Cathy Gray-Carney

Cathy G.

Astoria, NY

About Cathy G.

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Cathy teaches: Females 12 to 75
Males 12 to 65
Teaching since: September 1990
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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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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


MS American History

Sep 1989 - Jun 1991
Utah State University

BA American Studies

Sep 1985 - May 1989
Mount Holyoke College


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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7 Reviews on Cathy G.

Reshma M. May 30, 2016
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Cathy is fantastic! Very patient, explains everything clearly and sensitive to your pace of learning.
Donna S. Dec 16, 2015
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
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 !
Cynthia C. Dec 5, 2015
Sewing · In studio
Verified Student
Best teacher ever. 👗
Naoko Oct 14, 2015
Sewing · In studio
Verified Student
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.
Jae Hee Ophelia Oct 8, 2015
Sewing · In home
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.
Asli Oct 7, 2015
Sewing · In studio
Verified Student
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.
Irini M. May 18, 2015
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Cathy is very knowledgable, professional, and patient. A great sewing instructor. I highly recommend her.
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