Modern Styles of Modest Sewing Patterns

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Shapes patterns made from geometric shapes with unfitted silhouettes

Shapes patterns are unfitted, geometric shapes layered to create modular clothing designs.

Photo demonstrating turning a strapless dress into a dress with sleeves

From the owners of the Modest Prom Rentals company comes a handful of tutorials on altering formal dresses for modesty and making boleros and shrugs.

Clotilde artwear-inspired apparel patterns

Formerly known as Clotilde, this sewing and crafting website offers a small assortment of artwear-inspired apparel patterns.

Serendipity Studio sewing patterns for dresses, skirts, jackets and appliqued tops

Follow the sidebar navigation on this site to view all the pattern choices, including dresses, skirts and jackets.

PDF downloadable patterns from Jocole

Most of the PDF pattern downloads available from Jocole are for children, but a small selection of patterns are also offered for women, including a pattern for the high neck, cap sleeve tee that Jocole also sells as a ready-to-wear item.

Sew Chic Modern Patterns with Retro Style

Laura Nash describes her pattern collection, "Modern patterns with retro style." These are some of the best modernized versions of vintage styles available, with plenty of photos online to suggest variations for the finished products. A free pattern for adding sleeves to strapless dresses is offered for download.

Marfy Italian High Fashion Paper Patterns

Marfy patterns are recommended for experienced sewers because they do not include cutting layouts, seam allowances, hem allowances or assembly instructions. Select your country at the top of the site to insure the correct currency when purchasing or look for a retailer of Marfy in your home country.

Wild Ginger Software for sewing patterns

For the home patternmaking enthusiast, Wild Ginger offers an economical alternative to digitized patternmaking when compared to industry-level patternmaking software such as OptiTex. Before investing in any software, it would be wise to research all available options. Wild Ginger is one of the least expensive pattern software systems, while OptiTex is considered to be the leading industry system (over Gerber, Lectra and dozens of others) and a good value for production environments.

Screenshot of maxi skirt by Leanne Barlow on her Elle Apparel blog

Leanne Barlow sells several tutorials for creating patterns and sewing custom apparel. Our favorite tutorial is this maxi skirt from knit fabric, designed for both regular and maternity wear. See also the following links for maxi skirt variations: dress it down, dress it up and color pop.

Ellie Inspired classic heirloom children's patterns in toddler and girl sizes up to 12

These pattern collections beginning in toddlers' sizes and ranging up to a girls' size 12 offer heirloom, trendy, smocked, and knit clothing styles in feminine cuts with long skirt options.

Clothkits patterns printed directly on fabric

Based in the UK, this company prints the cutting lines of sewing patterns directly on fabric, eliminating paper patterns. The fabric designs are often customized to the shapes of the patterns to create special effects. Styles are loose-fitting and simple to sew.

Sewaholic independent pattern brand

This independent pattern brand produces around a dozen women's styles, a few of which offer modesty or a basis for modest alterations or layering.

Sew Liberated modern sewing pattern styles for women

Only a few of the women's styles offered would be considered modest, but alterations would be easy for the remainder of the styles, and all of them are refreshingly modern to fit with the company's tagline, "Delightful patterns to kindle creativity."