2016 - 2017 Meeting Schedule

Rhode Island Sewing Network meetings provide a social and educational forum for individuals
to get together. Whether you are a professional or hobby sewer, you are sure to meet some very interesting
people and learn something new, too!


OCTOBER 4, 2016
Tailoring Through the Years
Join the Rhode Island Sewing Network on October 4 as we hear from experienced Master Seamstress instructors on
the history of tailoring.  Mabel Wagner, Jane Headley and Catherine Stevens have prepared a fun and educational
 evening for the group.  Approximately 600 students have learned the tried and true tailoring methods under Mabel’s
 tutelage. In those 30 years the styles have changed but what goes on inside the jacket has remained constant. Mabel
will be showing samples of the various aspects of classical tailoring and talking about the process. Catherine Stevens
(MSI graduate) will be projecting images on screen of past students’ work to follow along with Mabel’s talk. Jane Headley
 (MSI graduate) will talk about how fashion has changed in that time. If you have taken the MSI class please bring or
wear your jacket(s) to the meeting.


NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Cashmerette Patterns and the Curvy Sewing Collection

Jenny Rushmore is the Boston-based founder of Cashmerette Patterns, the first sewing patterns designed exclusively
for curves, in sizes 12 - 28, and cup sizes from C - H. Jenny is passionate about the power of sewing fantastically fitting
 clothes to transform women's relationships to their bodies, having experienced the journey to body positivity herself.
The average US woman is a size 14 and a DD bust, but for years has been under-served by sewing patterns. Jenny
decided to meet this huge unmet need by creating modern patterns  thoughtfully drafted for curvy and plus size
women, and spanning a much larger set of sizes. In the first year of Cashmerette Patterns, Jenny has launched 6
patterns, and has plans for many more. 

At the RISN event, Jenny will be talking about how she set up her pattern company, the challenges and rewards,
and where she hopes to take the brand in the future. She will also have a range of patterns, fabric kits, and s
ketchbooks available for sale.


DECEMBER 6, 2016
Serging for the Holidays

Some of you may know Nancy from her years of working as a professional sales consultant and educator
for Sewing Machine Centers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She has completed Master Seamstress I and II.
Nancy teaches "Sergers, the Basics and More  in the Master Seamstress II program. Serge a Wardrobe, a follow
up to this class, will be offered in the Winter Spring semester this year. .She  often shared her latest creations at
our "Show & Share" as well. Therefore we have asked Nancy to share some of her favorite serger projects for our
December meeting. With basic serger stitches and techniques you can quickly and easily create holiday themed
gifts  Decorative and specialty threads make elegant finishes on home decorating projects. She is looking forward to
sharing her love of sergers with us.

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MARCH 7, 2017
Pricing for Sewing and Design Business Professionals



The root issue for all entrepreneurs: how to earn a living working for yourself. If you’re thinking of leaving the security
of earning a paycheck by working for someone else - it’s up to you alone to find a way to build a business and be
fairly compensated. Focusing on the issues facing someone new to a sewing and design business, we’ll explore the
elements of the pricing formula, outline the expenses that an hourly rate must cover, lay the groundwork that will allow
your business to grow. From there I’ll present options and tools for creating a price list for alterations and estimating
custom projects.

Janee Connor has owned and operated her custom sewing and alterations business, Janee’s Originals, outside of Boston
for 25 years, following a career in retail management. Her approach to pricing has its roots in the retail math learned in
the executive training programs at Sears and Jordan Marsh, and has been refined by seminars and programs offered
for sewing businesses over the years. A charter member  of ASDP, Janee has served on the New England Chapter
board and the national board. In late 2015, her part-time position as fabric/customer service specialist and
database manager for a mail-order fabric company ended when the business was sold, creating the opportunity for
Janee to devote more time in the studio to grow her business, adding teaching sewing to her schedule.  


APRIL 4, 2017
Digital Fabric Printing
Green Park Studios is a custom fabric printing business located in Andover, MA.  It was started by Lisa DiAntonio, a
graduate of UMass Lowell and Simmons College.  Lisa, an avid photographer and sewer, took a photo of the Boston
 Marathon finish line from a hotel window high above the street, and she wanted to print her image on cotton to make
a pillow.  Unable to find a printer, nearby, and after discovering the technology of digital fabric printing, Lisa and her
 husband, David, decided to start their own digital fabric printing business.  Green Park Studio launched in April of 2015.

In her presentation, Lisa will talk about the technical aspects of digital fabric printing and the industry in general.  She will
talk about the types of printers, types of inks, and the process of digitally printing on fabric, including machine calibration,
 color matching, different fabrics, machine costs and more.  After giving a background of the industry and the process,
Lisa will talk about how you can design your own fabrics.  She will go over a couple of methods of how you can create
your own repeat with an image you may have, how to design a pillow in Adobe Illustrator, and how to design a fabric
dinner napkin using free online software.  Lisa will also show you her web site, and how you can upload your own images
for print on fabric.  She will also bring samples of her fabrics with her.  Lastly she will answer any questions you may have
 about digital fabric printing.



MAY 2, 2017
Pattern Review
Deepika Prakash, started PatternReview.com in 2001 as a place for sewers to meet and discuss their sewing projects.
Over the last 10+ years the site has evolved into a global community with 380,000+ members in over 20 countries. 
In addition to reviews and discussions of sewing products the site also features sewing classes taught by published
instructors who have decades of sewing experience.
 In October 2010, the book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips was
 published and all royalties from the sale of this book are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since its
 launch, PatternReview.com has been featured in many newspapers and magazines.  Please join RISN for this special
 opportunity to hear Deepika speak about her experiences and the successes of her business.

All meetings begin at 7pm


Refreshments are provided at all meetings and members are needed to provide baked goods or appetizers as well as help with setting up and
cleaning up. In order to insure that ample refreshments are available RISN is implementing a calendar for members to follow. The first letter of your last
name determines the monthly meeting for which you are requested to support refreshments. Any member providing refreshments will receive an additional
raffle ticket for the meeting raffle.
October: A – D
November: E – H
December: I – M
March: N – P
April: Q – S
May: T - Z

All comments regarding refreshments are welcome.
A great big thank you to all who brought refreshments to our meetings last year!

Items for Sale!
Any member with craft or supply items for sale is encouraged to set a table at any of our meetings.


The Greenwich Club
5426 Post Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

photo courtesy of The Greenwich Club

I-95 North to Exit 8A - RI 2 Quaker Lane
Take the first left onto Division Road
Continue on 1st Ave for approximately 2 miles
Turn right onto Main Street - US 1
Continue for 0.8 miles
The Greenwich Club will be on your left.

I-95 South to Exit 9 - RI 4 South
Take the first exit, Exit 8 - RI 401
Turn right onto Division Road
Continue on 1st Ave for approximately 2 miles
Turn right onto Main Street - US 1
Continue for 0.8 miles
The Greenwich Club will be on your left.