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Some Fabulous Work from Students

Confession: I’ve been a bit slow at adding pictures of some of the fantastic work that my students have been producing recently.  So here’s a bit of a box-set for you to feast your eyes upon…..

leggings-june14 leggings-june14-2One legging pattern – so many variations.  Clair even managed to make two pairs in one workshop!

pc-dresses2-june14Some beautifully fitting dress toiles at the Pattern Cutting for Dresses 2 workshop.

summerfrockmaking-july14-webFabulous frocks at the Summer Frock Making workshop, all made using MIY Collection sewing patterns.

studentcollageAnd a brilliant collection of makes from my some of my weekly sewing & dressmaking students:

Top row – Joy in her beautiful pink wool skirt which is fully lined, Salva in her dress with beautifully matched print at the seams and Lou in her fold-over waist skirt made from this MIY Collection pattern.

Middle row – Lou again in her denim shift dress made using my soon to be available MIY Collection shift dress pattern, Lizzie in a really well-made shirt*, Debbie in one of the many dresses she’s made from this pattern of mine and  Assuntina in her gorgeous shift dress** using the same pattern as Lou.

Bottom row – Lizzie again in my loose shift pattern and Lou in her cosy cowl (another pattern soon to be available from MIY Collection).

*Lizzie started classes with me about a year ago as a complete beginner, not sure if she would enjoy sewing or be any good at it.  Hasn’t she made amazing progress?!  Partly thanks to sticking with it and practising on her new sewing machine that she went out and bought once I’d got her hooked after a few classes (!) and partly thanks to following a progressive approach to her sewing by making sure that each project she tackled challenged her with something more than the previous one.

**Assuntina is another example of a student that’s made fantastic progress – starting last year as a nervous absolute beginner she has also taken a progressive approach to her sewing, starting with some easy cushions and now making gorgeous, well-fitting dresses, with skirts and tops along the way.  Shirts next Assuntina…..!

Inspired?  If you need that extra push to find time to sew or have always wanted to learn, join us at some weekly classes.  You can come to as many or as few as you like and start at any time when a space is available.  Get in touch with Wendy to book your sewing time on 01273 693451 or miyworkshop[at]gmail.com

Made using MIY Collection patterns

Some rather impressive results from MIY Workshop students recently…… http://miycollection.co.uk/2013/03/05/more-creations-using-miy-collection-patterns/

Made at MIY Workshop

I’ve been struggling to keep up with photographing and uploading my busy students’ creations, but here’s a few recent ones to tide you over!

anas1stdressAna’s first dress, perfectly accessorised too!!

emmaEmma’s first attempt at a pattern – pretty impressive.

lisa&cushionLisa’s “cowboy” themed cushion cover – the 2nd thing she’s made since learning how to use the sewing machine!

lisascushionAnd said cushion in situ.

nikkiNikki’s perfect beach bag.  Project number 2 after learning to use the machine.

rose-babydungareesRose’s baby dungarees with gorgeous African print fabric that have prompted a request from son number 2 for a pair in his size!


Suzy’s first project after only a few hours learning to use the sewing machine – a lined skirt and she’s already halfway through skirt number 2!!

Made at MIY Workshop

It’s been a hive of activity recently at MIY Workshop both with classes and workshops and behind the scenes.  More on the “behind the scenes” stuff later, in the meantime admire some of the lovely things my students have been making….

shruganddresssewingpatterns-miycollectionSalva and Cesca have been busy with my MIY Collection sewing patterns – a lovely frock with added pockets by Salva and a cute cosy shrug by Cesca.  Both of these garments are made from gorgeous felted wool from Ditto.

miycollection cardi sewing patternMore fabric from Ditto in Karen’s cardi.  Another MIY Collection sewing pattern, Karen was surprised at how quickly it came together and has been enjoying the compliments and enquiries as to where she bought her cardigan, from work colleagues and friends!

skirt-sigitaThis beautiful skirt is Sigita’s own design that she created on my 6 week pattern cutting course.  The skirt is lined, has a leather waistband and was meticulously put together by Sigita, it really is gorgeous!


studentwork-susie2Susie, in 2 tops she’s made from vintage patterns that we made a few tweaks to.  Again that lovely felted wool from Ditto…...

There was another of my Cushion Making workshops a few weeks ago and here’s what came out of that busy day:

cushionworkshop-cherryCherry with an envelope back cushion cover with piped seams.

cushionworkshop-donnaDonna with an envelope back cushion cover and a second cut out and on its way!

cushionworkshop-emma3Emma used a couple of different fabrics and a pompom trim which impressed the family when she got it home.

cushionworkshop-renee3More mixing of fabrics, Renee chose some lovely blues to mix on both sides of her envelope back cushion cover.

cushionworkshop-stephanieAnd last, but not least, Stephanie with her lovely wintery patchworked cushion cover with a button fastening at the back.  Even more impressive is that Stephanie is new to sewing and only attended my “How to use your Sewing Machine” workshop a few months ago!


A satisfied MIY Workshop customer

After last Sunday’s “Sewing with Knits” workshop I received this lovely email from one of the participants:

Dear Wendy,
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the Sewing with Knits workshop yesterday. I had built up an irrational fear of knitted fabrics – it seems silly now!
I am so pleased with my new top I wore it home and to work today!
I will definitely be booking in for one of your workshops again,
Best wishes,

Here’s a picture of the 5 finished garments – 3 straight neck dresses and 2 cowl neck tops, all made using MIY Collection patterns and all finished on the day!

Recent work at MIY Workshop

I’ve been collecting a few photos of student work coming out of MIY Workshop recently, here they are:

Salva in her MIY Collection shrug – the first thing she’d made using jersey fabric and the first time she’d followed a pattern!

Inspired by her shrug, Salva then had a go at the MIY Collection straight neck vest and customised the pattern to make a blocked version.

Lucy in a perfect tweedy winter skirt made from a Burda pattern.

Ela in a lovely frock made from a combination of some bought fabric and cutting up an old 70’s shirt complete with buttons!

Emma in a skirt she made by taking a pattern from an existing skirt she had.  The gorgeous fabric is from Ditto and is quite unusual as it’s got a bit of lycra, it’s not often you find lighter weight fabrics with stretch.

And last but not least, Cesca in a lovely APC inspired denim dress made from a Burda pattern.  This one required some persistence to get right, but I’m glad Cesca stuck at it, made the tweaks that were needed and now has the perfect denim dress – layered with tights in winter, on its own with sandals in summer!

I’ve also just finished a successful Saturday morning Pattern Cutting course – 4 students = 4 unique skirts of their own design by the end.  Pattern cutting is a fantastic skill to have – especially if you have ideas for what you want to make but struggle to find the patterns.  I’ll be  starting some City & Guilds pattern cutting courses in the new year, more on that when I’ve confirmed dates and details.

My Sewing Surgery has been popular recently – surgery time is a bit like a one-to-one class, but is done in blocks of 15 minutes, so if you only need a bit of focussed help to sort out a problem, rather than a whole class, then it’s probably the thing for you.  In the last couple of weeks I’ve helped people making items to be sold into local shops and making costumes for trapeze artists!

Pattern Cutting Workshop – the end result

Sunday saw another successful Pattern Cutting workshop – a day to have a dabble in the world of pattern cutting and leave with a pattern for a skirt made to your own measurements.

A lovely bunch of students worked really hard and produced 4 perfect toiles:

Here’s some of their thoughts on the day:

“Amazing what you can learn in a day!”

“Really enjoyed myself.  Wendy was so knowledgeable and easy going.”

What did you enjoy most about the day?

“Have a finished product to take home and learning lots of new skills.”

“To have a complete product at the end having started from scratch and it fits!”

Keep an eye on my list of Sunday workshops for the next Pattern Cutting workshop.  I also regularly run weekly pattern cutting courses.  The next one starts in October but is fully booked.  There will be more, email me at miyworkshop[at]gmail.com to be added to my mailing list so that you’re first to hear about new dates.

Another successful Skirt Making Workshop

I had a lovely group of eager students on Sunday and one sadly stuck in London.

After a really focussed day of hard work………

……..and noises of surprise from the students when they saw how impressive their skirts were turning out, this is what we had:

Pretty impressive aren’t they?  None of these students had made anything from a pattern before, in fact one of them only learned how to use her sewing machine at one of my weekly sewing classes last week!

An a-line skirt really is a great first project for anyone new to sewing.  The shape looks good on almost everyone and it’s a quick garment to make which is easy to get to fit well.  These students are inspired to make more with their new found sewing, zip inserting and faced hemming skills!

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

What did you enjoy most?

“Everything – Wendy is a great teacher.”

“Teacher not in a hurry and allowed me to go at my own speed. Feeling more confident using sewing machine.”

“Class size, learning the ‘proper’ way to put in zips, etc.”

Any other comments?

“Really recommend and a brilliant day out.”  And that from the student who had been given the workshop for her birthday!

Student work at MIY Workshop

Here’s 3 students that have recently made beautiful garments that initially presented different kinds of challenges…..

                  Joy                                            Nicky                                        Clair

Joy chose a lovely checked wool to make a spring cape, however, the size of the check and the bold coloured stripes running through it meant that she needed to try and match up the pattern at the seams, some of which were curved….!  Well, after a jigsaw puzzle cutting the fabric, much tacking, a bit of unpicking and the odd nag from me and Joy’s patience is rewarded.

Nicky wanted to recreate an existing top in a different fabric.  We made a pattern from the original garment with a few tweaks to make it a better fit and Nicky chose some bold printed jersey from Ditto which again, required some thinking about where to place the pattern pieces to get the print in the right place in the finished garment.  Nicky made a good job of sewing tricky fabric and finished result looks fab.

Clair’s first go at this dress pattern resulted in a garment that didn’t fit brilliantly.  I helped her tweak the pattern to fit her proportions perfectly and she now knows how to adjust all other patterns she uses so that they’ll fit properly.  She brought her wonderful eye for colour to the fabric choices for this frock and I love the result!

Recent student work at MIY Workshop

Just a few of the impressive creations my students have been churning out recently:

Lisa in two of the three items she’s made for her wardrobe since starting my classes.  She’s now a self-confirmed sewing addict and won’t even be distracted by Gypsy dog….!

This lovely grey wool jersey fabric from Ditto has been making lots of appearances at MIY Workshop.  Karen was the first to spot its potential and turned it into this lovely frock with room for her baby bump to expand.

It doesn’t have to just be clothes for yourself – Dianne is onto her second baby dress since joining my classes.  Good job as she has twins to keep well dressed!

And it doesn’t have to be only clothes.  There’s been a flurry of curtain and cushion making at MIY Workshop.  Here’s Tracey’s impressive curtains – lined, beautifully straight hem and only her second project after a couple of blocks of classes.