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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***

Saturday Sewing Classes – Weekly From 11th June!!

saturday sewing class brighton

That’s right, you can now sew every Saturday at MIY Workshop. There are two sewing and dressmaking classes at 10am to 12 and 12-2pm every Saturday from 11th June.

Who are sewing classes for?

Whether you’re a complete sewing novice; have got as far as buying a sewing machine that’s now gathering dust in a cupboard; or are a more experienced sewer in need of a bit of help with a new project, a few classes can help set you off in the right direction and boost your confidence.  Come along and make clothes, accessories, do your own alterations, or whatever takes your fancy!

What can I make at sewing classes?

Bring along your own pattern, a favourite garment to copy or learn how to do your own alterations.

All MIY Collection sewing patterns and all patterns from Wendy’s bestselling book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” are also available for students to use in classes at no extra cost.

You can make clothes for yourself and your family, accessories such as bags and purses or cushions, curtains and other home furnishings.

How much do the sewing classes cost? How many do I have to book?

These classes can be booked in blocks of 4 or 10, or paid per class, giving you the freedom to come to as many or as few as you feel you need.

  • 8 Weekly Class Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings 6.30-8.30pm / Thursday & Friday mornings 10am-12pm / Saturdays 10am-12 and 12-2pm.
  • Option 1 – pay per class at £35 each (must be booked and paid for in advance).
  • Option 2 – £90 for 4 classes payable before the block starts.   You don’t have to come on 4 consecutive weeks, however, your 4 sessions must be used within 6 weeks of your first class.
  • Option 3 – £195 for 10 classes payable before the block starts.   You don’t have to come on 10 consecutive weeks, however, your 10 sessions must be used within 12 weeks of your first class.

Who teaches the sewing classes and how many people will there be in my class?

All MIY Workshop classes are limited to just 5 people, ensuring you get plenty of one-to-one help from your teacher and no queueing to use equipment.

Zoe Edwards teaches the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and Wendy Ward teaches the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Find out more about your teachers here.

How do I book?

Just email Wendy Ward using the form below to book your place or ask any questions. With only 5 places per class make sure you book soon and don’t miss out!

Read what previous students at MIY Workshop have thought of their classes here.

When booking blocks of classes you will receive a 10% discount card to use in Ditto; a great fabric shop on Kensington Gardens, just around the corner from MIY Workshop.

2016 Master Classes Now Open For Booking!

All Master Classes are taught by me; Wendy Ward, owner of MIY Workshop, a qualified teacher I have been teaching since 2007, spent 7 years working in the fashion industry, write for national sewing magazines and wrote the bestselling book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking”. I hope you find a class to tempt you whether you’re a complete beginner or a more experienced stitcher looking for a new challenge!


Sunday 10th January – Make a Cowl NEW CLASS!!

make a cowl

Spend a day making a cosy Parkwood Cowl; the perfect accessory for winter and in-between seasons and an ideal project for beginners. The class includes beautiful quality bouclé wool fabric to make your cowl and a copy of the pattern to take home and make more!

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

• Class size limited to just 5 people         • 10.30am to 4pm         • £135


Sunday 17th January – Start Sewing in a Day

start sewing 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        • £90


Tuesday 26th January – How to Sew Knits on Your Sewing Machine NEW CLASS!!

Sew-knits-on-your-sewingmachine

Sewing with stretchy knitted fabrics is easier than you might think.   At this class you’ll learn the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics using just a regular sewing machine. Learn how to sew seams and hems and finish necks and armholes. Fabrics provided, all you need to bring is some thread and a basic sewing kit.

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 
         • 10am to 1pm             • £60


Tuesday 16th February – Master Zips

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 those with just a bit of sewing experience.

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


Sunday 21st February – Make a Shrug NEW CLASS!!

make a shrug

Spend a day making a chic little Brightside Shrug; a great cover-up for an evening out or for layering with t-shirts and jeans. It’s an ideal first garment project for beginners. The class includes beautiful quality lightweight sweatshirt fabric to make your shrug and a copy of the pattern to take home and make more!

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

• Class size limited to just 5 people          • 10.30am to 4pm         • £125


Sunday 13th March – Make Pyjama Trousers

pyjama trouser making class

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. 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 4pm            • £110


Tuesday 15th March – Master Buttonholes

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 17th April – Make a Skirt

make an aline skirt

Want to learn to sew? Fancy a new skirt? The Kelham A-line skirt 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 experienceincludes pattern to take home & make more skirts!

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


Tuesday 19th April – How to Sew Knits on Your Sewing Machine  NEW CLASS!!

Sew-knits-on-your-sewingmachine

Sewing with stretchy knitted fabrics is easier than you might think.   At this class you’ll learn the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics using just a regular sewing machine. Learn how to sew seams and hems and finish necks and armholes. Fabrics provided, all you need to bring is some thread and a basic sewing kit.

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

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


Sunday 8th May – Make a Cowl Neck Dress or Top NEW CLASS!!

make a cowl neck dress

The Wisewood is possibly the most flattering and comfortable dress you’ll ever wear! Cowl necks are easy to wear and this pattern includes 2 different cowl options. You can make a top or dress, with or without sleeves. You will also learn how to sew knitted fabrics on a sewing machine.

Suitable for those with a little bit of sewing experience as well as more experienced sewists – includes a copy of the pattern to take home and make more.

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


Tuesday 17th May – Make Your Own Bias Binding NEW CLASS!!

make your own Bias Binding

With this clever method, which uses just one square of fabric you can make metres of bias binding and use it to add a special detail to all your sewing projects. Fabrics provided, just bring thread and a basic sewing kit.

Best for those who know how to use a sewing machine.

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


Sunday 22nd May – 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 MIY Collection 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 12th June – Make a Pull-on Shift Dress NEW CLASS!!

make a pull-on shift dress

The Fulwood pull-on shift dress is one of my most popular patterns – it’s easy and super versatile; with options to add pleats, pockets and a roll-over collar. It can even be made as a top. It’s an easy project and makes an ideal first garment project for beginners. The class includes beautiful quality denim fabric to make your dress and a copy of the pattern to take home and make more!

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

• Class size limited to just 5 people 
   • 10.30am to 4.30pm       • £150


Sunday 26th June – Master Zips & Buttonholes NEW CLASS!!

zips master class buttonholes master class

A combined day of the Master Zips and Master Buttonholes classes. Conquer all your dressmaking demons in one day!! You will learn how to insert perfect centred (slotted) / lapped and invisible zips and also 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            • 10.30am to 5pm        • £120


To book a class telephone 01273 693451 or email miyworkshop@gmail.com

Remember, if you want to buy a class as a gift or suggest that you receive one (!) gift vouchers are available, more details here.

Dressmakers Social in Brighton

Do you crave the company of like-minded dressmakers and sewists to talk fabrics and seams and zips?

Do you find yourself boring your family and friends with talk of pattern matching and how many pins you need to set in a sleeve?

You need to come along to Brighton’s first Dressmakers Social:

Dressmakers Social May 15

It’s being held at the Marwood Cafe on Ship St in Brighton (the old Post Office building) from 6-8pm on Monday 18th May and yours truly will be there to talk about planning a homemade collection.

It’s all been organised by regular MIY Workshop attendee and all round creative type Emma Miles, also known as Crafty & Cake on Instagram and her blog.

Come along and give your friends and family a break!

Find out more on the Facebook page, TwitterInstagram and Meet-up.

MIY Workshop is Dressed for Success this Christmas

MIY Workshop Christmas Window

MIY Workshop dressed for success brighton

I am very happy that MIY Workshop’s Christmas window display is part of this year’s “Dressed for Success” competition being run by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Winners will be chosen in 8 different categories, 5 of which are open for public voting from Saturday 7th December (Small Business Saturday) until Friday 20th December.  You can vote on the council’s Facebook page here and via their online voting form here.

If you’re interested in the creative process behind the scenes that went into making the window display, I made a little stop-motion film………

Needless to say this window wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my fabulously creative friend Lauren Courtney (you can see more of Lauren’s creative fairy dust here and here) and one of my pattern cutting students, Emma Miles (who has her own crafty blog here).  Thank you ladies for busy fingers, creative brains and top quality nattering!

Wendy Ward “Sewing guru” (!)

Here I am; the expert and “sewing guru” on page 29 of the August issue of Sew magazine which is on sale now.

sewmag-patterncutting-aug13-webThe feature is all about pattern cutting – what blocks are used for and why it’s important to make toiles and includes instructions for drafting basic bodice and skirt blocks.

If you fancy having a go at designing your own patterns and drafting the perfectly fitting garment, there is just one space left on my City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School (more details here) and I have a few pattern cutting one-day workshops coming up in the autumn (more details here).

Two pattern cutting courses starting in the Autumn – booking now!

PATTERN CUTTING FOR BEGINNERS & IMPROVERS

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.

Beginners will start with skirts.  Students that have previous pattern cutting experience will move onto trousers or bodices.

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

DATES:

6 week course £90  Tuesdays 11-1pm  |  Sept’ 11th, 18th, 25th, Oct’ 2nd, 9th, 16th
4 week course £90  Saturdays 10-1pm  |  October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

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.

WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO BY THE END OF THE COURSE?

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

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

To book a place contact Wendy at MIY Workshop, 33 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YB, email miyworkshop[at]gmail.com or ring 01273 693451 or 775951.