Today, we begin a series of blog posts highlighting customized DIY garments made from Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. We are lucky to work with a range of makers and writers across the spectrum of handwork. In the coming weeks, you’ll find stories and ideas from the likes of Heather Ross, Anna Maria Horner, Kristine Vejar, Joelle Hoverson, and Amy Butler (in no particular order)—and look for more exciting customizations in the coming months.
Without further ado: Amy Herzog
Some of the makers within our DIY circle may be familiar with Amy Herzog of Amy Herzog Designs. Amy’s website is a treasure trove of information about creating, modifying, and customizing sweaters. Everyone knows that I’m daft when it comes to knitting. Amy’s approach and incredible resources make me believe that perhaps even I could knit a sweater to match my own personal style.
We’re delighted to share Amy’s recent review of our newest book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. Hearing others say that our Studio Books make creating garments seem less scary and more accessible is not only heartwarming but it reinforces our belief that sharing resources truly can advance the “living arts.”
In her review, Amy mentions that garment length is the fit issue she struggles with the most. Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns introduces, among other things, ways to shorten and lengthen hemlines. On pages 112–115, we offer instructions on how to alter length at the perimeter and internally—plus a couple of other options. We also propose solutions to other fit challenges, including waistline, hip, bust, and neckline alterations.
AMY’S DESIGN CHOICES
Garment Design – Gore Skirt
Fit Customization – Shorten to 21” with an internal pattern adjustment
Fabric weight – 100% organic medium-weight organic cotton jersey
Fabric color for outer layer – Steel
Fabric color for inner layer – Burgundy
Technique – Reverse Appliqué
Button Craft thread – Burgundy #41B
Textile paint color – Pearl Grey
Stencil – Paisley
Knots – Inside
Seams – Inside Felled
Binding stitch – Zigzag chain used on fold-over elastic
Check out our Custom DIY to generate your own DIY Garment Design.
Look for a custom sweater that Amy is making for me from her newest book Knit Wear Love—coming soon.
The two photos of Amy and her skirt courtesy of Amy Herzog Designs