Fashion and sewing have been a passion of mine since childhood.  “I used to sneak fabric out of my mother’s closet, but I was too young to understand patterns. So I would lie on the fabric, have my younger sisters draw an outline of my body with chalk onto the fabric, and then my creations would begin.  I am happy to say my designing has come a long way since then :)”

In 1994, with a bachelor degree in business management from Illinois State University and a brand new sewing machine and serger as a graduation gift from my family, I started ABO APPAREL.  I began with women’s custom apparel and thru the year’s added alterations and wardrobe planning.  In 2010 I launched a women’s ready-to-wear collection that I sell in my studio and online.

My Signature

Impeccably tailored jackets with beautiful silk, hand dyed charmeuse linings are a signature of my work and many of my designs also include intricate hand beading and custom trims. Styles range from Casual Resort Wear to Extravagant Evening Wear, always enhancing every woman who wears my apparel.

My New Adventures

I have found that I really enjoy teaching others the sewing, fitting, and designer tips that I have learned through the years.  I am currently in the process of launching a pattern collection for the home sewer and hope to have these available soon.  I am thrilled to be the couture sewing expert on It’s Sew Easy TV and an online instructor on PatternReview and Craftsy.  I write a fashion & trends column for PatternReview, along with various articles in Threads and SewStylish Magazine.



Fishing, Fishing, & Fishing!

I know, fashion and fishing don’t really mix 🙂  But I love it anyway!  I fish professionally with my husband Winn on the Win-n-Angel and we run the go-to site TopShots4Salmon for Pro Salmon tournaments on Lake Michigan.

6 thoughts on “About”

  1. Angela, I am the president of the North Coast Sewing Guild in Erie, PA. Every fall our group holds an anniversary event in which we bring in a nationally known speaker. I was wondering if you would be interested in presenting to our group. We usually have 60 to 80 attendees. Thank you for your time & I hope to hear from you soon!


    1. Hi Kimberly,
      I just saw you message on facebook as well, sorry I missed that. Yes I do speaking and teaching engagements, I will email you will details.
      Have a great weekend,

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  2. Please let me know Brother Dreamweaver XE machine support dst format or not and it is just support pes or any other format.Thanks


  3. Angela watch you on TV and try to follow you on internet. You are so beautiful; but, not all of us have a body like you do. You make beautiful clothes and am wondering if you ever show how to deconstruct a blouse, dress, etc. for those of us you have lost some weight and can’t afford to buy new clothes or fabric? I’m 80 years old, love to sew, and have lost approx 40 lbs and getting ready for spine surgery next spring. I can’t afford new clothes and don’t want to buy anyway. I can’t figure out how to reduce the underarm sleeve when the shoulder has been taken in by about two inches. Any suggestions. Thank you.



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