Rightfully Sewn is laying a path to a contemporary version of Kansas City’s 20th-Century golden era of garment design and manufacturing.



Rightfully Sewn provides seamstress training for women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments.

guiding principles

equity, diversity, accessibility, acclivity, positivity, efficacy

impact statement

Rightfully Sewn creates jobs and opportunity through the business of fashion.

Key Strategies

A. Empower women by teaching them a trade and assisting them with job placement, thereby elevating them out of a systemic situation

B. Cultivate Kansas City fashion designers through competitive, two-year long residencies and access to fabric trade shows, professional development workshops, speaker series, documentary screenings, and other related events

C. Offer small batch garment production services, including pattern making, sample sewing, sourcing assistance, production management, and more

D. Foster a well-connected, efficient fashion design and manufacturing community by hosting an online Industry Directory and Jobs Board


Without community support for women with barriers to employment, 67% of at-risk women will relapse to their harmful situations within three years. The seamstress training and placement model Rightfully Sewn is proposing is timely and promising. Women’s Employment Network looks forward to a potential partnership because we can bring our proven expertise to their table. Together, we can provide more options for our city’s at-risk women population with the goal of positively impacting a systemic situation.
— Sherry Turner, Women’s Employment Network
I started sewing dance leotards in my basement...fast-forward five years, I’m shipping them worldwide from my Crossroads location. I would scale my business if it weren’t for the serious skills gap that exists in Kansas City - and across our country. We need seamstresses who are fully trained on industrial sewing machines.
— Lisa Choules, Elevé Dancewear
I used to think I had to move to the coasts to be able to work full-time in my chosen fashion profession. But I’ve made a wonderful life for myself in Kansas City, and I want to stay here. So do my peers. We just need more support and access to cutting edge production technology.
— Whitney Manney, Fashion Designer

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