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 RossAnna Maria HornerKristine VejarJoelle 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.



Garment Design – Gore Skirt
Fabric weight – 100% organic medium-weight organic cotton jersey
Fabric color for outer layer – Steel
Fabric color for inner layer – Burgundy
Button Craft thread – Burgundy #41B
Textile paint color – Pearl Silver
Stencil – Paisley
Technique – Reverse appliqué
Knots – Inside
Seams – Inside felled
Binding stitch – Zig zag chain stitch used on elastic

If you’re interested in customizing your own knitwear, we recommend Amy’s books, Knit to Flatter and Knit Wear Love—or her impressive sweater pattern generator: CustomFit.

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 Lovecoming soon.

The two photos of Amy and her skirt courtesy of Amy Herzog Designs


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  1. D Louise

    Oh, go for it, Natalie. Just as your Craftsy class actually got me stitching rather than dreaming/plannig as I pored over your books, I’d say splurge on a CustomFit pattern to actually get a well-fitting sweater onto your needles and into your wardrobe.

  2. Sara L

    I love the new book and the customization tricks it offers. My long torso and arms require that I often have to add length to garments, both sewn and knitted, and it’s nice to have some guidance on making these adjustments.