Modest Sewing Patterns

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The McCall Pattern Company headquarters in New York

Headquarted in New York City with additional offices in Kansas, Canada, England and Australia, The McCall Pattern Company is one of the largest home sewing pattern manufacturers in the world. McCall also offers pattern printing services to independent patternmakers. McCall retails several brands, all with modest options.

Simplicity Pattern Company

Simplicity Pattern Company has been manufacturing home sewing patterns since 1927. The founder of the Fashion Belle website was privileged to tour Simplicity's New York offices in 2008, and the scene was much like that at any other clothing company, with designers and merchandisers collaborating around trend inspiration boards and clothing samples. The provided link leads to views of Simplicity's various pattern collections, including New Look and Burda, which are not particularly known for modesty but which offer a broad and frequently updated style selection that dressmakers can alter for more coverage as needed.

Sewing Patterns directory website for many pattern brands

The mega-retailer of sewing patterns online, sells most pattern brands, including independent ones, often with promotional sales. This site is quick to navigate, though links are not always updated, and many of the featured brands offer a larger selection of patterns on their home sites than are available through However, a few brands use this site as their exclusive online pattern outlet for North America.

Favorite Things Pattern Designs

Canadian-based designer and patternmaker Leslie Gladman founded the company Favorite Things with the tagline "patterns that fit." Children's and women's "wearables" make up the majority of patterns offered. A selection of accessory and home decor patterns complete the collection.

Marie-Madeline Studio

A selection of boutique-style clothing patterns are offered at this site. The designs employ creative use of fabric print combinations for a youthful, retro look. Look also for an extensive stock of printed cotton fabrics and an especially cute culotte pattern for girls in sizes 2 to 14.

Decades of Style Pattern Company

This reproduction pattern company has taken some of the most popular vintage patterns and improved them for modern usability with additional sizes and construction information. From the website, "You will find it easier to work with a Decades of Style reproduction than with the original vintage pattern. . . . Our goal is to take the beautiful and amazing clothing designs from 1900 through 1959 (with a main focus on 1920 through 1959) and make these patterns available to anyone."

Sense and Sensibility Patterns

Vintage patterns "with a modern twist" and pattern downloads as well as online interactive and educational features are available from this company. Though these patterns are inspired by vintage styles, many of this company's customers use the patterns to make dresses for wearing for special occasions.

You Can Sew! DVD Set from Modesty Matterns

Using 65 video lessons, a textbook and printable patterns on DVD and CD, the You Can Sew! kit leads beginning sewers from a basic to intermediate sewing level. Some tutorials are available for individual purchase and include modern and vintage dresses, skirts, a split skirt, accessories and swim dresses.

Simply Modest Swimwear Patterns

Make your own modest swimwear with patterns directly from one of the larger modest swimwear companies.

Buckaroo Bobbins Patterns

Historically accurate patterns from the American western frontier are available from this manufacturer, including several patterns for split riding skirts. Be sure to follow links at the bottom of pages to see the full collection. Some of the styles may be available as both a pattern and as ready-to-wear clothing.

Hint of History Vintage-Inspired Patterns

"Vintage-inspired patterns for today," is the tagline for this manufacturer that sells its complete line on its home site. Other pattern retailers also carry selected styles from this collection.

Ringger Clothing patterns

The Ringger family supplies ready-to-wear and offers several of its most popular styles in pattern form, including the versatile peasant top pattern pictured here.

Quick Stitches Swimwear and Culotte Patterns

These swimwear and culottes patterns are among the few like this that you will find from any pattern company. The culottes are available as a pattern or as ready-to-wear.

Common Sense Patterns

This company offers a mixture of classic styles that are still worn today along with some vintage 1980s and 1990s styles. Several special pattern options make this collection worth a look, like a culotte jumper, simple silhouettes with tie-back waistlines, and an extended plus size range and nursing clothing patterns.

Hot Patterns

This family-owned company offers a small collection of women's patterns with classic styling. A few may be used as they are while others require alteration for modesty.