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Update 5/09/22

What's new at Master the Art of Sewing?

It’s a good time for sure, to gather with like minded people and work on a custom sewing project, no matter where they are! We might be in the West Side Sewing Studio in Providence, while others join us from places at a distance.
Before reviewing the recent French Jacket class (Feb. to April, 2022), and taking a peek at the current Couture Dress and T-Shirt Dress classes, please read the following announcement about expansion in the array of classes offered. This new class will focus on the adult who is new to sewing:

Learn to Sew!
Learn Critical Sewing Skills in a friendly and supportive environment at West Side Sewing Studio, 27 Sims Ave, Providence, RI. 6/23, 6/30, 7/14, and 7/21, 6PM - 8:30
This class is a series of 4 weekly meetings (2.5 hours / class). Classes will meet on Thursday evenings in June and July.
The series is intended to teach the skills needed, in order to progress from a novice (or complete beginner) level to the point of being able to use basic sewing patterns to make garments or home goods... Read more here

Home Page Update Continued:

French Jacket 2022, instructed by Couture Seamstress Jane Headley, was a 9 week pleasure for everyone involved. We enjoyed the search for the “right” fabrics, the perfect trims, the best fit, and putting them all together to have our newly fashioned Chanel - like jackets and coats. In fact, some of us have decided to come together to make yet another take off on the classic Chanel...

Let us know if you’re interested in joining!

          From here....                                                      To here:


Supplies sourced from Apple Annie's, Swansea, MA


                             Here's Jeanne and Diane in their French jackets - lovely colors!                              


Sue's French Jacket / Coat - and the lining - amazzzzing!


Couture Dress 2022, again instructed by Jane Headley to the pleasure of in-class and remote participants, is well underway, with 3 of 9 weeks completed. Participants have secured their patterns, fabrics, and have refined the fit of the muslins which will serve as patterns for this custom dress. Here is a glimpse at what’s happening in this class:


It’s Fitting and Fixing Time! (In studio)


Note the use of the TV partnered with Zoom to convey in-studio activity to our classmates who are at a distance, and vice versa. Above, you see Diane in Alaska who is receiving valuable fitting instruction from Jane. 

Below, you will see the video image of Ginny’s fitting on the screen as it occurs in real time - “remote” participants like Diane benefit from the instruction in this way.

Jen Stern’s T-Shirt Dress Class - 1 of the 2 evening classes has taken place - participants received 2 of Jen’s dress patterns from which to choose. The first class helped participants choose the correct sizes according to measurements, and restyling various aspects of the patterns, e.g., necklines, flare of the skirt, waistline levels. It’s time to cut this week, and the second evening will be spent on construction. Pattern styles:

               Abby Dress                                              Anna Dress



Stay tuned, please, as we will be taking a break after June, and popping in with more offerings………………Have a healthy and enjoyable spring 2022.  As always, feel free to send questions and comments to:


Update 4/10/22

Upcoming Classes and Events

Custom Forms Event with Anna Taylor and Ben Greslick of

See description -

April 28th, by appt. only, 4 to 8PM

Last 2 Classes of Season II, Master the Art of Sewing:

1. Couture Dress - Jane Headley - Hybrid, Thursdays, 11AM - 1:30PM, 4/21 - 6/16

Do not wait - class is filling quickly - may not be available in 2022 / 2023
See class description here


2. You can Sew Knits - Make the T-Shirt Dress - Jen Stern Returns - Remote, Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:00PM, 5/04 and 5/11
See class description here



Update 3/28/22

It’s past time for an update - what have we been doing in Master the Art of Sewing classes?


Some of our customers had recently completed beautifully tailored coats and jackets at the last writing / reporting. Some learned more about applying Kenneth D. King’s  faux fur techniques in the making of vests. 

Since then, we have had a great Lace Skirt class in January, all remote sessions, using beautiful Guipure laces, taught by couture seamstress, Jane Headley. This project was a super pleasant make, all within 5 weeks, and incredibly satisfying work, looking at the eye candy as we stitched. 

This was a hybrid class with participants in VA, CT, ME, and MA. The results are magnificent:


Taught by Jane Headley, French Jacket is always a winner, and this class, which started in February, is no exception. The participants are great seamstresses, pursuing their love of detail and style. This is a hybrid class (in studio and remote), and will be completed in April.

         Little French COAT!       


Perfect plaid matching!


Check out the lining……



March 10th and 11th found the studio full of sewists who took Pam Leggett’s “Pants Perfected” class. This 2 day in person workshop resulted in all participants having a well fitting pants pattern (which can be modified for different pant styles) and pants which were 90% complete. What a great vibe! 


Some of us learned and sewed with Jen Stern in a 3 hour “Make a Mini Knapsack” class on Saturday, March 19th. This was pure fun.  Participants had plans to modify their next bags to different sizes, lined versions, with pockets and zippers.  


Still to Come:

Couture Dress - Jane Headley - Hybrid, Thursdays, 11AM - 1:30PM, 4/21 - 6/16

See class description


You can Sew Knits - Make the T-Shirt Dress - Jen Stern - Remote, Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:00PM, 5/04 and 5/11

See class description



Please feel free to send questions to Barbara at



Update 1/14/22

Good Morning on this January Friday,

I hope this update finds you in a comfortable situation as we make our way through January, 2022. 

I hope you’re thinking about what to sew next, or maybe that it’s time to finish up some unfinished projects? For me, it’s wrapping up our Classic Tailoring class, and moving into 2022, with the Lace Skirt class underway. 


Here are quickly approaching opportunities brought to you by Master the Art of Sewing:


  • 1. Make a Super Sportsbra: Kim Larcom, Astrosportswear Activewear Entrepreneur, Instructor

    REMOTE via Zoom -
    Thursdays, 2/03 - 2/17, 6:00 - 8:00PM

See the Super Sportsbra registration page

  • 2. French Jacket: Jane Headley, Couture Seamstress, Instructor

    Hybrid Model -
    Thursdays, 2/10 -  4/14 (This is a 9 week class with Mar. 10 off), 1:00 - 3:30PM

See the French Jacket registration page (in person, remote)

  • 3. Athletic Leisure Wear Series
    - Nancy Hoell

    Hybrid Model  - Thursdays, starting 3/10, 6:00 - 8:30PM

This is a 2 class series; take 1 or both

See the Athletic Leisure Wear registration page (in person, remote)

4. You Can Sew Knits - Make a Mini Knapsack: Jen Stern,

Remote via Zoom -
Saturday, March 19th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

See the Mini Knapsack registration page


  • 5. Serging Specialty Fabrics - Nancy Hoell

    One session, in person, Friday, 4/15, 1:00 - 3:30

See the Serging Specialty Fabrics registration page


  • 6. Machine Embroidery -  Nancy Hoell 2 levels, 2 weeks each

    In person, Thursdays, starting 4/21, 6:00 - 8:30PM

This is a 2 class series; take 1 or both

See the Machine embroidery registration page

  • 7. Pam Leggett Returns to teach “Pants Perfected!”

    In person, 2 day workshop (public health issues will dictate)

Thursday  / Friday, Mar 10th and 11th, 9:00  -  5:00PM

See the Pants Perfected registration page


8. Couture Dress - Jane Headley  - Hybrid (In Person and Remote)

9 weeks Thursdays, 4/21 - 6/16, 11:00AM - 1:30 

See the Couture Dress registration page (in person, remote)

9. You Can Sew Knits - Make the T-Shirt Dress - Jen Stern,

Remote via Zoom - 3 Weeks ($90)
Thursdays, May 5th and 12th, 6:00 to 8:00PM 

See the T-Shirt Dress registration page


A few results from Classic Tailoring fall 2021:



Please send this message to others who may be interested. In-person participants must be “fully vaccinated” having had an original vaccination plus booster. 

Feel free to email any questions to Barbara at mastersewing2020@gmail. 

Thank you. Have a great weekend! 





NOTE: Class registration fees are non-refundable, unless your slot on the roster is filled by a waitlisted customer.




A minimum of 5 students is required to run a class, and class size will be limited to 10 to 12 participants, class dependent. Payments can be made via website, with debit/ credit cards and Venmo. 

All classes are priced at $35/ week; each class meets once weekly for 2.5 hours, unless otherwise stated.

*Master the Art of Sewing is a sole proprietorship, allowing for flexibility in many ways. Classes may be added at any point during the course of the year. Come back often to check for workshop offerings and addt-shirtitional class postings, based on customer interest.  

Quarterly Newsletters

We are excited to showcase some of the work that has been produced throughout the different classes!

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