A Beginner's Guide to Sewing Skirts by Wendy Ward

By Sarah

What a practical book for those who love to wear skirts. It contains 24 different skirt patterns in one book and at $21.95, that's a whole lot of bang for your buck. Do you know how much that many patterns would cost if they were packaged and sold individually? Jeez, let's not even think about that. Whether you're a sewing rookie or a seasoned sewist, this book of classic skirt patterns is a great addition to your pattern or sewing resource library. Wendy Wards' instructions are thorough and she offers a ton of helpful information and tips for beginners. 

One of the wrap skirt variations in a medium weight cotton linen blend (not online yet but available by phone order for out of town customers) tied with some beautiful hand dyed ribbon and paired with Grainline's Lark-boatneck tee in one of our soft and scrumptious cotton soy blend jerseys.

The A-line skirt with unique top stitching made from our recycled hemp and organic cotton blend that comes in a few different colors. It is paired with the Ruby Top by Made By Rae

The Front Button Up Skirt made out of a Lizzy House cotton lawn (not online yet but available by phone order for out of town customers) paired with a navy knit Nettie Bodysuit by Closet Case Files. (Also no on line yet)

A circle skirt made from a cool black and white rayon print with elastic waistband.

A short pencil style skirt in a graphic cotton linen blend. (Sorry, we are already sold out of this print). 

All the patterns are in the back of the book and are all layered on top of one another with each version having its own color to help distinguish between them all. I would say on average that each pattern has about five pieces and they have to be lined up to form a whole pattern piece, just like with PDF patterns. That being said, if you are not the kind of person who has patience for that kind of initial preparation, this book might not be for you. 

Copied from the picture above- Wendy Ward has worked as a designer in the fashion industry since 2000, for a range of companies from niche retailers to large chain stores. in 2007 Wendy started teaching dressmaking, pattern cutting, and textiles for adults. She has a degree in fashion Design, an MA in Design, and is a fully qualified teacher. In 2012 Wendy opened MIY Workshop in Brighton (England) and launched her own range of sewing patterns called MIY Collection. Wendy is a regular contributor to Love Sewing magazine and her first sewing book for adults, The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking was published in 2014. (Available at Bolt) Find Wendy online at www.wendyward.co.uk