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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2-DAY TEACHER WORKSHOP, $325

Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 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 draping techniques to create a skirt and/or pants;

  • Learn basic flat pattern drafting of a bodice;

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

  • Become knowledgeable about many types of fabric; and

  • Learn from their peers classroom management techniques, assignment ideas, and more.

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; and

  • Ironing station featuring professional grade iron and ironing board with built-in steamer.

Continental breakfast will be provided. We can provide lunch and hotel recommendations. If so desired, there may 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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Production preparation, $65

Saturday, October 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Are you a fashion entrepreneur looking to outsource production? Do you have an idea for a garment but are unsure how to take it from concept to consumer?

Join us for an informative session that will arm you with industry-standard tools and knowledge to successfully engage a production factory to create your garments. We will walk through the design and production process for Rightfully Sewn’s LBD as a learning tool. This class is important for entrepreneurs looking to scale their business or hand-off production, and want to ensure consistent sizing and quality across their fashion line.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to compile a comprehensive tech pack that includes order of operations, seam finishes, seam allowances, hem widths, cut lists, and more,

  • Develop a size chart for a fashion brand,

  • Receive instruction on how to develop a master sloper, grade a garment, and prepare production patterns,

  • Learn industry terminology for production and resources to source fabric and notions,

  • Develop a cost sheet for a garment,

  • Understand how to properly project fabric yardage for production, and

  • Learn about Rightfully Sewn’s small batch production facility.

Participants will leave the session with a suite of materials and tools to confidently walk into any production house.

This class is being taught by the Rightfully Sewn Production Team: Pamela Lucas, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Sarah Watts, Production and Operations Manager. Pamela is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and has over 20 years of teaching experience. Sarah Watts 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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DECONSTRUCTION/RECONSTRUCTION, $139

Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Are you ready to breathe new life into a treasured garment? Do you desire to transform thrifted apparel into sophisticated sartorial finds?

Bring two to four garments to this hands-on workshop through which you will learn how to properly deconstruct and re-purpose apparel. We’ll also share tips to scout items primed for re-purposing. Ten to twelve months sewing experience required.

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 learn:

  • How to piece apart and alter a garment,

  • Tips to design with thrifted or re-purposed garments and fabric,

  • Patching and mending techniques for function and embellishment, and

  • Hand sewing and machine sewing techniques for embellishment.

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

This class is being taught by Rightfully Sewn Instructor Nina Littrell. She is a graduate of Kansas City Art Institute where she studied textiles and garment construction. Nina is a Kansas City-based fashion designer who is interested in merging art and fashion.


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FASHION INTENSIVE: SEWING FOR BEGINNERS, $139

Saturday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to noon

Do you want an entry-level class 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 garments. This class is perfect for the aspiring sewist who has been curious to try sewing or the self-taught sewist who 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 Instructor Nina Littrell. She is a graduate of Kansas City Art Institute where she studied textiles and garment construction. Nina is Kansas City-based fashion designer who is interested in merging art and fashion.


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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