Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Meet the Designers: Catherine from CathGrace


Hello! I'm Catherine and I blog over at cathgrace. I like to think of myself as a general maker, but my heart always returns to sewing as my first great love. I have sewn almost daily since I was a little girl, and have a lovely Gramma and Mom in my sewing lineage. (Every time I sew anything, I imagine my Gramma tunelessly whistling next to me, a pin clutched in her mouth, sewing with the most beautiful little stitches; or my mom sitting across a quilt frame from me, chatting and sewing our love into a baby blanket.)
 
In my real life I am a wife to an Air Force Husband, living in S. Korea with our 2 children. I have the greatest passion for children's clothes and filling a gap in my daughter's wardrobe since commercial clothing companies seem to have 2 options for girls her age and size (baby or sexy teen), neither of which is appropriate for a vivacious and sweet, not so little girl. (Okay, I'm going to go ahead and say it, sexy teen isn't appropriate for ANYONE!) I am heavily inspired by a Bohemian feel, combined with the idea of classical, real looking children's clothes that can stand a good wash, and be worn over and over again without falling apart (which is more than can be said for lots of store bought clothes!) I am so excited to be on Project Run and Play, and being in the company of such lovely ladies is going to be so fun and inspirational! Thanks for having me!!! 

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  1. I am so with you on the limited choices for girls clothing these days. I was reading your bio, going "Yeah! That's Right. Sexy Teen isn't appropriate!!!". Good stuff, Catherine! I'm so inspired!!!

    I also laughed about your grandma whistling off key. :) Too funny!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! I'm super excited to see what you make too!

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  2. I have said many times that I find it almost impossible to find appropriate clothing for my 7 year old girl. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. Thank You so much! I hope I don't disappoint!

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  3. I have been following your blog for a while now. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks Olga, I'm going to need it with all the talent out there!

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  4. looking forward to seeing your designs for older children and South Korea in the background of your photo shoots :)

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  5. I´ll be entering the seven year old clothing style this year so thanks for sharing your designs with us. My daughter had a glance at your blog the other day and she liked what she saw :-)
    María

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    1. I am so pleased that your daughter liked some of my stuff! Thanks :)

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  6. I'm so excited to see what you come up with! I love your style and your classiness!

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    1. Thank you so much Sally! I hope I earn one or two of your votes this season!

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  7. I think 'sexy teen' might be a kind way to say it. I wholeheartedly agree, and hope Gap, Old Navy, etc. are listening.

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    1. Awww man, I hope their listening too, I think that A LOT of people are looking for nice modest clothes for their kids, and I don't know why stores haven't tapped that market!

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  8. Oh how exciting! I can't wait to see your stuff! I'm super in love with the boho/gypsy look this summer!

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    1. Thanks Max, I am looking forward to your entries too!

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  9. My gorgeous girl is turning 7 tomorrow and in recent months, I've been searching for patterns to make items for her wardrobe that allow her to continue to be what she is, a "girl" ... Mel xox

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    1. It is such a fun challenge though to get them well dressed! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl!

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  10. I love your style (I may have told you that before ;op) I also think that sexy - or just bad style is trickling younger and younger for girls. I'm still in the world of options with a baby, but my niece is 5 and it is hard to find good stuff for her too.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, you are always so kind!

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  11. I am excited to see the new things you'll create for this contest, your designs are so inspirational. I totally agree with you on the sexy clothes for girls - let them be sweet and modest!

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  12. I am so excited that you are a contestant! You totally deserve it!!

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    1. Thank You so much! (I'm totally nervous!)

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  13. I may or may not have spent a looong time oohing and aahing over your blog!! You are so talented, can't wait to see what you whip up!

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    1. Thank You Melanie, that is such a great compliment!

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  14. So glad to see you here! Can't wait to see your designs!

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    1. Thank You, such a lovely thing to hear you say! You are well known in my family! (my sister and I may, or may not mention you from time to time!)

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  15. We always enjoyed seeing your creations {and tween twist to the challenges} in the Flickr pool.... GOOD LUCK!

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