Custom Sewing Coordinator, Couture-Level Instructor
Barbie started sewing her freshman year in high school, and found she had inherited a knack for dressmaking from her mother and grandmother. After sewing for herself, her family and her friends for several years, she started a job doing alterations on an army post, then on to doing alterations for Macy’s in California.
Barbie moved to Idaho and officially opened her business, aptly named “Sew Good” in 1994. While she does all sorts of sewing, Barbie specializes in formal, bridal, and couture clothing.
A member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (ASDP) since 1996, she attends yearly educational sewing conferences to learn varied and new techniques in her field. She takes classes whenever she can to further her sewing abilities; she studied with Kenneth King to learn European pattern drafting and
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fitting, with Sandra Ericson to learn Madeleine Vionnet methods, as well as design techniques, and with Susan Khalje to further enhance her couture clothing construction knowledge. She even attended Susan’s “Couture Tour” of Paris, where she spent time in the city learning pattern draping and couture embroidery techniques.
Olivia first became interested in sewing when her best friend’s mother was planning her wedding, and she caught a glimpse of her bridal magazines. Immediately interested, Olivia began making Frankenstein style dresses out of sheets, until her mother had had enough, and signed Olivia up for classes with Erin at the age of twelve. Ever fearless in her pursuit of fashion and sewing, she attempted to make a wedding gown and a tulle formal as her first 2 projects. Erin and her other teachers managed to rein her in enough to help build basic skills. Since then, Olivia has made dozens of garments of varying complexity, including her Rococo era styled prom dress for her senior year of high school in 2016. The dress used 14 yards of silk dupioni and took several months for Olivia to complete after she designed it and drafted the pattern. Olivia, an avid thrift store shopper and vintage clothing enthusiast, has also altered and repaired scores of her finds.
Since its opening in 2012, Olivia has been working as sewBoise’s shop assistant. During summers, she enjoys teaching beginner sewing classes like Jump Start and the Youth Sewing Camps. Olivia is an elementary education major at Boise State University, graduating in 2020.
Yvonne joined the staff at sewBoise the summer of 2016, just minutes after she and her husband packed up everything they owned and moved here from Lincoln, NE.
She has been sewing since she was little. She took lessons, read books, and practiced by making Barbie clothes and matching dresses for her 2 sisters. She now sews most of her wardrobe. Having been asked by lots of friends over the years to sew everything imaginable, she realized her passion could be her livelihood. She opened her home business and began sewing for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and high school prom-goers.
She loves sharing her passion for sewing with others, so Yvonne teaches beginning and beginner-plus students of all ages in group classes (like Jump Start Beginning Sewing) and in private lessons. She has a BA in business and English, and has worked in the training industry, so she's great at distilling information and communicating it in an understandable and fun way. Yvonne works primarily with commercial patterns, and is familiar with the Moulage.
Yvonne's pastimes are sewing, touching fabric, and spending way too much time at fabric stores. She loves the feeling of wearing a beautiful new dress she just made for herself, and seeing the smile on a woman's face when her dress fits her like a glove and makes her look and feel fantastic. When she's not sewing or planning to sew, she's likely spending time with her princess dog, Bella, or her husband, Phil.
Sewing/designing has been a part of Jeanah's life since her earliest memories, coming from a tradition of resourceful, stylish, women and men. She enjoys practicing and expanding her technique regularly and being able to share that knowledge with others. Jeanah specializes in hemp and organic fabrics, hand dying, up-cycled projects, and small batch production.
In 2010, Erin joined the Association of Design and Sewing Professionals and began participating in the organization's annual educational conference where she continues to expand her sewing and design skill set, improve her teaching techniques and share her work.
Being an engaged business owner and asset to her community is central to Erin's plans. She is pursuing the Executive MBA degree at BSU starting in fall of 2016, and was one of the Idaho Business Review's honorees for the Accomplished Under 40 Award in 2016 (see page 31).
Erin teaches beginning through intermediate-plus students, including teens and pre-teens. Although she only speaks English herself, she is comfortable teaching those whose primary language it isn't. Erin is sewBoise's resident knit and serger expert. She works extensively with the Moulage as well as with commercial patterns, and is always up for a rework of a pattern or existing garment.
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Marianna has been teaching high school level art since 2007. Prior to teaching in the public schools she taught drawing and painting to children and adults at private art institutions in South Florida and San Francisco. Like many sewers, her grandmother gave her scraps of fabric to make doll clothes, but she did not own a machine of her own until about 2010. Sewing has become an additional creative passion for Marianna and she enjoys teaching her passions to others.
Marianna teaches beginning through intermediate students, including children over 7, pre-teens, teens and adults. She instructs beginner group classes and often oversees the Tuesday Evening Assisted Sewing Lab. She works with commercial patterns as well as with the Moulage. She also speaks and reads Spanish.
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Owner, Custom Sewing, Alterations, Intermediate-Level Instructor
Erin has been sewing more or less all her life. She began designing and sewing clothing for her dolls as a child, and then moved on to full-sized fashions after learning to use a sewing machine. She’s been her friends’ go-to gal for custom costumes and outfits, mending and alterations for more than a decade.
After moving to Boise in 2004, she picked up some more advanced design and construction techniques from local instructors and fell into helping design and build costumes for the ballroom dance community she is a part of. She and partner Frank launched Oversway Originals, a custom ballroom dance costume company, a precursor to sewBoise.
Erin comes from a family of educators, and is no exception, many have described her as an exceptional teacher. She thoroughly enjoys teaching, learning and sharing sewing tricks with others.
Zuzana went to the School of Fashion and Clothes Production, where she received her Bachelor's degree. Afterward, wanting to take her success abroad and explore the world, Zuzy left Slovakia and moved to Switzerland for a few years, where she studied French at the University of Geneva, and where she met her husband, who is from the United States.
The couple moved to the US and married, and Zuzana is now a wife and mother of two. She is still creating and still believes what she believed at 13, "I'll make it myself!" Zuzy has been adding to sewBoise's success since 2015.
Zuzana was born and raised in Slovakia. When she was 13, she knew what she wanted, but couldn't afford it, so she had a great idea, "I'll make it myself!" Zuzy pulled out her grandma's sewing machine, and her mom's old clothes, and started creating.
The beggining was bumpy, but as stubborn as Zuzy was, she didn't give up. By the age of 15, all Zuzana's spare time was spent drawing, painting, and sewing. She was sewing all her clothes, and sewed clothes for friends and family too. Even at that age, she knew she wanted to be a fashion designer.
Custom Sewing & Alterations
Mon. Wed. Thurs. 10am-5:30pm, Tues. noon-7:30, Fri. 9am-1:00pm (208) 685-9410
Alterations, Custom Sewing, & Beginning-Intermediate Level Instructor
In 2014, Barbie earned the Master Sewing and Design Professional certification from ASDP. The certification is a multi-year process in which candidates are evaluated in seven areas of sewing, design, and business.
Barbie teaches intermediate through advanced students. She works almost exclusively with the Moulage. Barbie teaches many couture-level classes, including French designer jackets, tailored jackets, trouser fitting/construction, sloper-drafting, and corsets!
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