About

Well hello there.

I’ve probably started and erased a million “about” pages because they all sounded very silly. And then this page sat blank for over a year. Oops!

I love sewing because I love fashion. It’s really that simple!

white silk jacket

{This is one of my favorite handmade items!}

I first got interested in making clothes as a teenager, and learned how to sew primarily through old-school home ec classes and mom. At the time, sewing up adventurous projects like Vogue Designer patterns were my only way of dressing artistically. I didn’t come of age with fast/high street fashion or a ton of choices in thrifted clothing. (All that happened in the 90s.) Making my own was the only way I could have a fun wardrobe, affordably! I stitched my way through college… That isn’t to say I was very great at it. I loved everything I made but I hated easing sleeves and fitting pants crotch curves with a passion!

By my late 20s I wanted more of a challenge. I wanted to learn better tailoring methods and to design some of my own patterns. Patternmaking felt like a huge mystery box that I wanted to unlock. There weren’t a lot of resources or college classes at the time, so I fumbled my way through old textbooks and even a correspondence course with a patternmaking teacher in New Zealand.

Since starting Cloth Habit, I’ve finally started to pursue making my own patterns and designs. It happens that I fell in love specifically with lingerie design and working with stretch fabrics. I’ve been drawing bras, nighties and all sorts of knickers in sketch books for ten years, and I don’t know why it took me so long to make a bra. From my first project, I was hooked!

handmade-lingerie-collage

{From the top, a few of my lacy designs: bra, Rosy Ladyshorts, and bra}

I’m always thinking about what’s next because I love to push myself creatively… I’d love to teach sewing classes, particularly in bra-making. I’m working on that. And publishing my own pattern was fun, fun, fun and there is more to come!

I love getting emails from readers about bra-making or any kind of sewing, so feel free to shoot me an email if you have a burning question!

Some personal stuff…

I live in Austin, Texas, with my husband Derek and a zoo. I have a masters degree in poetry. Didn’t do me much good career-wise but I’ve always been a bit of a renaissance person. We love dogs, cats, roses, old Saabs, Philippe Petit, superhero movies, Wes Anderson movies, and talking deeply about spiritual subjects on our porch Saturday mornings. We push each other, in a good way. He keeps me balanced so I don’t spend too much time on this here virtual planet!

About Cloth Habit and advertising:

As my blog has grown in readership, so have requests for advertising.

This is a personal blog. I am not a brand or a company, and at this point do not want to make income from my blog. In practice this means: 1 . I don’t accept advertising, 2. accept products in exchange for a review, 3. offer giveaways, or 4. publish sponsored posts.

Although I’m not against these practices or collaborating with companies, I am making a conscious choice to be an independent blogger. I have a background in journalism, so when I review services/products/etc., I prefer to have an independent point of view that allows me to put on my critical thinking hat. I find that my best way of supporting independent sewing businesses and publishers is by buying their products, rather than simply promoting them. Thank you for understanding!

Comments

  1. Amy November 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I’m not able to subscribe at all. I just stumbled onto your site (from Pinterest) and fell in love with bras & vintage lacy things that I don’t have the courage to try making.

    If you have time, shoot me an email when you finish tweaking your site. I want to subscribe by email so I don’t miss any of your future projects. Keep up the good work!

  2. Debra January 27, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    Hi Amy,

    A friend just told me about your site. It’s great and so helpful! I’m interested in making bras and I’m just starting out. I’m excited to join your sew-along! Can you recommend a good dress form? The Wolf dress form has been recommended. Do you use a Wolf form?
    Any advice or suggestions will be most appreciated!
    …If you have an email list, please add me to it! I don’t want to miss anything! Thank you so much! And happy sewing!

    • Amy January 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

      Hi Debra, thank you!

      There are a couple of ways to subscribe–the easiest being using a blog reader like Google Reader. You can also receive updates of posts by email–by using the form at the bottom of my sidebar.

      I have a dress form, and it is on par with a Wolf form. Many sewing bloggers have written about their experiences of dress forms–I wish I had some links offhand but if you Google about you may find some. You can email me privately if you have any questions. In all honesty, it was an expensive quality form but has done me no good as a fitting tool! After years of wanting one, I finally realized that to really be a helpful sewing assistant it has to actually be my shape not just an abstract size. Most dress forms–Wolf included–are very “unanatomical” (I just invented an adjective!). Now I just use it to pin on jewelry and as a photography background.

  3. Sarah May 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Amy! Great website. I’m ordering a pattern and I’m going to be doing the bra sew along when it comes in. Great tutorial for a first time under garment sewer.
    I know you mostly sew lingerie, but do ou have any suggestions for sewing sports bras, or making a normal bra sturdy enough for exercise? Finding a supportive sports bra that I don’t fall out of the top or bottom of has been the bane of my exercise routine for years. Thanks!

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