Threads Magazine puts on an Annual Design Challenge for members of ASDP. The winners are published in the Spring/ Summer issues. Barbie has won several awards, including Most Understated Use of Ruffles (Issue 125), Best Seam Subtraction (she created a seamless dress, Issue 148). Most Innovative (Issue 173), Best Innovative Use of Fabric (Issue 178), Most Creative Interpretation (Issue 185) and the latest, (Issue213), Most Innovative Technique!
Barbie contributed illustrations, technical images and editing in the sewing book, Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time , by fabric designer Tanya Whelan.
Barbie opened Sew Good in 1994, and 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,