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Jemima McCaughan

The pattern-making course at acquire @ design is such a pleasure. 

I was lucky enough to have Karen one on one, teaching me the art of pattern-making. 
We made a block pattern from a rayon jacket I have. I then came back for a second session to cut the fabric and make sewing instructions. I was then able to take it home and construct it. 

I'm amazed at the results given how little sewing experience I had. Karen puts her heart and soul into this business and every interaction she has with her customers, she is total joy to hang out with for a course like this! I'd recommend it to anyone with any level of experience. 

​​​Mukesh Vanjani

Did a pattern making course with Karen. Totally loved it!! I wanted to learn the process and Karen was patient, caring, helpful, attentive and importantly, an expert in the craft of garment making + fashion business overall. Karen understood my learning needs and planned the course accordingly. What Karen offers is pretty unique for the fashion design rookies, students, entrepreneurs and Sydney is lucky to have Acquire @ Design. Such a unique learning setup is hard to find even in cities like Berlin with a burgeoning fashion startup scene.

​​​Iv Hout

Looking to nurture your creative side. Come see Karen she is one for the best. I took her pattern making classes and intro to basic sewing and it has been fabulous. The one on one classes are super flexible and Karen is a wealth of knowledge I'm so happy I didn't break the bank and went for a prestigious fashion school for a design course I feel Karen's collective knowledge within the fashion industry is priceless and something not many could even draft up in a set curriculum.

Deb Young

I did a pattern making course with Karen, and she was so helpful and encouraging. I really enjoyed learning how to sew, and now have a lovely new dress :)

Eva Akyol

My favourite local Australian designer haunt in Newtown. And Karen is just too lovely, make sure you take a browse of her own fashion line while you're trawling through beautiful candles, clothing, jewellery, home decor and more!

Radica Cvetanoska

I am so happy I decided to take sewing lessons with you. Your one on one classes are exceptional!
I have learned so much within the last 5 weeks. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into each lesson. You're an amazing teacher! I look forward to partaking in another course @ your studio in the near future.
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