My name is Choly Knight and I’m a seamstress of 15 years and counting!
I’ve been sewing since I was 12 and have yet to put my machine away. I’m here to share my expertise and experience with stitching everything under the sun. I currently have five books published with many more on the way. I hope you’ll follow me as I offer techniques, tutorials, and other exciting things here!
I’m a huge fan of fantasy, sci-fi, Japanese culture (especially kawaii things!), video games, and lots of other craft arts and fine arts. So in addition to sewing info, you might also find me posting about knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, quilting, drawing, painting, cooking, or any other number of things!
More About Me:
I will admit it now: I am a nerd. I grew up as the kid that lugged around her math book even when she didn’t have homework. During recess I sat on the swings with my nose in a copy of The Last Unicorn. I lived in apartments most of my life, so I got more accustomed to cozying up with books, modeling clay, embroidery floss, video games, and paints than playing outside.
I took up sewing in middle school — a time when a lot of young girls start to get interested in self-expression and fashion. My family didn’t have a lot of money so learning the basics of sewing from my mom seemed like the best way to get what I wanted without a lot of cost. I sewed nearly everything I could from scratch: t-shirts, pants, coats, bags, prom dresses (even underwear! Yes, I went that far!) — all so I could get exactly what I envisioned without my parents laughing in my face at the cost.
By high school my nerdiness was in full force, and I discovered Japanese culture and manga. Not only did I love the grandeur and vibrancy of Japanese art styles, but cute and minimalist side was captivating as well. I poured over works by CLAMP, Miyazaki, and Takeuchi as well as the adorable characters from Sanrio and San-x. I dabbled in cosplay, which helped take my skills to the next level, but I always did it because I loved the clothing and not as much because I wanted to role play. For me it has always been about aesthetics.
I entered college for English and Studio Art because I feared a future in sewing would mean designing for celebrities and clothing chains. I had a passion for art and culture — not for following trends. So I was perfectly fine letting sewing be a hobby rather than a career. I attended anime conventions where I sold my handmade goods as a pasttime, but I quickly discovered just how much of a demand there was for skilled artisans such as seamstresses. I expanded my product lines and was soon discovered by Fox Chapel Publishing — who requested I write a book about the very same adorable projects I was making!
I’m thrilled that my life has led me to this path — I feel I’m able to express myself fully with all of my writing and artistic skills. So it comes as no surprise that I would want to share as much of my knowledge and experience with you!