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The synergy of long friendship is a source of our creativity here at Kathleen Meets Morgan. We have been friends for years; now we collaborate by means of our shop here on Etsy to dress and delight YOU!

Kathleen Temple is a tailor and dressmaker in Harrisonburg, Virginia who likes nothing better than to use beautiful fabrics to dress women. As she envisions and creates clothing for daily life or for special occasions, she enjoys helping women to feel and to express their lives, their joys, and their aspirations. Kathleen began sewing professionally as a young apprentice in a bridal boutique and has become highly skilled and passionately inspired as she has moved into every new stage of tailoring and dressmaking. She specializes in the design and creation of dresses for women.

Morgan Kraybill Gross is a social worker in DC who…

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  • Joined September 25, 2009

Favorite materials

silk, wool, cotton, and linen for the garments, silver and copper for the jewelry, fabulous items by others for our treasuries

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About

The synergy of long friendship is a source of our creativity here at Kathleen Meets Morgan. We have been friends for years; now we collaborate by means of our shop here on Etsy to dress and delight YOU!

Kathleen Temple is a tailor and dressmaker in Harrisonburg, Virginia who likes nothing better than to use beautiful fabrics to dress women. As she envisions and creates clothing for daily life or for special occasions, she enjoys helping women to feel and to express their lives, their joys, and their aspirations. Kathleen began sewing professionally as a young apprentice in a bridal boutique and has become highly skilled and passionately inspired as she has moved into every new stage of tailoring and dressmaking. She specializes in the design and creation of dresses for women.

Morgan Kraybill Gross is a social worker in DC who enjoys pursuing creative endeavors in her free time. As a lover of earrings, for years, she has enjoyed making them for herself and her friends. In the last semester of college, she and a friend discovered a new creative potential for ordinary objects in our daily lives. Since then, Morgan has been making the earrings featured in our shop! This creative outlet is a nice balance to her other areas of interest in working with people.

"Shed the uniform." A statement of purpose. We wrote the following for the 30th anniversary edition of _Living More With Less_, Herald Press, 2010.

"Not only do we get to create beautiful clothes and adornment as we sell our handmade earrings and dresses through our online shop, we enjoy the process of imagination and collaboration. For me (Morgan), KathleenMeetsMorgan is more than a fun business partnership with a long-time friend and mentor; it creates balance and health in my life as a social worker in Pittsburgh. For me (Kathleen), focusing passion on dress design culminates decades of social and political engagement as a former college teacher and pastor. We both find beauty in the mundane around us, using items from our daily life. A pair of train-flattened coins might become a pair of dangly earrings. Or a long-mothballed piece of polished cotton looks like a potential party dress. We make more with less, yes, spending little on our supplies, always with an eye to what is good and just. Yet we also find that our more with less becomes more and more. We love to help our friends, family, and customers shed the “uniform” of mass-produced, all-alike attire, garments produced by an industry that too often exploits its workers. Attire is, to us, a chance to affirm life, peace, and beauty!

Kathleen Temple and Morgan Kraybill
Harrisonburg, Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa."

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