Book by Sheffield teacher sews up dressmaking skills

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A sewing teacher has stitched together a book on dressmaking to encourage more people to pick up a needle and thread.

Wendy Ward, aged 41, wrote A Beginner’s Guide To Dressmaking after spending seven years teaching adults how to sew.

Spotting a gap in the market, Wendy, from Shirecliffe, Sheffield, who runs a sewing workshop business in Brighton, included full-size patterns for everyday clothes with a modern contemporary look.

She said: “I hope I’ve managed to create an accessible book for people who have started to sew but feel daunted by making their own clothes, with designs for clothes which can be worn everyday, that can be made in a wide variety of fabrics and to each reader’s own style by using the ideas in the customising section.”

Wendy’s book is available online from Amazon, WH Smiths and Waterstones.