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Phone: 401-277-5000

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Master Seamstress II Certificate Program

Fall 2013-Spring 2014

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 Annie Tella 401-277-5050 or email atella@uri.edu.

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.

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 2013-2014 academic year.

Fall 2013 Offerings

Serger—The Basics and More ($236)
This class will focus on basic and advanced stitch techniques used in garment construction. You will become knowledge-able 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. This class is ideal for a beginner. A 4 (or more) thread serger is required.
Tuesdays 7-10PM (9/17-11/26) no class 9/24, 10/1, 11/5
Nancy Hoell

Chanel Jacket ($236)
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.”
Thursdays 9-Noon (9/26 –11/21) no class 10/31
Jane Headley

Advanced Patternmaking ($236)
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 true in fabric throughout the class time.
Thursdays 7-10PM (9/26 -11/21) no class 10/31
Diane Martin

NEW!!! Party Dresses $236
Are you looking for the perfect party dress, but can’t find the right fit or fabric? Learn how to choose the right specialty fabric to suit your style and how to put garment construction techniques into practical use, including the foundation which addresses underlining, waist stays, boning, etc.
Fridays 9-Noon (9/20 - 11/22) no class 10/11, 11/8
Heather Lee

Contemporary Tailoring ($236)
Students will make a tailored jacket or coat using time saving methods and materials. The emphasis will be on fusible techniques for under linings, interfacings, and tapings. The linings will be sewn in by machine. Fabric for garment is not limited to woolens.
Saturdays 10—1PM (9/21—11/23) no class 10/12, 11/9
Mabel Wagner


Winter 2014 Offerings

Jeans ($236)
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.
Mondays 6—10PM (1/13—2/24) no class 2/17
Jennifer Stern Hasemann

Couture Collection/Corsets ($236)
Corsets made with boning, metal busk front closure, lacings & grommets, support fabrics, and waist stays are all part of a good foundation. You will start with a form fitting corset pattern to build onto and end with an evening ensemble while getting the “know-how” on new and vintage corset designs.
Tuesdays 7-10PM (1/7—2/25)
Diane Martin

Fabric Flowers ($236)
You will create flowers by following directions from patterns that range from a 1926 millinery flower pattern to those that are currently available today. You will learn the process, techniques, and use of materials by making at least 8 different flowers ranging in use for embellishment of formal/bridal wear as well as projects that may be used for decoration of casual clothing, purses, home décor, etc.
Wednesdays 9-Noon (1/8-3/5) no class 2/19
Evie Moder

Wearable Quilt Designs ($236)
The various quilting techniques such as crazy quilt, Bargello, stained glass, and more, lend themselves to making some unique clothing. You will be making sample pieces of the various techniques. Once you’ve seen samples of garments, and work with the various techniques, you can decide which one, or ones, you want to incorporate into a piece of clothing, or embellish a ready-to-wear piece.
Thursdays 9-Noon (1/9—3/6) no class 2/20
Sheila Vargas

NEW!!! Sewing Essentials $236
The basics of sewing are so important for making clothing look professional rather than “homemade.” This class will cover seams, seam finishes, zipper insertions, buttonholes, hems, sewing machine feet and more. Learn some new techniques or just brush up on your machine sewing skills.
Thursdays 7-10PM (1/9—3/6) no class 2/20
Jane Headley

Form/Draping* ($236)
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.
Fridays 9-Noon (1/10—3/7) no class 2/7
Diane Martin
*Additional fee of $175 for body form (payable to Instructor)


Spring 2014

Wonderful Knits ($236)
Learn to create a versatile wardrobe using the latest knits. This course will cover how to choose quality fabrics and patterns selected for knits. Discover the techniques that will give professional results in a wardrobe designed around a few key pieces. Most work will be done on conventional sewing machines, although the use of sergers will be covered.
Mondays 7-10PM (3/17—5/12) no class 4/14
Heather Lee

NEW!!! Raincoats $236
In RI you can never have too many raincoats. Join this class to produce a raincoat while learning about water resistant fabrics and water proofing, seam finishes and closures for outerwear. Extend your ideas with rain gear for sports, hood styles, and hats.
Wednesdays, 9-Noon (3/19—5/14) no class 4/16
Evie Moder

Little Black Dress ($236)
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. We will accessorize to complete the look and even discover ways to add versatility to it.
Thursdays 7-10PM (3/20—5/15) no class 4/17
Jane Headley

Pants Drafting ($236)
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.
Fridays 9—Noon (3/21—5/16) no class 4/18
Diane Martin


FALL 2013

Serger—The Basics & More
   Tuesdays 7-10PM
$236
Chanel Jacket
    Thursdays 9-Noon
$236
Advanced Patternmaking
    Thursdays 7-10PM
$236
NEW! Party Dresses
    Fridays 9-2PM
$236
Contemporary Tailoring
    Saturdays 10-1PM
$236

WINTER 2014

Jeans
    Mondays 6-10PM
$236
Couture Collection/Corsets
   Tuesdays 7-10pm
$236
Fabric Flowers
    Wednesdays 9-Noon
$236
Wearable Quilt Designs
    Thursdays 9-Noon
$236
NEW! Sewing Essentials
    Thursdays 7-10PM
$236
Form/Draping
   Fridays 9-Noon
$236
*additional fee of $175 for body form

SPRING 2014

Wonderful Knits
    Mondays 7-10pm
$236
NEW! Raincoats
   Wednesdays 9-Noon
$236
Little Black Dress
    Thursdays 7-10PM
$236
Pant Drafting
    Fridays 9-Noon
$236

Registration Questions?

If you have questions concerning registration or payment information, please call:
Annie Tella: Office of Special Programs, 401-277-5050 or E-mail Annie: atella@uri.edu.

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: dma426@aol.com

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


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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The Greenwich Club is the location for the RI Sewing Network which is a group of sewing enthusiasts who meet six times a year and also plan a trip to NY’s garment/fabric district. Anyone interested in a membership in the network can contact Sheila Vargas 401-253-3388 for more information