Hi there! I’m Amy Chapman, the designer and maker behind Cloth Habit.
Since 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!
about Cloth Habit patterns
My aim with my patterns is to create quality over quantity. Each pattern is a like a little course in sewing, offering step by step instructions along with tips on fabric choice and explanations of unusual terms.
some random things about me
I’ve been sewing since I was a young girl and was always driven by the most complicated projects I could find, no matter how above my skill level. My dear mother had to be patient in helping me finish projects that never would’ve been finished!
I live and work from home in Austin with my husband and my zoo of cats and border collies. (I love animal rescue.) Austin is my home but I have roots in many places. I’ve lived in Prague, Czech Republic (where I got married!) and Antwerp, Belgium. My favorite cities, the cities that have my heart, are San Francisco and Berlin.
I have masters degree in poetry and am fond of quoting Emily Dickinson, and I like memorizing the Latin names for flowers. Music was a huge part of my life for many years, from singing in choral groups to a stint working as a newspaper music editor. I even took jazz flute lessons for a couple of years.
I designed my very first website in 1998–dinosaur years in internet time!–after taking an class in html and css. (It was an art review blog and is no longer online.) I’m a total coding and web design nerd, so everything you see at Cloth Habit is customized and coded by me, through WordPress.
I get bored easily if I’m not learning something new. As long as I am able, I’ll always love making things with my hands and teaching others how to do it, too.
And for a few very frequently asked questions, visit this page.