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My Spring For Cotton Project

Here it is! My completed Spring For Cotton project. In short, for those who haven’t been following along, Spring For Cotton is a vintage inspired sewing challenge for cotton fabric lovers. The challenge being: create a garment, or an outfit, using only 100% cotton fabrics. Quilting cotton was an obvious choice for me because it’s my favorite, but I stretched out of my comfort zone a bit by choosing an interlock knit for the top. As I mentioned in my SFC Sneak Peek post, I was really needing some more separates in my wardrobe which is why I ultimately decided to sew two pieces instead of one dress like I originally planned.


I mentioned a lot about the fabric and pattern construction details in my last post, but it’s worth repeating again so I’m going to do just that…


For the top I used a 100% cotton interlock knit that I bought from Organic Cotton Plus. The pattern is mainly a Sewaholic Renfrew but for a more vintage look I added a batwing style sleeve. To do that I started tracing the Renfrew, then laid Simplicity pattern 1463 down on top of it to get the shape of the sleeve. Then I basically connected the dots (so to speak) until the sleeve and body were traced seamlessly. It really wasn’t too difficult to do and I’m SO happy with the way it turned out! I ended up making the shirt twice, first in a lighter weight jersey and then in the interlock knit. Both fabrics suit the pattern really well in my opinion.


The skirt is also a pattern hack. I was looking for a something with pleats and a slightly fuller shape than a dirndl. I didn’t have a skirt pattern in my stash that fit the bill so I used the pieces from Retro Butterick B5747 instead. That dress pattern has a button front so I used the back pattern piece only when creating my skirt. I cut the front on the fold and the back in two pieces so I could add a lapped zipper. I also added inseam side pockets by borrowing the pocket piece from another Butterick pattern in my stash. I think I sewed them in a bit too low, but they’re definitely still usable as pockets.


It’s no secret that I sort of hate sewing with knits. I don’t even have a good reason for it, in fact all my reasons are really stupid – i.e. I find knits annoying to cut out (sounds whiny, I know) and I’m never happy with my stitching when I try to do anything with knits on my regular sewing machine. But! When I can sew a knit 100% on my serger, I don’t mind it. In fact, I can’t really think of anything to hate about sewing knits on a serger. The interlock knit I used is a mid weight and it presses really nicely, which allowed me to skip the top-stitching along the neckline all together. The Renfrew has a wide band along the hem of the shirt which allows you to skip any top-stitching there, too! YUSSSSS!


The addition of the batwing sleeve makes this shirt soooooo quick to sew and it’s ridiculously comfortable to wear. There are a lot of batwing shirt patterns out there already so there’s really no need to do a pattern hack like I did, but it’s not a hard modification to do if you want to, as I mentioned earlier. I was trying to use patterns I already had in my stash, hence the Spring For Cotton hack-a-thon with both my skirt and my shirt.


The skirt fabric is Cotton & Steel. More specifically, it’s by Kim Kight from her collection called Cookie Book. I bought it from Fat Quarter Shop, along with a Kona solid that I didn’t end up using as originally planned. If you’re a fan of quilting cottons, you’ve got to try Cotton & Steel fabrics! The quality is amazing. I love how substantial the weight is, but yet they’re still really soft and not super stiff feeling. They’re one of my very favorite companies. Love love love love their stuff!


Outfit Details
Hair Scarf: vintage/thrift store
Glasses: Miss Exec c/o Victory Optical
(use code LUCKY20 to get 20% off frames!)
Shirt: made by me
Belt: vintage/thrift store
Skirt: made by me
Shoes: Old Navy



If you’re participating in Spring For Cotton, don’t forget to upload your finished project photos to the Flickr Group! The deadline is tomorrow, April 30th, at midnight (Pacific Time) …though if you upload your photos sometime Friday I won’t be looking too closely 😉 😉 I’ll be working on the project video this weekend so pretty please get those photos in before then! There are some AMAZING project photos in the Flickr Pool already, and I can’t help but stalk the #SpringForCotton hashtag on Twitter and Instagram either. You ladies never cease to amaze me with your creativity and sewing talents <3

Thanks for another awesome group sewing challenge!


  • This outfit rules!!! And I’m glad you’re starting to like sewing knits. Next thing you know you’ll be an addict like me!

  • Lyric

    Girl, I am sew with you on not enjoying the sewing of knits for no earthly apparent decent reason, LOL. Humph, it is what it is. Your photography and posing are simply a delight all the time, Rochelle. The colours of this skirt speak to me too. Awww maaan, and look at the pink skinny belt! I JUST noticed that.

    Check it out, Rochelle, I joined the group over at Flickr under a new name/account because for the life of me I could not remember my sign in. Well, today I remembered so I went back in, joined under my normal account (Sew Lyrically Vintage) and attempted to upload my contribution to the challenge. Apparently I must wait for you to approve them. Alas, I am now, what, 10 days late.

    My project pattern is sew cute I could not resist going ahead and attempting to share with you gals. Plus, I wanted you to know that I had indeed been sewing along. As always thank you for hosting a fun project and sharing yourself, time, and talents.

    Looking forward to future sewing with you and the Lucky Lucille friends.



    • Hey Lyric, I’ve accepted your photos into the Flickr pool. You’re right, a very cute shirt indeed! I love the ric-rac 🙂 Unfortunately you juuuuusttt missed the video deadline. I finished it this weekend and had already rendered/processed/uploaded the video when I got your request. I’m so sorry! Your shirt is right there at the front of the pool now though so everyone will still get a chance to see it when they visit Flickr. Thank you for making something for the challenge 🙂

      • Lyric

        Oh, that’s alright, Rochelle. By the way, I could not resist/wait so I took photos with the top on. I actually like it better than before . . . YAY! They are in the que for possible upload.

        Again, thank you for hosting this and please when/if you can let’s do another!



  • Maja Ćorić

    You make the prettiest things. dear.
    I couldn’t help but notice you’ve got amazing earrings – Iove them: they are summer-invinting, yet not so flashy.

    Two thumbs up


  • Stephanie Dean

    Love this outfit! I am making a few Renfrows now, including one with flutter sleeves. I will look into the organic cotton.

  • I adore this outfit ~ the colors and the styling. Circle skirts and knit tops look so good together and this pairing is no exception! Stunning! ❤


    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  • That fabric is sooooo pretty! 🙂

  • It all turned out lovely! I like the cheery colors in the skirt, but the top keeps things from getting too overwhelming. 🙂

  • So beautiful!

  • Evie

    Super cute!

  • It’s absolutely, positively beautiful! What a fun, cheerful pattern (on the fabric) and classic skirt shape. Wonderful job!

    ♥ Jessica

  • Gia

    LOVE the skirt and the whole outfit!!!
    I’m afraid my entry was finished a day too late but I’d like to share it with you anyway…..

  • Sara

    cute! I wanted to join in the fun but I had too much going on to be apart of the challenge

  • Very pretty ensemble – and great photos, as always! The flowers are a lovely touch. Thanks so much for hosting the sewalong! I finally got around to sewing something from one of my vintage patterns, thanks to you. 🙂

  • What a terrific outfit!! Great job!!

  • What a lovely outfit! I absolutely adore the colours! Hoorah for complete serger construction knits! 😉

  • It’s like you popped outside, gathered the very sweetest bits of spring, and then magically made them into an outfit! Lovely, lovely makes! I’m so smitten with your colour choices. And your photography is wonderful too! Thank you for being that hostess with mostest! I’ve really enjoyed my sewing experience!!

    A Colourful Canvas: My Spring For Cotton Dress : : Vintage Nineteen Twenties Inspired

  • I love all the hacking you did :)! The skirt is just wonderful. I wish I had one. This post has definitely inspired me!

  • I love that this is super retro, but also very comfortable and very you!

  • Debra Ward

    I like this outfit sooo much I may have to steal it. It the kind of casual I’m looking for to add to my right now very slim pickings summer wardrobe. Well done my dear!

  • Victoria Anderson

    Looks great!! They quilting store on my island just closed, I am so sad. Now we have to leave the island to get any sewing supplies and I don’t like doing that. Plus I loved going in there and seeing all the beautiful fabrics- like Cotton and Steele. They also had huge windows with changing quilt exhibits up that I drove by everyday.

  • Beautiful spring outfit! I love the shape of the sleeves on the top and the skirt is so pretty. Just lovely!

  • sallieforrer

    Gorgeous lady!! Love this look on you! And I am all for sewing up some separates to stretch your wardrobe!

  • Your skirt is wonderful, really pretty pattern. And it matches so well with the pink belt!

  • absolutely delicious, this outfit suits you to a T!!

  • Alice from France

    Ah! Everything is just SO LOVELY! The colors, the styling, the place you took the pictures, you look ADORABLE!

  • I love the pattern of that skirt! So pretty for spring. I may have to try that batwing trick!

  • Carolyn

    Love the colors – this is a beautiful outfit for spring! I haven’t tried Cotton + Steel fabrics yet, but I’ve felt them in person, and they are pretty darn nice. 🙂

  • You look amazing in this, Rochelle! I don’t normally like batwing but you make it look so flattering. And the fact that it is a knit—lovely!

  • Gorgeous! I love both of these. It’s strange to see you in a knit top, but this is one that works really well for you. Love the shape. And the skirt is just beautiful!

  • Beautiful outfit! I love the fabric of the skirt!

  • I love this Rochelle! Those colours are very you!

    Thanks for organising Spring for Cotton this year, loved seeing the flickr group creations and it’s very inspiring all round! I’m keen for a batwing knit top now! But also a few more vintage-esque dresses and skirts in my wardrobe! x

  • An Van Gestel

    Really lovely, what a great idea! You look stunning

  • Katherine Crisp

    You look fantastic. Beautiful colours, very fresh. Look lovely matched with the flowers! I love the skirt.

  • stella selbmann

    You look so beautiful!

    So fresh and lovly like a springflower!
    The colors are bright and shiny the will bring you
    to lighten up the day!

    Lovly greetings

  • Such a lovely, relaxed and honest look 🙂 Love the colors together, you are very good at matching prints and colors. It is not as easy as it would appear! Thanks for the sewalong 😉

  • jannapyj

    Just found out that one of our local shops carries Cotton + Steel! At least is says they do on their website…I have yet to make it down there to get my hands on it. :o)

    Your pattern hacks are super! Way to “make do”, our grandmothers would be proud! OH and I just looooove the Pink button on back of the skirt!!!


  • It turned out so lovely!! The skirt is super super cute and spring like! I wish I didn’t get sick half way through the month, I would have participated! Ah well, next time!

  • colesworth

    pink and green together always say ‘spring’ to me, so pretty ;o)

  • Kacy Burchfield

    Rochelle, this looks awesome. I love the batwing top. Thanks for hosting this wonderful challenge! I had a blast playing along.

  • Doreen Zwemer

    Rochelle, this is so beautiful. I absolutely love the pattern and colors on the skirt. Nice work! I didn’t get a chance to make something this time around, but I will certainly try to get in on the next sew a long.