Category Archives: Weekly classes

Student in the window – Sonia

Pesky sunshine made it impossible to get a good photo of Sonia’s lovely frock, so here’s one I took earlier with Sonia in the frock!

Sonia began “secret” sewing classes as a beginner.  She started with some cushions with initials and pompoms for her daughters, then made this frock for herself.  It’s the first thing she’s made from a pattern.

Fabric: Ditto, 21 Kensington Gardens, Brighton

Pattern: info coming soon!

Beginners’ Pattern Cutting Course

If you can never find what you want when looking for sewing patterns, maybe it’s time to have a go at pattern cutting and design your own!

Pattern cutting is a valuable and useful skill which will enable you to draft patterns to your own measurements.  No more tweaking and fiddling around with bought patterns to get them to fit.

The first course starts with skirts.  There will be no more than 4 people on this course so you will get lots of help and guidance.

5 week course £85. 

Dates: Every Tuesday 12-2pm  |  June 26, July 3,10,17,24

Anyone who has used dressmaking patterns and is interested in designing their own clothes.  You will get the most out of the course if you can do the following:

  •  use a sewing machine
  •  read a dressmaking pattern
  •  basic arithmetic with or without a calculator.


  •  take an accurate set of body measurements
  •  draft a skirt block to your own measurements
  •  make and fit a calico toile (sample garment)
  •  make some simple style adaptations to a basic skirt block
  •  make a skirt pattern and toile from your own design.

NOTE – this course teaches flat pattern cutting techniques, not draping on the stand.

To book your place contact Wendy by email: miyworkshop[at] or ring: 01273 693451 or 775951.

Student work at MIY Workshop

Here’s 3 students that have recently made beautiful garments that initially presented different kinds of challenges…..

                  Joy                                            Nicky                                        Clair

Joy chose a lovely checked wool to make a spring cape, however, the size of the check and the bold coloured stripes running through it meant that she needed to try and match up the pattern at the seams, some of which were curved….!  Well, after a jigsaw puzzle cutting the fabric, much tacking, a bit of unpicking and the odd nag from me and Joy’s patience is rewarded.

Nicky wanted to recreate an existing top in a different fabric.  We made a pattern from the original garment with a few tweaks to make it a better fit and Nicky chose some bold printed jersey from Ditto which again, required some thinking about where to place the pattern pieces to get the print in the right place in the finished garment.  Nicky made a good job of sewing tricky fabric and finished result looks fab.

Clair’s first go at this dress pattern resulted in a garment that didn’t fit brilliantly.  I helped her tweak the pattern to fit her proportions perfectly and she now knows how to adjust all other patterns she uses so that they’ll fit properly.  She brought her wonderful eye for colour to the fabric choices for this frock and I love the result!

Creations coming out of MIY Workshop

Here’s a small selection of the impressive creations currently coming out of MIY Workshop…

Clair has an eye for colour and pattern and chose a great combination for this frock she adapted from a Burda pattern.

Sonia in a gorgeous frock made from a Burda pattern and lovely cotton print fabric from Ditto.  Believe it or not this is the first garment Sonia has made.

Lisa’s brood in matching jersey frocks and t-shirt!

Impressed?  I am!

Recent student work at MIY Workshop

Just a few of the impressive creations my students have been churning out recently:

Lisa in two of the three items she’s made for her wardrobe since starting my classes.  She’s now a self-confirmed sewing addict and won’t even be distracted by Gypsy dog….!

This lovely grey wool jersey fabric from Ditto has been making lots of appearances at MIY Workshop.  Karen was the first to spot its potential and turned it into this lovely frock with room for her baby bump to expand.

It doesn’t have to just be clothes for yourself – Dianne is onto her second baby dress since joining my classes.  Good job as she has twins to keep well dressed!

And it doesn’t have to be only clothes.  There’s been a flurry of curtain and cushion making at MIY Workshop.  Here’s Tracey’s impressive curtains – lined, beautifully straight hem and only her second project after a couple of blocks of classes.

MIY Workshop weekly timetable

Finally MIY Workshop has its own website.

Here’s what you can do there: