Cal Patch

Guest Instructor

I studied Fashion Design at the University of Cincinnati, but I feel like I learned most of the real stuff during my internships in NYC. In our program, by the time we graduated we had one of five years of actual full-time work experience, which was amazing. My most glamorous internship was at Adrienne Vittadini. Actually it wasn’t at all glamorous, but it sounds like it was!

I design and make clothes which I sell in my Etsy shop, i teach locally (i live in the Hudson Valley, NY) and at retreats nationwide, I design crochet patterns, I do a bit of freelance design work, and I raise chickens and grow organic vegetables!

What a space, the workroom is! It’s like the studio of my dreams! It’s important to me to teach in an aesthetically beautiful environment, but it’s rare that I get to do it somewhere as spacious and lovely as the workroom. Plus, it’s filled with gorgeous fabric, supplies, and the sewing machines are always set up and ready!

Quite possibly my hand-stitched tank top that I began in a workshop with the amazing Natalie Chanin is a project I’m most proud of. I love wearing it and knowing that every stitch was done slowly and thoughtfully!

I am in the beginning stages of processing a fleece, which I will spin into yarn and crochet into a sweater. I’m still carding, but there is progress…