Sewing Patterns for Beginner to Expert Level

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About MadeByKarenM

Sales 4,730
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Welcome to the world of Karen Guinn Customs!

I’m Karen, I’m a fashion designer and independent pattern designer!
I design and sew formal wear / wedding dresses and also sell PDF sewing patterns. I’m self taught and cater to skill levels from beginner to expert. I’m also a YouTuber and focus on sewing tutorials / entrepreneurship.

I've always loved making things and entrepreneurship. I started off making friendship bracelets in third grade and selling them to my classmates. By the time I finished high school, my portfolio included jewelry with wire and beads, knit and crochet items, and a hand-sewn quilt.

In May of 2013 I got engaged. After several horrendous trips to bridal shops I got fed up and decided to make my own wedding dress, because mass production was proving insufficient for what I wanted. I'd never made a dress in my life, I didn't use a pattern, I did it all from scratch. I borrowed a sewing machine from a friend and with the help of youtube, google, and trial and error I created my dream wedding dress.

After the wedding, I decided to try my hand at other outfits. I knew a wedding dress is one of the hardest things to sew, so I was convinced there was nothing I couldn't make. It has gone remarkably well. The more experience I gained, the more I took an interest in the pattern-making aspect of sewing.

By 2017, I knew I wanted to be a pattern designer and teach others how to sew. Being a self-taught designer, and having seen how complicated some patterns are, I knew I could offer a unique product and perspective to other designers on their sewing journey.

I launched my first pattern in August 2019, the 4-Yard Mermaid Gown with Godets and have been overwhelmed with the support I've received from the sewing community. I love seeing reviews and photos from other up and coming designers and sewing enthusiasts who've successfully used my patterns to create their own masterpieces at home!

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