Make the clothes you love to wear.  Make a difference.

MIY Collection (Make-It-Yourself Collection) is a growing collection of tried and tested, easy-to-follow modern sewing patterns and practical tools launched in 2012.

MIY Collection is all about everyday dressmaking and focuses on modern classic styles that can be created by sewers of little or lots of experience and worn by anyone. With MIY Collection you can make your own wardrobe of everyday favourite garments.

With clearly explained instructions each style can easily be made in different variations, meaning you can really make it your own to suit your style.

Materials for all MIY Collection products are sourced in the UK and all MIY Collection products are made in the UK.

Photo of Wendy copyright Julian Ward.

MIY Collection's well-packaged, sturdy patterns are designed and written by Wendy Ward; an experienced designer and qualified teacher and they have been thoroughly road-tested by her eager sewing students at MIY Workshop. Rest assured you will find MIY Collection patterns to be well explained in down-to-earth language with clear, detailed diagrams.  Wendy has been writing instructions for people just like you since 2007.

After working as a designer in the fashion industry for seven years, in 2007 Wendy began teaching dressmaking and pattern cutting in Brighton, UK. In 2012, she opened MIY Workshop in central Brighton where she has a busy timetable of teaching dressmaking and pattern cutting. 

Wendy has a degree in Fashion Design, an MA in Design and is a qualified teacher. She is a regular contributor to Love Sewing magazine and in 2013 she was nominated in Sew Magazine's Best of British Sewing Awards in the 'Best for Sewing Workshops/Courses' category and awarded 3rd place out of the whole of the UK. 

beginner's guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by wendy wardBeginner's Guide to Making Skirts by Wendy Ward    Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking by Wendy Ward

Wendy's first dressmaking book "The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking" has stayed in the top 3 of Amazon's chart for Dressmaking books since publication in November 2014 and has been well received by the sewing community being featured in national sewing magazines and getting great reviews. Her second book "A Beginner's Guide to Making Skirts" was published in October 2016 and got to number 1 in Amazon's chart for Dressmaking books before it was even published! Book number three "A Beginner's Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics" was published in January 2018, also reached number 1 in Amazon's chart for Dressmaking books before publication and the first print run had sold out the day after publication!

An advocate of sustainable fashion having worked for a fair trade organic cotton brand for four years, Wendy is passionate about empowering people to create their own style, interpret fashion in their own way and re-connect with the joy of making.

You can find lots of practical sewing tips and help on Wendy's blog where she also writes about a wide range of sewing, design and fashion related topics.

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Photo of Wendy and Gypsydog copyright Julian Ward.

When not sewing or creating, Wendy is to be found outdoors walking her dogs Gypsy and Marmite or learning to play trumpet.

You can also contact Wendy by email.