Brooklyn Stitchery was founded in 2013 by Catherine Petrosino and served the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn community and surrounding areas for over six years. Although Brooklyn Stitchery’s physical space has closed, it is still the design studio of Catherine Petrosino, where she shares her passion for sewing and creating. She is currently teaching her beloved classes at Sew Right and now is able to share her knowledge with the Queens and Long Island communities.
A unique process, industry experience and a passion to sew and create inform Catherine’s teaching on every level. She understands both the beginner and advanced level student, can explain and demonstrate a wide range of sewing technique and inspire creativity.
Catherine’s passion for sewing spans most of her life. Although she went to college to study engineering, she soon transferred to FIT in New York City where she studied pattern making – something that made sense to her from an ‘engineering’ brain but also let her express her creativity.
After graduating Catherine went to work in the fashion industry, gaining extensive experience at labels such as Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy, J.Crew, and The Limited. She became an expert pattern maker, working directly with designers creating patterns from sketches. She then advanced to become a technical designer using her pattern making and fitting skills to work directly with the overseas factories. Throughout her fashion career, Catherine made custom clothing for her own clients then switched her focus to design her own clothing line, Reversibility.
Catherine expresses herself through poetry, a process she finds strangely similar to garment creation. She also is inspired by walking and biking in the outdoors: movement and nature sparks her desire to create.