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 makers with little or lots of experience and easily adapted to suit the maker's own style. 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.
Wendy's first dressmaking book "The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking" has stayed near the top 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 "Sewing Basics For Every Body" came out in January 2020 and is her most comprehensive dressmaking book yet. Covering an even wider size range and including patterns to make a core wardrobe of unisex garments this book champions the joy of wearing handmade clothes every day. Encouraging the reader to make everyday wardrobe basics rather than rarely worn "special occasion" garments this book introduces Wendy's philosophy for dressing and sewing in a more sustainable way.
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.
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.