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  1. Maureen says:

    Everytime I try to read an article using my phone, the “Get New Posts by Email” blocks the article. I have already signed up

  2. Kelsey Tanner-O'Connor says:

    Good morning,

    I have tried to register on this site and it does not seem to want to let me on. I believe it has something to do with the “Roses are Red…” section of the registration form. I am no idea what information goes in here. I very much enjoy reading your blog and find it absolutely informative, insightful and comprehensive. Additionally, I think your book is wonderful and I recommend it to clients all of the time.

    Thank you,


  3. kathleen says:

    Hi Kelsey. You fill in the missing word. It reads, “roses are …..”. Unfortunately, we have to do this as we’d have hundreds of bots “registering” every day if we didn’t.

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    As far as is common in my practice and colleagues I work with, tees are at least a 2″ grade -in adult clothing. In any event, whether 1 or 2, the corresponding grading dimensions are the same so one can use existing or even “old” rule because those would still be current.

  5. Stella Bing says:

    I’m looking for information on hiring a couture pattern maker~what are the costs…should I hire independent contractor or in house….and how much is it to have a patternmaker copy a great sample?

  6. kathleen says:

    I strongly urge you to read the book that you can find on the right side of this page.

    Do not hire someone who advertises themselves as a “couture” pattern maker because I can guarantee they are not. You need to look according to category (bridal, suits, evening) and shop for years of experience -namely about 30 years of experience or more. I used to say 20 years but today, almost none of them have ever worked in a factory (and that’s what you want).

    This won’t be cheap, probably in the neighborhood of $100-$150 per hour. You could hire one on salary but for pattern makers in this category, you’re looking at 75K-120K.

    Nobody can tell you how much it will cost; no one knows what you’re making. Here, we make suits, coats and lined garments, definitely very high end. A suit might run 4 hours. However, I have 35 years of suit experience. Someone with less (or very limited) experience, can take days to make a suit pattern. etc.

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