Pattern Hack Fairy



Pattern Hack Fairy has a new BLOG!


Thank you for stopping by!  My name is Catina and you have probably bumped into me a time or two if you hang out on the Forums (what sewist doesn’t!) .   

This blog will be my journal of sorts where you can have a peek into what I’m working on, ask questions about your own projects, and have fun with creative challenges and giveaways I will have from time to time.

I’ve been a professional couturier/patternmaker for about 30 years now, servicing both commercial fashion companies and private clients under my own label.   Recently, I’ve begun to realize how much of a need there really is for quality patterns for the home-sewing community and have started my own “indie” pattern company called Fashion Hack Patterns.

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  • Posted: 04/29/2016 14:49


    I am sending you my email address in response to your kind offer on patternmaster about my PMK top. Thank you.
  • Posted: 08/10/2016 18:06

    Chantal Adepoju

    Hello Catina, First, let me start by telling you that I am so grateful for your generous spirit. I really appreciate the kindness of sharing your tricks and tips. THANK YOU! I write today (Weds, July 10, 2016) because I am wondering if I will need a waist stay in addition to the bra back that I have created following your 6-week strapless bodice sew-along. I hope you get this message soon. :-)
    • Posted: 01/07/2017 05:09

      Catina Ferraine

      Glad you have enjoyed them- I know it's a lot to follow! For me, I think of the inner "back bra" type closer as one big honkin' waist stay. lol But if you do decide to add an additional floating "inner belt" just to keep the skirt up while you fiddle with the closing the back of the corset and zipping up the dress, I think that is perfectly fine as well. The only thing I would caution is to make sure the added waist stay does not create a visible ridge in the front waistline.