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About the Author

December of 1993 I graduated with a business degree from Illinois State University. With a new sewing machine and serger as a graduation gift from my family I started a home based custom apparel business. In 1995, with the encouragement of my now husband, I created an 18 piece collection and held a private fashion show for the local women. This show is what really launched my career in custom couture and has now led to my recognition as a fashion and couture sewing expert nationwide.
Focusing on high-end women's custom apparel and then ultimately adding alterations, personal shopping, and wardrobe planning/consulting to the agenda not only allowed me to expand my clientele, but became a great source of additional income and experience. 2006 - I decided to make the move to a professional studio outside of the home. Spring of 2010, I collaborated with Michigan's Southwest Symphony on a fashion show fundraiser event. In front of a sold out crowd, I launched my first women's ready-to-wear line. I began selling my clothing line in my studio, online, and private trunk shows held at clients homes. My collection is now in a boutique in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Recent Press

· I currently write a monthly "Fashion and Trends" column for Patternreview.com

· July 2011 - "Fashion and Couture Sewing Expert" on a new PBS series "It's Sew Easy” - on 8 episodes

· May 2011 - Main Guest Speaker at Pattern Review's 10 year anniversary event

· May 2011 - Guest Speaker at the Summer Challenge Fishing Tournament

· April 15 - May 31, 2011 - Main Exhibit at the Box Factory for the Arts (large display of couture garments)

· April 2011 - Who's Who in Business on the Brenda Layne Radio show

· November 2010, one of 12 featured fashion designers in the Chicago Showcase, chaired by Mayor Daly

· Article in the Herald Palladuim

· August 2010 Cover of Great Lakes Angler Magazine (also fish professionally)

· Winner of the 2008 Passion for Fashion competition from American Sewing Expo

· Audience favorite of the 2007 Passion for Fashion competition from American Sewing Expo

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Product Details

  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762778776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762778775
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is well written and very informative.
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It is exciting to have a book that was written for people like me and she is so nice to have shared all her experience, knowledge and advice in this book.
Estela Ayala
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to build a home-based sewing/design business.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Estela Ayala on September 13, 2013
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This book is written in so much detail and vital information other designers will not share with you,. I am a designer and seamstress and wanting to get my work moving forward and this has been a blessing of a book. It was delivered fast and have not put it down since i got it, I have to say I read it every time i have a chance to. I am a working seamstress, mom, wife, so time is limited but i have managed to keep reading. It is exciting to have a book that was written for people like me and she is so nice to have shared all her experience, knowledge and advice in this book. I would encourage anyone that wants to move their designing or sewing business forward to purchased this book , it will open your eyes and comfort you as far as how to start your business and keep it moving, more importantly move it out of your house, and so so much more.This book also has tools needed, sewing machines, books you should have to help for learning or for references, websites for recommended classes to take to improve your sewing skills, websites for designing organizations and business and so much more. Like i said it is loaded with vital info and a fun book to read. Hope this helps and good luck.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MyLynn1020 on February 18, 2013
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If you, like me, are interested in entering any facet of the fashion design industry, this book is an amazing first step. Within the pages of this book I've been able to begin fully vetting my idea. Personally, I think the book also provides a nice selection and variety of additional resources to explore within the various chapters. Again, this is a good book to help you get started thinking about your potential business, consumers, and if you're really built to handle the job.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2013
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It has lots of interesting insights and it is very well written. I only wish I had bought the real thing and not the electronic version.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By PoldaPop on April 5, 2013
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I started a home-based custom clothing business about 1.5 years ago and I really wish this book had been available then! I found this book to be extremely helpful for what I do. It helped me figure out how I can better run my business now, gave me ways that I can grow my business in the future, and provided excellent online resources (these alone would have taken me years to compile by myself). I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to build a home-based sewing/design business.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debra Huewe on June 30, 2013
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Angela Wolf has written this book just like she talks!
She is easy to understand and encouraging. It does not get bogged down with technicalities.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AMC on March 16, 2013
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Angela Wolf is one of my most favorite designers. She is so generous with her advice. This book will help many upcoming fashion designers avoid some costly mistakes. Angela really wants you to succeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dressed to a Tee on July 2, 2013
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I've had a home-based sewing business for about 15 years and I was able to enhance my knowledge and skills after reading this book! A must have for your library!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joy D. Jones on November 11, 2014
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I just received this book and so far I absolutely do not regret this purchase! The book is written in a way of speaking directly to an actual human being in the industry and posing the question, "How to start a Home-based fashion business". Easy to read and in the first 10 pages I had gotten ideas that were very invaluable. I would definitely recommended this book to any and all and for the very low price that it is priced at its a no-brainer addition to any collection. You wont even notice that 15.00 missing but you WILL notice this book.
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