In Spring For Cotton

My SFC Project – sneak peek

Well it’s taken me long enough, but my Spring For Cotton project is now nearly done! I just have to hem my skirt and then it’s 100% finished. I’m glad I never shared my initial plans or progress here because there would have been a post titled “No just kidding, I changed my mind” every single week. I had at least three, maybe four, false starts with other projects and ultimately I just had to ask myself – What do you NEED right now? At least I had an answer for that!


One of my goals this year is to make more vintage inspired fit and flare dresses, but with Me Made May coming up I really needed some separates. I’m realizing I’ll need a lot more separates to mix and match if I want to treat every month like Me Made May, but for now I think these two pieces will get a lot more wear than a single dress would.

I used pattern pieces from four different sewing patterns in order to create this outfit and I’m really pleased with the results! I mentioned in my last MMM post that I desperately needed a basic white T-shirt so I decided to make one with a vintage twist. …in 100% cotton, of course!


I bought some cream colored interlock knit from Organic Cotton Plus a few months ago so I had juuuuusttt enough left over from another project to squeak out a Sewaholic Renfrew with a batwing sleeve modification. This interlock fabric is on the heavier side (something between a standard T-shirt weight and a light sweatshirt) and it’s fantastic to sew with because it’s so stable. It wouldn’t work well for a tight fitting shirt since it doesn’t have a ton of stretch, but for a looser fitting shirt like this I think it’s perfect!


For the skirt I used a quilting cotton, designed by Kim Kight for Cotton and Steel, that I bought at Fat Quarter Shop. I adore this print by itself, but I was drawn to it as a skirt knowing I already have three tank-tops that would match with it quite well. I wanted a skirt with pleats, and rather than try to draft it myself and work out all the math, I just used the bottom piece of Retro Butterick pattern B5747. I added inseam pockets using the pattern piece from another dress pattern, added a lapped zipper to the back, and then drafted my own waistband. I topped it off with a vintage button, of course.

I’ll have real outfit photos to share later this week, but I just wanted to pop in and prove I will actually have something finished for my own sew-along, haha! 😉

Though cutting it close now, it’s not too late to sew something for Spring For Cotton if you want to! Find all the details, here…


  • Great job on the skirt, love the fabric choose.

  • Michelle

    Can’t wait to see the skirt!

  • Lisa

    Oh my, I know I’m going to love this. Such amazing colors.

  • Ooooh, it’s gorgeous! I gasped and smiled when I saw the colours. They’re so pretty, so springtimey, and so very mid-century perfect. What a fabulous project to make for this challenge.

    ♥ Jessica

  • Lisette

    I’m racing to make the deadline! If only I didn’t have to decipher an invisible zipper. I haven’t put one in in over 5 years.
    The colors you have going on are great!

  • Elena Knits

    I love the colors of the skirt and how the button combines with it. I’m looking forward to seeing the complete outfit.

  • Evie

    Can’t wait to see the outfit full length! I love the skirt fabric.

  • jannapyj

    I’m loving that oh so versatile White tee! The sleeve modification is brilliant…can’t wait to see it on you! And the skirt already has 4 tops waiting to be worn with it! Great outfits are in your future. :o)

    I’m still trying to decide if I’m crazy enough to try to churn something out for SFC! I want to, I really really do, but I don’t know if my sanity can take it??? The Wedding dress I’m sewing is aaaaaalmost done, my bridesmaid dress is 3/4 done, the other 3 dresses are mocking me. :o)


  • oOOOOO I can’t wait to see it !

  • People will CLAMOR for that batwing hack. I know I will!

  • Fantastic colours! Can’t wait to see the finished result!

  • Your skirt fabric has awesome color combination! Can’t wait to see 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see it! I love all those colours! Also, I change my mind about projects on a regular basis too!

  • Debra Ward

    Yup. Changed my mind about what I was sewing as soon as I had posted it here.
    I’m throughily intrigued with what you’ve got going on because I just sewed up Renfrew and I’m curious to see your changes! I’m lovin’ those colour choices too!!!

  • Beautiful colours! Doesn’t Lucille look darling too?!

    You’ve done well! Lots of deciding time means this will be just lovely! Can’t wait to see your photos with it on! I’ve just posted mine tonight, off to bed now!

  • Haha, isn’ that how projects so often work! Many of those projects turn into UFO’s that lie in the bottom drawer of my sewing table. Although I did make a commitment (last year!) to either finish those projects…or get rid of them. That pattern is awesome though. Can’t wait to see what it looks like on you!