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Naomi Lipsky & Barbara Hendricks - Instructors: Making the Faux Fur Vest

3 weeks, Weds. evenings, 11/03 - 11/17/21@ 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Remote Live Zoom Class ($70) 

In this 3 week class, participants will review the instructional highlights of skillfully working with faux fur, as presented by Kenneth D. King. Naomi and Barbara will lead you through the steps of making a faux fur vest, which will include the particulars of marking, cutting, sewing, and lining a basic faux fur vest. 

There will be video demonstrations, time for practicing skills, and all video demos will be shared on our Youtube channel for participants’ use. (This does not include videos shared by Kenneth on 10/07). 

It is not required that participants have attended the 10/07 presentation.


Recommended Pattern: Basic 3 piece vest: Fronts and Back (or a back with CB seam that can be made as one piece).  Fronts can overlap or meet in the middle. Example: McCalls M8050, Butterick 5359


Registrants will be provided with a list of recommended supplies.


Max 8 participants.


Jane Headley - Instructor: Classic TailoringRegister

9 weeks, Weds. afternoons, 1:00 - 3:30PM, starting Weds., 9/29/21 ($315)


Join Jane and friends to make your first, second, or maybe third classically tailored jacket or coat. 

Participants’ final project will be a blazer or coat  which is constructed using classic methods, combining both hand and machine stitching. Finishing techniques include bound buttonholes, welt pockets, notched or shawl collar, vented sleeves, and hand - inserted linings. 

This is a construction class. (Students will be expected to have a muslin of the pattern they will use) that fits for the first class, at which time we will fine tune the muslin. 

Suggested patterns:Vogue V1752, V1562, Butterick B6430, B6862, SBCC Rickey Jacket SB339

A pattern needs to have: Notched or shawl collar, a 2 piece sleeve and a lining pattern included.  Pattern needs to be approved 2 weeks prior to the first class.

Max 12 participants.


Jen Stern - Instructor: The Great RuboffRegister

3 wks., Weds. evenings, 5:30 - 8:00PM, REMOTE, starting 10/13 ($105)


Do you have something hanging in your closet that you wish you had more than one of? Or, maybe  you got a stain on your favorite tee. Join me for this fun class and I’ll show you how to clone your  ready-to-wear! We will be using Rub Off techniques in class to create pattern pieces without the need  to cut about the garment. There are two ways to Rub Off a garment. For simple things like sleeveless  tees and straight skirts, I’ll show you how to use the Paper Rub Off Method. This involves pinning your  garment to paper and tracing around the edges. For more complicated garments with sleeves and  style lines, I’ll show you how to use the Pattern Ease (or Muslin) Rub Off Method. Not all garments are  easily copied. I’ll show you how to make pattern pieces that are ready to sew. Plus discover which  garments and fabrics are easier to work with and result in more accurate pattern pieces. This class is  taught in three sessions. During the first class, pick out something simple to work with, like a straight  skirt or sleeveless top. In the second class we’ll tackle a tee or top with sleeves. In the final class you  can pick a third garment you’d like to Rub Off! Bring all the garments you’d like to work with so we can  look at them and decide which method would be best to use.


The Great Rub Off Workbook (Workbook includes instructions for a tank, straight skirt, tee or top &  simple shorts.) The Workbook is purchased separately from JStern Designs -  $20 for Print Version and $9.99 for PDF version; info to purchase will be available by 9/01.

Purchase the workbook here!


Please see this document for the full description and list of supplies


Max 10 participants.


Nancy Hoell - Instructor - 3 Class Series

Participants may register for 2, 4,  6, or 8 weeks 

Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30PM -  Oct. 14 - Dec. 09

Evening class - In studio (West Side Sewing); bring your sergers.


Weeks 1 - 4: 10/14 - 11/04 -  Class 1 of 3 - Know and love your Serger ($140)Register

Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30PM

Nancy is excited to share her serger- related expertise with you, in person, as she can coach you in person, on your own machine.

The first 4 weeks of this 8 week offering will focus on how to maximize use of your serger, master the different stitches, and know how and when to use them. 

Participants will be expected to make a “Serger Stitch Sample Book,” noting the stitch settings for “best practice” stitch applications, based on chosen fabrics and purpose. If you have some angst or frustration with your serger, this class is for you! 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 garment 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.

(Sergers are brought to classes for practice following instruction and demonstration).

Recommended Book(s): Sewing with Sergers - the Complete Handbook for Overlock Sewing (Brown / Palmer) strongly suggested. 


Sample Book: 3 ring binder, page protectors

Serger - manual, accessories, in good working condition 

Fabric samples

Needles for serger

4 Serger threads


RegisterWeeks 5 - 6: 11/11, 11/18 - Class 2 of 3 - Heirloom Serging ($70)

Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  

Nancy’s Martha Pullen experience will show you how to master classic Heirloom techniques with your serger and achieve quick, easy and flawless results. You will learn classic Heirloom techniques and become knowledgeable and confident using your serger for a new application. Heirloom sewing is used in today's eclectic fashion, as well as in children’s clothing.



Weeks 7 - 8: 12/02, 12/09 - Class 3 of 3 - Heirloom Project ($70)

Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Lace Blouse, perfect for the holidays 


Participants must be familiar with Heirloom Serging Techniques


Refund Policy:

Payment may be made by debit / credit card, is required at “checkout”, and to reserve a person’s spot in the class. No refund will be given for registrant cancellation unless the reserved seat in class is filled. Registrations are accepted on a first- come, first- serve basis, until the class is full (see caps in class descriptions). However, if the minimum number of students (5) is not reached by one week prior to the scheduled start date, class may be cancelled at the teacher’s or director’s discretion.


Previous Sessions II:

Registration Closed

Kenneth D. King - Instructor:  Working with Faux Fur

Thursday, 10/07/21, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Remote Live Zoom Presentation ($45)


Kenneth will present the audience with the tools and techniques for successfully working with fur, both fake and real. This will be a presentation / discussion/ and  Q and A format. Here’s your chance to learn from this well known, heavily published icon in the Couture Sewing world! He will demonstrate, via video, discuss, and answer your questions.


Kenneth D. King is a couturier based in New York. He travels the world teaching different aspects of sewing and pattern making.  King is also an adjunct professor in the Haute Couture Certificate program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. He produces one-of-a-kind, made-to-measure pieces for women and men, as well as limited-edition pieces for boutiques. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums. King has authored many articles, and four books.

All who register will receive links to the entire recorded session, as well as links to any video material Kenneth shares during his presentation. (Please note, these are for participants' personal use and not to be shared otherwise).

Max 40 Participants.


Registration Closed

Custom Dress / Pants Forms ($425)

Saturday, 10/09, 10 appts. Between 3:30PM and 8:00PM

You can pay in full at registration or make 3 payments ($100 deposit at registration, $200 prior to scanning, and $100 at pick up).

Anna Taylor and Ben Greslick from “” are in the business of producing custom dress forms and pants forms for the best fitting outcomes a sewist could expect.

Anna and Ben will be available on Saturday, October 9th,  from 3:30 - 8:30PM, at West Side Sewing Studio, 27 SimsAve., Providence. We can take up to 10 (30 minute) appointments.

COVID considerations: We will make every effort to provide this service (body scan) safely. All attendees must be fully vaccinated and wear masks during the scanning. 

How do Anna and Ben achieve their results? They use state of the art 3D scanning and printing to make “true to your form” dress forms (neck to 2” below crotch level).

How long is an individual appointment? 20 to 30 minutes

Find full description here. Please read thoroughly.

Following registration, you will be contacted, in order of registration, to select an appt. time between 3:30 and 8:00PM, on 10/09. 


Class full? Please sign up for the waiting list here.


Max 10 participants. Max 6 participants for $100 deposit. Max 4 participants for full payment.

Registration Closed

Fitting the Upper Body (Palmer Pletsch Method) with Pamela Leggett - Certified Palmer/Pletsch Fit Specialist - $300

Fit fashion Patterns (Fitting the Upper Body) - 2 day in-person workshop at West Side Sewing Studio

9AM - 5PM, Thursday 8/26 and Friday 8/27


Pamela Legget  will show you how to determine your pattern size, and how your body type varies from most commercial patterns. This class will address fitting issues found in most women such as forward shoulder, high round, narrow/broad and sway back, full bust and/or torso, large arms, and much more. You will also learn about fabric “tweaking”, princess seam adjustment and dart rotation.

Max 10 participants


Please read more here for full information - specific pattern required:

Fit Fashion Patterns 2 day desc and SL.docx


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Upper Body Fitting with Lynda Maynard - Professional Sewing Instructor - $300

8/26/21 - 9/30/21: 5:30 - 7:30 PM EST


This class will be taught remotely / live by Lynda. However, participants are encouraged to take this class in a group format at the West Side Sewing Studio in Providence, RI. Within the studio, we will have the opportunity to partner, as directed by Lynda. 


The focus of this 6 week (12 hours) class is to create well-fitting clothes that are beautiful and comfortable to wear, starting with the upper body. We will work with properly prepared and well marked muslin test garments. Each student will learn the required pattern adjustments for his/her specific figure, The fitting is done on the body and the changes are transferred to the paper pattern. We will learn about fitting the shoulders, bust, upper back and chest, ribcage, abdomen, waistline and hips. 

You will learn to apply the knowledge from this class to commercial patterns. 


Participants will use a bodice pattern of their choosing. Specific information will be provided to registered participants, on preparing for the first class, which includes making a test muslin. 

We will also discuss flattering lines and silhouettes.

Lynda has provided a  Google slide deck explaining the preparation process for the muslin. This  will be shared with all registrants.

Students will accomplish more if they arrive the first day with a prepared test garment.

Upper Body Fitting:

  For a "B" cup or less select the pattern size according to the full bust measurement.

  For a "C" cup or greater, select the size according to the high chest measurement (tape   parallel to the floor at the underarm level).

About Lynda Maynard: Lynda Maynard has enjoyed a long career that highlights a wide array of experience in varying contexts of working with fashion. She’s brought a passion for fashion to countless classrooms spanning over 15 years and, during that time, served a number of community colleges while simultaneously leading workshops across the country.

Academic professionals call on Lynda for continual development of college level courses in Fashion Design. She has multiple published works including two of her own book titles,  De-Mystifying Fit  followed by The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. Additional publishing credits include her regular contributions to both Stitch magazine, Threads magazine and a collection of interactive online video courses commissioned by Craftsy.


Registration Closed

Anthony Ferranti of Anthony’s Sewing Machine Service and Repair

Clean the Machine! In person through MAS @ West Side Sewing Studio

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2:00 - 3:30PM ($50) 


1.5 hour hands-on training to clean that sewing machine. (Each participant should bring 1 working sewing machine). Anthony will lead us through an abbreviated servicing of our sewing machines, as he imparts knowledge on proper / improper use. You will learn to access various parts of your machine, brush it out, and use tweezers as a cleaning tool.  Anthony will also demonstrate oiling each of our machines. 


Limited to the first 15 registrants

1 machine per person

Registrants should bring their own regular and Phillips screwdriver, tweezers, small brush, small scissors, thread and test fabric.

This class is designed to lightly adjust and service your favorite working sewing machine.  A machine that has not been used in 20 years may not be best for this class as it may take much more than a service to get it in top condition.

Registration Closed

Jen Stern - Instructor: Altering Ready to Wear

2 wks., Weds. evenings, 5:30 - 8:00PM, REMOTE, starting 9/08 ($70)

Get your pile of clothes that need to be altered and join me for Alter Your Ready-to-Wear. During this  two session class I’ll guide you through the process of altering your garments for a better fit. Bring  Everything to the first class. We will pick a few things to work on in class. Be ready to try things on so  I can see how they fit and what needs to be adjusted. Here is a list of some of the things that we can  tackle: 

  • Taking in pants or tops 
  • Shortening the rise of pants (by bringing up the crotch curve so it’s not hanging too low) • Shortening hems 
  • Altering shoulder seams for a better fit 
  • Adding shaping to tops that have too much ease 

During the first class we’ll assess what needs to be adjusted and make a plan to fix it. Then you’ll have  a week to take out seams and prep the garments to sew during the second class.

Please see this document for the full description and list of supplies


Max 10 participants.

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