PUBLIC SEWING and fashion design CLASSEs

View below our continually-updated roster of sewing and design classes for
youth, adults, and fashion entrepreneurs.

Payment plans and gift certificates available, and we welcome class topic and time suggestions. Contact Godfrey Riddle, Vice President of External Affairs, at Godfrey.Riddle@RightfullySewn.org or 816-442-8078.


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FASHION INTENSIVE: SEWING FOR BEGINNERS, $139

Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to noon

Do you want an entry-level lesson on sewing and garment construction? Do you have a sewing machine but are uncertain how to use it?

Join us for a hands-on introductory course that will teach you the foundational skills needed to construct simple textile items including home goods and apparel. This class is perfect for the aspiring sewist who has been curious to try sewing or the self-taught sewist that would like to increase their knowledge and technical skill set.

Only 10 places!

Students will work on Janome HD-3000 and School Mate 7330 straight-stitch home sewing machines and Janome and Babylock home sergers.

Students will:

  • Cut and sew a tote bag,

  • Learn sewing vocabulary including sewing machine parts and apparel construction terminology,

  • Learn how to thread and operate a conventional sewing machine including trouble-shooting common issues,

  • Receive instruction on how to read a commercial sewing pattern,

  • Learn basic techniques to create sewn products including how to pin and cut fabric and order of operations for construction, and

  • Receive a complimentary Rightfully Sewn sewing pattern for a tote bag to continue sewing at home.

Basic sewing supplies will be provided. A shopping list will be provided.

This class is being taught by Rightfully Sewn Production and Operations Manager. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University and has more than 7 years of experience in the industry and teaching.


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BOW TIE MAKING 101, $90

Saturday, June 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Do you want to add custom flare to your wardrobe? Do you want to give a unique gift for Father’s Day or to a stylish loved one?

Learn about the fundamentals of fabric selection and construction to craft beautiful, custom bow ties. Students will work on Janome HD-3000 and School Mate 7330 straight-stitch home sewing machines to construct a bow tie by the end of class.

Only 10 places!

Students will:

  • Receive tips on fabric selection to understand how to pick the best print and/or fabric for bowties

  • Learn how to custom size their bow tie,

  • Receive a complimentary bow tie pattern to continue sewing at home, and

  • Cut and sew a bow tie.

Fee includes exclusive Rightfully Sewn artisan fabric from which you may choose to make your bow tie. Basic sewing materials will be provided for in-class use.

This class is being taught by Jordan Williams, Founder and Owner of neckwear line Keefe Cravat, with more than 5 years of experience creating high-end, custom neckwear for men.


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FASHION DESIGNER summer BOOTCAMP, $350

Ages 7 to 13: 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12
Ages 14 to 17: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26

Are you an aspiring fashion designer? Do you want to learn how to sew? Are you curious about ways to become involved in Kansas City’s fashion community?

Join us for a hands-on bootcamp experience that will teach you the foundational skills needed to construct simple textile items and highlight for you the path to become a fashion designer. The camp will also include special guest speakers from Kansas City’s fashion community.

Only 10 places per session!

Students will:

  • Learn how to operate a sewing machine, use a pattern, and sew garments;

  • Sew one garment that is emblematic of their fashion brand and showcase it via a fashion show for family;

  • Use creative and problem-solving skills to expand their imagination, and

  • Hear from industry professionals about how to prepare for careers in fashion.

Basic fabric for product development and Janome School Mate 7330 and HD-3000 straight-stitch home sewing machines will be provided; students must provide their own sewing kit and fabric for sewing projects. A shopping list will be provided.

Course fee includes lunch each day.

Perfect for children in 2nd through 12th grades. No experience required but sewing machine experience helpful.

This class is being taught by Rightfully Sewn Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Pamela Lucas. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and has over 20 years of teaching experience.


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BAG-MAKING & WOODWORKING 101, $225

First Session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24 at Maker Village
Second Session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 31 at Rightfully Sewn

Do you dream of making beautiful, custom bags or purses? Are you a fan of handcrafted accessories? Are you curious about woodworking or sewing?

Join Maker Village and Rightfully Sewn as we team up to lead students in the creation of a signature bag or purse with handcrafted wooden handles. The two-part, hands-on course will teach students introductory woodworking and sewing skills.

Only 10 places!

FIRST SESSION: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24 at Maker Village

Students will meet at Maker Village to construct their wooden handles using the tools listed below. The class will teach students introductory woodworking to include guidance on how to position hands during a cut, when (and when not) to wear gloves, how to position the materials being held, and more. Before coming to the class, please read through and sign the Waiver, Release of Liability Form.

Wood Machines

  • SawStop 3 HP Single Phase Professional Cabinet Saw w/36" T-Glide Fence

  • 6” Quill Drill Press - Powermatic PM2800B

  • 12” Double Bevel Sliding Miter Saw - Bosch GCM12SD

  • 20” Helical Head Planer - Jet JWP-208HH

  • 8" Powermatic Jointer with Helical Cutterhead - PJ-882HH

Wood Power Tools

  • 2.25HP Router - Bosch 1617 - Fixed & Plunge base or Router Table

  • Oscillating Tool - Bosch MX25A

  • 5” Round Orbital and 4” Square Palm Sanders

  • Jig Saw - Dewalt DW317-1

 WORKSHOP & OPEN SHOP POLICIES:

  • Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • No loose or dangling hair, clothing or jewelry can be worn in the shop.

  • Shop temperature fluctuates, wear layers. Wear jeans if metalworking.

  • Must be 18+ to participate in workshops or open shop (16+ if attending with an adult).

  • If for any reason Maker Village KC needs to cancel a class or workshop, you will be notified and refunded.

Maker Village Address: 606 E. 31st Street, Kansas City, MO 64109

Parking: Free street parking on 31st and Cherry streets.

Public Transit: Maker Village is accessible through RideKC. For more information or to plan your trip, visit ridekc.org/ or use the Google Maps iphone/android app.


SECOND SESSION: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, August 31 at Rightfully Sewn

Students will meet at Rightfully Sewn to sew their cloth bag or purse and finish their accessory. The class will teach students introductory sewing vocabulary and foundational skills needed to construct simple textile items.

Students will work on Janome HD-3000 and School Mate 7330 straight-stitch home sewing machines and Janome and Babylock home sergers.

Students will:

  • Cut and sew a bag or purse,

  • Learn sewing vocabulary including sewing machine parts and apparel construction terminology,

  • Learn how to thread and operate a conventional sewing machine including trouble-shooting common issues,

  • Receive instruction on how to read a commercial sewing pattern, and

  • Learn basic techniques to create sewn products including how to pin and cut fabric and order of operations for construction.

Fabric and basic sewing supplies will be provided.

Rightfully Sewn Address: 1800 Wyandotte Street, Suite 204, Kansas City, MO 64108

Parking: Free street parking on 18th and Wyandotte streets. Please do not park in the lots south of Rightfully Sewn because non-stickered cars will be towed.

Building Access: Enter through the south doors as the street-facing doors are kept locked. Rightfully Sewn is on the second level on the west side of the building. There is a staircase on the east side of the building and an elevator at the west side of the building.

Public Transit: Rightfully Sewn is accessible through RideKC. For more information or to plan your trip, visit ridekc.org/ or use the Google Maps iphone/android app.


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ONE-ON-ONE SEWING LESSONs, $65 per hour

Two-hour sessions available by appointment.

Are you an aspiring sewist who dreams of making their own garments? Do you want to refine your tailoring skills or develop custom patterns?

We are pleased to offer private lessons in advanced fashion design techniques for sewists who want to build their mastery of womenswear and menswear garment construction. Perfect for individuals with previous sewing experience who want to make samples or patterns for their design business or looking for instruction in draping or basic tailoring techniques.

Advanced private lessons are taught by Rightfully Sewn Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Pamela Lucas. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and has over 20 years of teaching experience.

To inquire about one-on-one lessons, please contact Godfrey Riddle, Vice President of External Affairs, at godfrey.riddle@rightfullysewn.org or 816-442-8078.


Payment plans and gift certificates available, and we welcome class topic and time suggestions. Contact Godfrey Riddle, Vice President of External Affairs, at Godfrey.Riddle@RightfullySewn.org or 816-442-8078.


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info@rightfullysewn.org, 816-491-8136