Cathy Gray-Carney

Cathy G.

Astoria, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach sewing, mostly, but also design clothing and knitwear. I can drape and draft patterns, hand spin and weave, embroider, make lace, style wigs, and am an all-around crafty gal. My background includes over 20 years of building theatrical costumes, wardrobing Broadway shows and regional productions, restoring and reproducing museum textiles and costumes, and dressing the runway shows of NY Fashion Week.

The joy of constructing something with your hands never gets old for me and I love passing that joy onto others.

About Cathy G.

I teach sewing, mostly, but also design clothing and knitwear. I can drape and draft patterns, hand spin and weave, embroider, make lace, style wigs, and am an all-around crafty gal. I graduated with a degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. My background includes over 20 years of building theatrical costumes, wardrobing Broadway shows and regional productions, restoring and reproducing museum textiles and costumes, and dressing the runway shows of NY Fashion Week. I believe we are what we make and glitter is evil. I live in New York City with her husband and their very spoiled Tibetan Spaniel mix Ollie.

I am currently working toward the completion of a Certificate in the Appraisal of Fine and Decorative Arts from NYU.

I am highly conscientious, focused, and competent, and well as thoroughly charming.

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Linda W.
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Today was my first lesson with Cathy and it was also my first time using Take Lessons. Everything went smoothly in signing up for a lesson. The lesson with Cathy went great!. Cathy is very experienced at sewing, she's also patient, warm, helpful and she explained things in detail which was very helpful. I liked that she welcomed my questions. She also made excellent suggestions, which was explained so that I learned from them. I like that Cathy had a very organized and practical approach to teaching and discussed my project in advance. I came to Cathy with plans to sew my mother a cape. I bought a Simplicity pattern along with a beautiful sheer fabric with embroidered butterflies on it, as well as a lining and fur trim that needed Cathy's profession attention. I learned the best way to sew this together. This was a challenging project and since I never worked with such delicate fabric I felt I needed Cathy's help. I learned quite a lot and it was great to see this great fabric transformed into an amazingly stunning cape. I have some finishing touches to complete, but after it's ready to go. I'm really looking forward to seeing my mother's reaction! I think she's going to love it! I would definitely take classes in the future with Cathy and I recommend her to anyone that would like to learn to sew from beginners to advanced. You'll learn a lot and will enjoy it in the process.

Posted Apr 10, 2018
Gianna D.
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I've only taken one class with Kathy and I can't wait to go back! She was very thorough, answered all my questions, and really knew how to break down sewing in a way that anyone can learn! I highly recommend and will definitely be going back.

Posted Apr 3, 2018
Andrea R.
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I am a complete sewing beginner and taking lessons with Cathy has been great! We discussed an appropriate project to start and she's overseeing the whole process. I get to see and practice the way a professional does it. These are insights the pattern book doesn't give you. I am picking up best practices from the get go and setting a strong foundation and I also get a sense of accomplishment as I have the accountability to move forward. Cathy is patient and pleasant. It's easy to see she knows her stuff. I have no reason to stop taking lessons with her.

Posted Mar 1, 2018
Molly
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Kathy is a great instructor. Super helpful and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Posted Feb 16, 2018
susan
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Cathy was great. I had a project that I was working on and she was very willing to work with me on it vs. a fixed curriculum. She taught be botton hole making as well as how to use different aspects of my machine. I was really happy with the lesson and look forward to the next one. Thanks so much Cathy.

Posted Jan 18, 2018
Tim
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Cathy arrived ahead of time, well prepared, friendly and motivated. Looking forward to the balance of lessons and expect to get a lot out of it.

Posted Jul 5, 2017
Lessie N.
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Cathy was very pleasant, respectful, courteous and very proficient. She is very patient and very thorough which helped because I am a beginner. I would highly recommend this instructor. I am looking forward to more lessons! I am very please with my choice. Choose this instructor with confidence! A+++++++Teacher.

Posted Jun 26, 2017
Madison C.
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My daughter loved her first lesson & she's looking forward to her second lesson already.
We will be booking a lot more till lil Madi become a pro just like Cathy. 😊😍😊

Posted May 20, 2017
Judy
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Cathy is terrific. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and pleasant. I'm already glad that I purchased 3 lessons, and am really looking forward to number 2 next week!

Judy H

Posted Jan 31, 2017
Trina P.
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It was the best. She takes her time and explain everthing

Posted Dec 30, 2016
Trina P.
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It was the best. She takes her time and explain everthing

Posted Dec 30, 2016
Reshma M.
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Cathy is fantastic! Very patient, explains everything clearly and sensitive to your pace of learning.

Posted May 30, 2016
Donna S.
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Cathy. Was really great! Lauren really understood. Her and she showed Lauren exactly what too do! She finished on time which was a rush ! Cathy is a great sewing tutor !

Posted Dec 16, 2015
Cynthia C.
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Best teacher ever. 👗

Posted Dec 5, 2015
Naoko
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I've had 4 classes with Cathy so far and I feel like I've already learned so much from her. She is very knowledgeable and skilled, and I really appreciate her teaching style. I'm looking forward to some more lessons with her.

Posted Oct 14, 2015
Jae Hee Ophelia
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She is really great... she's friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and most of all, a great instructor! I'd highly recommend her to anyone who needs dire help in sewing:) or to those who just need a little push/help from a professional. She'd be able to accommodate any student range with her ability and personality.

Posted Oct 8, 2015
Asli
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Cathy is a lovely person. She is easy to talk and communicate about what i want to do in the class. I am a beginner sewer so she has a lot of patience with me. She already guide me about what i can do in sewing as a beginner until our next class. So she doesn't leave empty handed until the next class.

Posted Oct 7, 2015
Irini M.
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Cathy is very knowledgable, professional, and patient. A great sewing instructor. I highly recommend her.

Posted May 18, 2015

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Experience

Costumer/Wardrobe Supervisor/Teaching Artist
May 2004 - Sep 2010

Shakespeare & Company

Costume Designer, Design Assistant, First Hand, Stitcher, Wardrobe Supervisor Skills: Intermediate Draping and Patterning, Advanced Stitching, Men's and Women's Tailoring, Finishing Techniques(closures/hems/trims), Millinery and Hat-Making, Wig Dressing and Maintenance, General Wardrobe Teaching Artist: Costume Designer for The Fall Festival of Shakespeare, a 12-week immersive experience for Berkshire high schools, ending with a whirlwind of 10 full-length performances in 4 days on Shakespeare & Company’s main stage.

Museum Interpreter/Demonstration Artisan
Apr 2000 - Sep 2010

Hancock Shaker Village

Museum Interpreter: provided historical and contemporary interpretation for visitors. Gave specialized tours(up to 1 1/2 hours) during the Fall/Winter Guided Season and for Special Events. Demonstration Artisan: Traditional New England & Shaker Cooking, Fiber Artist (spinning, knitting, sewing, fine needlework) Workshop Instructor: created and taught workshops for adults and children, such as: Shaker Pie Baking, Woolen Whimsies and Sawdust Dolls and Shaker Cooky Baking for Parents and Children

Education

MS American History
Sep 1989 - Jun 1991

Utah State University

BA American Studies
Sep 1985 - May 1989

Mount Holyoke College

Affiliations

Theatrical Wardrobe Union
Dec 2011
The Theatrical Wardrobe Attendants in New York City first organized in 1919 as a federal union affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. In 1942, this union was granted a charter to become part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada. In 1982 the word “attendants” was dropped from the name and the Local was issued a new charter as “Theatrical Wardrobe Union, Local 764 of the I.A.T.S.E”. The Local currently has over 1,200 members working in all aspects of costume and wardrobe work in the New York City area in virtually every major live entertainment venue in the city, as well as on television shows and motion pictures shooting within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle.

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