About

Well hello there, and welcome!

I’m Amy Chapman and I’m a lover of all things sewing and pattern-making. Cloth Habit is a home where I share personal projects, inspirations, and techniques for sewing.

white silk jacket

{This is one of my favorite handmade items!}

Since this Cloth Habit’s humble beginnings (as a way of participating in my first sew-along!), it has grown into a popular internet resource for bra making and lingerie sewing. Lingerie design has been a fascination of mine for many years, and after making my first bra I was hooked! In 2011 I released my first pattern, the (free) Rosy Ladyshorts, and recently I have turned my passion into teaching and launching and independent line of sewing patterns.

about Cloth Habit patterns

I aim to offer modern, stylish lingerie patterns with an attention to detail and professional, industry-style finishes and techniques. Sewing patterns that teach.

handmade-lingerie-collage

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

about me

I live and work from home in Austin with my husband and my zoo of cats and border collies. I love animal rescue, what can I say… I have a masters degree in poetry and am fond of quoting Emily Dickinson and memorizing the Latin names for flowers.

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! (And for a few very frequently asked questions, visit this page.)

8 Comments on About

  1. Amy
    November 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm (2 years ago)

    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 (2 years ago)

    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 (2 years ago)

      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 (1 year ago)

    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!

  4. Liron
    June 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm (4 months ago)

    Amy, your blog looks absolutely wonderful !!!
    Keep making beautiful things :)

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  6. Leila
    October 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm (6 days ago)

    Hi Amy. I noticed all of your “contact” and “email” links take me to a RSS feed page instead of an email or contact form.

    • Amy
      October 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm (6 days ago)

      It’s fixed!