In Sewing

weekend work in progress

I know I’m supposed to be working on my 1940s Rodeo Gal shirt but my Cotton and Steel pre-order just arrived from Hawthorne Threads, so naturally I had to drop everything and sew with the new stuff!


Cotton and Steel is a new fabric company founded by Melody Miller (who just so happens to be my hero and biggest inspiration) and I’m so blown away by their debut collections! Go check them out if you haven’t already because they’re exactly the kind of company I want to support. Five amazing women + collaborative fabric collections = AWESOME THINGS.


The yoke pieces on the Rodeo Gal pattern are really big (plus you need to cut each one twice or four times) and I didn’t have enough of the mustang print for that particular pattern, so I’m setting it aside for now. This WIP is a Smooth Sailing/Archer pattern mash-up and I’m thinking it’s about to be my most favorite thing I’ve ever sewn (knock on wood)! Two of the prints are from Melody Miller’s Mustang collection, and the aqua print is by Alexia Abegg for their nearly solid collection “netorious”. I bought five Cotton and Steel prints total and had a different combination in mind for this shirt actually, but I’m realllllyyyyy liking the way it’s coming together. I’ve got some more work to do on it obviously but I’m hoping to have it finished and photographed by Monday.

I could gush about Cotton and Steel all day long but I need to stop so I can get back to sewing!

What are you making this weekend?


  • Very nice! I love the shape of this shirt. Yours looks better than the pattern photo which, to me, looks too loose. Yours is just right.

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  • tinygoldenpins

    Man! That is gorgeous stuff. I like so much of that collection….I wish somebody would just give me the lovely affair! I usually don’t like horse (or cat) prints but both of those in the collection are first rate. how do they feel?????

  • Deb Kessler

    I started cutting fabric for a quilt this weekend but while sorting out the fabric stumbled on a length of cotton that I believe is destined to be my next skirt. With the cool breezes blowing through the kitchen windows I was getting into my “autumn” mindset so this fabric answered to that perfectly. Thanks as always for the lovely inspiration!

  • So, can you design all my clothes from now on? This is the coolest shirt ever! I really admire your eye for mixing prints and colors.

    • Rochelle

      Haha Aww thanks! Well now you’ve seen it so you can make the same shirt for yourself 😉

  • LOVE that mustang fabric! I’m not working on any sewing projects this weekend. My mind needs a break. My 15 year old daughter and I took an intensive pattern fitting and adjusting class this week (4 hours every night and then sewing mock-ups all day). We learned A LOT about fit. She is a mighty 4′ 8″ tall and now she has patterns that will actually fit her well – Yea!

    • Wow that does sound intense! Totally worth it though I’m sure. I really would love to take a class like that someday, too. I think it’s great you and your daughter could go and learn together!

  • I am seriously in love with the print combo you have working on this shirt!! Your eye for color and pattern is really wonderful. I love that you’re not afraid to make such bold choices!

    • Thank you so much! I used to work in a fabric shop a few years ago and one of my favorite tasks was putting together custom fat quarter bundles for quilting. I really love mixing prints and colors, and I guess not having a fear of doing that adds to the “knack” I have for going bold or going home 😉

  • I’vebgot two goals for the weekend:
    1. Make some good progress on a ponte version of the BHL Georgia dress to go with my OAL cardigan
    2. Get some pdf patterns taped together and reading for sewing. I’ve got a lot swirling around my theoretical queue, and I figure that if I get the patterns ready to go, I’m more likely to get moving.

    • Rochelle

      I’ve seen so many beautiful versions of the Georgia dress, good choice! I really wanted to do the OAL but I’m not ready to cast on my first sweater quite yet. This sounds silly but the first step to get moving is to simply get moving! Getting some patterns tapped together is a good place to start 🙂

  • Swoon…super swoon…epic swoon!!! Oh, how this incredible shirt makes my inner cowgirl as a giddy as a pony running free through a wide open field.

    ♥ Jessica

    • Rochelle

      Thanks, Jessica! I’m feeling the same way 😉

  • Yeah, I would drop everything for that mustang fabric too!!!

    This weekend I’m altering a wedding dress for my niece. So um, maybe I wouldn’t drop EVERYTHING. :o)

    • Rochelle

      Haha! Yeah maybe you don’t want to drop EVERYTHING just yet 😉 😉 …but the mustangs are definitely worth the thought lol.

  • I’m working on my cosplays for SDCC! I’m working on a makeup test for one costume, and hope I can get the stretch fabrics for it to work in my favor.

    • Rochelle

      Oh man I’d love to go to SDCC someday! That’s so awesome!! I’m sure your costume will look amazing.

  • stgilbert

    THERE ARE MUSTANGS ON YOUR SHIRT!!!! Eeep! This is definitely a Shirt of Excellence and I am looking forward to the reveal!

    • Rochelle

      Hehe! Yes, yes there are 🙂 Thanks, Sarah! I can’t wait to finish it.

  • This weekend I’m not making anything, but I am having dinner with my husband and his grandparents and we are receiving the quilt grandma has been working on since our wedding. (Over a year ago.) I am SO excited to receive our precious handmade gift!

    • Rochelle

      That’s a seriously special gift! Enjoy your dinner 🙂

  • I’m working on a lovely little dress made with some beautiful Martha Negley desserts fabric. Can’t wait to see yours!!

    • Rochelle

      She makes beautiful fabric! I love her new collection with the feathers.