5:30 PM17:30


Rightfully Sewn Founder and President, Jennifer Lapka, moderates a chat with industry influencers Matt Baldwin of Baldwin Denim, Lisa Choules of Elevé Dancewear, and Marion Parke of Marion Parke. They’ll discuss retail design, high-performance dancewear, and daring high heels. Learn how these three use fashion, form, and function to lead, innovate, and thrive in their competitive industry. Paid parking is available in the Nelson-Atkins garage (free for museum members). Join us early for the museum’s cash bar happy hour.

5:30-6:00 PM   Registration
6:00-7:00 PM   Conversation
7:00-7:30 PM   Q&A

Tickets available here! | $15 | $20 at door


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6:00 PM18:00

Keep Moving the Needle: Rightfully Sewn's Inaugural Fundraising Event

Please join us for Rightfully Sewn’s inaugural, annual fundraising event on Giving Tuesday, benefiting their seamstress training and fashion designer residency programs


Susan Cannon, Leslie Fraley, Joan Israelite, Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Tanya Madan, Mara Olney, Patty Vedros, and Vanessa Zambo

Featuring hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from Kansas City’s finest restaurants, garment-making demonstrations by our resident designers, live music by Everett Freeman and The Eclipse, a live auction led by celebrity auctioneer, Yve Rojas, and highly-curated objects from some of the most established local and regional fashion designers

Dress code: Business attire

Tickets are SOLD OUT


Amina Marie Millinery // Anaphora // Asiatica // Burger Fi // Cellar Rat // Crystal Clear Aesthetics at Element Wellness // Coki Bijoux Jewelry and Design // Dear Society // Dolyn Bags, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer // Eden Alley Cafe // Floating KC // Giovanni Rose Design // Golden & Pine // Heidi Herrman, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer // Houndstooth // J. Rieger & Co. // Janesko Jewelry // Katie Lee Bridal, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer // Keefe Cravat // Kimono Art Studio // Ladybird Style Lab // MADI Apparel // Oliver's Hair Salon // Paolini Garment Company // Papa Keno's Pizzeria // Pierpont's // Port Fonda // Sarah Nelsen, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer // Sasha's Baking Co. // Shelby Herrick Salon // Sierra Winter Jewelry // Stockyards Brewing Co. // The Jacobson // The Shepherd's Mill // Therapy Threads // ULAH // Whitney Manney, Rightfully Sewn Resident Designer

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1:00 PM13:00

Fashion Forward: Look to the Past to Inform the Future

 Photo Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri

Photo Credit: The State Historical Society of Missouri

Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Are you a fashion designer or manufacturer? Do you love Kansas City’s rich Garment District history? We go inside the industry at our inaugural Fashion Forward event, examining the effective business practices behind a local enterprise that employed thousands and supplied the nation with high-quality clothing in its 20th-century heyday.

The afternoon begins with a screening of A Stitch in Time, Terence O’Malley’s documentary about the city’s greatest fashion entrepreneur, Nell Donnelly Reed. O’Malley then joins a discussion with individuals who have worked in various Garment District capacities: Suzie Aron, Barbara Bloch, Murline Hayes, and Carl Puritz. Rightfully Sewn founder Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer moderates. A reception follows. 

Presented by Missouri Bank.

RSVP for your complimentary tickets here           


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5:30 PM17:30

Rightfully Sewn Presents Fashion Designer Jeremy Scott Appearing With His Documentary


Part of Rightfully Sewn's mission is to propel Kansas City fashion designers to market, so we are absolutely thrilled to partner with KC Filmfest to present fashion designer Jeremy Scott appearing with his documentary, Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer. A native of Kansas City, he studied fashion design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in the 90s, went on to show under his own label in Paris and then New York, and since 2013 has also been at the creative helm of the Italian luxury house, Moschino. Between the screening of his documentary and the Q&A session following, our local designers will benefit greatly from hearing his experiences and advice.

Event timeline
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

5:30-6:30 pm red carpet
7:00 pm documentary screening
Immediately following Q&A session with Jeremy led by Rightfully Sewn founder, Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer

Cinemark Palace on the Plaza, 526 Nichols Road, Kansas City, MO 64112

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased through KC Filmfest website starting on Tuesday, April 5. Ticket supplies will be very limited. 


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6:00 PM18:00

2016 Scholarship Winners Celebration Event

Part of Rightfully Sewn’s mission is to propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for affordable, high-quality, American-produced garments. We are therefore pleased to introduce the five winners of our inaugural Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™ scholarship competition, which was made possible by the generous contribution of a private donor and a partnership with Women’s Business Center.

Ami Beck
Heidi Herrman
Whitney Manney
Sarah Nelsen
Kate Nickols

Join us to celebrate their success and learn more about their design practice.
Anaphora, Prairiefire, 5601 W. 135th Street, Suite 2210, Overland Park, KS 66223

Event Agenda
6:00-7:00 pm, shopping with 10% of each sale benefiting Rightfully Sewn programs
7:00-7:20 pm, brief remarks featuring the five designers and key Rightfully Sewn partners
7:20-9:00 pm, appetizers, drinks, music, and photo opportunities

To RSVP for this free event, click here.

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Fashion Designer Professional Development Seminar and Fabric Tradeshow, benefitting Rightfully Sewn
to Oct 17

Fashion Designer Professional Development Seminar and Fabric Tradeshow, benefitting Rightfully Sewn

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Fabric Tradeshow Only - $20

Designer Seminar Only - $50

Fabric Tradeshow and Designer Seminar - $65

Student Fabric Tradeshow and Designer Seminar - $45 


Rightfully Sewn is proud to provide the following opportunities to Fashion Designers, Professional Seamstresses, Home Sewers, Students, and Sewn Product Manufacturers in Kansas City and the Midwest region:

Two-day fabric tradeshow featuring fabrics, notions, and trims at showroom prices from The Sourcing District (Friday, October 16 and Saturday, 17 from 10am - 6pm)

The Sourcing District is a national industry leader in providing garment construction necessities. Jay Arbetman started his career at 14 years old as a “picker” at his parent’s coat factory in Chicago. He travels the country connecting clients with a wide selection of quality fabrics with continuity from a wide range of suppliers. His offerings will also include notions, labels, hang tags, size tabs, care labels, custom printed trims, zippers, buttons, hardware, and more.

Full-day professional development seminar featuring fashion development and production company, V.Mora (Saturday, October 17 from 10am - 5pm) 

Anna Livermore founded V. Mora in 2008 out of a passion for helping new and emerging designers. What started as a one-woman operation out of Anna’s Chicago apartment grew to a staff of 12 with offices in two cities and clients all over America. She has perfected the process of launching a fashion line by working with the country’s best pattern makers, fabric vendors, sample makers, production managers, manufacturers, models, and photographers.

Topics will include: 
• General overview of nation's current fashion industry
• Common challenges fashion designers face
• Developing and marketing your brand
• Client relationships
• Getting your line to market
• Sourcing: from fabrics to factories
• Working with manufacturers

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