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Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000

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Master Seamstress I Certificate Program $995

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 2013, please contact Annie Tella at atella@uri.edu.

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 30, 2013 - 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. All sessions will be held at the Greenwich Club, 5426 Post Road, East Greenwich, RI.

The full program runs from September 11, 2013 through December 11, 2013, resuming January 7, 2014 through May 14, 2014. Graduation is May 21, 2014.

NOTE: Students enrolled in both sections of the Master Seamstress I program are required to attend the Wednesday, September 11 Orientation from 7-10PM at the Greenwich Club.

VACATION WEEKS: 11/4, 11/25, 2/17, 3/10, 4/14.

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