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Pattern Cutting Summer School – Now Booking!!

beginners pattern cutting patterncutting If you can never find what you want when looking for sewing patterns, maybe its time to have a go at pattern cutting and design your own! Pattern cutting is a valuable and useful skill that will enable you to draft patterns to your own measurements. No more tweaking and fiddling around with bought patterns to get them to fit. There will be no more than 4 people on this course so you will get lots of help and guidance. 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 and trouser 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 for a skirt or trousers.

NOTE – this course teaches flat pattern cutting techniques, not draping on the stand. Tues 18th to Fri 21st August | 10am – 4pm | £550 Only 4 places available so don’t miss out! Ring 01273 693451 or email miyworkshop@gmail.com to book your place. (A 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your place with the balance due by 17th July.)

Tutor: Wendy Ward

Pattern Cutting for Dresses

Sunday 11th May was a day of dresses at MIY Workshop!

It’s a full-on workshop this one, but the effort students put in is worth it.  They were all thrilled by the end result of a perfectly fitting dress.  It always surprises me when students are so surprised with their results!

We all agreed that when a garment fits you properly it is just about the most flattering and nice to wear garment that you will ever put on.  Also confirmed by the fact that one student arrived for the workshop in one of 5 perfectly fitting skirts she’s made herself after attending my Beginners’ Pattern Cutting workshop.  What better way to spend a Sunday?

Here’s what they all thought of the day:

“Absolutely amazing!  To be able to draft a perfectly fitting dress so quickly was brilliant.”  Dianne

“Great class, I now have a dress block that is a perfect fit and what a difference it makes!  Really wonderful class and Wendy is a highly knowledgeable teacher.”  Kate

“It fits!  Great day had by all thanks to Wendy’s very patient nature.  Dresses galore for the summer.”  Delia

“So looking forward to the next session and my dress will have sleeves too.  Thanks so much!”  Tess

Recent Pattern Cutting Workshops

Yesterday I spent the day showing four eager students the delights of pattern cutting at the Beginner’s Pattern Cutting Workshop.

They started the day with just a piece of fabric and a blank piece of paper.  Five hours later they were all amazed (I’m always amazed that my students are amazed!) to have created a basic skirt block, made a toile that fitted perfectly and learnt enough to be able to turn their basic skirts into either a pencil skirt or an a-line skirt.

One of the main things my pattern cutting students seem to leave with is the delight of having a garment that fits them perfectly.  I guess if you’ve always tried to make yourself fit shop bought clothes and wrestled with fiddly pattern adjustments when working with dressmaking patterns, a garment that fits your body perfectly must be a bit of a revelation.

Here’s what they thought of the day in their own words:

Yet another great day learning to sew…..again.  Finally I can wear something that fits!”  Deb

So lovely to have a pattern that truly fits ME!!  Great workshop covering everything from pattern through to stitching the skirt together.”  Mary

A wonderful day I understood everything that Wendy said and I was very pleased with the end result.  I’ve started with the skirt block and I will be coming back to do the dress block!”  Georgia

Brilliant day, only 4 in the group so really had time with Wendy to learn.  Would love to come back for the dress course!”  Claire

And speaking of the dress pattern cutting workshop, here’s what some recent students thought of that one!

An informative, fast paced and fun day. And I got a made-to-measure dress toile and pattern, drafted by me (under the watchful eye of Wendy), to my personal measurements. What a great way to spend a day.”  Cathy

I attended the dress block pattern course and it was excellent, very informative and very productive (especially for a Sunday!), I cant believe after one days work I now have a dress pattern which I can make again and again and for it to fit perfectly every time. And if I ever do loose that stone I planned on loosing in January, I’m confident that I can now redraft the block on my own with all the handouts provided. I had a really good time and I’ve already brought some fabric to make my first proper dress from the pattern! Thanks Wendy”  Sarah

If you’d like to have a go at pattern cutting I’ll be doing more Sunday workshops after Christmas and more City & Guilds courses.  To get priority booking for workshops which will be announced in the next few weeks get yourself on my mailing list!  Email me on miyworkshop[at]gmail.com to be added.

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).

Sunday Workshops for July to December now booking…

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If you fancy making something like this one Sunday, here’s a list of the Sunday workshops I’ll be running between July and December.  I’ve included in the descriptions whether each workshop is suitable for beginners or not.  Hopefully there is something for everyone!  They’re already filling up, if you’d like to book a place or have any questions get in touch by phone on 01273 693451 or 775951 or email post[at]wendyward.co.uk

Sunday 14th July – Summer Frock Making                                          Fancy making a unique summer dress to take on holiday or just to waft around town?!  Come along to this workshop where I’ll have a choice of dress patterns for you to use to whip up a new frock by the end of the day.  Specific sewing techniques covered will include pockets, zips and facings.  Just bring your fabric and matching thread.  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.                                                                                                                                              •    Class size limited to 5 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 18th August – Pattern Cutting – Dresses                                 Tired of buying dresses that don’t fit properly?  Try this one day intensive workshop to have a go at pattern cutting and draft the perfectly fitting dress block.  At this workshop you will draft a basic dress and sleeve block and pattern and make a toile (sample).   This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.  It is NOT suitable for those who have never done any pattern cutting.                              •    Class size limited to 4 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 15th September – How to use your Sewing Machine for Dressmaking                                                                                         Another date for this popular workshop. The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!                                             • Class size limited to 5 people            • 11am to 3pm             • £35

Sunday 29th September – Skirt Making                                               Want to learn to sew? Fancy a new skirt? Want to make a present for a friend?
Come to this one day intensive workshop and learn some sewing basics whilst making an A-line skirt. This workshop will teach you the basics of reading a pattern (pattern provided, no need to buy one!) and using a sewing machine.
  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.
  See what previous students have made at this workshop here.                                                           • Class size limited to 5 people            • 10.30am to 4.30pm               • £45

Sunday 6th October – Sewing with Knits                                           Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.  This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.  See what previous students have made at this workshop here.                                                                                                                                      •    Class size limited to 5 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 20th October – Pattern Cutting – Dresses                              Tired of buying dresses that don’t fit properly?  Try this one day intensive workshop to have a go at pattern cutting and draft the perfectly fitting dress block.  At this workshop you will draft a basic dress and sleeve block and pattern and make a toile (sample).   This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine.  It is NOT suitable for those who have never done any pattern cutting.                              •    Class size limited to 4 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 10th November – Cushion Making                                    Cushions don’t have to be boring! Cushion covers can be a great first project for beginner sewers and provide a blank canvas for more experienced sewers to explore new techniques. At this workshop you’ll learn the basics of cushion making and we’ll move on to ways of making them a bit more interesting by adding piping, using recycled fabrics and customising. Great for presents or to add a splash of colour to your own place.  Suitable for absolute beginners and those who have just started sewing.  See what previous students have made at this workshop here.                                                                                                                             • Class size limited to 5 people            • 11am to 4pm             • £40

Sunday 8th December – Sewing with Knits                                       Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.  This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.  See what previous students have made at this workshop here.                                                                                                                                      •    Class size limited to 5 people  
•    10.30am to 4.30pm  
•    £45

Sunday 15th December – Pattern Cutting – Trousers                         Tired of buying trousers that don’t fit properly? Try this one day intensive workshop to have a go at pattern cutting 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 done a bit of pattern cutting.                                                                                               • Class size limited to 4 people            • 11am to 4pm             • £40

New City & Guilds Pattern Course Dates!!

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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.

THERE WILL ONLY BE A MAXIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS PER COURSE MEANING PLENTY OF 1-2-1 HELP FROM THE TUTOR.

WHAT IS COVERED ON THE COURSE:

Your final assessment will be based on a folio of your work, there is no written exam.  The course will cover the following:

  •   drafting a basic skirt and trouser block
  •   making a toile (sample garment) for the 2 blocks
  •   making fit adjustments to toiles
  •   looking at the historical, cultural and contemporary design of  skirts   and trousers
  •   producing your own design for a skirt or trousers
  •   making a pattern for your own design
  •   making a toile for your own design.

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

  •   understand the basics of pattern cutting and basic style adaptations
  •   take accurate body measurements
  •   adjust patterns to get a better fit
  •   use research to produce your own designs
  •   use templates to draw up your own design ideas
  •   understand how to choose the best fabric for your designs
  •   plan the making of a garment and understand the costs involved.

WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME GET A JOB IN FASHION?

If you’re interested in pursuing a career within the fashion industry or setting up your own business, a City & Guilds course is a nationally recognised qualification focussed on the practical skills needed in that industry.   This qualification is endorsed by Creative Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for creative industries)

Following a structured, nationally recognised course will demonstrate your interest and commitment to potential employers.

COURSE DATES:

35 hours of teaching with a choice of daytime or summer school:

7 Tuesdays 10am – 3.30pm: June 4th 11th 18th 25th / July 2nd 9th 16th

5 day Summer School 10am – 5.30pm: Mon 19th to Fri 23rd August

 COST:

£300 course fee

plus

£35 C&G registration fee.

To book a place or if you would like to talk about whether or not this is the right course for you, contact Wendy on 01273 775951 or 693451 or email her at post[at]wendyward.co.uk