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. Barbie also studied extensively with Couture Connoisseur Claire Shaeffer to learn the sewing techniques used in haute couture designer clothing. Barbie now works together with Claire Shaeffer and Linda Homan in Palm Springs to teach Haute Couture techniques to fellow sewing enthusiasts. Barbie has earned certification in Alterations, Custom Clothing construction and design, Pants Fitting, and Color Consulting
Award Winning Designs
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), Most Innovative Technique (issue 213), and the latest- coming up in issue 222!
Sewing Related Works
Barbie contributed illustrations, technical images and editing in the sewing book: Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time by fabric designer Tanya Whelan.
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