The last in my customising series for Sewing World is in the February issue which is out now. Everyone has an old pair of jeans sitting in the back of the wardrobe. Dig them out and turn this….
There are so many different ways you can do this, I’ll bet everyone that has a go ends up with a totally different style of skirt…..long, short, contrast fabrics, flared skirt, pencil skirt, finished with bias binding, frayed hem…… It’s on pages 69 to 71. Go on, what are you waiting for!!
In March I have a new series starting in Sewing World called Finishing Touches. The first in the series will be all about how to make beautiful bound buttonholes.
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On Tuesday evening myself, Lauren and Emma (the creative wonders who helped me to bring the MIY Workshop Christmas window out of my head and into reality) went to the Brighton & Hove City Council awards evening for the “Dressed for Success” competition. This was a competition to find the best Christmas window display from Brighton and Hove’s many wonderful independent shops. You can see more about how our window was created in my previous blog post: https://miyworkshop.co.uk/2013/12/06/miy-workshop-is-dressed-for-success-this-christmas/
There were some brilliant entries which prove just what a creative and inspirational place Brighton and Hove is both to have a business and to come shopping. You can see a fantastic collage of images of all the shop windows on the council’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152056743910071.1073741831.54869840070&type=1
After getting a few “honourable mentions” where MIY Workshop was pipped to the post in a few categories, the tension was ramped up a bit for the final overall prize to be announced. Three windows were shortlisted and my heart started racing when MIY Workshop popped up on the screen as one of them, then it was announced that we were the winners!!! Wow, chuffed to bits.
Here we are basking in our glory!
And here’s the trophy in pride of place in the MIY Workshop window…..
I’ve never won an actual trophy before! I have to admit – it’s a rather nice feeling!
And here’s the gorgeous window display that did it for us, in case you’ve already forgotten what it looked like!
For frugal January, I’ve gone minimal and been invaded……
My Sunday workshops for 2014 got off to a flying start last Sunday with a Dress Pattern Cutting workshop for the London Dressmaking Club. This is a group of very enthusiastic sewers who regularly meet up to sew, help each other out with sewing problems, visit exhibitions, go fabric shopping and organise sew-alongs. I was really impressed with their commitment to the craft (they travelled to this workshop by coach from London due to engineering works on the train line!) and their infectious enthusiasm for anything sewing related.
Here they are, heads down working hard….!
Sewing clubs like this are such good news. Traditionally sewing work has often been done in groups and as I often find in my classes, the act of keeping your hands busy means that people have a tendency to chat much more and in much greater depth! As this group said themselves they get to meet like-minded people with similar interests who they probably never would have met in their everyday lives. The supportive and encouraging atmosphere they seem to have created in their group adds that extra level of motivation when trying to make time for sewing after all the other chores of the day (such as work!) are out of the way. Sewing on your own at home without any feedback from anyone but family can be difficult; how do you really know if you’re doing things the best way or if that dress you’ve just finished really does fit well and look great on you?! I don’t think it’s going too far to say that this group seem to be like a big extended happy sewing family!
Anyway, enough from me, here’s what they thought of the day:
“Thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed the Dress Pattern Cutting day. I came away with a usable full length dress block that I can use straight or easily adapt. Wonderful value for money and very supportive, encouraging tuition. Thank you Wendy, I am already looking forward to my next course here.” Giselle
“Brilliant class thank you very much! We covered a huge amount in just a day and it’s great to go home confident that I can make properly fitted dresses and develop my own ideas. Hopefully see you again!” Imogen
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself during this class and I learned a lot. My finished toile is the best fitting fitted dress I have ever had. I loved it so much I have signed up for the trouser pattern cutting workshop!” Dibs
Dibs also writes a great blog about her sewing adventures which I’m sure you will enjoy reading here.
If you would like to organise a workshop for your sewing club, I have a limited number of days available each 6 months (I can take bookings now for July to December 2014), get in touch on 01273 693451 or miyworkshop[at]gmail.com
Posted in Full Day Classes, MIY Workshop, Pattern cutting, Student work
Tagged easy sewing patterns, learn to sew brighton, learn to sew sussex, london dressmaking club, miy collection, MIY Workshop, modern sewing patterns, pattern cutting classes brighton, pattern cutting classes sussex, sewing classes Brighton, sewing classes sussex, sewing patterns for jersey, Wendy Ward
If funds are a bit tight after Christmas but you still have the urge for something new in your wardrobe, how about customising a plain old grey sweatshirt? We’ve all got one lurking at the back of the wardrobe and you could turn this……
Pages 60-62 in the January issue which is available now at the bargain price of £4.95.
Next month, another thrifty project; I’ll be showing you how to turn jeans into a skirt.
I have some exciting book news that I’ve been bursting to share for weeks and now I finally can……..I’m going to be writing a dressmaking book with patterns for David and Charles!!
This is something I have been working towards and wanting to do for a long time, so to say that I’m happy is a bit of an understatement. I can’t reveal too many more details now, but I’m sure I’ll be able to share titbits of the process with you as it develops. It’s an horrendous timetable, but it will be worth it and will definitely be keeping me out of mischief for the next few months!
None of it would be possible without the support of my students, customers, readers and followers so a massive thank you to you all.
The work starts now! Exciting.
Look what I just found on Sewing World Magazine’s Facebook page…..
A nice little project to while away the Christmas holidays….?!
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Tagged appliqué, customising clothes, learn to sew brighton, learn to sew sussex, miy collection, MIY Workshop, quilted motifs, quilting, sewing classes Brighton, sewing classes sussex, sewing world magazine, sweatshirt customising, Wendy Ward