Angela Zdelar: On Making Dresses and Stitching Dreams

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 6:28 pm

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The Italian Fashion School in Pasadena is where aspiring fashion designers and dressmakers go to learn tailoring, pattern making, and fine sewing skills. Classes are small and intimate, which makes learning a personal and unique experience. ITF school instructors have gained experience and obtained the industry techniques from the world’s key fashion destinations: Paris, London, and Milan. ITF school is committed to teaching students how to make high-quality clothing—something that founder Angela Zdelar knows all too well.

She was barely 12 when she created her first dress.

“I think I was in sixth grade when I made myself a tunic and it came out well,” Angela recounted. “I was so proud to wear it at school. That was kind of the major start. I made it with my sewing machine, but I didn’t have a pattern so I just cut it out and made it and tried it on probably a thousand times.”

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This jumpstarted what would be her love affair with fashion and dressmaking. Determined to be better at her craft, she would sew every chance she had. She didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so it was just practical and wise that she made her own clothes. Eventually, her hard work paid off, and she started her own clothing line. “I had my own line of ladies clothes that I was selling at boutiques. Blouses, skirts, a few dresses and then I have my own line of jeans as well,” she said.

“I actually was the first one that made high-waisted jeans,” she shared.

Like any other designer, Angela has her preferences and favorites. She likes working with fine fabrics. “I like nice silks and chiffon, but they are difficult to work with,” Angela said.  “Simply put, the more delicate the fabric, the more difficult it is to work with.”

The easiest garments to make, according to Angela, are blouses and skirts. “They’re the easiest patterns, very easy to make. But, you can make them as complicated as you want to, and that’s the beauty of this industry.”

Indeed, Angela is an inspiration not only to her ITF school students but also to anyone who is on a relentless pursuit to make beautiful things.

Italian Fashion School is located at 18 N. Mentor Avenue, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 319-9613 or visit http://www.itfschool.com

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