Choly Knight

Sew Desu Ne?

About Me

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:

RAWWRR!

Marvel at the sewing strongwoman!

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!

17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You are such an outstanding girl for doing all of this without taking no charge from your viewers!!! It can’t be more easier to follow your tutorials even when some can’t speak english! Thank you thank you thank you so much! >-<
    Surely going to buy your book ♥

  2. Hi Choly! Purchased your book, “Sewing Stylish Handbags and Totes”. I just love it. I am trying to make the Patchwork Purse with Side Pockets but I am having difficulty in finding those pattern pieces on the pattern sheets provided. Could you kindly inform me what pattern numbers are required to make this purse. Thank you. Carol

    • Hi Carol! You’re so kind! I’m really glad you like the book 🙂 The pattern numbers for the Patchwork Purse are 8-A, 8-B, 8-C, and 8-D. They should be the gray shapes with black outlines located in the upper left-hand corner of one of the 2 double-sided pages. You should find them layered over the pattern pieces numbered “9”. I really hope that helps you find them! Feel free to send me another message if you need more help 😀

  3. I LOVE your website and I plan on buying a book or two of yours for myself for Christmas.
    I’m new to sewing and I need a new sewing machine, what machine(s) do you use, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Aww, thank you so much for the kind words! I really hope you enjoy the books!
      To answer your question though, over the years I’ve used a few Singers, Brothers, and Vikings.
      Right now I own a Singer Futura and a Viking Emerald. Singer is a good brand and they’re pretty user-friendly, but they often have bobbin issues. Other than that they can be pretty good machines 😀 I really love my Viking though. It’s more expensive, but it’s quite the little workhorse and has been very good to me.
      I’ve only used a few Brothers at friends’ houses and in classes and what not — can’t say I really like those too much :/ I ran into a lot of bugs with timing and the bobbin.

  4. CholyI am your uncle. Loved reading your profile, very interesting. U did not get these skills from me. Lol very Kool we must stay in contact

  5. woah! You’re a cosplayer too!!! I want to see some of your creations!

    I have been into cosplaying for a fair few years now because it somehow keeps my creativity juice flowing and it gave me way to learn sewing on my own and many other things too. Now it somehow led me to making cosplays for friends too.

    I’m so happy I found artists like you along my search on being better at sewing and crafting. ALWAYS, THANK YOU FOR SHARING. ♥

  6. I just came across your website. You are truly gifted. I am definitely going to try to make something of yours. Congratulations on your accomplishments and thanks for giving back.

  7. I found your site from Pinterest. I have made your pokeball and am going to make your calcifer. I too have an affinity for all things nerdy. I love that you know who calcifer is, and i love that you made one and shared the pattern! So Excited! Thank you

  8. how do i sign up for free patterns?

    • There’s a sign up bar near the top of the page beneath “My Books.” But I’ve submitted your email just in case you were having trouble 🙂 From there you can confirm the subscription!

  9. Hi you habe a nie page

  10. Vielen lieben dank das sie ihr wissen und talent mit uns teilen ❤👍👍
    Einfach nur spitze

  11. Lois Appel
    February 6, 2017 at 4:50 PM
    I am working on a Cheater Hexie quilt and am doing it using a four inch across hexie instead of 8 inch. I have a specific question about the pattern.Why is piece A 1/8 inch wider than piece B and how can I adjust if My Piece A is 1 3/4 inches wide? Is there a way to email you directly?

    • Hello!
      Concerning piece A — the width of it is not terribly important, as it’s just used to sew to the corner of each hexie to make it a rectangle. It needed to be at least 2¼” wide to make that happen, but we rounded it up to 2½”. Piece B is more precise because it’s working with the actual spacing of the hexies, which needs to be accurate to get the right honeycomb border look.
      So if you were using a 4″ hexie, a 1 3/4″ wide rectangle for piece A should be just fine to fill out that corner. I really hope that’s clear! But if you need extra help my email is cholyknight (at) gmail.com

  12. Would you carry the Burberry handbag pattern and a pattern with a large flap ? I want to make a Bohemian style bag.
    Thanks, Bonnie

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