Modest Sewing Patterns

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L.J. Designs sewing patterns that flatter a mature figure

Three collections of streamlined designs with from this pattern supplier provide forgiving lines that flatter figures of both the "young and young at heart," as the company says on its site.

Tutorial on how to make a satin stole to add coverage to shoulders

Stoles are useful for adding shoulder coverage to formal dresses. A friend offered the following advice. "Obviously, they used much heavier satin than what I have, because mine are floppy! They said '2 yards' then 'cut 80 inches,' but only 72 inches is possible in 2 yards. At least it didn't take too long, 60 minutes each."

Loes Hinse Designs classic women's clothing patterns

A sole patternmaker, Loes Hinse herself, maintains an archive of several classic women's clothing patterns she has created over the years. New patterns for this collection are being distributed through the pattern section of Casual Elegance Fabrics.

Draft Your Own Culotte Pattern

Angela Trenholm has made available a download and instructions for creating your own culotte pattern with center front and back box pleat.

Burda Style sewing pattern downloads

Burda Style is a website that includes many interactive, social features centered around sewing patterns from Burda. Some of the patterns are offered for free, and all of the patterns on the site are downloads. Visitors are welcome to upload their own original patterns, comment or ask for help. For those who prefer printed patterns to be ordered by mail, see the Burda Collection at

Modest Handmaidens pattern catalog

This online store stocks a significant collection of exclusively modest patterns from independent brands, including several patterns that you may not be able to find anywhere else. Most of the styles are classic in design.

Indygo Junction

Find loose-fitting clothing patterns with retro inspiration from this crafting company. Included in the pattern collection is an Artisan Pant which flares like a gaucho and girls' clothing patterns including a Flouncy Pant that is full enough to look like culottes. McCall Pattern Company is also an online distributor of the majority of this pattern collection.

Homestead Blessings - The Art of Sewing DVD tutorials

Scroll down the page to find The Art of Sewing DVD, a video tutorial providing basic instruction for cutting out and assembling a garment to advanced sewing tips and ideas.

Petite Plus Patterns

Designed for women 5'4" or under in sizes 14 to 24, this brand provides patterns with classic silhouettes.

Originals by Kay Ballgowns for adaptation into modest wedding dresses with vintage inspiration

Kay Gnagey was commissioned by Simplicity Pattern Company to make several Civil War era reproduction ballgowns. These patterns are available from Kay's site and may be used to create modest wedding dresses.

Patterns of Time Swimming Suit

Make your own historic swimming outfit with these patterns. Search for "swimming" on the site, or follow these links:

Dana Marie Design Co. loose-fitting styles with unique craft detailing

These loose-fitting designs provide inspiration for crafters who enjoy adding unique details to garments.

Fashion Patterns by Coni from XS to 6X

This company offers patterns in an extended size range from Extra Small up to 6X.

Saf-T-Pockets Patterns women's apparel patterns with pockets

Pockets abound on these patterns for women's daywear. This company designs pocketed styles with the goal of eliminating the need for a purse.

J. Stern Designs sewing patterns

The blouse pattern shown is our favorite from this pattern collection and the reason we are reviewing this label. The slim waist yoke design allows this top to drape well when worn over a skirt.