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Saturday Sewing Classes – Weekly From 11th June!!

saturday sewing class brighton

That’s right, you can now sew every Saturday at MIY Workshop. There are two sewing and dressmaking classes at 10am to 12 and 12-2pm every Saturday from 11th June.

Who are sewing classes for?

Whether you’re a complete sewing novice; have got as far as buying a sewing machine that’s now gathering dust in a cupboard; or are a more experienced sewer in need of a bit of help with a new project, a few classes can help set you off in the right direction and boost your confidence.  Come along and make clothes, accessories, do your own alterations, or whatever takes your fancy!

What can I make at sewing classes?

Bring along your own pattern, a favourite garment to copy or learn how to do your own alterations.

All MIY Collection sewing patterns and all patterns from Wendy’s bestselling book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking” are also available for students to use in classes at no extra cost.

You can make clothes for yourself and your family, accessories such as bags and purses or cushions, curtains and other home furnishings.

How much do the sewing classes cost? How many do I have to book?

These classes can be booked in blocks of 4 or 10, or paid per class, giving you the freedom to come to as many or as few as you feel you need.

  • 8 Weekly Class Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings 6.30-8.30pm / Thursday & Friday mornings 10am-12pm / Saturdays 10am-12 and 12-2pm.
  • Option 1 – pay per class at £35 each (must be booked and paid for in advance).
  • Option 2 – £90 for 4 classes payable before the block starts.   You don’t have to come on 4 consecutive weeks, however, your 4 sessions must be used within 6 weeks of your first class.
  • Option 3 – £195 for 10 classes payable before the block starts.   You don’t have to come on 10 consecutive weeks, however, your 10 sessions must be used within 12 weeks of your first class.

Who teaches the sewing classes and how many people will there be in my class?

All MIY Workshop classes are limited to just 5 people, ensuring you get plenty of one-to-one help from your teacher and no queueing to use equipment.

Zoe Edwards teaches the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month and Wendy Ward teaches the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Find out more about your teachers here.

How do I book?

Just email Wendy Ward using the form below to book your place or ask any questions. With only 5 places per class make sure you book soon and don’t miss out!

Read what previous students at MIY Workshop have thought of their classes here.

When booking blocks of classes you will receive a 10% discount card to use in Ditto; a great fabric shop on Kensington Gardens, just around the corner from MIY Workshop.

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.

Styling & Sewing Talk at MIY Workshop

Yesterday’s first Styling talk by Clary Fisher was a great success.  Even I left feeling inspired to organise a capsule wardrobe free of “wardrobe irritants” and one of our attendees Michala went home and spent 6 hours decluttering her wardrobe, putting unworn clothes into vac pack storage, collecting clothes for her local charity shop and making herself a pile of alterations to get stitching!

Here are a few snapshots of Clary and her engrossed audience…

stylingtalk2An on-the-spot interactive bit where Clary looked at unworn items that people had brought in to try to identify how they could be changed to become well-worn items!

stylingtalk1And focussed concentration while Clary talked about all the other aspects in addition to clothes – like hair, make-up and shoes and showed the group a collection of inspiring items from her own wardrobe that she has altered and adapted to make work for her.

Everyone took away some food for thought from the session and some inspired enthusiasm to go through their wardrobes with a fresh eye.  For me the key take-home ideas were:

  • balance – styling isn’t necessarily about hiding or disguising parts of yourself, rather about balancing everything out – as Clary reminded us “the eye reads beauty in symmetry”
  • editing – you’re not going to feel your best in every colour, shape or style, so you need to edit your wardrobe
  • focussed shopping, rather than impulse shopping – go shopping with a clear idea of what you’re looking for and research where you’re most likely to find it rather than dashing round the shops like a headless chicken and finishing up feeling frustrated and unsatisfied
  • be objective and start looking at your clothes (and those you try on in shops and sewing patterns and fabric you buy) objectively or with a trusted friend and step out of your comfort zone  – try on shapes and colours you wouldn’t normally go for and in shops that aren’t on your usual shopping route
  • shop less but better
  • make your clothes work for you – if garments in your wardrobe aren’t being worn, what can you change easily to make them into well-worn favourites?

As all of the above also applies to the clothes you sew and with this last point in mind myself and Clary are running a joint workshop in September.  Full details are below.  You don’t need to be a tailoring expert – with just a few sewing skills, some personalised styling advice and some sewing guidance and inspiration you can change those wardrobe-cluttering unworn garments into your new favourite outfits……

Let’s start thoughtful sewing and thoughtful shopping.

STYLING FLYER July14

 

To discount or not to discount?

A few months ago I was the lucky recipient of a (faintly disguised) sales call from one of those big group discounting/voucher companies.  When the very chatty man finally got to the point – that they would like me on their website in return for me offering discounts on my classes that they could take a slice of – I told him that I didn’t do discounts.  There was a short, not very chatty silence before the sales man asked why not, couldn’t understand why I didn’t discount and actually asked me how I get customers if I dont?!

I’ve been mulling over that conversation on and off since.  It’s that time of year where we’re bombarded with sales on the high street as all the big high street multiples seem to have given up on summer ever arriving and everyone loves a bargain, including me.  However, some bargains come at a cost which isn’t always  obvious.

I spend time methodically calculating my prices and they represent the true cost of running the class or workshop, plus a profit.  They’re fair, they’re not based on other people’s prices and there’s no room for a third party to take a cut.  I’m aware of the “market” price for classes obviously, and I know that I’m not the cheapest, but neither am I the most expensive.

I never discount my goods or services and I never will do.  It’s not part of my business model.  If you come to a class, workshop, hire session or one-to-one class with me, there is one price advertised and it’s the price that everyone pays.

I know how annoyed I would be if I had booked a workshop that I really wanted to do weeks in advance, to then find myself sitting next to someone who got it half price because they saw it on a discount website.  I don’t think that would be fair and that’s just how I like to do business.

New Sunday workshop dates with Wendy Ward at MIY Workshop

I’ve finished planning my Sunday workshops covering July to December and here they are!  There’s some popular workshops that I’m repeating and a couple of brand new ones.

Email me at miyworkshop[at]gmail.com or ring me on 01273 693451 or 775951 to book a place.

Sunday 1st July – Skirt Making Workshop                                                   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.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 15th July – How to use your Sewing Machine                      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 5th August – Sewing Workshop                                                       Want to come to a sewing class but can’t commit to a weekly session?            Come to this Sunday workshop and sew away to your heart’s content. Suitable for absolute beginners who want a kick start to their new sewing habit or more experienced sewers who want a bit more time to focus on a specific project.   Bring along a project you’re working on or would like to start and we’ll take it from there.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Sunday 19th August – Sewing with Knits                                                            A combination of the winter and summer versions of this workshop depending on what you want to make!  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 winter and summer 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.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 16th September – Pattern Cutting Workshop                              Not sure if pattern cutting is for you?  Try this one day intensive workshop, suitable for beginners and students who have previously drafted skirt or trouser patterns.  At this workshop beginners will draft a skirt block and pattern and make a skirt toile (sample).  Students who have done some pattern cutting before will draft a trouser block and make a trouser toile.  Students who have previously drafted a trouser block with me will draft a one-piece dress block.

  • Class size limited to 4 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Sunday 30th September – How to use your Sewing Machine       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 14th October – **NEW WORKSHOP** How to use an Overlocker                                                                                                                   Have you bought an overlocker that’s still living in its box?!  Are you thinking about buying an overlocker?  A day aimed at people confident in using a sewing machine and new to overlockers.  We’ll cover the basics of; threading, balancing the tensions, sewing techniques for overlockers and using different fabrics.  There is an overlocker to rent at MIY Workshop and that can be used in the weekly sewing classes – you must have completed this workshop before being let loose on it!

  • Class size limited to 4 people.
  • 11am to 3.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 28th October – **NEW WORKSHOP** Perfecting the Details Want to know how to sew the perfect pocket or make a beautiful bound buttonhole?  Getting the details right can be the difference between your sewing looking home-made or professional.  At this workshop we’ll focus on making beautiful samples of – bound buttonholes, welt pockets, jet pockets, collars and zips.                                                                                                                                    This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Sunday 11th November – Sewing with Knits                                                      A combination of the winter and summer versions of this workshop depending on what you want to make!  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 winter and summer 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.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 18th November – **NEW WORKSHOP** Sewing for Babies & Children                                                                                                                        Want to make clothes for your kids?  Want to make a gift for a new baby?  Choosing what to make for babies and kids can be tricky – small clothes often means tricky details.  At this workshop I’ll have a selection of simple patterns for clothes and accessories suitable for babies from birth to 18m and for kids from 2-6y.  All you need to bring is your fabric and thread.                                            This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45

Sunday 9th December – Cool Cushions                                                 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 with easy appliqué (I’ll provide you with some stencils to use) and pompoms.  Great for presents or to add a splash of colour to your own place.                                                           Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.


  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Sunday 16th December – Sewing Workshop                                              Want to come to a sewing class but can’t commit to a weekly session?            Come to this Sunday workshop and sew away to your heart’s content. Suitable for absolute beginners who want a kick start to their new sewing habit or more experienced sewers who want a bit more time to focus on a specific project.  Bring along a project you’re working on or would like to start and we’ll take it from there.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40

Student in the window – Lisa

I’m having a rotating display of student work in the window of MIY Workshop.  The best advert for my classes is the work that my students produce and it’s a nice way for them to feel proud of their creations and appreciate the skills they’ve learnt.

Here’s my first “student in the window”; Lisa.

Lisa had never used a sewing machine when she started classes last September.  After 4 classes she’d made this skirt.  Next came this top and she’s just finished a dress.  She’s addicted!