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Projects & Interests

  1. Sources for fabric, pattern drafting, and sewing

  2. Josephine’s Dry Goods (Portland);; 3050 SE Division #165, Portland OR 97202, (503) 224-4202

  3. Drafting/tracing paper: White Trace & Sketch, 24” wide, 50 yds on roll; PO Box 1417, Beaverton OR 97075-1417; or order from Amazon

  4. Heart Chalkoner: white, yellow, red or blue powdered chalk in heart-shaped container; refillable. See Amazon (ASIN B0167P1I5W) or etsy. Refill powder on Amazon (ASIN B071VYZG1V)

  5. Clover Chalk-O-Liner pen: white, yellow red or blue powdered chalk in pen with wheel tip; refillable. See Amazon (ASIN B0016ZZOEK; refill powder on Amazon (ASIN B0018N1WKU)

  6. I want to order labels from  and have the text by line (had to close page to restart laptop): 

  7. Made by Catherine

  8. Wash cold, Line dry

  9. Press medium, no steam”

  10. Order 25 pieces; sew-on; white

  11. See copy of order page (saved SEWING-KNITTING2/NOTIONS-TOOLS>GarmentLabelToOrder 2017.jpg)

  1. Project photo galleries

  2. Coats & Jackets

  3. Dresses

  4. Shirts & Blouses

  5. Skirts (nothing yet)

  6. Pants (nothing yet)

  7. Costumes (nothing yet)

  8. Articles (originally written by me for Essential Stuff Project). For articles on other sites, see bottom of page.

  9. Making Simple Garments

  10. Garment Creation: Supplies

  11. Garment Creation: the Sloper & Block

  12. Garment Creation: The Basics of Fitting

  13. Drafting a slim-pant block (basic pattern) from a skirt block.

  14. NOTE: I’m in process of rewriting this tutorial and will update links when it is finished.

  15. First draft of pattern (annotated photos) in pdf format (link lost when website software was updated)

  16. Draft article (pdf): Drafting a slim pant from a skirt block NOTE: this article is not finished; more text and more drawings need to be added, but I’ve lost my drawing software and am still learning the new one.

  17. Note (2015): I’m made major changes to my method as I’ve experimented and learned more, but those changes are not reflected in these old links. My new version, when finished, will be in video format.

  18. Part 1: Principles of pant design

  19. Part 1a: Where is my hipline? and Key Elements of Cat’s method

  20. Part 2: Determine your saddle (torso profile)

  21. Part 3: The Draft (Pant back & front)

  22. See also: First draft of pattern (annotated photos) in pdf format

  23. Links - ideas

  24. Fold-over denim bag

  25. How to straighten a fabric’s grain (Threads video)

  26. Simple method for hand-rolled hem (video)

  27. Mitered Inside Corner of Honk-Kong Finish (by K. King for Threads)

  28. Muslin Preparation & Fitting Assessment

  29. Determining proper tension for sewing machine (Threads): Page 1 and page 2


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