About Us

Starting in the summer of 2017, Barbie will be offering week-long Couture level sewing workshops, covering fitting and sewing techniques for making pants, French designer jackets, tailored jackets, and dresses.



In the spring of 2014 Barbie earned the certification of Master Sewing and Design Professional, which designates Master Level sewing techniques, practices, and knowledge, in the areas of Business Practices, Fashion Illustration, Design, Fabric knowledge, Fitting, Pattern Development, and Garment Construction. More can be learned about the certification process here.

It has been a long and continuing journey to reach the Master Level. Barbie started sewing her freshman year in high school, and found she had inherited a knack for dressmaking from her mother and grandmother.

 
Barbie moved to Idaho and officially opened her business, aptly named “Sew Good” in January of 1994, and shortly thereafter became a member of the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers (now called The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals).

 

She attends yearly educational sewing conferences to both teach and learn different and the latest techniques in her field, and takes classes whenever she can to further her sewing abilities. She studied with Kenneth King of San Francisco/New York to learn European pattern drafting and fitting, with Sandra Ericson to learn Madeleine Vionnet methods, as well as designing techniques, with Susan Khalje of Baltimore to further enhance her couture clothing construction knowledge, with Robert Haven of Lexington to learn couture French tambour beading, Astrid Gallet of Boston to learn some of the secrets of Italian tailoring, and to Palm Springs to learn about Chanel jackets and skirts, as well as Saville Row style hand tailoring from Claire Shaeffer. She even attended Susan Khalje’s “Couture Tour” of Paris, where she spent 11 days in Paris learning pattern draping and couture embroidery techniques.

 

While Barbie does all sorts of sewing, she specializes in formal, bridal, and couture clothing. Much of her form fitting formal wear for women encases a built in corset-type foundation, that whittles the waist and keeps a smooth, firm line under the dress. These are essential for strapless garments so that they stay securely in place throughout the day or night, but are often built into sleeved garments as well, to enhance the figure and make the wearer absolutely stunning in her personally designed gown.

 

Barbie can create a dress from a sketch, picture, or series of pictures, or she can design a gown based off of an idea.

Barbie contributed illustrations, technical images and editing in the sewing book, Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time, by fabric designer Tanya Whelan. 
You can see Tanya's fabric designs and new book here.

 

Barbie is also the Chief Alterationist and Custom Sewing Coordinator at sew Boise sewing school, where she teaches any advanced sewing classes that they wish to offer, including French designer jackets, tailored jackets, Couture Dresses, pants fitting/construction, basic slopers, pattern drafting, and corsets!

 

Upcoming classes can be seen at
www.sewBoise.com



photo by Kevin Roberts Photography

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