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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Last Patternmaker

At 82, she has helped create a successful company. An amazing story of skill and determination. In case you missed it on Facebook, I thought I would share it here. 



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11 comments:

  1. What an incredible, inspirational lady. Oh to have 1/100th of her skills. It is such a shame that her skill set is so rare these days but wonderful that she can at least pass on a little of her knowledge. Thanks so much for sharing this video. Xx

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    1. She is inspirational in so many ways. I love the fact that she is 82 and still so active and still so treasured.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  3. Thank you!!!! I'm still working at 70 but I get a lot of negative ---- from others. What an inspiration.

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  4. I am so sorry to hear that Patricia. What a shame. So many studies have been done showing that continuing to work actually prolongs your life. The father to one of my husband's best friends worked until he was in his late 80's. He was a stock broker, so you know he had to be on top of his game. I think that as a society, we need to begin to realize the true treasure that experience can be. That was one of the things that I loved so much about this video. The company had struggled along for a number of years. But it was only when she came in, tightened up their production and helped them create accurate patterns that they actually began to have success. You could see that the husband and wife owners truly recognized how indebted they are to her.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this, Rhonda. Just wonderful to hear her story. I also like that the young owners recognize her tremendous talent and giver her the credit she is due, as you pointed out. Patricia, haven't you co-workers heard that 70 is the new 50?

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  6. What a great story! She sounds a lot like Kathleen Fasanella; old school patternmaking and production knowledge. So glad she is passing her skills on to the next generation!

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  7. Will be sharing this with my pattern maker friend who seemed to have become disillusioned with production and pushed aside for younger folk. There's always a place for knowledge. I think what this lady has done is 'keep up'. She's thrown herself into a cutting edge denim range that may not have been her specific skill set prior to this job. She's still learning, which keeps her noggin' young and the young owners are valuing her input - win/win.

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  8. What joy to see this! Fabulous skills being appreciated and passed along--

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