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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!


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.


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


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 (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.