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Extending Your Modest Wardrobe – and a Giveaway!


When I think of the times I’ve sewn a big ruffle onto the bottom of Jewel’s skirts…

Or passed on a skirt that might have been good for me “if only it was a little longer”.

Whew!

As a tall family, that is a constant battle.

I knew genius the moment I discovered Make Me Modest. :)

A mother and daughter team designed and created these amazing little numbers, which are thin and lightweight in the top portion, then add length in a great variety of colors and styles.

They’ve even got some new things working, like sleeve extenders!

Make Me Modest sent me an extender to review, made to my specifications. They were amazingly helpful and patient in figuring out how to accommodate all of my various questions and special requests.

The extender is amazing! The design is clever, the workmanship is excellent… Even the packaging was a treat to receive.

I did decide, after trying it on, that I had picked entirely the wrong extender for the skirt I wanted to extend. Ah, well. I’m definitely ordering a different one, and one for Jewel as well!

The good news for you is that I’m going to give away the extender I received!

Sadly, the lovely packaging is gone, but you will receive a like-new (tried on but never worn or washed), white, style extender, Size XL, made extra long to 36″, with extra coverage upwards (to account for a slit or kick-pleats in your skirt).

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I received the above-referenced product free from Make Me Modest for the purpose of a possible review on this blog. I will ship the prize directly to the winner at my own expense.

Winner will be contacted by email. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

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Modest Mom’s Big News

One of the long-time listings on our Modest Clothing Resources page is the Modest Mom. (That’s her photo) She has lots of lovely skirts, and now other modest clothing, for women (including maternity) and girls.

Of course there’s still my pet peeve: Why don’t more skirts have pockets? But I digress.

Things are changing over there! Business has been good, and she’s expanding and revamping on an entirely new website:

Deborah & Co.
“Fashion Without Compromise”

To celebrate, she’s holding a HUGE giveaway, with over $250 in lovely prizes – all going to a single winner! The package includes a $50 Gift Card to Deborah & Co., plus prizes from Scentsy, Lilah Rose, and many others.

Stop by the Modest Mom blog for easy Rafflecopter entry.

Then head over to and check out the lovely new website, and the wonderful modest clothing she has to offer!

* Post may include affiliate links.

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MyHeadcoverings.com Review


I recently had the opportunity to review two products from a new website to our Modest Clothing Resources page – MyHeadcoverings.com.

They were pleasant to deal with, and my items arrived quickly and very well packaged.

I had Jewel put on the Colorful Circles Head Scarf for a photo, even though it does NOT match her outfit. She’s still cute!

It’s a very pretty scarf, and of course as a simple square it has a wide range of uses. Because it’s so slick, I’m not sure I’d try using it as a headcovering, but of course that’s just me.

The second item I received was the LadyBug: Circular Strokes Cotton Pre-tied Bandana in blue. (Click for a better view of the pattern – but I couldn’t resist this photo of my cuties!)

I was dubious about a “pre-tied bandana” for me, since being 6’2″ my head is also proportionately larger than the average, so most “one size fits all” headbands and things are too small.

The soft, t-shirt-like fabric was a delightful surprise, and it did, in fact, fit perfectly (thanks to a generous elastic in the back).

It is somewhat “clingy”, and seemed like it was much better at staying in place that your typical cotton woven fabric. As an experiment, I went through half the day without putting in clips to secure it, and I was impressed!

A comfortable, easy-to-wear, no-iron covering… Can’t beat that!

I will definitely do business with MyHeadcoverings.com for my personal use – I think I need another one of these comfy pre-tied bandanas! – and I do not hesitate to recommend them to you.

I received the referenced items for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for this review. This review has not been approved or edited by anyone.
I was “disclosing” before it was cool. See my Review Policy for the full scoop.

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Mikarose Giveaway


Another new resource on the Modest Clothing Links page is Mikarose.

Mikarose is a clothing company that specializes in modest, elegant and fashionable dresses. Our company’s idea evolved when the owners realized how difficult it was to find modest dresses in today’s market. We are sure you have had similar experiences when looking for a modest dress. After many frustrating outings, we formed Mikarose. Our goal is to provide an extensive line of modest dresses, without having to sacrifice style. You will be able to wear our line to a broad range of functions: from everyday events to corporate parties. We hope to not only meet the needs of women looking for modest wear, but all those who are seeking elegant dresses.

Glancing through the Mikarose website you will not see cleavage, bare midriffs, or micro-mini skirts. It is true, however, that we all have different ideas of what modesty looks like.

Personally, I would like to see some longer skirts, as well as longer sleeves. Another question some modest dressing ladies have raised with regards to similar websites is whether it is missing the point to have models posed in ways that seem intentionally sexy or provocative, when one claims to be promoting modesty.

In the interest of bringing together all resources of value, though, we are welcoming Mikarose into the family.

A review will be coming up in the next couple of weeks, but I just couldn’t wait to offer you their generous giveaway:

One lucky As For My House reader will win a $50 Mikarose Gift Certificate!

Just enter using the Rafflecoptor form below – and good luck.

I was not compensated in any way for this post. Mikarose is providing the prize for this giveaway, directly to the winner.
I was “disclosing” before it was cool. See my Review Policy for the full scoop.

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Honor Your Head Giveaway


It’s always a delight to find new resources to add to the Modest Clothing Links page!

Introducing the Honor Your Head Etsy shop and Facebook page.

I have not yet had the chance to try on of the lovely coverings from Honor Your Head, but I have enjoyed chatting with Rosi, and look forward to the opportunity!

Honor Your Head would like to offer a headcovering (your choice!) to one lucky As For My House reader!

Just enter using the Rafflecoptor form below. Good luck!

I was not compensated in any way for this post. Honor Your Head is providing the prize for this giveaway, shipped directly to the winner.
I was “disclosing” before it was cool. See my Review Policy for the full scoop.

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Modesty Monday: Alicia

Our Modest Matron for today is Alicia.

Faith?
I am a Christian and attend an Assembly of God church.

Life Situation?
I am married to a godly husband, Marty, and we have been blessed with 3 wonderful children. I am a home schooling mom that owns a small business.

How long have you been dressing modestly?
I have been wearing modest apparel since the year 2000. I grew up in a Christian home and my parents gave me a wonderful foundation in the Lord. My family did not dress this way in my youth. However, we all do since discovering the truth about God’s dress code.

Can you share a little about your journey to modest dress?
I have experienced the deeper things of God in my walk with Him in adulthood. Through prayer and a willingness to seek His will for my life, my eyes have been opened to many things including the way my family dresses. I threw out all mini skirts, tight skirts, tight dresses, pants, shorts, overalls, and pajamas because they did not meet God’s standards for a woman’s dress. Of course there are many that do not understand the way I live, but my life is about pleasing Him in all I say and do.

Deuteronomy 22:5 states, “That woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” Many people cast this scripture aside because it is in the Old Testament; however, we are still under the moral law of the Old Testament. How we dress and how it effects others is a moral issue. Abomination is a strong word that you will also read in the Bible in reference to certain sexual sins that you would never consider doing. I for one do not want to commit an abomination in the eyes of my Lord.

I came across this article while preparing for the interview:

“In Biblical days, women did not wear crotched garments. Pants have a crotch. Men in the Bible days wore crotched garments. Not only that, women in any society did not wear pants until close to the middle of this century. Pants are called britches in the Bible, and britches were worn exclusively by men for the first 5,950 years of human existence (which means up until about fifty years ago). Even the garments worn by men and women in the Bible days were different. The woman wore a long flowing robe, and men wore a shorter tighter robe. Underneath a woman’s robe would be nothing. Underneath the man’s robe would be a pair of short pants that would go down to the knees. Whenever a man would have to do some type of labor, such as to team up an ox, pull a trailer or dig a hole, he would pull up his skirt and tuck it in his pants that were under his skirt, and that was called in the Bible “girding up your loins.”” (The BIBLE’S DRESS CODE www.momof9splace.com/sermon.html) Want Biblical Proof? “In the Greek the word modest is the word katastolh or (katastole), and it means a long flowing garment. Remember I said that in the Bible days men wore a short tight skirt and women wore a long and flowing robe. That was a katastole. The Bible in I Timothy 2:9 tells women to adorn themselves in a long flowing garment, not a short tight garment.” (The BIBLE’S DRESS CODE www.momof9splace.com/sermon.html)
Even though pants can qualify as long, they are not flowing and draw attention to a woman’s figure; just like a tight skirt can. Only long, flowing garments such as dresses and skirts that are long and flowing qualify as katastoles. I am sure that you have heard it said many times that men are visual creatures. It is true. They are stimulated by sight. That is why that most pornography is purchased by men. Do we Christian woman want a man to fall due to the apparel we choose. Paul, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, wrote about Christian attire: “that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. My Full Life Study Bible goes on to explain this scripture in further detail:
2:9 WOMEN…IN MODEST APPAREL, WITH SHAMEFACEDNESS
It is God’s will that Christian women be committed to dressing modestly and discreetly. (1) The word “shamefacedness” (Gk. aidos) implies a certain shame in exposing the body. It involves a refusal to dress in such a way as to draw attention to the body and to pass the boundaries of proper reserve. The source of modesty is in a person’s heart or inner character. In other words, modesty is the outward manifestation of an inward chastity and purity.
(2) Dressing in an immodest manner that may excite impure desires in others is as wrong as the immoral desire it provokes. No activity or condition justifies the wearing of immodest apparel that exposes the body in such a way as to cause immoral desire or lust in someone else (cf. Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:27; Tit. 2:11-12; Mat. 5:28)
(3) It is a sad commentary on any church when the Biblical standard for modest dress is ignored and the world’s customs are passively adopted. In a day of sexual permissiveness, the church should act and dress differently from a corrupt society that casts asides and ridicules the Holy Spirit’s desire for modesty and purity (cf. Rom. 12:1-2).
2:9 BRAIDED HAIR, OR GOLD.
This possibly means the braiding of hair with gold or other articles of luxury.” (KJV Full Life Study Bible, pg. 1905)

We need to ask ourselves: What does my dress tell others about me? Does it draw attention to me or does it bring glory to God. We should not be swayed by the things of this world and what has become accepted by man. We should keep in mind these 4 Biblical rules for the way in which we should dress:
1.) Does it pertain to man?
2.) Is it with modesty?
3.) Is it with shamefacedness?
4.) Is it with sobriety (moderation)?
*When in doubt, throw it out!

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)

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Dressing for Whom?

We went to visit Church of the King today, to help them celebrate the “Grand Opening” of their new building.

Nick has really been blessed by the Youth Ministry there, and [Youth] Pastor Gabe is really a neat person.

We dressed as we always do. Wolf and R.T. were by far the best dressed men in the place, including pastoral staff. We got a lot of comments about how cute R.T.’s suit was, since it was such a novelty to them.

Being aware of the climate there, and working towards balance with a growing-up young man of 17, we allowed Nick to wear his “good jeans” with a button shirt and dress shoes. Not what we would choose, but still a step above the general dress of the congregation.

(The photo is my handsome son, but unrelated to the specific outfits mentioned in this musing).

We came home afterwards, and most of us began changing out of our “church clothes” into more casual apparel for a relaxed afternoon.

Nick, on the other hand, was going to a “dress rehearsal” with the mock trial team. He began changing to dress up – into his suit and tie.

Hmm.

To me, this would indicate that the mock trial competition is more important than God. Or that making a good impression on the “judge” is more important than making a good impression on the Lord.

It’s not a new concept, of course, in our house. You can read all about it in Wolf’s post Are You Ready?

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Kosher Casual Review and Giveaway


I’ve found another great shop for modest clothing – Kosher Casual!

They were kind enough to send me one of their lovely Open Drape Cardigans for review (like the photo, only in black). The garment is well-made and attractive, they were a pleasure to deal with, and the shipping was quick.

Kosher Casual features a lot of products good for layering. They seem to follow the philosophy that if the skin is covered to a certain place, then you are modestly covered.

To that end they have layering shells, snug tanks, stretchy “sleevies,” etc.

And, hey, they include a piece of Israeli Kosher Bazooka bubble gum with each order! Bazooka Joe speaks Hebrew!

My personal taste is to have clothing be less form-fitting, so I really like the draped front of this top. Unfortunately, the sleeves are cut rather snug. With stretchy fabric, it’s not that it’s binding, or too tight – just not me.

My loss is your gain, however:

I’m going to pass this lovely item on to one of my readers!

Just enter using the handy-dandy RaffleCoptor form below before the year ends…


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I received this product free from Kosher Casual; I was not compensated in any other way for this review. This review has not been approved or edited by anyone. I am providing this *new* item to the giveaway winner at my expense. Links in this post may be tracked for affiliate commissions, in which case I thank you!
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Modesty Monday: The Value of a “Uniform”

I have read and heard a lot lately, among Christian women who consider themselves “modest”, about what that means.

There are the obvious “finer points” debates, about exactly how long a skirt should be, or what the appropriate length is for sleeves.

There are some more significant choices debated, about whether women should wear pants, how to handle swimming suits, etc.

And there are some totally philosophical arguments. One extreme says that “they” are being vain about their appearance and that’s not a modest attitude; while the opposite camp insists that a woman should make herself look good to appreciate the gifts God has given her and to please her husband (among other reasons), and “they” are getting holier-than-thou and being proud of being frumpy. Whew!

One thing that I realized from all this debate is that we are spending a lot of time and energy talking about this, thinking about this, and writing about this.

What if we didn’t have to?

If you’re a “conservative Mennonite” like these ladies, you and your friends don’t have to worry about debating the finer points.

While you may or may not consider the group’s “dress code” to be 100% in line with your deepest personal beliefs, you, and everyone else at your church, have agreed to follow them.

So you know what length your skirt and sleeves should be.

No stress, no debate.

And, obviously, they are modest.

That seems to me like a valuable thing. One less distraction on the path. One less question that the Enemy can use to start a nagging concern in the back of your head, or an afternoon debate over coffee with a friend.

Couldn’t that time and energy be put to better use? Studying Scripture? “Debating” how to implement a new service project? Or playing with your kids?

Me? I’m willing to die to self a little more, for that gain.

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Modesty Monday: Tammy

Welcome to Modesty Monday!


Our Modest Matron for today is – Tammy!

Faith: I am a Bible Believing, Truth Seeking Baptist

Life Situation: Married nearly 16 years, with 7 childen (#8 is due any time now!). I am a stay-at-home wife and mom, homeschooling my children. We are church-planting missionaries living in Guatemala, Central America, since 2002.

How long have you been dressing modestly? My parents were not really strict about it but did express distaste if I pushed the limit. I guess it’s been about seventeen years since I made the personal decision to dress modestly.

Can you share a little about your journey to modest dress? My manner of dress has gotten progressively more modest over the years. I was kinda chubby when I was a child (and suffered some teasing because of it), but blossomed by the time I reached high school age. I had a nice figure and I knew it. I guess I was a little hungry for the attention, because I would show it off sometimes, violating my own conscience. I knew God was calling me to something greater, and I’d have to give up my self-centered ways. While in college I decided to stop wearing jeans and slacks, because I realized how they showed the form of my body (read: rear-end and thighs). I’ve been wearing dresses and skirts since then.

Through the years, I’ve also considered the modesty of certain types of fabrics, and the cut of certain dresses. Not everything which covers from “here” to “there” is actually modest. Does it cling? Show every curve? Clothing was made (in the beginning) to COVER, not to reveal.

I also came to realize that modesty is more than just covering the body, it is a state of the heart. What are my motives for wearing this today? If it is to draw attention, and catch a man’s eye, to make girlfriends jealous, to show off wealth… these are not modest attitudes.

Thank you for “joining” us today, Tammy!

And be sure to stop by Tammy’s blog, This Pilgrimage, if you’d like to hear more from her.

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Please remember that I am always looking for new ladies to profile for this column. If you or someone you know would be willing to share, please let me know!

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