Sunday, September 26, 2021

Fall Trends

Looking at some 2021 fall fashion trends that weren't outrageous, I found a few that were worth mentioning as modest in design and style.  The lengths on skirts are short or long and with patterns one can adjust to a modest length fairly easily.


This dress found here.  This is a simple design but made to look great by the fabric choice.  

A simple shirtwaist dress pattern such as N6551 could be adapted by leaving the collar off and finishing with a bias band or a facing and making the sleeves long.  Use another pattern for the sleeve to make a little pleat on top or leave plain and to get the length you like. It also has 2 square pockets on the bodice which are up to you to make or leave off.  Make the skirt as long as you like.  The waist looks like a self fabric belt with ornamentation.  It also looks like a heavier fabric--maybe a denim weight?

Dress from this site.

Belt for sale here.  I liked this dress because it was different.  It is not a style everyone would like or could wear easily.  However, it is sporty and has interesting details.  It would take effort to make one similar to this and perhaps Simplicity 9260 would work.
Or this might inspire also:

Outfit found here.
There are simple dress patterns that can be adapted any body style. Just figure what you are comfortable with and that enhances your  modest presentation of who you are and who you represent.  Knits are more difficult to sew with and may follow lumps and bumps you would rather not show.  


The outfit below is basic classic style with a simple shirt and a flared skirt.  This could be made in any combination of fabrics you prefer.  Heavier cottons for blouses and skirts work for cooler climates.  Bright or fall colors would be appropriate for fall and winter.


The above skirt is priced at $1190.00  It has interesting lowered side gatherings.  To make a similar model using a commercial pattern, try Simplicity 9180.  You could sew the pockets to the skirt if  you want a similar look.

Here are a few more skirt patterns for a different look.

There is a cute make of this skirt on this site where there is appliqued design on the pockets and it looks very professional and stunning!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Spectacular Shirtwaist Dress Pattern Sale $3. Today Only!

 Calling all shirtwaist dress lovers!  This is a wonderful dress pattern that lends itself well to all kinds of adaptations as well as being a great classic shirtwaist!  The sale only lasts for today, September 17, 2021.  Check out her website here:  Winter Wear Designs

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Summer Sewing Thoughts



Hot, dry, and windy--a good time to check out what would work best for the weather you are having.  Stores are air conditioned.  Or maybe if you have time to relax search for patterns online while sipping lemonade or iced tea!

Here is a sermon that is worth listening to if you have any questions about what you wear and whether it is God-honoring.  Hot weather tends to make one want to "be comfortable"  but that doesn't mean you take off clothes or not put enough on.  Take a listen to this.  He is being honest. "Nakedness & Modesty"

Now after you have listened to this sermon, peruse the following patterns to see if they come close to the suggestions implied, perhaps with some simple alterations such as lowering the hemline or raising the neckline.  These are patterns pretty much available either online or storefront such as JoAnn's.

Perhaps sew skirt opening securely!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Interesting Blog from So Sew Easy!

 A blog caught my attention this last week as I was searching for something to post that would be encouraging.  I enjoyed the thoughts and comments from Mayra Cecilia on her post of  June 20, 2021.  She has inspiring patterns and once in a while a drawing for sewing machine like this post: 

Winner Announced Singer Quantum Stylist Giveaway: Did you win?

I would encourage you to check out her site and read about her adventures and her charming "free" dress pattern! Notice the conversation about " housewife." Is it a term that is used much anymore in the United States of America?  What do you call your vocation if you fit in this category?

          Faviola, The “Housewife” Summer Dress

Enjoy your summer and see what refreshment the Lord brings your way through these trying times.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Friday, October 30, 2020

Jean Jacket Pattern on sale

If you like this pattern it is only $3! today only!

  Otherwise $9.95.  Check it out!

Fall 2020: Some Thoughts on Clothing

                                  Autumn photo from Pexels

2020 has been a very unusual year and it has taken its toll on many parts of life.  However, one can find solace in the Lord in the most trying times as well as the good times because he has designed our life for our good and his glory.  So whatever we have to go through we find our strength in our God.

In the meantime we make the best of everything we have control of.  If you need some time to sew and have that available as well as the supplies, now with the shorter nights and cooler temperatures, we can begin our projects either for present needs or for the upcoming seasons.

I have tried to find some decent and simple styles that work on most figures.  I find there are more patterns that are designed for larger sizes which is wonderful and encouraging,  Here are some for cooler weather wear.  

For those who are able to wear cotton dresses part of the season, this is a great pattern.  It  can also be made in heavier fabrics, just make sure it hangs with a nice drape in the skirt.

Above:  Another simple and classic style which lends itself well to heavier fabrics.  A very nice length for the skirt.

This one needs a longer skirt to make is look balanced and feminine.  Interesting shoulder detail.

This is definitely summery, but with longer sleeves in a heavier fabric it would work nicely.

Above:  This classic shirtwaist needs a longer hem also but will work in heavier fabrics and can be dressed up with scarves, jewelry, and jackets.

For those needing a long full coat, this one is ample and  warm looking.   It looks feminine because of the waist and flare of the skirt.  

Butterick 6793  A coat for the cool weather.

I found  a jacket that could be used more for casual wear from WinterWearDesigns with interesting details.

This one below is a very simple and easy design.  Not a lot of buttonholes to make and a nice, slightly flared skirt.

This one is not quite so fitted but gives room for comfort.  It does need a lengthened hemline to balance it out.  The offset buttons give it a little different look.  The drawstring waist is another comfort feature.

This is the Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated.   If this was made in a corduroy one could put a turtleneck sweater underneath with leggings to keep warm.                                                        

 This HInterland Dress above was modified with no buttons in the front.

This is a pattern I purchased and am looking forward to making it for this winter.  Found at WinterWear Designs.  You have probably noticed I like shirt dresses because they never go out of style.

For those who like jumpers, this one looks nice.  Skirts need to be lengthened.  This one is practical and comfortable looking.

So this is a small collection of clothes that would work for cooler weather.  I hope that you are able to enjoy sewing this winter.  Sometimes it is easier to buy online in the pattern department, but more difficult to do for fabrics as they have a "hand" that requires actual handling to know if the fabric is the right choice.    

May it be: