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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

Thinking of Starting Sewing Classes in Brighton this Autumn?

howtochooseasewingteacher

It’s that time of year already when we start thinking about fresh starts, learning something new, curling up indoors with a new hobby and, if you’re like me, buying stationery!

Anyway, I digress, this isn’t a post about buying stationery, it’s a post about how you start that new sewing journey you’ve been mulling over all summer.

Sewing and dressmaking get more popular by the day (hoooray!) but one of the pitfalls of that to the sewing newbie is the overwhelming choice of where to start your new hobby. So, if you’d like a bit of help in working out how to choose your new sewing teacher, have a read of this blog post I wrote a while ago…..

HOW TO CHOOSE A SEWING TEACHER!

Saturday Sewing Classes Start this September!!

It’s been a long time coming (and a long time asked for!), but finally, Saturday dressmaking classes are now open for booking at MIY Workshop!

These classes will be in addition to the existing timetable of Weekly Sewing & Dressmaking classes and can be booked as single classes or as parts of blocks of classes.  There will be 2 back-to-back classes each Saturday; 10am-12 and 12-2pm, if you’re really keen you can book both classes and start your weekend with a 4 hour sewing sprint!

To start with they will be on the 3rd Saturday of the month with the first 2 dates being Saturday 19th September and Saturday 24th October.

Now, here’s the bigger news……I’m not going to be teaching these classes.  It’s taken me a long time to take the plunge and invite other teachers to teach at MIY Workshop.  I’m a fussy one (not to mention a bit of a control freak) and have very high standards, so I’m absolutely over the moon that my first guest teacher is going to be Zoé Edwards!!!

Saturday Sewing Classes Zoe

Here’s the lovely lady herself and for those of you in the sewing know, you’ll recognise Zoé as being the brains behind the phenomenally successful annual event “Me Made May”.

Here’s a bit more about Zoé:

Having graduated with a degree in Fashion Design, Zoe Edwards went on to work in the fashion industry in a variety of roles for a number of years. The distaste she developed for mass-produced clothing and production practices fuelled her growing passion for creating her own clothing by hand and she set up a now successful sewing blog that has an emphasis on sewing sustainably with style. Her passion for sewing, refashioning, and the UK handmade scene has continued to grow. Currently she teaches sewing in London, develops her own sewing patterns and runs a regular contemporary craft market called Brighton Craftaganza. She’s also the creator of the popular annual Me-Made-May challenges which ask sewers/knitters/crocheters/refashioners to wear hand-created clothing every day for a month. The aim of these challenges is to encourage people to bring the DIY and handmade ethos into their everyday lives, and to help them develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. Zoe blogs at http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.co.uk

So, there you have it. Want to book a class?! You’d better be quick, as with all weekly classes there will only be 5 places available at Zoé’s classes.

To book your place email me (Wendy) on miyworkshop[at]gmail.com or call MIY Workshop on 01273 693451.

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.

Summer Frock Making Workshop

A few weeks ago was the first Summer Frock Making workshop of the year. An industrious (but camera shy!) group of students they were too, here’s what they made:

frockmaking-may15-3-webJen’s vest dress – a great example of showing off a bold print with a simple pattern.

frockmaking-may15-1-webErin’s gorgeous tube dress – jersey boob tube style top with a full skirt in a matching woven cotton print. This was Erin’s first ever garment and first time using a sewing machine! Super impressive.

frockmaking-may15-2-webHelen was on a mission with a day away from her new baby and was a one woman production line; she finished this black jersey vest dress and jersey shrug to wear with it and got a vest version of the dress cut out and started!

pull-onshift-zoe-webThis is Zoe’s pull-on shift dress in denim that was finished bar the hemming on the day and she finished at her next weekly class.

We had one more pull-on shift almost finished too!

Here’s what the students thought of their day:

“Another great class with Wendy.  Such a nice way to spend a Sunday!  Left with something I will actually wear.  Wendy was a great teacher – very patient.  Chris

“The Summer Frock Making workshop was my first ever attempt at sewing and using a sewing machine. I walked away with a gorgeous dress for my holiday.  Looking forward to making a new wardrobe now!” Erin

“This is the 2nd workshop I’ve done and already feel so much happier and confident at my machine. Wendy is an excellent teacher.” Zoe

“A fantastic 1 day workshop, easily able to finish a jersey t-shirt dress and shrug which I’m very pleased with! The workshop is small in number so Wendy was able to provide plenty of equal attention to each student.” Helen

“Thank you for another great class where I felt like I learnt a lot and left feeling I could go home and make some more garments by myself. Your patient and relaxed style of teaching makes it very easy to learn.” Jen

If you fancy making yourself a new dress in a day, this workshop will be running again between July and December this year.  I’m working on the new timetable as we speak!  If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about new classes and get priority booking before they are advertised online, sign-up to my newsletter here.

Another Sewing with Knits Workshop

I’ve been a bit slow at posting write-ups of workshops and pictures of students’ fabulous creations recently, so here’s the first of a few belated posts, this one from my ever-popular Sewing with Knits workshop.

sewing with knitsFirst up Chris in her really cute little floral print version of the MIY Collection Vest.

sewing with knitsNext Sharon in the dress version of the vest above.  This fabric had a lovely texture which you can’t really see in the picture.  (Sharon has since gone on to make several more of these!)

sewing with knitsAnd Kate in another printed jersey.  Kate used to be a regular at MIY Workshop before she started writing best-selling cook books, but she wanted to get back into sewing again and made an excellent start here!

We also had two almost finished drapey cardigans.

Here’s what the students thought of their day:

“I love coming to MIY – it’s a great escape from normal life as you get so lost in the sewing, and the ‘sewing with knits’ workshop was fantastic: lots of advice and personal attention to help you make a whole garment in a day. I was really pleased with the result, especially as I haven’t been near a machine in about 18 months, but I will be wearing my new dress all summer.  Kate

“Excellent day. I came full of apprehension about working with jersey fabric. I left with a fully completed beautifully fitting top and full of enthusiasm to start another garment at home. Many thanks Wendy.  Lesley

“Great day – was far easier than I expected and will be making lots more knit garments! Thank you.  Suzanne

“A great day with patient, helpful guidance using a lovely pattern. Thanks Wendy!”  Chris

“Knitted fabrics demystified for me thank you! Great to see so many types of knits and the different finished achieved. A good pace for learning and thrilled to take home a finished garment. Thank you Wendy for sharing your skills and enthusiasm.  Sharon

This workshop will be running again between July and December this year.  I’m working on the new timetable as we speak!  If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about new classes and get priority booking before they are advertised online, sign-up to my newsletter 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