Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903 – 401.277.5000

Master Seamstress II Certificate Program

Master Seamstress II Certificate Program

Celebrating our 31st Year!

Fall 2016-Spring 2017

The Master Seamstress II Program is open to all students who wish to take 8-week, non-credit elective courses. Anyone may take a course(s) without working towards a certificate. In order to receive a certificate, participants must have completed the Master Seamstress I Certificate Program and must complete any three of the non-credit courses listed below and all other assigned projects.

For registration or payment information please call 401-277-5050.

Class size is limited to 12 students and is filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Class fees are due in full upon registration and do not include project materials. No refund will be given for cancellation unless the position in class can be filled. Because this is a non-credit certificate program, financial aid is not available. A $25 non-refundable registration fee is included in the course fee.

This program is a Special Programs offering. It is NOT eligible for Federal Financial Aid or VA Benefits
All seamstress classes meet at The Greenwich Club, 5426 Post Road, East Greenwich, RI.

These 8-week course offerings rotate by semester each year. Listed below are the offerings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Fall 2016 Offerings

Chanel Jacket ($250)

The Chanel Jacket is a classic that has endured the test of time. This class will begin by fitting a shoulder princess muslin with a 2-3 piece sleeve pattern. The jacket will be sewn in a boucle fabric using various couture techniques, embellishments and a weight chain will be added to complete your own “Little French Jacket.”

Tuesday evenings 7pm-10pm (9/20–12/13) no class 10/4, 11/1, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6

Jane Headley

Sergers—The Basics and More ($250)

This class will focus on basic and advanced stitch techniques used in garment construction. You will become knowledgeable about your own serger and appreciative of its usefulness in replicating many ready to wear clothes. You will have the opportunity to construct a minimum of two garments and create a stitch catalogue. Serger competence is not required, although previous serger experience is strongly advised. A 4 (or more) thread serger is required.

Thursday mornings 9am-12n (9/29—11/17)

Nancy Hoell

Intimate Apparel ($250)

Learn techniques used to create basic intimate apparel. Students will make a pair of panties, a knit camisole with a built-in shelf bra and a basic bra. Kits with fabrics, elastic and findings will be available for purchase. Focus will be on techniques, fit can be addressed as class time and skill level allow.

Wednesday mornings 10am – 1pm (9/28—11/17)

Loreen Robbins

Pants Drafting ($250)

With just a few measurements you will learn to draft a basic pants pattern for any ‘body.’ You will also learn about pant fitting and draping plus create different pant style patterns and get tips on constructing a pair of pants.

Thursdays evenings 7pm-10pm (9/29—11/17)

Diane Martin

Winter 2017 Offerings

Top It All ($250)

You will use JStern Design patterns and instructions along with ready fit muslins in both woven and knit tops such as; a fitted shirt, tee, and a blouse with a peplum. Different cup size muslins will determine the proper fit and adjustments. Make one or all for a final project.

Thursday mornings 9am-12n (1/5—3/2) no class 2/23

Jennifer Stern Hasemann

Form/Draping *($250)

Students will be body casted, and then your body mold will be filled with polyurethane foam. After just three classes, you will have an accurate form of your figure and posture. Draping techniques will be taught and practiced in class with muslin, as well as tissue fitting patterns to the finished form.

Thursday evenings 7pm-10pm (1/5—3/9) no class 2/5, 2/23

Diane Martin
*Additional fee of $175 for body form kit (payable to Instructor)

NEW! Lace Skirts ($250)

Construct a trendy straight skirt with Guipure or Alencon lace using couture techniques. Cotton and charmeuse layers beneath the lace will serve as a foundation. This class will begin with discussions on lace selection and fitting a skirt pattern. Learn sewing techniques for lace borders, appliqués and inserts, and how they may be incorporated into today’s fashion.

Friday mornings 9am-12n (1/6—3/3) no class 2/24

Cassie Van Dine

Mid-Winter-Spring 2017 Offerings

Serge A Wardrobe ($250)

You must have the basic serger skills mastered. It is best to take this class as a follow-up from “Sergers—The Basics & More.” In this class you will create a few garments of your choice using the serger techniques taught in the previous class workbook including decorative threads and heirloom stitching. A 4-thread or more serger is required.

Tuesday evenings 7pm-10pm (2/7—5/9) no class 2/14, 2/21, 3/7, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2

Nancy Hoell

Spring 2017 Offerings

Jeans ($250)

Create customized jeans using “J Stern Design” commercial
patterns for misses & women’s sizes. Make a great fitting pair no matter what figure type you are. Learn the tricks of the trade to get professional results with topstitching, pocket styles, fly fronts, and waistbands. You will also get expert advice on embroidery details.

Thursday mornings 9am—12n (3/16—5/11) no class 4/20

Jennifer Stern Hasemann

Advanced Patternmaking ($250)

The units in this program are each concerned with designing with full size patterns. From the basic bodice pattern, students will create a sheath dress and continue onto princess designs. Students will progress to a blouse pattern and dartless designs, then learn how to make a jacket, and coat sloper including discussion on facings, collars, lapels, sleeve, and linings. Designs can be tried and trued in fabric throughout the class time.

Thursday evenings 7pm—10pm (3/16—5/11) no class 4/20

Diane Martin

Little Black Dress ($250)

Most of us talk about “The Little Black Dress” so why not make one that flatters and fits well. Find the silhouette that best suits your body and create the dress of your choice in any color. We will accessorize to complete the look and even discover ways to add versatility to it.

Friday mornings, 9am-12n (3/10—5/12) no class 4/14, 4/21

Jane Headley

FALL 2016

Chanel Jacket
   Tuesdays 7pm-10pm
Intimate Apparel
   Wednesdays 10am-1pm
Sergers- The Basics and More
Thursdays 9am-Noon
Pants Drafting
Thursdays 7pm-10pm


Top It All
Thursdays 9am-Noon
Form / Draping*   Thursdays 7pm-10pm$250
New! Lace Skirts
Thursdays 9-noon
*additional fee of $175 for body form 

Mid-Winter-Spring 2017

Serge A Wardrobe
Tuesdays 7pm-10pm


Thursdays 9am-Noon
Advanced Patternmaking
Thursdays 7pm-10pm
Little Black Dress
Fridays 9am-Noon

Registration Questions?

If you have questions concerning registration or payment information, please call:
Wanda Hopkins: Office of Special Programs, 401-277-5050 or E-mail Wanda:

Payment may be made by check, money order or credit card.
Unfortunately, we do not offer a payment plan or tuition waiver for these non-credit courses.

Course Content/Skill Level Questions?

If you are not certain if you have enough experience
or have detailed questions regarding one of our programs, please feel free to contact:
Diane Martin, Program Coordinator 401-762-0960 or E-mail Diane at:

Class size is limited to 12 students and is filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Greenwich Club, 5426 Post Road East Greenwich, RI 02818 is also the location for the Rhode Island Sewing Network. The Rhode Island Sewing Network is a group of sewing enthusiasts who meet six times a year and also plan a trip to New York’s garment/fabric district. A membership covers all six meetings and newsletters, plus additional discounts.

Please visit the website for more information:

Directions to Greenwich Club:

From the South: Take 95 North to exit 8A (Rt.2 Warwick/East Greenwich.) Stay on Rt. 2, go to the traffic light at the Showcase Cinema, take a left onto Division Street (Rt. 401), follow to second traffic light, take right onto Post Road/Rt. 1. The Greenwich Club, 5426 Post Road is on your left.

From the North: Take 95 South to Exit 9 (Rt. 4 South). Take the first exit which will bring you to Rt. 401 (E. Greenwich/Division St.). At the end of the exit ramp facing straight, take a right turn onto Division Street. Continue to follow above directions once on Division Street.

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