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New Master Classes – BOOKING NOW!!

I’ve been working hard over the last couple of months on these new classes and I’m really pleased with the final selection. It’s a varied list, with lots of new classes and something to suit every interest and ability. Let me know what you think!!

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

Sunday 12th July – Draft Your Own Culottes NEW CLASS!!

CULOTTEs pattern cutting class

Culottes are the way to be stylish and practical and comfortable for the summer and are everywhere this year! If you have previously drafted a skirt block, bring it along to this class and learn how to turn it into culottes, we’ll go through pleated, flared and plain and touch on how to add pockets. We’ll draft a culotte pattern and make a toile.  Suitable for people who have previously drafted a basic skirt block and are confident making clothes from patterns.

  • Class size limited to just 4 people
  • 11am to 4pm
  • £115

Thursday 23rd July – Skirt Making ***

skirtmaking class

Want to learn to sew? Fancy a new skirt? Want to make a present for a friend? This class will teach you some good solid dressmaking techniques and how to use a pattern. The skirt can be made in different style variations including pleats & pockets depending on your skill level. Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience – includes pattern to take home & make more skirts!                                                                     

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £110

Sunday 26th July – Pattern Testing Day *** NEW CLASS!!

pattern testing class

Be one of the first to try out one of Wendy’s new patterns and get an insider peak before it’s launched. This time it’s the cowl neck top and dress. Learn how to sew knitted fabrics on a sewing machine and put this new pattern through its paces. This design can be made as a top or dress and with or without sleeves.  Suitable for those with a little bit of sewing experience as well as more experienced sewists & includes a voucher for an advance copy of the pattern as soon as it’s released.                                                                                                                                  

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £85

Wednesday 2nd September – Learn to Sew in a Day

learn to sew in a day

Got a sewing machine and no idea how to use it? Bring it along to this class and become the master of your machine! The day is aimed at absolute beginners to find your way around your sewing machine and use your new-found skills to make a simple fabric bag, zipped make-up bag/purse or cushion cover. You can use one of our machines if you haven’t got round to buying your own yet. Just bring fabric and thread. Suitable for absolute beginners.                                          

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £85

Sunday 13th September – Sewing with Knits ***

sewing with knits class

Sewing with stretchy knitted fabrics is easier than you might think.   At this workshop you’ll learn the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics using just a regular sewing machine.  You can choose from a range of Wendy’s patterns specifically designed for knitted 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 – includes a copy of your choice of pattern to take home.                     

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £110

Sunday 25th October – Make Your Own Leggings ***

make your own leggings class

Leggings, they’ve become a staple of all our wardrobes and they’re very easy to make. Come and make your perfect pair – all you need to bring is some fabric, patterns are provided! You’ll be able to make them the length you want, I’ll show you a few different ways to finish the waist and some other ways to make them your own. Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience, Includes a copy of the pattern to take home & make more!

  • Class size limited to only 5 people
  • 11am to 4pm
  • £90

Wednesday 28th October – Trouser Pattern Cutting

trouser pattern cutting class

Tired of buying trousers that don’t fit properly? Join us and draft the perfectly fitting trouser block. By the end of the day you will have drafted a basic trouser block and pattern and made a toile (sample). You will get the most out of this workshop if you have previously made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.    This workshop is suitable for those new to pattern cutting & those who have previously had a go at pattern cutting.

  • Class size limited to only 4 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £140

Tuesday 3rd November – Master Zips NEW CLASS!!

zips master class

Struggle with zips? Avoid putting them in your you-made clothes? New to dressmaking and terrified of zips? It’s all in the preparation. Join us for a half-day of focused zip sewing and master the perfect centred (slotted) zip, lapped zip and invisible zip. Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10am to 1pm
  • £60

Sunday 8th November – My First Me-Made Dress *** NEW CLASS!!

my first dressmaking class

Just started sewing and want to have a go at a frock but feeling a bit daunted? Fancy making a unique dress for the festive season or nights out? Join us at this class and choose from three of Wendy’s easiest dress patterns designed specifically for scared beginners! Learn some new techniques and good habits and whip up your new frock by the end of the day. Just bring your fabric and matching thread. Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience, Includes a copy of the pattern to take home & make more!

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10am to 5pm
  • £130

Tuesday 17th November – Master Buttonholes NEW CLASS!!

buttonholes master class

Struggle with buttonholes? Avoid putting them in your you-made clothes? Join us for a half-day of focused buttonholing and master the perfect machined buttonhole and learn the art of the couture bound buttonhole to really up your game! Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10am to 1pm
  • £60

Sunday 22nd November – Embellished Tops & Dresses *** NEW CLASS!!

embellished top dress class

Want to make a garment that will wow for the festive season and nights out? Looking for something to make your you-made clothes completely unique? Come and make a top or dress and embellish it with one of Wendy’s unique lace motifs in a choice of patterns and colours. Just bring fabric and thread. Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience, includes a pattern of your choice & lace embellishment.                                                                                    

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10am to 5pm
  • £150

Sunday 6th December – Make Pyjama Trousers *** NEW CLASS!!

pyjama trouser making class

Looking for the perfect Christmas present project or a nice easy project for yourself? Pjyama trousers make the perfect home-sewn gift and are a great beginner project for yourself. I’ll show you 2 different ways to finish the waist. 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 pattern to take home & make more!

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £110

Tuesday 8th December – Master Zips NEW CLASS!!

zips master class

Struggle with zips? Avoid putting them in your you-made clothes? New to dressmaking and terrified of zips? It’s all in the preparation. Join us for a half-day of focused zip sewing and master the perfect centred (slotted) zip, lapped zip and invisible zip. Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10am to 1pm
  • £60

Sunday 13th December – Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking ***

beginners guide to dressmaking

Make a garment from Wendy’s best-selling dressmaking book. You will be taken step-by-step through using one of the 6 patterns from “The Beginner’s Guide 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. Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience, includes a signed copy of the book to take home & make more!

  • Class size limited to just 5 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £125

*** ALL CLASSES THAT USE WENDY’S PATTERNS COVER THE FOLLOWING MEASUREMENTS: bust 84-101cm (33-40″), waist 68-85cm (27-33.5″), hips 92-109cm (36-43″) if your measurements are outside of this range contact Wendy to see if the workshop will still be suitable for you.

To get priority booking before new dates are advertised online, sign-up here: http://eepurl.com/EVEYn

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

Read what previous students have thought of classes here.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking Summer School & Back-to-School Now Booking!

beginners guide to dressmaking

Kick start your sewing and cover all the basics while making up to 3 finished garments from my book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” in a small class limited to just 5 people.

You will be taken step-by-step through techniques covered in the book, including understanding fabric, different seam and hem techniques, inserting a zip, sewing darts, how to sew knitted fabrics, setting in a sleeve and more!

Using your choice of the 6 patterns from the book you could have a whole new outfit at the end of the week!

Price includes a copy of the book to take home and 10% off at Ditto fabrics.

Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

Only 5 places available so don’t miss out! Ring on 01273 693451 or email miyworkshop@gmail.com to book your place.

Summer School: Mon 24th to Fri 28th August | 10am – 4pm | £550

Back-to-School: Mon 21st to Fri 25th Sept  |  9.30am – 2.30pm  | £450

(A 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your place.)

Tutor: Wendy Ward

New Dressmaking Workshop Dates – Now Booking!

As my timetable of Sunday workshops for the first half of 2015 booked up so quickly, I’ve added some extra dates for 3 of the most popular workshops.

There is a change though, I’m trialling some mid-week workshops and they’re happening over the Easter holidays.  Full details below!  To book your place, email or ring 01273 693451.

Tuesday 31st March – The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking ***

beginners guide to dressmaking

Come and make a garment from Wendy’s sewing book. You will be taken step-by-step through using one of the 6 patterns from “The Beginner’s Guide 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 just 5 people       • 10.30am to 4.30pm      • £85

Wednesday 8th April – Make your First Garment in a Day ***

make your first garment in a day

Got a sewing machine and happily doing a bit of sewing but want to have a go at making clothes? Do sewing patterns bring you out in a cold sweat?! Come to this workshop to re-cap some good sewing machine basics and use one of Wendy’s easy-to-follow, tried and tested sewing patterns and make a shrug, skirt, vest or t-shirt dress by the end of the day. Just bring fabric and thread. Price includes a pattern to take home. Suitable for beginners and those with a little bit of sewing experience.                                                                                                • Class size limited to 5 people          • 10.30am to 4.30pm          • £75

And last, but not least, the ever-popular……

Friday 10th April – Sewing with Knits ***

sewingwithknits

Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics is easier than you might think.   At this workshop you’ll learn the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics using just a regular sewing machine.  You can choose from a range of Wendy’s 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 just 5 people 
   • 10.30am to 4.30pm       • £70

*** IMPORTANT: ALL WORKSHOPS THAT USE WENDY’S PATTERNS COVER THE FOLLOWING MEASUREMENTS: bust 84-101cm (33-40″), waist 68-85cm (27-33.5″), hips 92-109cm (36-43″) if your measurements are outside of this range contact Wendy to see if the workshop will still be suitable for you.

My Jacket & More in Mollie Makes Sewing Book-a-zine

The Mollie Makes team have a brilliant book-a-zine out this month devoted to sewing clothes and accessories.  Obviously that gets a thumbs up from me, but a double thumbs up because I’m all over it!!

molliemakes-sewingbookazine-coverThere I am on the list of contributors on the cover….

molliemakes-sewingbookazine-contributors…..and  seem to have found myself in the company of some well known “celebrity” stitchers on the contents page!  

The magazine is packed full of projects, reviews, tips and inspiration.  There’s a review of my book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking”, keeping good company with the Sewing Bee book:

molliemakes-sewingbookazine-dec14-web

A slightly abridged version of the Zip Jacket project from my book is included with the magazine (all the projects are pdf download patterns):

molliemakes-sewingbookazine-jacketproject

I even squeezed my mug onto the very last page with an interview:

molliemakes-sewingbookazineinterview-dec14-web

Get yourself a copy – it’s great value at £7.99 with 20 projects included. That should keep anyone busy for a while!

Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking – Book Launch Party

booklaunch-bookcake

Read all about Saturday night’s book launch shenanigans here.

The 1st “Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” Workshop

beginners guide to dressmaking-tshirtsinprogressThree new sewing converts busy making t-shirts while two more feed their existing habit next door making a shift dress and fishtail skirt.

Yesterday was the first Sunday workshop based around my new book.

Judging by the end results and what the students thought of the day it was a great success!

Beginners guide to dressmaking-tshirtsHere are three fabulous t-shirts made by three complete beginners to dressmaking. From left to right: Beth in a beautiful rich purple ponte roma version, Natalie in her printed single jersey version and Emily in a zingy bright red single jersey version.

All three went off inspired to make more t-shirts, in fact they had all already got fabric lined up for their next ones and Emily (who is a graphic designer and book-binder) is planning to start screen-printing hers.  I look forward to seeing those!

beginners guide to dressmaking - fishtail skirtHere’s Mel in her oh-so-close-to-being-finished fishtail skirt. Fitting perfectly and looking fabulous in a fine needlecord with a tiny polkadot.

And Salva got a good way along with a short sleeved shift dress with a collar in electric blue needlecord – I can’t wait to see the pictures of that one finished.

Here’s what the students thought of their day:

“Wendy, thank you so much for a lovely day. Brilliant book with very clear instructions for a complete beginner, I definitely have the bug!  Natalie

“Wendy is the most patient and informative sewing teacher ever! The course is worth every penny. Thanks Wendy for another great day!” Mel

“As always Wendy was great and her new book is fabulous – very clear and simple instructions, so difficult to come across in so-called beginner books. Great course. Loved it!” Salva

“A really helpful day which has given me the confidence to have a go at home.” Beth

“I wanted to learn some very basic sewing skills, I came away with so much more. Thank you. I think you will be seeing me again on future sewing courses.” Emily

The next date for this workshop on 30th November is fully booked, but I will be running it again in 2015, to get priority booking before new dates are advertised online, sign-up here: http://eepurl.com/EVEYn