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What Happens When You Have a Good Teacher….

Some of you will know this smiley person, it’s Emma aka Crafty and Cake aka organiser of Brighton’s Dressmaker’s Social events.

This is her amazing entry for the Refashioners Get Shirty project that I was part of in August. Gorgeous isn’t it? Read all about how she did it here.

I also have some other exciting news to share about Emma….from next week she is going to officially be my “Right Hand Woman” not sure that’s an official job title, but she’s certainly going to be taking on loads of admin and helping me out with lots of other stuff. So, from now on you may be receiving emails and responses to your emails from Emma rather than me.

As Emma used to work in events management I think we can say we’re in safe hands!

Another New Teacher Joins the MIY Workshop Team!

Richard Clark Monks

Meet Richard Clark-Monks better known as Ricky! I’m so happy that he’s joining my teaching team.

Ricky will be teaching the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning classes from next week.

Ricky’s sewing journey began in the mid 90s starting in adult education classes at Kensington and Chelsea college and he was soon cutting his own patterns and sending outfits down the catwalk at the end of year show. After the unimaginable luxury of studying with a sewing teacher who was trained in Paris in the 40s he went on to do a Fashion BA at Middlesex Uni and graduated in 2002 with a BA Hons 2/1.
Since graduating he’s made wedding dresses, made the pattern and finished garment for a TV commercial, cut a waistcoat for Fallow Denim and worked on several private commissions.
Ricky has been teaching since 2012 and continues to feed his passion for the art of pattern cutting; always looking for interesting pattern cutting solutions and collecting books on the subject.
He’s also sings in a choir and bakes like a demon, but don’t expect that in your sewing class!!

If you’d like to meet Ricky, he’s going to be doing a talk at the Dressmaker’s Social on Monday 21st September all about sewing menswear. I love the posters Emma designs for these events, here’s Ricky in all his glory! Find out more about this event and previous socials 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.