Couture Workshops
Barbie, along with her colleague Linda Homan, offers couture level sewing workshops. Workshops vary from 3-6 days, and cover fitting and sewing techniques for trousers, French designer jackets, hand tailored jackets, dresses, and patterns.



Information on color, contrast, scale, fabric knowledge and selection, pressing techniques, and sewing ergonomics are discussed throughout each workshop.

The following workshops are scheduled in Palm Springs, California, and are  currently open for enrollment. Call or email for full information.

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Chanel-Inspired Jacket  $1200  January 9-14, 2020

In this 6 day workshop, learn haute couture methods for creating beautiful garments by making a custom designed French Designer jacket for yourself! Claire Shaeffer will bring in Haute Couture designer jackets daily to examine and talk about the different techniques used to create them. Claire will sew alongside fellow students for camaraderie and encouragement!

Detail of haute couture trim on a cuff

Several techniques and treatments for trims, buttons, cuffs, necklines, shaping, pockets, and closures will be demonstrated, and students will make samples of their favorites.


Looking at button and trim placement on a sleeve cuff


Students will create their own, custom fit, unique, Chanel-inspired jackets!

Custom designed and fitted jacket, using Chanel-inspired techniques throughout

Don't want a traditional jacket? We will design a couture topper to fit your needs and flatter your figure! Lots of options for necklines, sleeves (or no sleeves), and front closures.


Linda Homan, owner of LH Design in Alaska, has been a sewing and fitting specialist for more than 30 years. Linda loves the challenge of fitting difficult figures and derives great pleasure from seeing the expressions on clients who did not know how well a flattering fit could make them look! Linda loves to share her knowledge, and is a member of ASDP for 25 years!

Linda and Barbie have been collaborating on fit and construction for more than 10 years.
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