Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903 – 401.277.5000

Master Seamstress I Certificate Program $995


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The Master Seamstress I Certificate Program is an 84-hour, year-long non-credit educational program that begins in September and ends in May. The program includes instruction and ‘hands on’ experience in all aspects of apparel construction. Intermediate apparel construction skills are required. It is assumed you already know how to sew blouses, skirts, and dresses, etc., but need to understand and solve fitting and pattern design problems, learn couture tailoring techniques, and experiment with specialty fabrics. Many graduates of this program are employed in a home-based business or in the apparel industry. In order to receive a certificate, participants must complete the entire program and all required projects. The instructors are professionals with years of experience in the apparel industry. For anyone interested in receiving information for our next program beginning Fall 2017, please call the Office of Strategic Initiatives at 401-277-5050.

All sessions will be held at The Greenwich Club, 5426 Post Road, East Greenwich, RI

Program Outline: September – December

Personalized Fit
Learn how to compare your body measurements to a basic commercial pattern through the Minot Method. You will sew and fit a bodice, sleeve and skirt muslin. This concept will enable you to a better understanding of tissue fitting and the alteration process.

Pattern Making
Participants will learn the flat pattern method of pattern making with the use of half-size slopers. You will work with a bodice to move darts, add pleats or gathers; basic collars will be introduced along with sleeve variations. Simple styling of skirts from fitted to flared will be designed as well as many other design features.

Program Outline: January – May

Classic Tailoring
Participants will construct a blazer using the classic method, which includes both hand and machine stitching. Finishing techniques, including bound buttonholes, welt pockets, notched collar, vented sleeves, and hand-inserted linings will be discussed and demonstrated.

Specialty Fabrics
This class covers construction techniques on lace, silk, velvets, and sequins. Emphasis will be on bridal construction details and accessories.

Swimwear and Lingerie
Learn about the various types of patterns, fabrics, threads, elastics, trims and laces suitable for lingerie and swimwear. Students must complete one project in specialty fabric, swimwear or lingerie fabric.

Registration Deadline is August 31, 2017 – The fee of $995 (includes textbooks: does not include project materials) is due in full upon registration. The program size is limited to 12 students per section. 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 an Office of Strategic Initiatives offering. It is NOT eligible for Federal Financial Aid or VA Benefits. All sessions will be held at the Greenwich Club, 5426 Post Road, East Greenwich, RI.

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 401-439-5376 or e-mail Diane at:

The full program runs from September 14, 2017 through December 14, 2017, resuming January 4, 2018 through May 10, 2018. Graduation is May 10, 2018.

Registration Questions?
If you have questions concerning registration or payment information, please call:
Office of Strategic Initiatives, 401-277-5050/5058.

NOTE: Orientation from 7 – 10PM at the Greenwich Club on the first night of class.

VACATION WEEKS:11/9, 11/23, 2/22, 3/15, 4/19. (Days during these weeks may be used for snow make-up days.)

We also offer 8-week individual specialized courses in our Master Seamstress II Certificate Program. Courses run in the fall, winter and spring semesters.

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