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New Sunday Workshop Dates for 2014

Hooray, my programme of Sunday workshops for the first half of 2014 is now open for booking!  There are some regular favourites and some exciting new workshops to tempt you.  Please check your diaries to ensure you can make the date before booking a workshop and ensure you read the classes – important info section of my website which gives important details about cancellations.

You can read what previous students have thought of my workshops here.

Sunday 26th January – How to use your Sewing Machine for Dressmaking

Got a sewing machine for Christmas and no idea how to use it?!  Bring it along to this 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 9th February – **NEW WORKSHOP** Easy Appliqué

An introduction to the addictive technique of appliqué.  Use leftover scraps of fabrics to decorate garments, bags, home furnishings or even art for your walls!  This technique can be used for traditional designs or more modern ideas including collaging and bold stencil shapes.  Bring along something you’d like to put the appliqué onto (finished item or piece of fabric – note, this technique isn’t suited to fabrics like velvet and cord) and some scraps of other fabrics.  Suitable for complete beginners, some machine and/or hand sewing is optional.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 11am to 3pm
  • £40 including some materials

applique workshop brightonHere are some examples of what’s possible at this new workshop….

Sunday 23rd February – Make an A-line Skirt

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

See what previous students have made at this workshop here and here.

Sunday 9th March – **NEW WORKSHOP** Fabric Printing using Stencils

Want an easy way to customise your garments without the cost and mess of screenprinting?  Come and have a go at fabric printing and painting using freezer paper.  You’ll get neat professional looking results with the minimum of fuss.  Templates and stencils will be available to use or you can have a go at designing your own.  Just bring along a garment you’d like to customise.  All fabrics need to be washable and without surface texture ie. velvet or cord.  Suitable for complete beginners – no sewing involved!

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 11am to 3pm
  • £40 including materials

stencil printing workshop brightonHere are some examples of what’s possible at this new workshop….

Sunday 30th March – Sewing with Stretch 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.  You need to know how to use a sewing machine to do this workshop and it’s best if you’ve done a bit of sewing.

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

See what previous students have made at this workshop here, here and here!

Sunday 13th April – Beginner’s Pattern Cutting

Not sure if pattern cutting is for you?  Try this one day intensive workshop, suitable for beginners.

At this workshop you will draft a skirt block and pattern and make a skirt toile (sample) to your own measurements.  I’ll also show you how to make the skirt block into a pencil skirt and a-line skirt.  This workshop is only suitable for people who have made clothes from patterns and are confident using a sewing machine. 

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

See what previous students have made at this workshop here and here.

Sunday 27th April – **NEW WORKSHOP** Make your own Leggings

Leggings, they’ve become a staple of all our wardrobes and they’re very easy to make.  Come and make yourself a pair at this workshop, all you need to bring is some fabric, patterns are provided, no need to buy one!  You’ll be able to make them the length you want, I’ll show you a few different ways to finish the waist and a few other ways to make them your own.  Please note, patterns available in sizes from approx. UK size 8 to 18.  You need to know how to use a sewing machine to do this workshop and it’s best if you’ve done a bit of sewing.

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

Sunday 11th May – Pattern Cutting for Dresses 1 – The Basics

Tired of buying dresses that don’t fit properly?  In the first part of this intensive workshop you will draft the perfectly fitting dress block.  We’ll make a toile (sample) of your dress block then go on to look at sleeveless adaptations and fitting problems common in dresses.  There is the option to attend a second workshop to draft a sleeve for your dress and start adapting the style of the dress – see “Pattern Cutting for Dresses 2 – Sleeves and Style Adaptations”.   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 or dressmaking.

  • Class size limited to 4 people
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • £50

See what previous students have made at this workshop here.

Sunday 25th May– Pattern Cutting for 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
  • £45

Sunday 8th June – **NEW WORKSHOP** Make your own Leggings

Leggings, they’ve become a staple of all our wardrobes and they’re very easy to make.  Come and make yourself some at this workshop, all you need to bring is some fabric, patterns are provided, no need to buy one!  You’ll be able to make them the length you want, I’ll show you a few different ways to finish the waist and a few other ways to make them your own.  Please note, patterns available in sizes from approx. UK size 8 to 18.  You need to know how to use a sewing machine to do this workshop and it’s best if you’ve done a bit of sewing.

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

Sunday 15th June – Pattern Cutting for Dresses 2 – Sleeves and Style Adaptations

Aimed at students who have previously drafted a basic dress block either elsewhere or with me.  We will be drafting a sleeve for the dress and I’ll show you the best way to set in a sleeve, we’ll look at the basics of dart manipulation and some basic style adaptations including: princess line, collars and some sleeve adaptations.  You will need to bring your original dress block with you in order to draft the sleeve! 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 or dressmaking.

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

 Sunday 29th June – 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.  Please note, patterns available in sizes from approx. UK size 8 to 18.  Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people
  • 10am to 5pm
  • £55

See what previous students have made at this workshop here, here and here!

To book any of these workshops or if you have any questions, please ring Wendy on 01273 693451 or email miyworkshop[at]gmail.com

The First Summer Frock Making Workshop

Today was the first run of my new Summer Frock Making Workshop.  I’d spent a lot of time working on some new designs and patterns – quite a challenge to come up with a range of designs that could suit all shapes and sizes and all levels of sewing ability!!

I have to admit, I felt a teensy bit guilty today as I worked my students extremely hard.  Here they are, heads down, hard at work.

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But it was worth it, look at these fantastic results!

frockmaking-june13-2Clare and Laura in lovely shift dresses in gorgeous printed cottons.

frockmaking-june13-1Jo and Lucy in the first garments they’ve ever made (just the hems to do)!  They were both suitably impressed and surprised with the results of their efforts!

frockmaking-june13-3And Sam in a collared version of the pull-on shift dress, which hopefully will be the rekindling of her love of sewing!

There were 5 dress patterns to use at this workshop, all of which will eventually be made up to buy as sewing patterns via MIY Collection, my range of dressmaking patterns.

Here’s what some of the students thought of the day:

“Thanks so much for today’s Frock Making workshop. It was really rewarding to rediscover skills I thought I’d forgotten and to go home at the end of the day with a new frock to wear. It’s definitely inspired me to make time for more sewing at home and I will be most certainly be back for another course soon.”

“I’m really happy with it. Just need some sunshine to wear it now! I thought it was great day, quite hard work for me but I really enjoyed it. The dress pattern was easy to use, and each step easy to follow – your advice is excellent as always.” 

“The dress is finished, it only took about a hour to do. I am very pleased with it, can’t wait for some sunshine to wear it now!”

The first 2 dates for this workshop were booked up pretty quickly so I’ve decided to add another date – Sunday 21st July.  If you fancy making your own summer frock, get in touch via email on miyworkshop[at]gmail.com or ring 01273 775951 or 693451.

Last Weekend’s Sewing for Babies & Kids Workshop

Fantastic results from last weekend’s Sewing for Babies and Kids workshop:

babieskids1Marilena with her gorgeous baby girl’s dress.  She made such a good job of it; everything was so neat and she’d previously just sewn cushions, bags, things involving straight lines!

babieskids2Just one of the pairs of trousers Charlotte made for her little boy.  Stripes were the order of the day and she went home with a 2nd pair just needing elastic and hems and plans to make a pair for herself with one of my other patterns!

babieskids3Chloe and her lovely wintery boy’s trousers in lightweight soft chocolate brown corduroy and contrasting red pockets. We ummmed and aahhhhed collectively about what colour to do the pockets……..I think red was the right choice!

Don’t just take my word for it, here’s what they thought of the day:

“Such a wonderful day!  I’m so proud of myself!  Wendy’s instruction makes you feel like you can tackle anything.”

“I enjoyed another great afternoon with Wendy at MIY Workshop today.  I learnt lots of new skills and make my little boy a pair of trousers.  Wendy is a fantastic teacher.  Great classes.  Highly recommend!  Thanks Wendy!”

“Very enjoyable class with helpful instructions and really pleasing results!  Now I want to have a girl so I can come back and make a dress!”

The next “Sewing for Babies and Kids” workshop is on Sunday 12th May.  Contact Wendy on 01273 775951 or 693451 or miyworkshop[at]gmail.com to book your place.

 

 

First workshop of 2013 – cushions galore!

What a brilliant start to the New Year – a very successful Cushion Making Workshop.  Despite the threats of snow and one student succumbing to the winter lurgy and unable to join us, we had a very productive day at MIY Workshop today.

I’m sure you’ll agree when you admire the results……..

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Hannah churned out 2 cushions – the first a lovely mixture of bold printed cottons, the second a Japanese style satin fabric with buttons at the back.

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Believe it or not today was the first time that Lili had used a sewing machine!  She finished a beautiful corduroy and printed cotton cushion and added an appliquéd fox face using one of my templates.

cushionworkshop-charlotte

Charlotte impressed herself by finishing a cushion cover complete with buttonholes and started her second in the workshop which will also incorporate a lovely piece of crochet that she has done.

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And last, but by no means least, Gypsy finished two cushion covers, one with a zip fastening, using fabrics she’s just brought back from a trip to India.

If you feel inspired to learn how to make some cushion covers of your own I’ll be running this workshop again later in the year or you can have a go in my Weekly Sewing & Dressmaking classes.

Sunny cushion making day at MIY Workshop

The weather was gorgeous and today was the first Cushion Workshop at MIY Workshop.  I could have filled it twice over with the people that wanted to do it and today’s results were impressive, so I’ll definitely be running it again.  Date tbc between July and December.

So, it all starts with some accurate measuring and cutting of squares and rectangles…harder than you might think!

Next come some accurate, straight seams…

Then you get to enjoy all your hard work!  Here’s Ann impressed with her newly discovered zip sewing skills and her cushion made from some great Ikea fabric.

Claire has a pile of fabric treasures found on Ebay to work through and this is an excellent start – a beautifully sewn cushion cover with a lapped zip across the back.

Kate used some lovely African print fabric and was very proud of her buttonholes across the back of her cushion!

And last, my original samples – not your average, ordinary cushions!

Marie and Auder were soooo close to finishing too.  Auder was turning her mum’s tapestries into cushion covers – a practical way to be able to use and admire her mum’s handiwork.  Marie began a zebra print cushion production line!!  I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of the fuschia pink piped zebra cushions once they’re finished!

Here’s what my students thought of today:

“I really enjoyed it all.”

“Very enjoyable day.”

What did you enjoy most?

“Satisfaction of making my own cushion!”

“The quiet concentration and the finished product!”

“Tutor’s attention at all times.”

Someone once described cushions to me as the equivalent of adding lipstick to a room!  I love that.