Maker Monday: Meet Craftsy Sewing Instructor Angela Wolf!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Sewing | Comments


Angela Wolf is a highly successful sewing expert and fashion designer with her own ready-to-wear line. Now, she’s also an instructor at Craftsy.com, teaching the online sewing class, Tailoring Ready to Wear. We had a chance to sit down with Angela and ask her about how she got her start, what she loves about teaching, and what her view is on the future of sewing. Watch the video below, then explore her fantastic class and receive 25% off!

Video transcript:

I’m Angela Wolf and I’m a Craftsy instructor, I’m a fashion designer, and a couture sewing expert. This is my studio, I call it “Creative Heaven” because everywhere you go, there’s something fun.

You know, my mom sewed for us. Actually she sewed a lot for us girls. There’s five of us kids, and I’m the oldest of five. When I watched her, I loved it. She taught me how to make a little scarf when I was really young. And then I continued on. I was able to take a home ec class. I just loved creating something different that I could find anyplace else, even at a young age.

I would sew and just experiment. But I always loved designing. My first real cool garment was in high school. I think I was a freshman. I stole some red fabric out of my mother’s house, out of her stash. I laid on it and had my sisters take chalk from the sidewalk. They drew around me, and it looked like a crime scene. I cut it out and sewed it together (about 18 times to get the perfect fit). I even had little, cute triangles in the back with bows. I wore it out, my friends loved it. Of course I lied and told them I bought it in a store. But, you know, I just loved it and I did that all through high school, and then I went to college for business. But I still had my mannequin and my sewing machine. They traveled from dorm room to apartment, all the way to the end. And I still had a love for fashion.

I worked out of a condo when I got out of college. It was a two-bedroom condo. The entire place was work. I did live there, so I even covered my bed because I needed a cutting table. Then I moved to a house, and I worked out of the house. When I moved to the new house, I thought, you know, I need to separate my personal life from work. So, I opened a small studio. And I think my biggest eye-opener was going to a sewing expo.

I entered a “passion-for-fashion” challenge there, which is kind of like a mini Project Runway. And I realized, hey, there’s a lot of people who love to sew. So the following year, I taught a couple classes just to see how it would go. And I loved it! I would share things with them that I thought maybe everyone knew.

But I kind of make my own rules when I’m sewing. Like, I would read the book, and it would say “do it this way.” And I would say, “you know, I think this way would be better.” I kind of have an engineering side of me, so I kind of look at things differently. And I would share some of these things with some of the women who sew, and they’d say, “what a great idea!” And I thought, well maybe I do know what I’m doing! So it just kept evolving, and it gave me confidence in what I was doing, first of all. And I just loved to share. I just launched a pattern collection, and I taught a jean class with my jean pattern. And in two days, I had emails from them, showing me their new jeans. That’s really cool to know that I taught them how to do that, how to fit the jeans. And then they’re sharing, and now they’re going to share. And being a mentor to, if it’s young people, or if it’s people who sew, it’s so important. And you always get it back.

I’m here to help others. I love that. I love helping others however it is. I’m going to still continue to design because it’s my life. I wake up in the night, dreaming, sketching. I don’t know if that’s abnormal, but it works! I love being creative, but I love giving back. And I feel like I’ve done 15 to 17 years of what I’d call boot camp. And now I want to share what I’ve learned. So, if it’s teaching, great. I want to continue to do my ready-to-wear line, and continue to design. But, I want to give back. And right now I have a lot of younger girls that are in high school who come here to just hang out. I call them my little interns. And I want to watch what happens to them. I want to show them what I’ve learned, help them to maybe not make mistakes. Or, if they do, I’ll be there to catch them. I just want to share.

I think with the kids today who are learning to sew, there’s a drive to sew. It’s a drive like I’ve never seen. I don’t know if it’s brought on by the TV shows, the Project Runway, the fashion, they love that. They love creating. The other thing is restyling. I watch so many of these young kids, they’ll go to the second-hand shops, buy clothes, tear them apart, remake them. They’re fearless!

The future is bright. Sewing is never going to stop. It’s only going to get better.

 

 

Comments

  1. Rosemary says:

    As a retired Home Economics Teacher, I still love helping people learn. There is always a need for teachers to pass on knowledge to future generations. It’s a shame that the schools have “dropped the ball” by not offering Home Economics classes so the demand for teachers is not there. I’m so glad Craftsy will be “carrying the torch” and teaching the next generations as there still is a great desire for to learn skills our mother’s generation passed down to us.

    1. Brenda says:

      I have to agree with RoseMary, what in the world happened to Home Economics classes? Basic cooking and nutrition is very important in this day and age of obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Also, at the very least, basic sewing should be taught. Not everyone needs to learn couture sewing but most people should at least know how to sew on a button and do clothing repairs. Plus, lots of women want to learn basic sewing skills after they have children, to make toys and clothes, halloween costumes, etc. Bring back Home Economics! Lets start a homemaker revolt.

  2. Katherine says:

    Wasn’t sure where to submit my feedback, so I found your blog. I am a fan of craftsy, brought in via the cake decorating classes. But I have always wanted to be more capable at sewing. I find even the basics just difficult. I would love for there to be more of the beginner classes. For example, how to read a pattern. I went a bit nuts a year or so ago, and thought I am going to make my nieces American Girl doll clothes. I bought a bunch of patterns and fabrics. the first dress alone nearly killed me. Then I got to a dolls bathrobe, and well let’s just say there is a bag in the closet with several patern pieces for a robe and I have not looked at them again.

    I find nearly all patterns basically indecipherable. So this is my long winded request for yourself and the other clever sewing instructors to produce some course material that is about the basics of learning to sew. I think the projects are great. I am hoping to find some basic skills instruction.

    1. Support says:

      Hi Katherine!
      Thank you for your feedback! We love to hear from our members about the types of classes they want to see. We will make sure your feedback regarding basic sewing classes is passed on to our production team. In the future, please don’t hesitate to send us your suggestions and feedback directly at help@craftsy.com

      Thanks for being a part of Craftsy!

  3. asena lefai says:

    i want to sewing a anything and dry to sewing my cloth and my kids and how you can help me to teach me tgood sewing how is your time to teach me