Mishlei (Proverbs) 31:22,24

כב מַרְבַדִּים עָשְׂתָה-לָּהּ שֵׁשׁ וְאַרְגָּמָן לְבוּשָׁהּ
כד סָדִין עָשְׂתָה וַתִּמְכֹּר
She made for herself pleasant-looking bed covers; she also made herself white (linen) and purple garments to wear
She manufactured robes and sold them

Immodest Shell Update

Regarding my older post asking the question, "Is Layering Shell Kosher or even Modest?", I am happy to hear that others are of the same opinion.

I would like you to read this open letter posted here.

Here's a snippet of what's written:

The wearing of elastic, tightly fitted, and thin shells as outer garments by women in the Orthodox Jewish community is becoming widespread. In the view of numerous rabbanim with whom I have sought guidance, the shells worn as such often violate laws of tzniusas well as those prohibiting following in the ohudv ,ueuj. I am writing to you to direct your attention to the issue.

Shells originally entered the Orthodox Jewish world as a mechanism for countering mild transparency in women’s garments. Worn as an undergarment for blouses and dresses that were borderline modest, the shells added bulk to the materials to render them opaque. While not the pinnacle of modesty, this approach did help to achieve a basic modesty for women that struggled to find intrinsically modest garments in stores. It is important to note that the shells purchased for this purpose were sized to be tight-fitting so that they would fit under the outer garment. They were constructed of light and elastic material for the same purpose.

In recent months however, many women have taken to wearing the same tight-fitting shells with garments that are not themselves modest in any sense of the term. I refer to tank tops, vests, halter-tops, spaghetti string tops, short sleeve shirts, and sleeveless dresses. The idea seems to be that pairing a patently immodest garment with another patently immodest garment will somehow yield a modest one. However, the wearing of tight-fitting shells as an outer garment on the shoulders, back, arms, and, chest is immodest.
May the wise women of Klal Yisrael take notice and improve their ways in order to help bring Moshiach speedily in our days, by dressing modestly everyday.

Let me remind you, my precious readers, now that we know not all shells are modest, ModestAnytime.com has shells that are not only modest but kosher for sale, either as sewing patterns or ready-made or custom made.  Ladies, don't delay. Jump at the chance to be more modest!

Modest Sewing Patterns that are Kosher

Our friends at KosherPatterns.com are offering sewing patterns that are modest and kosher targeting the Jewish crowd based on mamish Jewish Modesty!  The patterns are  available for various women sizes, XS through 3XL, 6-18, 20W-30W, and girls sizes as well, ranging from 6 to 14 including plus sizes.  Oh my!

They also have a nice blog at ModestandKosher.blogspot.com which outlines their beautiful patterns!

I wish them much hatzlacha in their endeavor.


Button holes placement help

In my older post, I made a button down shirt for my daughter here. I was looking for a tool to help me with equidistant button hole placement. I found it.  It is called the Simflex Expanding Gauge, which sounds like it has nothing to do with button holes or sewing.  But in reality, it is made for this purpose, as well as for other measuring needs.


For a closer look,  I have taken four pictures showing the gauge with finer details.



Picture 1 shows the Simflex out of the box. Picture 2 shows the Simflex when stretched like an accordion. The pointed tip has markings for the button hole length up to 1 inch (picture 3).  The rounded tip at the other end has markings up to l 3/4 inches (picture 4).

How about marking the placement for the buttons?  Well, a tip that professional seamstresses use in the factory is to first make the button holes, and then line up the finished side of the holes with the side for the buttons.  For each hole, mark a dot where you want the button to be, usually at the center, then sew the buttons.  This is a smarter way of doing it, because sometimes the holes are not sewn exactly according to its placement , and its alignment may be off from the button markings.  It's not possible to undo a button hole, so once the cloth is cut, it's cut. Therefore this is the method that is used in the factories.
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Training Girls in Dressmaking

In our times, it is highly commendable to train girls in the art of dressmaking and general sewing. Lessons should be given on this subject in schools, and if necessary, also in seminaries.

If the girl becomes really expert, she will even be able to make garments for herself, and later on, when married also for her daughters. Also, she could take up dressmaking as a profession.

Source: Modesty, an Adornment for Life, Rabbi Pesach Eliyahu Falk