Master The Art of Sewing

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Make a Go-to Skort in 2 Evenings with Jen Stern: Register

Thursdays, 7/15 and 7/22, Remote LIVE @ 6:00PM - 8:00PM - $60



This skort is my go-to garment in the summer, Jen tells me.  Choose between a 6-gore skirt that is slenderizing and easy to fit, or a simple A-Line skirt.  The shorts hidden underneath provide cool comfort.  You can make it in a variety of lengths and fabrics.  Choose Performance Sports Knit and make a shorter version to wear to the gym or on the tennis court.  You can also make this skort out of swimwear fabrics to create a flattering swim skirt!   Lengthen to the knee for a skort that you’ll want to wear all day, and then go out to dinner.   You can also dress it up in silk to create an evening look that is elegant and ultra comfortable to wear.   You'll leave class with your new summer go-to skort!

Students will just need the pattern.  

Here's the link to the PDF version:  and 

Here's the link to the snail mail version:



- Stern’s “Skort and Simple Pattern” - PDF and hard copy version links above

- For a short version:  1 yard 4-way stretch fabric for the shorts & 1 yard stretch knit (does not have to be 4-way for the skirt).

- For a knee length version1 yard 4-way stretch fabric for the shorts & 1 ¼  yards stretch knit (does not have to be 4-way for the skirt).

- Sewing machine or serger, Polyester thread to match (4 cones for serger or 1 spool for sewing machine),  Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins.


Maximum of 10 slots available.


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Custom Dress and Pants Forms at RYCO Trim

25 Carrington Lane, Lincoln, RI. $425 includes 3-D printed custom form and stand


Please Note: You are ordering one form (either Custom Dress or Pants). You will be emailed after registering, to confirm which form you are ordering.


This is a $100 deposit.


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.

They will be available to provide the dress form opportunity to you on Saturday, June 26th, from 1:00PM - 5:00PM, at RYCO Trim, 25 Carrington Lane, Lincoln, RI. 

We can take up to 9 (30 minute) appointments.

Please read more here….. Custom Dress and Pants / Forms: June 2021


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


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Pants Fitting - Intermediate:

10 weeks · ($350 includes $40 Kit) Thursdays 5:30 - 8:00 PM · 9/17 - 11/19/20

Jennifer Stern of J Stern Designs ( will provide a 10 week class on Pants Fitting. She will teach you how to measure yourself properly, adapt a pattern to suit your measurements, modify a “muslin” for proper fit, and lead you to a positive outcome in this personalized pants making experience! The Happy Pants Pattern includes three different crotch shapes designed to fit a high, average or low full hip. This will help make quick work of adjusting your pattern for a perfect fit! There is usually a $40 kit fee* for this class. The Kit includes “The Happy Pants” Pattern and “Fit Workbook.” For this particular class, the Kit fee is included in the registration cost of $350. Supply List: For pattern work: Tracing Paper, Clear 18” grid ruler (2” x 18”), Scotch Tape, Pencil and colored pencils or highlighter, Eraser, Paper scissors. For Constructing your Pants Muslin: Sewing Machine with accessories Basic Sewing Supplies: Pins, needles, thread, scissors, seam ripper, tape Measure - All-purpose thread, Your muslin will be made of a typical, but inexpensive pants fabric; maybe that can be found in your stash? This project based class is one that many of us have been waiting for. *The 40$ kit fee includes postage to mail hard copies of the pattern and workbook (If you order this on my website it’s a PDF version that you have to print out yourself.)

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


Instructed by: Jennifer Stern Hasseman


Class capped at 12 participants


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Classic Tailoring - Intermediate/ Advanced: 

10 weeks · ($350) Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 PM · 10/06 - 12/08/2020

Participants’ final project will be a blazer or jacket which is constructed using classic methods, combining both hand and machine stitching. This is a construction class where student will learn 

finishing techniques including bound buttonholes, welt pockets, notched collars, two-piece sleeves, shoulder pads, and lining. 


Suggested pattern(s): Vogue V1065 (preferred), V1040 (or any jacket pattern that has a notched collar, 2 piece sleeves and lining pattern included). 


Note: Pattern selected by the student(s) must be submitted to the instructed for approval at least 2 weeks prior to class start. 

Instructed by: Faten Ramadan

Class capped at 12 participants.


The instructor will be making a version of the jacket using Vogue Pattern V1065 at the same time as the students as a means of demonstrating the different techniques. 

The instructor will modify the pattern to make a longer jacket that falls below the hipline, a different finish at the sleeves cuffs, and bound button holes. 


Recommended Materials: Lightweight wool or wool blend fabric having a nice drape and a stable hand, coordinated buttons, lining, sew-in or fusible interfacing suitable for the weight of the selected fabric, shoulder pads, silk organza (small piece), muslin fabric, and of course, threads, needles, tracing paper, ruler, etc. 


Note: Vogue Pattern V1065 calls for a fusible knit interfacing. The fusible knit interfacing is applied to all pattern pieces including the facing. This type of interfacing is recommended for lightweight wool fabrics and will enable the soft draping of the flare in the back of the jacket. Using a hair canvas, or any heavier weight interfacing, will cause the flare drape to take a cone shape.


Participants will be required to make muslin using the adjusted pattern to confirm fit prior to cutting the final fabric. 


The class will start by reviewing the pattern and going over pattern adjustment techniques that may be needed for best fit to each participant. The class will continue with going over pattern layout and fashion fabric cutting, construction and finishing techniques. The class will complete with students trying on their finished jacket for a virtual class photo.


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Heirloom Serging - Serger Proficiency

2 weeks · ($70) Tuesdays 12:30 - 3:00PM · 11/03 - 11/10/20

Nancy’s Martha Pullen experience will show you how to master classic Heirloom techniques with your serger and achieve quick, easy and flawless results. Heirloom serging is a unique way to create and  embellish fabric.

In this class you will learn 6 classic Heirloom techniques. You will 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 . 

This is the deal follow up class to Know and Love your Serger or any beginner serger class. You will create one serger heirloom project and gain the  confidence to create more on your own.

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


Instructed by: Nancy Laverty Hoell


Class capped at 12 participants


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Know and Love Your Serger - Beginner / Intermediate Serging skills:

4 weeks · ($140) Tuesdays 12:30 - 3:00PM · 10/06 - 10/27/20

If you have some angst or frustration with your serger, this class is for you! It 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 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).

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


Instructed by: Nancy Laverty Hoell


Class capped at 12 participants


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Denim Upcycle Workshop:

2 weeks · ($40) Saturdays 1:00 - 3:00PM · 11/21 - 11/28/20

Do you know that:

“Denim is one of the harshest fashion items on the environment,....Huge amounts of water are needed to create only one pair of jeans….”

In this upcycling denim workshop, two 2-hour sessions will be provided,  during which participants will learn to deconstruct previously worn jeans / denim or similar weight garments, reconstruct pieces into an upcycled piece of fabric, and repurpose that fabric into a new and useful item (in this case, we will be upcycling denim clothing into aprons).

Where: On Zoom, from the comfort of your home. 

Why:  Because it's fun and productive (and environmentally friendly). And the aprons make great gifts!

BYOJ: Bring your own jeans, at least two pairs, or denim garments. You can also use comparable weight fabric to add creativity. 


More info will be emailed to registrants.


Fee: $40 covers both sessions, 4 hours.


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


Instructed by: Sandy Dennis & Barbara Hendricks


Class capped at 12 participants



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Cape Making - Beginners with solid skills / Intermediate:

4 weeks · ($140) Thursdays 2:30 - 5:00PM · 11/12 - 12/10/20

Learn to make a simple, lined cape with a button closure, collar and side front openings. This cape can be made in a length to suit you. Included in the techniques will be bound buttonholes, lining insertion using both machine and hand stitching, and use of interfacing for structure. Look for fabric that is warm for the outside and colorful for the lining to add pizazz to this versatile garment.


Recommended pattern(s): Vogue 8959


Instructed by: Jane Headley


Class capped at 12 participants


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Embroidery Machine Basics - Beginner level in machine embroidery:

3 weeks · ($105) Thursdays 9:30 - 12:00PM · 11/19 - 12/10/20

Do you own an embroidery machine? Do you maximize the possibilities, or would you like an expert to teach you the tricks of this trade? First and most importantly, you’ll learn about your machine, basic supplies, stabilizers and thread. You’ll learn hooping strategies, and about various design options. You’ll learn about embroidery techniques for both woven and knit fabrics. You’ll actually embellish a garment you own with a chosen design.

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


Instructed by: Nancy Laverty Hoell


Class capped at 10 participants


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Sashiko (Japanese) Mending Workshop

Saturday, 1/30/21 · 1:00 - 4:00PM · ($40)

Presenter: Emilee Koss

Learn to repair, strengthen, and alter your favorite denim garments or textile items with Sashiko, a Japanese mending technique. Mend tears, holes, reinforce fabric worn thin, patch over stains, resize garments that are too large, or just add some stitched embellishment! Students will each bring a denim garment or home textile in need of a repair to mend during the workshop. Would you like a neutral design, one with colors that blend, one with colors that pop? The choice is yours.  

Workshop Objectives:

Learn the history and technical skills of Sashiko. 

Promote awareness of our consumption and its impact.

Reflect on the beauty of wear in a garment, value the life lived in it.


Supply List: 

  • - Variety of denim patches

- Standard Embroidery Needle

  • - Fabric scissors

- 6 ply embroidery thread - color(s) you would like to use - only 1 required

  • - Iron

- Tape measure and ruler / straight edge

  • - Pins

- Fabric pencil or chalk marker

  • - Garment to be patched (brought by workshop participants)

- Helpful, not necessary: Pinking Shears or a machine zig zag available


Emilee Koss is a textile artist and native of Buffalo. She received her BFA in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology and later studied ikat, natural dying and batik at The Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Koss has recently gained an interest in textile conservation and is continuing her work in natural dying and batik.


Class capped at 6 participants

Athletic Leisure Wear - Beginner / Intermediate plus Serger  skills required:

4 weeks · ($140) Tuesdays 12:30 - 3:00PM · 1/05 - 1/26/21

Basic Serger skills, including the ability to thread your 4+ thread serger, are necessary for this project based class. We will build on the basics and learn more about fabrics and serger stitches that are designed for Athletic Leisurewear.  Under Nancy's expert eye, you'll finish at least one garment, and be prepared to create the ensemble (jacket with zipper, top and leggings / skirt).  Plus, you'll have the confidence and know-how to create an entire Athletic Leisurewear wardrobe!  


Recommended Pattern(s): TBD


Instructed by: Nancy Laverty Hoell


Class capped at 12 participants


French Jacket - Intermediate/ Advanced:

7 weeks · ($245) Thursdays 5:30 - 8:00PM · 1/07 - 2/25/21

The “Little French Jacket” (Chanel) 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.”


Recommended pattern(s): Vogue 7975 or “Susan Khalje French Jacket” on


Instructed by: Jane Headley


Class capped at 12 participants


Embroidery Machine - Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced skill in machine embroidery:

3 weeks · ($105) Tuesdays 12:30 - 3:00PM - 2/09, 2/16, 2/23

In this class, you’ll build on your “Basic Embroidery” class knowledge, learning more about font designs and how to position them. You’ll learn to handle “hard to hoop” items, combine designs, and additional techniques.


Instructed by: Nancy Laverty Hoell


Class capped at 10 participants


Jeans Fitting / Constructing - Part 1:

Remote only

4 weeks · ($160, includes $40 Kit Fee) Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:00PM · 2/03, 2/10, 2/24, 3/03/21

If you’ve been thinking about making jeans but you need help with fitting your pattern, this is the class for you. During this 4-week class I will help you take accurate body measurements, identify fit adjustments you may need to make to your pattern pieces, sew a custom jean muslin and fine-tune the fit of the pieces based on how your muslin fits.

You will have the choice of working with three different patterns designed for non-stretch denim, stretch denim or ponte knit fabric. You will finish class with a pattern that’s ready to sew your jeans with.

I will be available to schedule individual zoom meetings if you need some one-on-one time. The steps to fit these patterns are the same, the difference is that you will need test fabric or muslin that agrees with your pattern choice.

The Misses’ or Women’s Jeans is designed for non-stretch denim or other non-stretch fabrics.

Stretch Jeans Made Easy is designed for stretch denim or other stretch woven fabrics.

The Ponte Knit Jeans is designed for stable double knits like Ponte Knit (Kit Includes Pattern of your choice and Updated Jean Fit Workbook).


Instructed by:Jennifer Stern Hasseman


Class capped at 12 participants


Luna Pants Project:

Remote only

3 weeks · ($90) Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00PM · 4/15 - 5/6/21

This 3 week class is intended for the newer sewist and for those who want to renew their interest and skill in sewing. The quick project will leave you with a pair of comfy pants for summer lounging.

“Luna Pants are loose-fitting pants with a tapered leg and a comfortable fit. A quick sew, the pants include inseam pockets and are comprised of four main pieces, with facings attached inside the pants to form the waistband…….”


Pattern recommendation(s): Simplicity 8179, 8518, McCall’s 7875, Burda 6742


Instructed by: Jane Headley


Class capped at 10 participants


Jeans Fitting / Constructing - Part 2:

Remote only

4 weeks · ($140) Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:00PM · 3/10 - 3/31/21

Now that you have a fitted jeans pattern, join me for this fun class and I’ll help you sew them together. During this 4-week class we’ll start by double checking your pattern pieces to make sure they are ready to sew together. I’ll also show you a variety of options for front and back pockets and leg styles (tapered, straight or flared). Then, we’ll cut out and prep all the fabric pieces so they are ready to go for the second class. Learn easy techniques to get professional looking front pockets and a fly closure. See how to topstitch along the seams to add character to your jeans. Create back pockets with or without decorative stitching. After sewing the jeans together, I’ll show you how to add the final touches, belt loops, button & buttonhole and a professional looking hem. I teach this class in a sew along format where you will be making progress on your jeans during every class... Think of it as working in the comfort of your sewing room with an expert at your beck and call!


Instructed by: Jennifer Stern Hasseman


Class capped at 12 participants


From Mask Making to Dress Making - Beginner with solid basic skills:

Remote only

5 weeks · ($175) Thursdays 5:30 -8:00PM · 3/04 - 4/01/21

You may have taken out your sewing machine or maybe purchased a new one to pitch in and make facemasks for healthcare workers, family and friends. Now what?? Why not add some garment making skills to your practice with this class. This class is designed to transition those with basic sewing skills to a higher level. Participants will make a basic unlined dress or top, learn about and practice darts, zipper insertion, seam finishes, hemming, and sleeve options.


Pattern recommendation(s): Burda 6541. Other patterns may be used with teacher approval only -


Instructed by: Jane Headley


Class capped at 12 participants


Couture Dressmaking - Intermediate/ Advanced:

Remote only

8 weeks · ($280) Thursdays 1:00 - 3:30PM · 4/08 - 06/03/21

Many of us would love a “go to” classic dress (or more than one) in our wardrobes. 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.


Recommended Pattern(s): pattern of choice TBD at first class


Instructed by: Jane Headley


Class capped at 12 participants

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