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.