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fall sewing inspiration – shirts

Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox, which marks the first official day of the Fall season – my favorite one! The temperature dropped down below 50 degrees Fahrenheit this week, right on schedule, so I’ve been dreaming up all sorts of cold weather clothing. Here’s a round-up of patterns, pictures, and RTW shirts that are really inspiring me right now.


Photo Sources: left and right

You really can’t go wrong with a classic plaid flannel for chilly weather, but the added corduroy elbow patches really has me inspired! Don’t be surprised if my next me-made shirt looks exactly like that. Speaking of plaid, it’s no secret that I love a good western shirt, but I especially love vintage western shirts and directional plaids like on the shirt shown above right.


 The Archer shirt pattern by Grainline Studio

I’ve made the Archer shirt several times now, but never the version with the back ruffle. I wasn’t sure if I really liked it or not, but once I saw this similar version by Anthropologie, I knew I had to add it to my list of shirts to make!


The Arabel Buttondown by Anthropologie

Novelty animal prints with contrasting cuffs and collar stands seems to be a popular look lately, which I why I adore both of these shirts from Anthropologie and Boden.


The Shirt by Boden

Simple, classic button-up shirts are my favorites but when I saw this version by Named patterns, my eyes got a little wider. It’s so awesome! The pointed collar to match the pointed yoke at the back is such a unique design feature.


The Wenona shirt pattern by Named

I love the simplicity of this vintage plaid shirt from Modcloth. The mini lace details are such a cute addition! What a great way to add femininity to a menswear inspired shirt. And, once again, I’m inspired by the directional plaid.


Vintage Country Charmer Top via Modcloth

Last but not least, I’ve added the new Deer & Doe pattern to my sewing queue! It would be perfect to wear over fleece leggings when walking Lucille around the neighborhood. I love the shaping at the waist and the peplum-y-ness at the bottom. So. Darn. Cute. Someone mentioned it has a very English Equestrian vibe and I have to agree! I wonder how it would look with my 1930s Jodhpurs? Only one way to find out!


The Bruyere shirt pattern by Deer&Doe

Do you have any shirt patterns on your Fall sewing list?


  • Lesley Scott

    Hi Rochelle, my daughter has a beautifully butter soft corduroy shirt i luuurve, she stole it from her brother’s wardrobe. The sleeve placket extends up into an elbow patch, it’s self fabric. I mean to try this sometime, cool feature. Oh and I have a thing for those cute triangley bits at the corners of pocket welts too. Happy shirt making, Lesley

  • I have only recently started reading your blog. The Vintage Country Charmer Top by Mod Cloth almost made me cry when I saw it. My Great-Grandmother wore a shirt that was nearly identical to it when I was a small child.

    Shirts are high on my sewing list for Fall, and I am also excited to sew a barn jacket (of all things). Being a plus size gal, most of the shirts I am sewing are very different from the fabulous ones you have on your list. Their will be plenty of plaid though!

  • I just ordered three pieces of plaid shirting from Denver Fabrics. Thanks for all the inspiration. Now I’m thinking about lace.

  • I love fall and the inspiration that it brings! I love that we get to make our most favourite comfort pieces in this season 🙂 Your shirts look very cosy and stylish, and very YOU! 🙂 I don’t think I’m making any shirts this fall, but I do have a jacket, pants and a skirt on the horizon – so much fun!!

  • The Bruyere shirt looks so cute! I may just have to make it!

  • misscrayolacreepy

    You already know, but I want to make Bruyere as well 🙂 And the corduroy patches are soooo cute from that first photo. I hope you add them to your next project!

  • We are so on the same page here – I love all your picks. My Bruyere is on order and I have been eyeing that Named pattern too. Button-ups forever!

  • Such great inspiration! I could see you rocking all these looks!

  • I have a version of the Bruyere nearly done – just waiting on buttons. I’m planning on making it in all possible ways this winter when tights and long underwear are a necessity. I love the pointed yoke and collar on the Named pattern, and if only I could look as glamorous in jeans and a plaid shirt as the model in the top picture!

  • I have two fabrics upstairs waiting for me to get around to making an archer, but, I kid you not, I had a dream (last night!) that I was prancing around town in Deer and Doe’s Bruyere! I think that might be a sign…. 🙂