Cut & Sew Studio offers classes and private lessons to assist you with just about any sewing question or project you may have. Classes and camps are offered for kids and adults of all ages and all skill levels, from newbie through advanced.
Meet The Owner : Catherine Batcho
Catherine began sewing at a very young age and quickly learned that it was a skill that would never leave her side. As time passed, sewing grew from a life-long hobby into a professional career as she decided to pursue fashion design in college and attend Philadelphia University. Here she gained extensive technical expertise in pattern-making, draping and professional construction techniques. Following college, Catherine began work at 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 she gained experience working in both design/product development and technical design.
Her final move brought her back to her hometown of Pittsburgh to open Cut & Sew Studio, opened in December of 2007. In her years back in Pittsburgh Catherine has also done custom sewing and alteration work and worked as an adjunct professor of fashion at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In recent years she stepped back from those roles to focus solely on running her business at Cut & Sew Studio and teaching. Catherine has been teaching for 13 years and has over 30 years experience in sewing, she hopes to share her love and passion for sewing with all of her students!
Bradford is a local Pittsburgh fashion designer. You can find out more about Brad at http://bradforddesignstudio.com/
He specializes in garment sewing, patternmaking and design.
Julie Zaichuk-Ryan is a recently-returned Pittsburgh native who has spent most of her life abroad and has been stitching in one form or another since she was a child. Julie is passionate about all traditional needlework techniques, including bobbin lacemaking, but none more so than hand-stitched patchwork. She has been spreading this passion through teaching since 2015, and will do anything to convince you to give it a try. Julie writes and edits quilt and craft patterns; her patchwork patterns have been featured in Fat Quarterly, Make Modern and the book “Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas”. Julie has been teaching at Cut & Sew since 2017.
Maeve is a life long maker who specializes in pattern drafting. She's passionate about making sewing approachable and enjoyable, and thinks clothes should be made to fit your body, not your body altered to fit standard sized clothes. Maeve is the founder and owner of MaeveMakes, where she releases fanny pack sewing patterns for adventurous sewers.
Owner of Little Bird Sewing Studio in California. Sophie taught at Cut & Sew Studio for many years and after a move to CA opened a sewing studio in her new hometown. Now, with the new possibilities of virtual instruction we can again collaborate! Sophie is highly skilled in draping, pattern-making, costume design and all areas of garment construction.
The Right Space
The Whole Story
Cut & Sew Studio first began in a second-floor studio space located in East Liberty. In May 2013 the studio moved to a new storefront location in the neighborhood of Highland Park, and in the heart of its business district, on Bryant Street. After outgrowing the space, Cut & Sew made a final move to 1747 Chislett Street in Morningside in order to expand and offer a larger space for students to work and to accommodate growing classes. This move also allowed for collaboration to form with Erin Ruscoe, owner of Firecracker Fabrics, which shares the space alongside Cut & Sew.
If you would like to come by and see the studio and you are not signed up for a class, you may drop by during the fabric shop’s regular business hours (please check their website for hours as they change seasonally).
However, if you would like to speak with the owner (and instructor) Catherine you will need to schedule an appointment during non-class times.