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.
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.