This may be helpful to anyone who likes to sew in the RI, Conn., and Mass. areas. URI offers it’s Continueing Ed. Master Seamstress Program each Fall and this is it’s 19th year!!! Diane Martin offers a wonderful year long program beginning with a unit on fitting patterns to YOUR measurements and continues on with a tailored blazer made from the basic fitting sloper you’ve just learned how to do. The final unit covers a wide range of different types of fabrics and info needed to handle them. You choose a project of your choice using one of them.
I took this course several years ago and learned SO much, even after having sewn for 30 years! Fitting the basic pattern was especially helpful as no others programs that I had taken really did. Sharing all this with 11 others in the class was great as we watched what happened as EACH of us was fitted properly. Talk about your light-bulb moments!!
Classes are due to start in a couple of weeks and info about the program did not make it into their usual publicity this time, so there is still room in the program. There is also a part 2 program with many specific topic offerings lasting one semester each.
If youd like more info, check this out: http://www.uri.edu/hss/tmd/master seamstress program.htm
I’ve checked out a lot of great info on this gatherings site and mentioned the master seamstress program before and had many questions, so hope this helps even more!