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

Simplicity Modest Yoke Blouse Adaptation

You can pretty much make adaptations of blouses from ready-to-buy patterns and turn them into graceful modest blouses befitting a Bas Yisrael.  Here is a pattern I use from Simplicity 9012 for nightgowns and pajamas. I adapted the pattern, using a high-collar yoke on a pull-on pajama top. See the middle model wearing purple button-downed nightgown. The other yokes are not so tznius as they reveal the torso beyond the collarbone, as well as expose the torso beyond the neck.

Then I sewed a mock neckband, thanks to ModestAnytime.com for its ideas! Walla! A rather modest blouse for regular wear that is b'chein! You can wear the blouse loose, or you can add a belt or a bow around the waist for a pretty effect.

Fabric used are print jersey knit and stable cotton-lycra ribbing for the neckband, elastic for the gathered cuffs and bias tape as elastic casing.  Rolled hem on the sleeves and blouse produces a lettuce edging. Simply beautiful, thanks to my serger.  Happy sewing, my sisters!

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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