Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903 – 401.277.5000

Master Seamstress II Certificate Program


Celebrating our 32nd Year!

Fall 2017-Spring 2018

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. You can download the Master Seamstress II application here.

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 an Office of Strategic Initiatives 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 2017-2018 academic year.

Fall 2017 Offerings

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.

Tuesday mornings 9am – 12 noon (9/19 – 11/14) No class 10/17

Diane Martin

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.

Wednesday mornings 9am-12 Noon (9/20—11/15) No class 10/18

Nancy Hoell

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.

Tuesday evenings 7pm-10 pm (9/19—11/28) No class 10/3, 11/7, 11/21

Jane Headley

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.

Wednesday evenings 7:00pm – 10:00pm (9/20 – 11/15)  No class 10/18

Jennifer Stern Hasemann

Winter 2018 Offerings

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.

Tuesday mornings 9:00am – 12 noon (1/9 – 3/6) No Class 2/20

Diane Martin

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 discussion on lace selection and fitting a skirt pattern. Learn sewing techniques for lace borders, appliques and inserts, and how they may be incorporated into today’s fashion.

Tuesday evenings 7:00pm – 10:00pm (1/9 – 3/13) No Class 2/20, 3/6

Cassie Van Dine

NEW! Custom Handbags ($250)

In this course, you will complete a handbag using a popular pattern using custom techniques. You will learn general bag making construction including support interfacings, zippers and closures, magnetic snaps, rivets and bag feet, interior and exterior pockets, lining, handles and shoulder straps, and more. This is not a beginner’s class. A good understanding of your home sewing machine, sewing tools, and sewing skills is required. 

Wednesday mornings 9:00am – 12 noon (1/3 – 2/28) No Class 2/21

Robbin Donahue

Sergers – The Basics & 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. 

Wednesday evenings 7:00pm – 10:00pm (1/3 – 2/28) No Class 2/21

Nancy Hoell

Spring 2018 Offerings

Make It Work ($250)

Pre-Requisite: MSII Advanced Patternmaking or Form/Draping It is more about patternmaking, draping, and measurements. It is whatever it takes to make an ensemble work for you including selecting a pattern and fabric. Learn more about working with a dress form and the drape of the fabric, and how to apply your measurements for a better fit. 

Tuesday mornings 9:00am – 12 noon (3/20 – 5/15) No class 4/17

Diane Martin

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.” 

Wednesday mornings 9:00am – 12 noon (3/7 – 5/8) No Class 4/18

Jane Headley

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.

Wednesday evenings 7:00pm – 10:00pm (3/7 – 5/8) No class 4/18

Jennifer Stern Hasemann

FALL 2017

Advanced Patternmaking
 Tuesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Little Black Dress
 Tuesdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Serge a Wardrobe
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm


Pants Drafting
Tuesdays. 9:00am-12:00pm
Lace Skirts
Tuesdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm
NEW! Custom Handbags
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Sergers – The Basics & More
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm


Make It Work
Tuesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Chanel Jacket
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Top It All
Wednesdays, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Registration Questions?

If you have questions concerning registration or payment information, please call:

Adella Francis: Office of Strategic Initiatives401-277-5050 or e-mail

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 401-439-5376 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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