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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.

The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

Read all about what I got up to at the Knitting & Stitching show last week over on my blog.

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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

Make-It-Yourself March – list of daily topics!

Make-it-yourself march miymarch daily topic list

So, are you going to be joining me and Crafty and Cake for a whole month of noseying at what other people are stitching?!

Make-It-Yourself March or MIYmarch will be starting on Sunday. The full monty description of what’s involved and how to play is here.

I’m looking forward to seeing your pics…….

Make-It-Yourself March – want to join in?

MIYMarch - make it yourself march instagram wendy ward and crafty and cake

In celebration of sewing and dressmaking and the Sewing Bee on television and all things you made yourself, me and Emma aka Crafty & Cake are hosting a month long photo-a-day challenge over on Instagram.  We want to know what you’re making, what you want to make, your making inspiration, where you make, what you make with and your best and worst making moments!

Each day will have a theme that we’ll post at the start of the day and you just need to post a sewing and/or dressmaking-related photo or photos on Instagram, tag us (@thewendyward and @craftyandcake) and use the hashtag #miymarch

Hopefully you’ll be inspired by everyone else’s photos, meet some new online buddies and have a bit of fun appreciating the fruits of your labours! Every day Emma and I will choose our favourite 4 images to showcase at the end of the day.

What’s not to like?!

You can play on Twitter too – use the same names @thewendyward and @craftyandcake and the #miymarch hashtag and let’s celebrate your dressmaking achievements, inspirations, secrets and sewing goals.

Celebrate Making It YOURSELF!!

Last Summer Frock Making Workshop for this year

On the hottest day of the year so far, the third Summer Frock Making workshop was timely and delivered yet more lovely frocks.  Here they are:

frockmaking-21july3Clare’s first foray into sewing knitted fabrics turned out beautifully and she was pleasantly surprised by how easy jersey was to work with!  Clare used a lovely drapey viscose jersey from C&H Fabrics.  You can buy this MIY Collection pattern here.

frockmaking-21july2Joy and Hannah both made the simple shift dress, both with pockets.  This was the first time Hannah had made something to wear and the first time she’d done any sewing for 15 years!  Joy is a knitting convert (!) and will be adding this lovely frock to the cardi she made at my Sewing with Knits workshop.  Hannah’s spotty fabric was from John Lewis, Joy’s cotton/linen mix grey fabric that has a really nice sheen is from Ditto.  This pattern will be available to buy soon from MIY Collection.

frockmaking-21julyJo is another knitter and crocheter and is dipping her toe into the dressmaking water!  I think she’s made a fantastic start with this fitted shift dress.  If you look closely the fabric print has lots of sewing related illustrations and works really well in this dress – a simple style to suit an intricate print.  This fabric was from online fabric shop Frumble.  They have a whole range of sewing related prints, I’m particularly taken with a scissor one……

All 5 students worked extremely hard to produce some beautiful dresses by the end of the day.  Hannah happily went off home in hers.  I’m eagerly awaiting pictures of Mary’s as we had a last minute change of mind over some sleeves!

Here’s what the students thought of the day:

“From the friendly atmosphere, the patient and detailed help and guidance to the utterly splendiferous finished frock (even if I do say so myself!) it has been an absolute pleasure and delight to go on the course today!  I heartily recommend it to the less experienced and slightly clueless but enthusiastic sewing machine users (like me), to those who want to try something new.  Thank you again for such a lovely day and you’ll be seeing me again in the future!”

“Thanks Wendy, the class was a lot of fun and it was great to get back into sewing.  It’s so wonderful to be going home with a dress and I look forward to coming back soon!”

“Fantastic dress making day with Wendy.  Can’t wait until this pattern is available so I can make another one of them!”

“Really enjoyable day.  It was the first time I had used knit fabric and I finished a dress and am pleased with the results!”

You might see a “Party Frock Making” workshop appearing towards the end of the year!!