It is not every day you see a psychology professor taking strides to become a fashion designer. So, we knew we had to chat with Luis Angel the minute we found him. And, we are so glad we did. He has captured our hearts as Member of the Month and has since taught us a thing or two.
We are so impressed with not only his talent and passion but also the way he inspires. We can't wait for you to meet, Luis Angel, too.
Craftsy's Member of the Month for April, Luis Angel
What are you best at when it comes to crafting?
Sewing and tailoring. Additionally, I enjoy making my own patterns. I find the entire creative process very relaxing.
Crafting and wellness definitely go hand-in-hand. We have heard from so many members that they find the crafting process to be therapeutic. What has been the biggest struggle with your craft?
My biggest struggle with my craft (sewing & tailoring) has been lacking confidence. I am working on trusting myself.
A lovely wool crepe dress made by Luis during The Couture Dress Craftsy class
We would have never guessed that with all of your stunning sewing projects. How did you start your crafting?
I was 8-years-old when I was introduced to my mother’s sewing machine. My mother worked as a seamstress.
It looks like you and the sewing machine have hit it off quite well. Who first taught you how to craft?
General crafting was part of the curriculum in elementary school. However, it was difficult for a boy to be involved in the home economics class. I became very interested in sewing, tailoring and patternmaking at home. My mother was the first person who recognized my interest, motivation and talent. Now that I think about it; I became “my mother’s assistant."
It sounds like your mother has been a very influential part of your sewing. Being a professor, I am sure you continue to inspire others with all that you have learned. Have you taught others?
I have always been interested in fashion from sketching, researching trends, designing, flat patternmaking, and garment construction. Eventually, I decided to take courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. I was able to re-experience my initial interests but with an emphasis in menswear. Throughout my coursework I have helped other students understand terminology, and ultimately, finish school projects. The professors at FIT have recognized my creativity, professionalism and talent.
Men's slim fit shirt made as a project in Pam Howard's The Classic Tailored Shirt Craftsy class.
It is wonderful that you have been able to successfully pursue your interest and continue to teach what you learn as well. It is never too late to follow your dreams. What has been your favorite craft/classes at Craftsy? Why?
Hmmm… This is a hard one! So far, I have enjoyed all the classes in which I have enrolled; however, The Classic Tailored Shirt was one of my favorites. This class allowed me to explore my creativity by designing shirts to be worn by men and women. It gave me the opportunity to think more about fit by focusing on the upper section of the body. Today, I am able to apply the concept of “good fitting” to a whole garment, including pants.
We love that you are able to tailor our classes to fit your own personal needs and make such gorgeous garments. In what way, do you benefit from crafting at Craftsy the most?
The best benefit is to be part of a huge community of creative people. One of my favorite features is posting questions to the instructors and reading their answers. I also enjoy looking at the final projects. The list of resources and the class material are also very helpful.
Luis made this stunning tailored jacket in Tailoring the Classic Blazer
We really enjoy those parts of our platform too. What instructor at Craftsy impresses you the most?
This is another hard question because all the instructors have been magnificent. It is evident that they enjoy teaching. However, I have learned a lot from Kenneth D. King, particularly his teaching style and expertise in flat patternmaking. I have also learned a lot from Pam Howard and Steffani Lincecum.
We completely agree that our instructors love what they do and are so glad they are sharing that with you. It is exciting that you have the opportunity to be the student and the teacher. What class/es were you happiest to take at Craftsy?
That sounds like a perfect concoction of classes for any member interested in sewing whether male or female. What advice would you give to a large group of Craftsy beginners?
My advice is to read the class objectives and reviews before enrolling. For beginners out there, I recommend enrolling for a beginner class before taking an advanced class. Try taking a class. The class will be available at all times once you have enrolled.
Luis made this gorgeous cashmere coat as a project in The Carefree Fly-Front Coat
We couldn't agree more and love when our members take a chance with the pursuit of their passions. What project did you create that makes you most proud?
The Winter Cashmere Coat! I was able to adjust a pattern and apply tailoring techniques I learned from other sources.
It is absolutely stunning, and we are so proud too! What class on Craftsy would you most like to see in the future?
I am glad you are asking me this question. In my opinion, there are a number of men who are interested in sewing and tailoring. Some of my followers on Craftsy are men. So a menswear tailoring class would be ideal. I am sure many women would like to impress their significant other as well. Therefore, I would like to see a tailoring class teaching how to make a three-piece suit (classic and fitted men’s suits). For example, a class that begins with taking measurements and design. Then, patternmaking and garment construction would be covered in the next part.
It sounds like you know exactly what you wish to see. And, it has been truly wonderful to see all of the projects you have already completed. Where do you find inspiration for new projects?
New York City is my “palette” and source of inspiration.