Thursday, October 8, 2015

Recap | Camp Stitches 2015

Hey y'all! Last week I hosted a 4 day sewing bootcamp for 8 students and boy was it fun

My heart in creating this event was to share my love of sewing with excited girls and provide a joyful week of fellowship around a learning experience. The Lord greatly blessed the entire week and worked out every detail amazingly! 

 The first big answer to prayer was that a long real estate transaction finally closed just a few days before the camp began which opened up this incredible space for us to use!

Day one we made denim bags (from Fresh Apparel scraps!) with pleather accents. This project was a doozy for even the advanced seamstresses but everyone did amazing! (and vowed to never sew a bag again, lol) 

Day two we learned how to sew knits and used Simplicity 1198 to create tunic shirts. They turned out so beautiful! Everyone persevered with such grace through misbehaving machines, lost fabric pieces, and weird piecing techniques. 

To say we had a good time is a major understatement. :D 
"Everybody clap your hands! Clap clap clap clap clap clap clap"
 This is a pretty good summary of everyone's personalities and effectively shows the level of drama this group constantly had. :D

Back left to right: Tori, Katie, Emma, Katy, Anna Grace.
Front left to right: Kiera, Lia, Abby. :)  

 Hard at work. 

I love all the artsy shots Katie took! 

Day 3 and 4 we tackled dresses! Lia brought a few of her completed sewing projects and Tori fell in love with this red and white striped one, so she used Lia's pattern with this gorgeous olive fabric and crafted a darling dress. 

 Tori, Katie, and Anna Grace traveled from North Carolina to attend Camp Stitches!

Lia also brought her tailor's ham (that thing on the ironing board) and it made pressing so much easier! I've now ordered myself one because the quality difference in ironing is amazing! Here's a link to the one I picked up.

Anna Grace utilized the dress form to pin her sleeve and neck bindings to the bodice.  


 Katyyyyyyy! (She totally blew me away with how quickly she picked up reading and using a pattern!)

Magnetic pincushions for the wiiiiin.

Poor Tori did a lot of seam ripping when her pieces got mixed up with someone else's. :P

Kiera was such a joy to be around! She took her time and it really paid off! 

Hand stitching the lining.

Examining a sleeve hem. 

Laughing and seam ripping. :D 

Winging a pocket for Abby's dress big enough for her phone. 

We discovered that invisible zippers are SO much easier to install and make look good than regular zippers! Love how they turned out. 

What an incredible gift to spend a 4 days and 5 nights with these girls!

 Everyone went home talking about their next project and I'm so amazed by how much they learned in the week. I'm re-inspired myself and hope to share some more about getting started in sewing here on the blog.

  • If you are interested in attending a future Camp Stitches, click here to sign up for the camp mailing list. 
  • If you're wondering about what I recommend for sewing supplies basics, I've created an Amazon store with the products I've found to be the best/most useful. Click here to see that (there are two pages and two categories, so click around) [affiliate link]
  • The Modest Fashion Guild is hosting a really, really cool challenge in November to raise awareness about the injustices in the fashion factories, check that out here, seamstresses! 

 Thank you for reading about the good time we had! I hope you are having a productive week! Blessings!
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Entire Shoe Collection

Kind of a boot fan.
Hey y'all! You can't grow unless you evaluate where you are, right? I had this crazy notion to pull all my shoes out and take pictures so y'all can see what's in my closet and so that I can see if I can simplify further.

To give you an idea of my mindset as a young teen, I used to have a goal to have a different pair of heels for each Sunday of the year. And I reached it. 

Now, I'm nearly as ambitious; I'd like to have as few shoes as possible, while not limiting myself creatively. To me, shoes completely make or break an outfit-- yet my personal style is such that I do not wish them to be the focal point of the ensemble. This post is very humbling for me. I did not curate or clean the shoes, so these 30 pair are literally just... my very real collection.

I have three pair of dress boots. Brown and black I wear all year round, while the gray are my favorite, most versatile for winter. 

I have 4 pair of flat boots. I don't wear the brown leather ones too often, but when I need them, I need them. :P Cowboy boots are actually a requirement for our area of the country, so although I'm not quite sure they are my personal style, I do enjoy having them. The black boots are my most-worn winter boots and the brown BearPaw brand boots are my winter slippers.

I have three pair of "athletic" shoes. The tan pair I've had for over 7 years and they are now just yardwork shoes. The backless black and pink Sketchers are my favorite work-out shoes because they aren't too hot and match my workout clothes. ;) The gray Calvin Klein sneakers are my sports-with-friends pair. 

I have 4 pair of flip flops and I hate all of them. :P I looked and looked this summer for a pair of comfortable, classic, quality flip-flops to replace these four, but alas have not found them yet. Why two pair of thick brown flipflops? One is comfortable, the other stylish. #options

Here are my "flats". I have two pair of Sperry's because at the time I bought them I had a "more is better" mentality and they were having a sale. I still haven't decided if I like the gray or navy better, and since there's no real reason to get rid of one, I think I'll hang onto them both. 

These are my dressy/church shoe options. I rarely wear the green and silver flats anymore, though, and have kind of passed them on to my sisters already. 

Of all my shoes, these are the 5 pair I prefer to wear with long skirts. 

These are my "to wear with long flared jeans" shoes. Because I'm short, I usually have to wear a slight heel with off-the-rack jeans to keep from stepping on the hem.

These 8 pair are my preferred shoes for wearing with knee-length spring/summer skirts. 

Oh, these lovely beauties. I'm so conflicted about these shoes because they are gorgeous, yet I hardly ever wear them. Thankfully, my sisters do quite often, so even if I were to "get rid of" them, they'd still be available should I be inclined to wear them once or twice a year. :P 

Yes, 3 pair of rainboots. :D They each serve a purpose, so although it feels like overkill, I actually use them all. The purple pair is my "dress" pair, lol, for running errands on rainy days. The cowboy style is for wearing with flared jeans over them or with denim skirts if I'm feeling country. The olive pair slips on quick for farm work. 

And, my last set to share with you is two pair I definitely would not have if my lifestyle were different; ridiculously worn in-case-of-snakes Justin work boots and creek swimming shoes. 

So, that is my current shoe wardrobe that is working pretty well for me. I've been searching all summer for a very specific style of sandal on ThredUP and finally this week I ordered what may be exactly what I'm needing. We'll see. I'm also on the lookout for a pair of comfortable simple black pumps, although I've been getting along fine without them for half a dozen years and am committed to only buying them second hand because... well, I have no confidence that Target or Payless will have ethically-sourced shoes. There are a bunch of shoemakers in Nashville who craft amazing things, but I don't see $400 shoes being in my budget anytime soon. :)

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my very-real closet! I could probably pare down my collection a little, but I think I will do it through wearing them out and replacing intentionally. What's your shoe collection like?
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Monday, September 14, 2015

You Learn As You Go

Hey y'all! Wow, awesome, awwwwesome engaged response to my post, "Please Stop Buying Cheap Clothes"! 

Shirt: Thrifted | Hat: Target | Skirt: Sweet Salt Clothing

I take my position of influence here on Fresh Modesty very seriously, so I'm a little paralyzed in my blogging at the moment because I really don't know what I'm doing.

I don't have a list of stores that are "safe" to buy from.
I don't have a flawless eco-wardrobe to show y'all.
I haven't found any modesty-inclined ethical clothing blogs to link you to.
I don't know how to solve this world-wide crisis.

In addition to the new buying standards I'm wanting to practice, my own focus has shifted in fashion and I'm trying to figure out my style--- again. It feels like a constant thing for me and it kind of is. But right now I feel like I'm at a crisis moment of simplifying, defining, refining, and enjoying. 

No, my standards are not changing, nor my dedication to practicality or femininity. My budget certainly isn't expanding, either.

Because I'm a little lost, for the past few weeks I've been in a season of intense study and life inspiration-drawing. And still, I'm not quite confident enough in my articulation of what makes my heart sing to be able to share all of this directly with you all.

You know when you have a spinning contest with your sisters and you just spin and spin until your neck muscles hurt, your eyes are bulging, your feet unable to stop but occasionally tripping, and you're aware of your surroundings but unsure of what exactly you are seeing or what you should focus on? Kind of feel like that right now in regards to my purpose in life, the wardrobe for that purpose, the meaning of that wardrobe for the efforts of this blog, and the efforts of this blog in the lives of those who read it.

I have this feeling I'm not alone in my floundering, nor has it ever been my desire to have you think I "have it all together". So, I'm writing this post to let you know: I'll be sharing some kind of random things as I deliberately spew what I'm learning and gathering inspiration/wisdom from. I'm a stumbling confused passionate mess right now and I'm done being frustrated at myself for not having answers yet.

I have the chorus to a country song going through my head:

Life's a dance, you learn as you go.
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.
Don't worry 'bout what you don't know,
life's a dance, you learn as you go.

I hope you stick around for the awkward twirling. :) 
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sponsors | August

Here's a reminder of the awesome websites/companies currently sponsoring Fresh Modesty! :)

The Head Covering Movement is a campaign that seeks to spark a return to the practice of head covering during corporate Christian worship. We post articles, sermons and video teachings on this topic. We also link to discussions around the web where people are talking about head covering and share testimonies of women who practice this symbol. To learn more about HCM you visit us at or watch this video: "

Kerem Creations offers unique Messianic Judaica made by Daniel Sayag, born and raised in Israel, and a lover and teacher of God's Word. Kerem Creations was born out of a love of the Word of God and working with wood. There is power in the Word of God, and many promises of hope and encouragement. As we surround ourselves and our loved ones with these promises, our spirits are uplifted, and we gain new strength. Kerem Creations is located in Israel, and all wood products are printed and/or engraved in Israel in Hebrew, sometimes combined with a second language.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any special verse that you would like engraved/printed for you or someone you would like to bless. 
Shalom from Israel!" 

Handcrafted headcoverings, hair scarves, & accessories for women and girls! Our products are the results of sisters who enjoy working together from home to provide quality, handcrafted items for the glory of the Lord. We are always busy inventing, renovating, and exploring to find new twists to put to old favorites.

Hello all! My name is Willa, and for several years now I have been making and selling jewelry. I recently opened this Droplette Jewelry Etsy shop and am excited to start providing cute, fashionable, but affordable jewelry to girls striving to be modest for the Lord. Like my page on Facebook ( to get exclusive deals. is a one woman company from Texas that makes and sells one of the only high neck line camis on the market. These high neck line camis fill the bill when other camis don't. If you are tired of tugging at your cami, or if you tighten the straps so much that it rubs under your arms; this is the solution you have been searching for. Two new modesty items will be introduced this year. Modesty4Me camis are made in USA.

You can read my review of Modesty4Me here.

If you've been reading Fresh Modesty for any length of time, you know I am one of Halftee's biggest fans. They have completely changed the way I can layer to make things more modest and have greatly simplified my closet. If you ever ask me a question about layering, my first response is going to be, "Well, do you have a Halftee yet?" ;)

Thanks for supporting Fresh Modesty by visiting these sites!
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