Category Archives: Patterns for jersey fabrics

Made From MIY Collection Sewing Patterns

Look at these garments made recently by my students at MIY Workshop using my existing and soon-to-be-released MIY Collection sewing patterns!

sewing with knits miy collection vest sewing patternThe MIY Vest & Dress – super quick and easy you can whip up one for everyday of the week. The dress version looks great with leggings and is a comfy go-to holiday / summer dress.

sewing with knits miy collection cowl neck dress sewing patternThe MIY Cowl Neck Dress & Top pattern which will be available very soon! You’ll be able to make the dress or top with and without sleeves. Depending on your fabric choice you can make a casual version to go with jeans and leggings or a glamorous frock for a night on the town.

sewing with knits miy collection leggings sewing patternThe MIY Leggings sewing pattern will also available very soon!! Why buy leggings when you can make your own in no time at all in colours and prints to go with every outfit.

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Make Your First Garment in a Day with a MIY Collection Sewing Pattern!

I don’t very often post about my sewing classes here, but this one is an exception as the students were all new to dressmaking, all used MIY Collection sewing patterns and all got great results as you can see!

MIY Collection easy sewing patterns

Don’t they look fantastic!!  Yes, these really were their first garments and yes they are all made from knitted fabrics. We have from left to right:

Tracey-Leigh in her gorgeous stripey vest, Kate in her floral print sweatshirt shrug, Lesley in her retro style glasses print shrug, Anne in a lovely version of the asymmetric skirt and Louise in a gorgeous vest dress – I love that colour!

All 5 students did absolutely brilliantly, they worked really hard, crammed loads of learning into a day and all had a finished garment to show for it.

If you’d like to have a go at making your own version of one of these garments at home, all three patterns are available to buy from my online shop at MIY Collection, printed on sturdy paper not tissue paper and complete with comprehensive instruction booklet, including how to work with knitted fabrics.

You can find out more about my sewing classes at MIY Workshop here.

My MIY Easy Pull-On Shift Dress Pattern is Back!!

Remember this:

easy pull-on shift dress pattern MIY Collection

It’s now available again as a PDF downloadable sewing pattern to print at home, just click here.

No need to hang around for the post, just order, pay, print and go! You’ll also get a comprehensive set of instructions for how to print the pattern on your home printer along with the multi-size pattern and full instruction book.

If you’re in the EU it’s available via the MIY Collection Etsy shop.

Read more about the pattern and how versatile it is here.

Happy holiday stitching!



The Last in my “Knits Know-How” Series for Sewing World Magazine

knits know-how sewing with knits sewing world magazine

Gosh, I’m a bit late in posting this, it’s been one of “those” months. Anyway, the March issue of Sewing World magazine saw the last in my series on sewing with knits and it culminated in a pattern for pyjama bottoms.

Designed specifically for stretch knit fabrics and super comfy and quick to make they’re a winner even if I do say so myself!

Here’s me in mine:

sewing with knits pyjama trouser sewing pattern

The multi-size pattern is included in the magazine and you might be lucky and find some issues still in the shops (it’s issue number 229), but if not, never fear you can order back issues on their new online shop here:

Pull-on Shift Dress – Back in Stock and a New Pattern Hack

pull-on shift dress pattern purpletweed2

My popular MIY Collection pull-on shift dress pattern which sold out at the Knitting & Stitching show is back in stock. Get yours online now with free P&P in the UK.

I think there are lots of reasons why this pattern is so popular:

  • it’s easy – really, no fastenings, no fiddly bits
  • the pattern is very versatile – these features are optional: the cowl collar, the side seam pockets, the centre front and centre back pleats
  • it’s a great pattern for beginners (I’ve had lots of sewing newbies successfully make this dress in a  day), but has lots of versatility for those with a bit of experience
  • it suits a wide range of shapes and sizes
  • it’s comfy to wear – I know, I wear mine A LOT!
  • you can make it in a wide variety of fabrics: wovens such as lightweight denim, linen, lightweight tweed, chambray, needlecord and knits such as ponte roma, sweatshirt and even single jersey
  • it will see you through all the seasons – I wear my denim one with leggings and a long sleeved top in winter and on it’s own with birkenstocks in summer
  • you can easily combine fabrics, using a different one for the bodice and the skirt.

And if you’re not yet convinced I did a quick pattern hack from it this weekend to make this top which once I’ve hemmed, I think I will be living in…..


All I did was to use the bodice pattern and lengthen it by 20cm! I’ve used a fabulous lurex ponte roma from Minerva Crafts which is a pleasure to sew as it just does as it’s told.  This will be my nod towards the festive season – black with a bit of subtle sparkle.

Get your pattern now and let me know what you do with it, I love seeing how you all interpret my patterns!