About

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 sewing tools launched in 2012.

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

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 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. Rest assured you will find MIY Collection patterns to be well explained in down-to-earth language with clear, detailed diagrams.  Wendy has been helping people to make their own clothes 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. By 2012, she had opened MIY Workshop in central Brighton to teach her own dressmaking and pattern cutting classes. In 2019 Wendy re-located back to her hometown of Sheffield in the foothills of the glorious Peak District.

Wendy has a degree in Fashion Design, an MA in Design and is a qualified teacher. She had her own column in Love Sewing magazine for 3 years from 2015 to 2018 and contributed 4 popular series to Sewing World magazine between 2013 and 2015.

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! Book number four will be out in January 2020.

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 in the hills and moors of her local bit of the Peak District National Park. 

You can also contact Wendy by email.