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A Message of Thanksgiving: Join Us and Donate a Dress to Women in Need

A Message of Thanksgiving: Join Us and Donate a Dress to Women in Need

During this time of year, I try, with varying degrees of success, to slow down and savor the season. To enjoy the lights adorning homes in our neighborhood, to be grateful for our many blessings and to communicate that gratitude with others, and to give with generosity.

Starting this business has been an honor and a joy. It's stretched and challenged my mind in new ways, it's pushed me out of my comfort zone more than I thought possible, it's shown my children the magic of entrepreneurship, and - most importantly - it's given me an opportunity to meet and build or deepen friendships with so many amazing women. J. Margaret Weaver customers are the best ladies out there - you are kind, gracious, giving of your time, honest with your feedback, and wicked smart. It is such a neat community to be part of and I'm proud to know each of you. Thank you for your continued support, encouragement, and ideas over the past year and a half. It means so much to me.

I wanted to try something a little different this holiday season. As I was going through my closet and packing up suits that are no longer worn (a mix of COVID + two babies), I created a donation pile specific for "Dress for Success" in Kansas City. If you aren't familiar with their organization, Dress for Success provides women in need with free, professional clothing to wear for interviews or for work so they can look and dress the part, which can provide a huge boost of confidence! Typically, women go in to pick out clothes before going straight to a job interview. In my experience, having a great outfit can boost your confidence which is crucial before job interview!

If you'd like to get involved, I've got two options for you:

1. Donate Your Clothing: If you are in the KC area and would like to donate gently-used professional work clothing, I'd love to pick it up and drop it off for you. Simply reply to this email and we'll coordinate a pickup. This option is available through December 24, and as a thank you for donating, you'll receive a $25 J. Margaret Weaver gift card.

2. Donate a Dress: We also have the option to donate some of our bestselling Barbara dresses to Dress for Success. If you'd like to participate, simply contribute using the link below. You can contribute in increments of $25, up to $195 for one dress. As a thank you, I will match every donation dollar-for-dollar so we can double our impact, and you will receive a $25 J. Margaret Weaver gift card. Details on the results of "Donate a Dress" will be shared the week after Christmas.


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  • Oct 23, 2023

    I saw you Barbara dress when I was at Rightdulky Sewn last week. I love this dress! Do you make it in navy? Or any other colors?
    Plus I would love to talk with you about your company. I work at St. Teresa’s Academy, an all girls Catholic high school. I had 6 of our students at Rightfully Sewn, at a 3-day Interim Class before their 2nd semester started this week. Cynthia Westbrook, Sandra Romero and Lacey Daniels we’re SO wonderful. They told me about you. I would love to see if you would have any interest in talking with our students in our entrepreneurship class about your journey starting your company. The girls learned about sustainable clothing vs. fast fashion and also just wages, etc. so excited about our partnership with this organization!
    Hope to connect with you in the future!
    Paula Holmquist

    — Paula Holmquist

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