this summer. You will make the easy Granville wrap skirt from my latest book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”.

This class is ideal for beginners and there are lots of different ways to make the wrap skirt; with ties or buttons, with pockets and even a reversible version so you can really make it to suit your own style. It’s quick, easy and a gorgeous flattering skirt that’s perfect for summer.

You’ll learn how to sew accurate seams, my favourite method for neat hems, how to sew darts, how to attach a facing or lining and how to make and attach a pocket (if you choose that option!).

By the end of the day you’ll feel confident using a sewing machine and leave with a unique-to-you handmade skirt, ready for wearing all summer.

Some materials will be provided, a full list of materials needed will be sent when you book your place.

  • Suitable for absolute beginners.                                                                                             
  • Class size limited to just 5 people.
  • £95 

To book your place email Wendy on miyworkshop@gmail.com or ring 01273 693451

Make Your Christmas Gifts at MIY Workshop

Make a Cowl – Sunday 20th November

Parkwood Cowl Sewing Pattern

Spend a day making a cosy Parkwood Cowl; the perfect accessory for winter and in-between seasons and an ideal project for beginners. The cowl makes an ideal project for gift sewing and every year I always have a few students whipping up a batch in time for Christmas! This class includes beautiful quality bouclé wool fabric to make your cowl and a copy of the pattern to take home and make more.

This class will be taught by Candy. Find out more about Candy here.

Suitable for absolute beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience – includes pattern to take home & make more cowls.                                       

• Class size limited to just 5 people         • 10.30am to 4pm         • £120

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Make Pyjama Trousers – Sunday 27th November

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Looking for the perfect sewing project for gifts or a nice easy project for yourself? Pjyama trousers make the perfect home-sewn gift and are a great beginner project for yourself. We’ll be using the easy trouser pattern from my first book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” to make these most luxurious of pyjamas trousers. Price includes a signed copy of the book to take away and make more. Just bring fabric and thread. Indulge yourself and make a pair for every day of the week!  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience – includes a copy of “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” book to take home & make more!

This class will be taught by Candy. Find out more about Candy here.

• Class size limited to just 5 people      • 10.30am to 4pm            • £120

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New Classes!! Make a Kimono | Make Your Own Knickers | Fabric Stamping

I’ve found some wonderful new teachers for MIY Workshop this Autumn and they’re going to be teaching some fantastic classes, in fact I think I want to do them all myself! They’re now all open for booking so if you fancy making a beautiful bespoke kimono, your own knickers or want to have a go at fabric stamping read on to find out how to book your place:

MAKE A BESPOKE KIMONO

how to make a kimono / kimono making class

Make your own ultimate casual jacket, or beautiful evening cover up.
Your style will be shown off and your wardrobe enhanced by this completely timeless easy wear garment.
Be inspired by Michelle who sells her beautiful handmade kimonos on how to combine colours and textures as a detail and alter the basic pattern blocks to create a completely bespoke garment that will become a lifelong friend.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen 2 of Michelle’s kimonos that I treated myself to earlier this year:

I can personally vouch for how beautiful they are and so easy and comfortable to wear. They’re the perfect garment for showing off great fabrics.

Suitable for beginners who have never done any dressmaking. You will make faster progress if you already know the basics of using a sewing machine.

Dates, times, cost & class size:

  • There is a choice of 3 dates for one-day workshops 11am-5pm: Sunday 18th September |  Sunday 9th October | Sunday 23rd October.
  • OR you can choose to do this class at a 3 session weekly course, 7-9pm on Wednesdays 2nd, 9th and 16th November. 
  • Cost: £100
  • Class size: just 5 people – MIY Workshop offers the smallest class sizes in Brighton, ensuring you will get plenty of 1-2-1 help.

MAKE YOUR OWN KNICKERS!

knicker making class

A frivolous, fun & flattering piece of underwear you will treasure. A lovingly designed comfortable retro shape with 2 style options. Covers sizes 6-20.
Learn a great way to attach frilled elastic neatly and go bonkers with bows!
A choice of cotton fabrics, frilled elastics and ribbons is included in the class price for you to create something unique.
Price also includes an Anncancan pattern & elastic bundle to take home.

Suitable for beginners who have never done any dressmaking. You will make faster progress if you already know the basics of using a sewing machine.

Dates, times, cost & class size:

  • There is a choice of 3 weekday mornings 10am-12: Thurs 15th September | Weds 5th October | Tues 1st November.
  • Cost: £40 (including materials)
  • Class size: just 5 people – MIY Workshop offers the smallest class sizes in Brighton, ensuring you will get plenty of 1-2-1 help.

Your tutor for Kimono and Knicker Making classes is Michelle:

Michelle is an experienced and highly talented maker; as well as selling her beautifully make kimonos, she’s also a freelance costume designer.

“Sewing has always been central to my life.

From a very young age I remember paper patterns and textiles, strewn across the living room floor. Mum cursing under her breath that the fabric she’d bought hadn’t been cut to grain. I was hooked.

Designing and making specialised performance costumes that inspire the artists are a love of mine.  Particularly the challenges and problem solving creating them presents.

When it comes to everyday garments. I always start with beautiful natural fabrics and classic silhouettes. Simply cut. Combining prints, colours and textures to create something individual.”

***Don’t miss out – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! Phone 01273 693451 or email miyworkshop@gmail.com***


FABRIC STAMPING WORKSHOP

fabric stamping class

Join Nula Shearing for a fabric stamping workshop where we will be stamping on your choice of a tote bag, a tea towel or a square of fabric suitable to be made into a cushion cover. Nula will bring a variety of her stamp designs featuring geometric shapes, a decorative hare design, and some simple flowers.

Nula will take you through the simple steps of inking up the stamp correctly for printing on fabric and how achieve a crisp strong stamped image on fabric. Nula will advise on combining colours together for grey effect, and to match your home decor. There will be lots of stamped samples for you to look at and have a go at recreating for yourself.

Suitable for absolute beginners – no sewing involved!

  • There is a choice of 3 Sunday workshops: 10.30am-12.30pm: 11th September | 2nd October | 16th October.
  • Cost: £40 (including materials)
  • Class size: just 6 people – MIY Workshop offers the smallest class sizes in Brighton, ensuring you will get plenty of 1-2-1 help.

Meet Nula, your fabric stamping tutor:

Nula Shearing

I’ve known Nula now for 15 years since we worked together on projects at Gossypium. She is incredibly creative and a very down-to-earth and encouraging person – a great combination in a teacher!

“I set up Noolibird in 2003, being a new mum the focus was then on children’s fabrics and wallpapers. Since then we have continued to evolve and the collection of stamps has grown, often guided by customers requests. 

My childhood was spent in the beautiful viIlage of Firle in East Sussex with three boisterous brothers and numerous furry friends for company! My Mum and Dad set-up and ran one of the UK’s first mail order businesses Clothkits which was a huge inspiration to watch grow and be a part of … literally, as my brother’s and I and various friends and relations ended up modelling for the brochures!  

I have no doubt these early experiences helped shape my love of pattern and design and I went on to study textiles at Winchester school of Art, then for 2 years I worked freelance designing prints for fashion for the European, Japanese and American market. From there I was fortunate enough to work full time as an in-house designer for Jane Churchill for three years designing wallpapers and fabrics. 

I now live just outside Brighton with my husband Daniel, who as a photographer has the enviable job shooting all the noolibird products!” 

***To book your place at the Fabric Stamping workshops contact Nula direct on nula@noolibird.com or 07512 156339***

Come & Make A Skirt From “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”!

In celebration of my new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” being published in October I’m teaching 2 one-day classes based around the book.

These are the only 2 dates that I’ll be teaching one day classes based around my book this year, so once they’re booked, that’s it!

The first date is suitable for absolute beginners that have never made clothes before, the second date is for those who already know how to use a sewing machine and have done some dressmaking. Both classes include a signed copy of the book to take away with you and make more skirts!

To book, email me at miyworkshop@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 10am-4pm

MAKE AN EASY PULL-ON PENCIL SKIRT WITH WENDY WARD

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Join bestselling craft book author Wendy Ward for a day of dressmaking. You will make a pull-on stretch pencil skirt from her new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”. The class includes a signed copy of the book to take away with you to make more skirts and even all your fabric and thread. All you need to bring is yourself!

This class is ideal for beginners and don’t be scared of sewing knitted fabrics, we’ll be using a regular sewing machine and Wendy will guide you through setting up the machine to sew stretch fabrics – it’s a lot easier than you think. There are lots of different ways to make this skirt; different lengths, adding gathering to the side seams and colour blocked panels so you will be able to make it really suit your own style.

  • Suitable for absolute beginners.                                                                                             
  • Class size limited to just 5 people.
  • £125 includes a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” and materials.

SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 10am – 4.30pm

MAKE A SKIRT WITH WENDY WARD

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Join bestselling craft book author Wendy Ward for a day of dressmaking to make your choice of skirt from her new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”.

There are 8 skirt styles to choose from and the class also includes a signed copy of “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” to take away with you to make more skirts!

This class is ideal for those who have just started sewing and those with more experience but need a refresher, some new ideas or just a confidence boost.

You will be able to choose to make one of the 8 different skirt styles in the book and with each skirt having at least three different style options you can really make the skirt your own style. Wendy will teach you how to perfect lots of dressmaking techniques; from pockets and pleats to zips, gathers and different ways to finish waistbands using her own tried and tested methods.

  • Best for those who know how to use a sewing machine and have done a bit of sewing.
  • Class size limited to just 5 people.
  • £125 includes a copy of “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”.