Shirley Adams began her career as a university professor at Ball State (IN), where she created the Fashion Merchandising degree within the School of Business. Following that, she created The Sewing Connection the internationally acclaimed PBS television series, then the award winning Alternative Pattern system. She shares her joy of the art of designing and creating garments that fit the artist and survive the quickly changing winds of fashion.

Although she formally retired from the industry in 2010, she has agreed to allow the programs and books to be re-released through the Amazon platform. She works tirelessly on her garden and as a founding artist at Gallery on the Square in Danville, Indiana.