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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OPEN SEW, $65

2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. starting January 11

Only 10 places in each session!

Do you have sewing projects that are halfway finished? Do you have a pile of garments you’ve been meaning to mend or alter?

Join us for an open studio concept where students can bring their own projects, use our state-of-the-art sewing machines, and receive instruction where needed regarding pattern drafting, garment construction, alterations, and tailoring.

Participants will have access to our sewing and production studio including:

  • Programmable/automatic Brother industrial straight-stitch sewing machines,

  • Traditional/non-automatic JUKI industrial straight-stitch sewing machines,

  • Janome School Mate 7330 and HD-3000 straight-stitch home sewing machines,

  • JUKI industrial serger,

  • Babylock and Jamone home sergers,

  • Coverstitch and blindstitch sewing machines,

  • Two 12’ long cutting tables,

  • Ironing station featuring professional grade iron and ironing board with build in steamer,

  • Dress forms; male size 38 and female size 8, and

  • Two fitting rooms featuring full-length mirrors, hanging hooks, stool, and ample space for client fittings.

Students must provide their own sewing kit and fabric for sewing projects.

While all skill levels are welcome, the sewing machines you may use are subject to safety training and instructor approval. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge at the start of class.

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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BEGINNER’S print DESIGN FOR FABRIC, $139

Tuesday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 29 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Do you want to create custom graphic designs for fabric to use in a garment or sewing project? Join us for a hands-on introductory course that will teach you the fundamentals of graphic printmaking for fabric.

This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding about basic graphic prints and patterns, the history of graphic print design for the fashion industry, modes of application, and the creation process for use in a personal collection, or in the  home or apparel industry. No prior knowledge necessary.

Only 10 places!

Students will:

  • Learn about the creation of graphic prints and patterns and their practical application to a variety of textiles.

  • Begin a basic sketchbook collection for inspiration, color palette creation, print mood board creation, and their relevance in the fashion industry.

  • Become familiar with basic print and pattern creation and their uses in small and large scale apparel business, as well as a brief introduction to traditional repeat pattern applications throughout history and their relevance to the modern fashion industry.

  • Develop a basic understanding of print creation, practical understanding and utilization in personal collections and industry.

Basic drawing/painting materials and sketchbooks will be provided.

This class is being taught by Charlotte Munyard, an artist and print designer for Lilly Pulitzer with 7+ years industry experience and a Fibers and Textiles graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design.


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FASHION INTENSIVE: SEWING FOR BEGINNERS, $139

Saturday, March 9 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

Friday, March 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 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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2-DAY TEACHER WORKSHOP, $325

Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on both days.

Are you a middle- or high-school sewing educator looking to align your skills and curriculum with fashion industry standards?

Join us for a two-day workshop designed to help educators polish their technical abilities in preparation for increased Family and Consumer Sciences curricula. Previous sewing machine and garment construction experience is essential.

Only 10 places!

Teachers will:

  • Learn basic pattern drafting and draping of a skirt and/or pants;

  • Advance knowledge of industrial sewing machine functions, parts, and maintenance; and

  • Become knowledgeable about many types of fabric.

Basic fabric for product development and sewing machines will be provided; participants must provide their own sewing kit and fabric for sewing projects. A shopping list will be provided.

Teachers will have access to the following machines and equipment:

  • Programmable/automatic Brother industrial straight-stitch sewing machines,

  • Traditional/non-automatic JUKI industrial straight-stitch sewing machines,

  • Janome School Mate 7330 and HD-3000 straight-stitch home sewing machines,

  • JUKI industrial serger,

  • Babylock and Jamone home sergers,

  • Coverstitch and blindstitch sewing machines,

  • Ironing station featuring professional grade iron and ironing board with build in steamer,

Continental breakfast will be provided. We can provide lunch and hotel recommendations. There will be a Dutch dinner out on Friday night.

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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EARLY RISER FASHION DESIGNER SERIES, $280 PER SECTION

Saturday mornings, January to May from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Do you want to polish your technical abilities or correct fit issues in your personal collection or fashion line?

Then join us for one or more of the below sections through which students will deepen their knowledge of advanced fashion design techniques. Perfect for high school and adult designers looking to elevate their garment-making skills to a more professional level. Previous sewing machine and garment construction experience are essential.

Sewing machines (industrial machines, sergers, coverstitch, and blindstitch) will be provided; students must provide their own sewing kit and fabric for sewing projects. A shopping list will be provided.

Each section 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.

Skirts - Saturdays, January 5 to January 26 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Only 10 places!

Students will:

  • Learn basic pattern-making techniques, which include flat pattern and draping;

  • Develop master skirt sloper; and

  • Design a skirt to fit and sew.


Pants - Saturdays, February 9 to March 2 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Only 10 places!

Students will:

  • Learn basic pattern-making techniques, which include flat pattern and draping;

  • Develop master pant sloper; and

  • Design a pant to fit and sew.


Bodices (tops, shirts) - Saturdays, March 16 to April 6 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Only 10 places!

Students will:

  • Learn basic pattern-making techniques, which include flat pattern and draping;

  • Develop master bodice sloper; and

  • Design a bodice to fit and sew.


Dresses - Saturdays, April 20 to May 11 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Only 10 places!

Students will:

  • Learn basic pattern-making techniques, which include flat pattern and draping;

  • Develop master dress sloper; and

  • Design a dress to fit and sew.


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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.

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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