Hi I'm Karen, I first used a sewing machine at the age of 8 and it was love at first stitch!
I spent endless hours learning all I could about sewing. In my teens I had a taste for 1940's & 1950's fashion and trawled charity shops for dress patterns from that era. Clothes had more structure in those days and I acquired valuable knowledge about garment construction and tailoring.
At 16 I got a job as a sewing machinist making bespoke loose covers for furniture. I paid my way through private classes at the Brahms Academy in London to learn pattern cutting which allowed me to develop my own designs.
I began to specialise in evening and bridal wear.
I now had dual skills of making fashion and furnishings and it was always my dream to combine the two. I built on my sewing skills by working as a cutter, pattern cutter and designer for soft furnishings.