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Welcome, sewing pattern enthusiasts! Things have been busy in 2014 at the home office of Fashion Belle. I had hoped that the launch of my sewing patterns for women would occur by early fall, but so far the work is still in progress. Half of this year has been taken with contract employment with other companies, and beyond that most of my spare time has been donated to unexpected home repairs and aiding 14 refugees who were settling in my area. Please keep checking back for progress on the pattern collection, and also use the tabs above to explore reviews of hundreds of other companies that provide modest clothing and sewing patterns.

History of Cosmetics

Cosmetic set of Ancient kohl tube with applicator and tweezers, razor, mirror and sharpening stone

While browsing through a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas USA, in 2012, I saw an array of cosmetics tools on display from around the 2nd century BC and was impressed by how these items reveal the long history of cosmetics use. The worldwide cosmetics industry in the 21st century AD is vast, but records of cosmetics usage exist from the earliest excavations thousands of years ago.

International Import Basics for Small Fashion Businesses

Delivery of a Poly Star Lady foam mannequin from Germany via FedEx Express

When I asked my boss once about attending the Premiere Vision fabric show to source fine Italian and other imported fabrics, he told me that the "landed" cost of those fabrics would be prohibitive. His price sensitivity and resulting commitment to use local goods whenever possible struck me because I knew his evening gowns retailed at $5,000 each on average (double that if beaded). Yet, most of the silks and stretch velvets he used cost less than $20 per yard, and I was told to keep a careful watch on prices for other materials for which I shopped.

Realistic Mannequins for Fashion Photography

Poly Star Lady flexible foam mannequin from Poly Form

Photographing clothing is usually a fun job for entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. Visual merchandising brings together all of a designer's creativity into an aspirational image for the consumer, and the success of that presentation can add tremendously to clothing sales. Shown first are the Polyform manufacturer's photos of the Poly Star Lady flexible foam mannequin I selected, after research spanning more than a year, for use in photography for Fashion Belle sewing pattern designs.

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New Clothing Reviews

Modest and Modern

Handmade, modest and modern are the three rules that guide this home-based dressmaking company. Several ready-to-wear styles are...

Christian Modesty

Taylor Willett offers her Bible-based views on modesty and posts pictures of ideas for outfit variations within the plain clothes...

The Virtuous Closet

This online retailer of various brands stocks a range of styles to please almost any level of modesty and fashion-forward trend desired...