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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from Middletown, Pennsylvania- most infamously known for The Three Mile Island accident:) Interesting fact, I don’t glow in the dark.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I sewed a lot of my own clothes in college just because I was short on money and really longed for some things I could not afford.

The first thing I sewed was a floral button down shirt and I was scared to death when I bought the pattern. Of course it looked like Chinese- all 9 point font and confusing diagrams. But I thought, if I just work through it and refuse to become frustrated I can do it. A few days later I was wearing my new shirt and a friend of mine complimented me on it. When I told her I had made it she truly did not believe me and asked to see the back of the collar to check for a label. That was the best compliment I could have gotten.

Then for a couple years after college I sort of stopped sewing clothes and mostly stuck to curtains, slipcovers and Halloween costumes. Around January of ‘08, I was having coffee with a friend who asked if I sewed. I had been reading a couple sewing blogs and all of sudden I just had this surge of inspiration. I said, yes, I do….and after that I went home and actually started really sewing again for my daughters Lily and Molly and then expanded my range to adult clothing a year later.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
A very large one. I am currently a SAHM. When I’m not taking care of my daughters Lily, Molly and our newest addition Eloise, I’m sewing. There is something fulfilling in creating something that has a pleasing end result.

Before I was a SAHM I was a reporter for the city paper. I got something out of seeing my name in the print and having my work published and read. After that ended I guess I was missing positive affirmation in my life. Sewing has brought that back to me in a lot of ways.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Favorite: The end result
Least Favorite: Ripping out stitches. Man does that suck:)

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
Zoe Deschanel I LOVE LOVE LOVE her sense of style. She’s always wearing something feminine but eclectic. Totally girly but not too cute and not too couture.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I love looking through your members creations for inspiration. I also REALLY love your free patterns and I love how the ones that do cost money are easily affordable.

I guess I’d love to have more free graded patterns. Not because I’m cheap but because when I do sew alongs on my blog I want as many people to be involved as I can get and making the pattern ‘free’ interests some people that might have cold feet about trying to sew a garment.

7. What is your motto?
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known ~Carl Sagan

Grossgrain has put up some absolutely incredible creations (I mean, seriously, look at this and this!) and they just keep getting better! Stay up to date by reading her fabulous blog and be sure to check out her top 10- favorites slide show!

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    Jun 21, 2010, 03.35 PMby crazy4costura

    Wow, Kathleen your garments are absolutely beautiful and so are you! I can’t believe that you’re a mom! And your photos do look completely professional! Over the years I have modelled for a friend here in Barcelona who sews and in the beginning my husband and I took the photos and then he designed our friend’s flyers. It wasn’t easy to get the real professional look, so I can tell how much effort you put into everything! I used to work for an important Italian firm, so I love nice clothes and know how to pin them for altering. However, sewing is another story- I am a complete novice! However, I finally decided to take a class and I’m about to sew my first skirt on a sewing machine! Seeing your gorgeous blue frock- it’s a more festive word for “dress”-has inspired be to keep at it and finally learn how to make the clothes I have in my head that I’ve never been able to find! Thank you, you’re a gem! I promise to post a photo of my skirt when it’s done! Warm regards, Miranda P.S.- You shouldn’t be jealous of your friend who moved to London- the grass is always greener…I am originally from Brooklyn, New York but I live in Spain for many years now and although I’ve made my life here, I sure do miss NYC!

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    Jun 17, 2010, 08.59 PMby Ashley Doll

    As a queer feminist I never thought I would say this, but I want to be a SAHM who sews her children’s clothes! Your life sounds awesome. <3ashleylipstick

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    Jun 16, 2010, 08.20 PMby moonstar

    You are so talented! I love your blog, especially the Frock by Friday tutorials. :)

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    Jun 15, 2010, 07.59 PMby shepaz

    Kathleen, you are very talented and from what I have browsed your web site I adore your work, photography and styling :)

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    Jun 15, 2010, 06.58 PMby tamezdc

    Congratulations Kathleen! I am so happy for you that you are finally a featured member. You deserve the attention. I adore all your creations, the ones you make from scratch and the transformations from old and shapeless dresses into adorable, modern dresses. Your blog is amazing. I draw inspiration from reading and looking through your photos. You are quite photogenic and beautiful too! You are a great model for your creations.

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.30 PMby donna boyd

    Congratulations on your feature! I follow your blog and really appreciate all that you put into it. You are lovely and very patient with your readers. I agree with everyone your designs are great and the photos on your blog are fantastic. I think you mentioned you get some help from your hubby. They are really breathtaking.

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    Jun 14, 2010, 10.45 PMby easbrooke

    I agree. I’m glad to see grosgrain featured here too! I just recently following your blog and enjoy seeing what you post. ;)

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    Jun 14, 2010, 10.32 PMby minnietheminks

    Love your blog and so great to see you featured here :)

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    Jun 14, 2010, 12.28 PMby artnest

    Congrats on YOUR feature, Kathleen! You are ‘simply lovely’!

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    Jun 12, 2010, 05.27 PMby gedwoods

    Nice portrait/interview for an interesting person! thanks for sharing!

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    Jun 12, 2010, 01.18 PMby teamydear

    I have a silly question for you, everytime I look at your creations, asides from thinking “waaaaw that’s beautiful”, I’m thinking “what’s up with the frockword?” I’ve never heard anyone else use the word frock, does it just mean “dress” or does it have a special connotation?

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      Jun 12, 2010, 04.19 PMby grosgrain

      Yes, it does mean dress:) I saw someone else use that term for a child’s dress and fell in love with it. I thought it sounded more charming and have been using it ever since.

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      Jun 13, 2010, 08.55 AMby teamydear

      Thanks for explaining! It does sound cute :)

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      Jun 14, 2010, 05.14 PMby susanne2011

      Isn’t ‘frock’ something Australians would say?

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      Jun 15, 2010, 09.33 PMby bygillian

      We say frock in northern England.

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      Jun 16, 2010, 12.52 PMby Jodi Wade

      My grandmother always says ‘frock’ :)

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    Jun 11, 2010, 05.48 PMby peachypanda

    I really wish I could prick your brain! You have some of the most beautiful and creative designs. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and your work is such an inspiration for me.

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    Jun 11, 2010, 04.15 PMby pascaleclaudine

    I love your designs & hope to see more of them….

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    Jun 11, 2010, 03.34 PMby caramia-made

    I was hoping/wondering when you’d be featured member on here! I love everything you’ve created – so inspiring! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful creations with the online community! - Caramia

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    Jun 11, 2010, 12.36 PMby squirrellypoo

    hello, how funny you’re from Middletown, I grew up in Perry County (but as you can see, I ran far, far away)! And my claim to fame is that I was born 3 days before the TMI incident, in Harrisburg hospital!

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      Jun 11, 2010, 03.28 PMby grosgrain

      Hah. What a small world. Yeah, Perry county is quite rural. I don’t blame you. Actually, I live in Camp Hill now, still very close to Middletown. It’s nice in some ways, family is quite close. But if it were in my power I’d move to. I have a friend from high school who also moved to London. SOOO JEALOUS:)

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    Jun 11, 2010, 09.01 AMby susanne2011

    Hi grosgrain (what’s your real name?)! I just have to say I really admire your work, it all looks so professional, and also your photography is amazing (I like the compositions in your pictures). You are really an inspiration to everyone (including me) who did not follow any official education in fashion design. It shows that even self-taught hobbyists can have a bit of a career-on-the-side in fashion. As a post-doctoral scientist I am way to busy too spend a lot of time on sewing, but I still have the dream of taking it to a next level one day….Thanks! And I look forward to seeing some more of your beautiful creations!

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      Jun 11, 2010, 03.24 PMby grosgrain

      It’s Kathleen. I didn’t realize I hadn’t put that anywhere:) Thank you for your lovely compliments! I felt the same way about sewing in college. Sometimes I’d forgo studying if I really got into making a blouse.

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    Jun 10, 2010, 07.57 PMby kihli

    Thanks! Was just wondering about it, couldn’ imagine anything! :)

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    Jun 10, 2010, 04.06 PMby kihli

    I hardly dare to ask – but what is a SAHM? Your clothes are wonderful, a true inspiration!

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      Jun 10, 2010, 04.20 PMby sade-

      SAHM means Stay At Home Mother.

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