Category Archives: Patterns for jersey fabrics

See you at the Knitting & Stitching Show

Later this morning I will be heading off to London town to spend 5 days at the Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace.  If you’ve never been it really is an amazing event, my two pieces of essential advice if you’re going…….

  • wear: comfy shoes and layers
  • take: food!

There are three halls full of stalls selling everything you could ever need and more for sewing knitting and creating in general, exhibitions, workshops and fashion shows.

I’m playing with the big boys this year in the Great Hall with MIY Collection on stand O19.  I’ll have my sewing patterns, tools, accessories and an advance copy of my book.  Here are some new things I’m launching at the show……

 cowl sewing patternA new sewing pattern for the show: MIY Cosy Cowl – quick, easy and perfect for this time of year when you’re not quite ready for your winter coat!  Available to buy online when I’m back from the show.

scissor earringsTeeny tiny scissor earrings! A treat for you or the perfect gift for your stitchy friend.  Also available to buy online when I’m back from the show.

Look forward to seeing you there!

MIY Collection Sewing Patterns at MIY Workshop

Have a look at the MIY Workshop website and see what students made today using MIY Collection sewing patterns and a soon to be available new pattern…..

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Download MIY Collection Sewing Patterns

It’s one that seems to divide stitchers – you either love using PDF download sewing patterns or you hate them!

This is what people have told me are the positives of using digital sewing patterns:

  • ease of storage
  • ability to re-use once size has been cut – just print out another
  • no taping together tatty old patterns – just print out another
  • cheaper to buy initially.

And these are the things that put people off using them:

  • cost of printer ink
  • size of printouts being accurate
  • time and hassle involved in taping the pieces together
  • accuracy of the pattern once it’s been taped together.

Well, in an attempt to keep everyone happy I’m starting to make my sewing patterns also available as downloads.  I feel like I may be slightly doing things back to front as every other indie sewing pattern company I look at seems to have done it the other way round ie. PDF patterns first, then hard copy, but hey ho, I like to be different!

The first PDF pattern available is my straight neck vest and dress.

MIY Collection digital download sewing patternHere are some examples of MIY Workshop student makes from this pattern:

MIY Collection digital download sewing pattern

They’re available at just £7 from my Etsy shop and once you’ve ordered, the files will be automatically available to you to download and get started on, including a step-by-step guide on how to print your pattern and how to piece it together!

What are you waiting for?!

Make Your Own Leggings

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Yesterday was the first “Make Your Own Leggings” workshop at MIY Workshop, using my new leggings pattern.  They’re so quick and easy to make and such a useful basic item for most women’s wardrobes, especially for our charmingly unpredictable climate in Britain!  The pattern will be available to buy very soon.

If you can’t wait for the pattern and feel inspired to make your own leggings, I still have availability at the next date for this workshop which is Sunday 8th June.  Get in touch to book your place!

Here’s what the five students thought of the workshop:

“What a lovely way to spend a rainy Sunday!  The ever-patient Wendy and the four other ladies made for a relaxed and productive atmosphere and I even got to wear my new leggings home!  Another splendid workshop and I cannot wait for my next one.”  Jo

“Leggings are way easier than I thought and Wendy’s pattern is so much nicer than the ones in the shops!  (No outside seams down the legs!)  All my relatives (male & female) are going to get leggings for Christmas!”  Emma

“Loved the day spent with other sewing lovers.  Learnt lots and went home a very happy lady with a brilliant new pair of unique leggings.”  Maria

“Great workshop on making leggings.  Good fun, good day and fab results.  Can’t wait for the work shirt and trouser making day ahead (!)”  Debbie

“Wendy’s legging day was fantastic fun, a lot to learn in an enjoyable environment.  A great confidence boost for sewers of different abilities.  Will be looking forward to continuing classes.  Thank you!”  Rachel

This workshop came about thanks to a request from one of yesterday’s students a few months ago.  A few more ideas were added to the list yesterday!  Do you have any ideas for workshops that you’re desperate to do and that you think others would enjoy?  I’m always open to suggestions!

Sewing with Stretch Knits

My ever-popular workshop on sewing with stretch knits happened again at MIY Workshop yesterday.  You can read a full write-up of it here.

MIY Collection patterns are used at the workshop and here are some of the brilliant creations that my students whipped up in only 6 hours…

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These 4 garments were all made from the MIY Collection Straight Neck Vest and Dress pattern.  You can get such a different look depending on what fabric you use.  In the top picture from left to right we’ve got a lightweight loopback sweatshirt fabric, a lightweight jersey and a ponte roma and in the second picture above, another sweatshirt fabric.

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This is going to be my next MIY Collection pattern – a cowl neck long sleeve top or dress.  This one is made in the ideal fabric: a lightweight drapey viscose jersey.

If you don’t know your jersey’s from your ponte’s have a read of my little fabric dictionary here.

If you fancy having a go yourself, MIY Collection sewing patterns are available on Etsy, just follow this link to my shop: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MIYcollection