In Fall For Cotton

Fall For Cotton – my inspiration

When trying to come up with inspiration for a new sewing project, I often look to old magazines for help. I reference the Sears and Roebuck catalogs all the time here and for good reason. Why do I reference these magazines all the time? Well because they tell you everything you need to know about how to reconstruct the garments! Take a look at the description for these slacks that “so many factory workers and farmerettes” want…


I think a pair of high waisted trousers and a long sleeve blouse would be the perfect addition to my cool weather wardrobe, and therefore, the perfect Fall For Cotton project. Plus, if the outfit is good enough for a WWII Rosie or Land Girl, then it’s good enough for me!

So this is where I’m at so far:
I’ve got my inspiration outfit, my fabric, and a great lead on how to reconstruct the trousers. (Both the check shirting, and the bottom weight twill, are 100% cotton fabrics from Jo-Ann’s.) I think I can whip something together for both the blouse, and the trousers, with the patterns I have at home. I love “Frankensteining” patterns to recreate garments. It’s such a fun process for me.

I’ll be posting more about cotton fabrics next time! Have you joined the Fall For Cotton sewalong yet? If recreating 1920’s-1970’s styles is up your ally, and sewing with 100% cotton sounds like the best thing ever, then be sure to check out the Flickr group and get in on the fun! Tasha and I would love to have you sew with us (and almost 100 others so far!).



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  • The word farmerette needs to come back into the everyday vernacular something fierce, if you ask me. I was a farm now more than ever just so that I could dub myself a farmerette! 🙂

    ♥ Jessica

  • Great choice! I love the checked shirt fabric, can’t wait to see the pair finished!!

  • Love your choice and will look forward to seeing the result. I’m knitting land girl inspired patterns at the mo, but sewing 30s for the sew-a-long. Enjoying the flicker group.

  • misscrayolacreepy

    Fashionable and functional! Win!

  • Ooh, this will be a lovely outfit! Would you mind posting a link (or links) to the Sears and Roebuck catalogues?

    • I happen to own a real copy of this particular magazine, but has a massive archive (I mean decades and decades!) of Sears and Roebucks catalogs that you can view on their site. Their membership is worth it, but you can sign up for a free trial and browse them as well. You have to search “Sears” when you log in and the archives should come up in the periodicals. Then you can select a year to view. It’s awesome!

  • I love your plan! This outfit is very Katharine Hepburn chic!

  • That is going to be a fabulous outfit. I really should get my new sewing room set up and join in this time. I have the perfect trouser pattern from Decades of Style and a cotton corduroy so I could do a whole outfit as well. And I think that the blouse in the Smooth Sailing pattern from Wearing History will be a perfect companion piece. One I’ve only been trying to do for over a year. Time for project CPR, this sew along comes at the right time! Now to find the perfect cotton from

  • This will be such a cute outfit! I love how you want to recreate the entire look. That checked fabric is great. I’m debating about pants too as I went from months of only wanting to wear skirts to now only wanting to wear pants lately, so I could stand to add a good pair in for fall 😛

  • I love your inspiration pic and I couldn’t agree more – trousers and a long sleeve shirt are perfect for those in between seasons. Your fabric choice is superb!

  • I too have been pondering pants for this challenge. Can’t wait to see yours!

  • Wonderful choice, love the fabric…I could never imagine making such a thing without having an exact pattern telling me what to do, very clever…

  • I’m excited to join in! I’ve got a pattern and fabric on their way, to make a jacket. Is the idea to make a whole outfit, or just a garment? cause I didn’t give any thought to bottoms… I suppose a cotton skirt would be easy enough to throw together tho.

    • Just one garment out of 100% cotton is fine 🙂 I wanted to challenge myself a bit more and make two things.

      • I tend to end up with separates that don’t go with much in my wardrobe, so I can see the value in constructing an entire outfit!

  • Great choice! I love looking at the Sears catalogs on Ancestry. So many times I wish I could place an order for things I see and for the prices listed!