Read all about what I got up to at the Knitting & Stitching show last week over on my blog.
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So, are you going to be joining me and Crafty and Cake for a whole month of noseying at what other people are stitching?!
Make-It-Yourself March or MIYmarch will be starting on Sunday. The full monty description of what’s involved and how to play is here.
I’m looking forward to seeing your pics…….
In celebration of sewing and dressmaking and the Sewing Bee on television and all things you made yourself, me and Emma aka Crafty & Cake are hosting a month long photo-a-day challenge over on Instagram. We want to know what you’re making, what you want to make, your making inspiration, where you make, what you make with and your best and worst making moments!
Each day will have a theme that we’ll post at the start of the day and you just need to post a sewing and/or dressmaking-related photo or photos on Instagram, tag us (@thewendyward and @craftyandcake) and use the hashtag #miymarch
Hopefully you’ll be inspired by everyone else’s photos, meet some new online buddies and have a bit of fun appreciating the fruits of your labours! Every day Emma and I will choose our favourite 4 images to showcase at the end of the day.
What’s not to like?!
Celebrate Making It YOURSELF!!
On the hottest day of the year so far, the third Summer Frock Making workshop at MIY Workshop was timely and delivered yet more lovely frocks. Here they are:
Clare’s first foray into sewing knitted fabrics turned out beautifully and she was pleasantly surprised by how easy jersey was to work with! Clare used a lovely drapey viscose jersey from C&H Fabrics. You can buy this MIY Collection pattern here.
Joy and Hannah both made the simple shift dress, both with pockets. This was the first time Hannah had made something to wear and the first time she’d done any sewing for 15 years! Joy is a knitting convert (!) and will be adding this lovely frock to the cardi she made at my Sewing with Knits workshop. Hannah’s spotty fabric was from John Lewis, Joy’s cotton/linen mix grey fabric that has a really nice sheen is from Ditto. This pattern will be available to buy soon from MIY Collection.
Jo is another knitter and crocheter and is dipping her toe into the dressmaking water! I think she’s made a fantastic start with this fitted shift dress. If you look closely the fabric print has lots of sewing related illustrations and works really well in this dress – a simple style to suit an intricate print. This fabric was from online fabric shop Frumble. They have a whole range of sewing related prints, I’m particularly taken with a scissor one……
All 5 students worked extremely hard to produce some beautiful dresses by the end of the day. Hannah happily went off home in hers. I’m eagerly awaiting pictures of Mary’s as we had a last minute change of mind over some sleeves!
Here’s what the students thought of the day:
“From the friendly atmosphere, the patient and detailed help and guidance to the utterly splendiferous finished frock (even if I do say so myself!) it has been an absolute pleasure and delight to go on the course today! I heartily recommend it to the less experienced and slightly clueless but enthusiastic sewing machine users (like me), to those who want to try something new. Thank you again for such a lovely day and you’ll be seeing me again in the future!”
“Thanks Wendy, the class was a lot of fun and it was great to get back into sewing. It’s so wonderful to be going home with a dress and I look forward to coming back soon!”
“Fantastic dress making day with Wendy. Can’t wait until this pattern is available so I can make another one of them!”
“Really enjoyable day. It was the first time I had used knit fabric and I finished a dress and am pleased with the results!”
You might see a “Party Frock Making” workshop appearing towards the end of the year!!