Hello I’m Catherine Batcho
I still remember the first mechanical sewing machine I ever got. I was in 1st grade, it was a child’s machine-but it worked nonetheless. After making many pillows and funny looking dolls, I soon upgraded to an actual sewing machine. My parents never knew then that the decision to buy me this machine would be so influential in my life. My first project, which I remember well, was making poodle skirts for my two sisters, Sarah and Ellen, to wear for Halloween. I think we still have those skirts actually! At the time, sewing classes were rare, if not non existent, I set out to teach myself how to sew(with some assistance from family and friends, and surprisingly even from my dad!) My love of sewing continued to grow as I later went on to study fashion design at Philadelphia University (then known as Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science). After four amazing years in the fashion design program, studying under some of the best and most inspiring professors, I went on to work in the fashion industry. I began my experience working for a local Philadelphia Bridal designer and boutique, Maria Romia. This was followed by another move, this time to working in NY City for Liz Claiborne and later for New York and Company. Here I gained experience working in both design/product development and technical design. My final move brought me back to my hometown of Pittsburgh to open Cut & Sew Studio, opened in December of 2007.
I am extremely passionate about sewing, I could easily stay up all night working on a project and be completely happy (despite possible exhaustion!). It is so rewarding to take raw materials, individual separate items, fabrics and make them into something wearable or useful. To have a vision of what you want to make and see if become a reality, to be the one creating it, is such an amazing thing. Sewing is a truly rewarding experience.
Here is a random sampling of my work…