Fashion Belle is a company founded by an apparel patternmaker who has worked for private clients and corporations and is now bringing well-fitting patterns to the home sewing audience. In addition to offering patterns, the goal of Fashion Belle is to promote modest clothing resources of all kinds. Site visitors may use the modest clothing shopping guide to find women's ready-to-wear clothing or select sewing patterns to create custom designs. Resource links are selected based on relevance to modern fashion trends and a minimum level of modesty (necklines near the collar bone, sleeves of any length and hemlines below the knee).
An exclusive line of sewing patterns is in development right now with sizing based on Size USA data for an exceptional fit and OptiTex pattern software for clean, precise layouts. Nearing 2013 now, the foundation is in place for the logistics of printing and packaging patterns, and design is underway for the launch of an initial collection. I live in the United States and will for the third time in 2013 return to work for my state's congress during the spring legislative session. This job brings me in contact with hundreds of ambitious students ages fifteen to nineteen who come for week-long internships. The teens help keep me informed of cultural and fashion trends. Part of my job involves enforcing a dress code for the young women, which has made feel on the ground level of issues surrounding modesty in today's culture. Because of this job obligation, pattern work slows during spring. Looking several years ahead, my goal is to be able to work on patterns full time and release new patterns regularly throughout the year.
Belle is the feminine form of the French word for "beautiful" and is often used to refer to a beautiful lady, especially the most beautiful one in the room. The "e" is silent in French, so belle is pronounced the same as a musical bell or the Liberty Bell. Bella is a popular variation that comes from the Italian and Latin words for beautiful. Since this is a fashion company, I chose the French form, belle, because of the historic center for haute couture (high dressmaking) in Paris.
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