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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.

Sewing Modest Dresses for Little Girls

Variations on Kwik Sew Pattern 3944 (K3944)

(Photo © 2012 Fashion Belle) Shopping for girls' modest dresses may be easier than shopping for women's modest styles, but the challenge is growing as elements of immodesty are being pushed into the clothing market for increasingly younger ages (reference this scholarly research from Sex Roles journal, Sexy clothes: too much, too young).

Rag Doll Making

Home-sewn rag dolls

Lifelike rag dolls are becoming scarce in the children's doll market that is dominated by molded plastic pieces. Hand-crafted fabric dolls are more costly to manufacture than molded plastic, so that is why sewing your own rag dolls for the little girls in your life may be the next hobby on your list. Rag dolls are soft all over and therefore more cuddly than dolls made from plastic. They also help encourage imaginative play by avoiding the beauty stereotypes that are a risk with plastic dolls that exaggerate human ideals of beauty.

Resewing Favorite Clothes

Long-sleeved dress shirt made into a short-sleeved summer shirt

Clothes we have loved and worn for years sometimes have wear left in them but no longer suit our needs as well as they once did. Such was the case with a long-sleeved Ann Taylor blouse, shown at left. This blouse was one I had purchased to wear with a black suit or tucked into skirts, but my wardrobe has gradually shifted away from tucked-in shirts, and I now prefer no-collar tops with suits. The blouse was made from a superior quality of cotton, so I combined it with portions of the sleeves of another fine cotton blouse that had also grown unused because of its overall style.

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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...