Fall For Cotton Final Project Video

That’s a wrap! This video marks the official conclusion of the 2013 Fall For Cotton Sewalong. Thank you to everyone who participated and sewed along with us! Seeing all of the projects in one slideshow is pretty awesome, so I hope you enjoy watching it as much as Wil and I enjoyed putting it together.

I tried really hard to include at least one project from everyone, but please forgive me if I left someone out. It certainly wasn’t intentional! With over 260 members and 600+ photos it was slightly overwhelming to sort through it all, but obviously it was worth it! Be sure to check out the Flickr group for even more photos, and group discussion.

So what’s next? Well, Tasha has been cooking up something pretty special for all those 40’s lovin’ knitters out there, and I’ll be bringing back Sew For Victory in the Spring!

Thanks again for joining us for another fantastically fun sewing challenge!

*Edit – my apologies to Sarah! I missed her photo in the Flickr group (So sorry, Sarah!). You can see her finished dress:  here.*




Sew For Victory – some links to get started!

WOW! I’m absolutely over the moon with how many of you are interested in 40’s sewing! This is going to be such a fun sew along! Make sure you’re introducing yourselves in the Flickr group so I can get to know who you are, and follow your blog to keep up with your progress :)

Many of you already have a good handle on some ideas and direction for your project, but if you need some helpful hints or inspiration, here are a few links to get your creative juices flowing!


My absolute favorite reference that I’ve found online so far is this 1943 Bellas Hess mail order catalog made available by Sense & Sensibility Patterns. This original 116 page catalog can be downloaded as a PDF, and although it’s not free (it costs $3.95) it is worth so much more than four dollars! I am not affiliated with this company, I just truly and honestly LOVE this download as a resource. It’s been invaluable to me when it comes to fabric and dress inspiration! Highly Recommended.


The next resource I have for you is this awesome 40’s fabric inspiration originally from a vintage Sears catalog, and posted on The Sew Weekly. This post does a great job of showing fabric styles from the beginning through the end of the decade. Here is just one of the many catalog pages shared: Bookmark this link!


Keep in mind when shopping for fabrics that many natural fibers, as well as nylon, were either rationed, harder to come by, or more expensive due to the war. Because of this, rayon became the fabric of the decade! Unfortunately, modern rayons (at least the ones I’ve seen) rarely come in true vintage inspired prints. So with that said, cotton is your friend! Modern quilt designers, like Denyse Schmidt, do 40’s and depression era inspired prints VERY well!

As far as sewing patterns go, the easiest place to start would be with the “Big 4″ pattern companies that you’ll find at places like Joann Fabrics.


You might be surprised to find how many 40’s repro patterns are available from Simplicity, Butterick, and Vogue!

There are also many independent pattern companies who specialize in vintage pattern reproduction, or vintage inspired patterns!

Check out companies like:

Decades of Style


Reconstructing History

Sense and Sensibility

Wearing History

 There are also countless online shops, like Blue Gardina, that carry actual vintage patterns from the 40’s. The only down side to real vintage patterns is they don’t always have your size, or all the pattern pieces and instructions included. Don’t let that deter you though if you really would love to sew a true vintage pattern.

Hopefully this is enough to get you started! As we get deeper in to this sewing challenge, I’ll be posting more in depth resources on fabrics, tips for vintage patterns, vintage sewing and finishing techniques, and other things like that.

Don’t think that you HAVE to get ridiculously authentic with your own personal project if that’s too overwhelming to attempt, but it’s always fun to have the knowledge of how things were made back then. At least it is for me! I love the research aspect of vintage sewing :)

Stay tuned for some more “real life” inspirational photos coming up next!



Sew For Victory! A 40s Sewalong

(watch on Vimeo)

Sew For Victory! A 1940’s Themed Sewalong

Who can sew along? Anyone and everyone! The more the merrier!

When is it? February 4th – March 31st (plan to have your project completed before 3/29 so I can round up all the project photos for a big project parade here on Lucky Lucille!)

What pattern can I use? Any vintage 1940’s pattern, 40’s reproduction pattern, or modern pattern that helps you create your 1940’s inspired garment. (See my 1943 mail order inspired dress where I used two repro patterns and a modern pattern!)

Not familiar with the 40’s? No problem! I’ll be posting lots of resources on where to find patterns, fabrics, fashion inspiration, and anything else you might need to create your 1940’s inspired look.

Really familiar with the 40’s? AWESOME! Take this challenge one step further by researching what kinds of fabrics were rationed in your country during the war, finding 40’s style shoes and accessories to compliment your garment, and/or try a 1940’s hair and makeup look for the total authentic package!

Remember to Make Do And MendBe thrifty and resourceful. If you mess up, make it work! This was a staple mentality during the war which heavily influenced the fashions of the 40’s.

Most Importantly: Be kind and courteous to your fellow sewists. Not everyone has the same skill level or familiarity with the 40’s. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and offer help, but always be encouraging and positive when doing so. Sew-alongs are fun and a great way to make new friends!!

So, ARE YOU IN?! I hope so!
Here’s what to do next: Join the Sew For Victory flickr group, grab a button for your sidebar, and invite your friends to sew along!

Sew For Victory Button – 300 px wide

 Code for 300px button, copy and paste this in your sidebar.

<a target="_blank" href="http://luckylucille.wpengine.com/2013/02/sew-for-victory-a-40s-sewalong/">
<img src="http://luckylucille.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/SFVlogo300.png" border="0">


Sew For Victory Button – 250 px wide
 Code for 250px button, copy and paste this in your sidebar.

<a target="_blank" href="http://luckylucille.wpengine.com/2013/02/sew-for-victory-a-40s-sewalong/">
<img src="http://luckylucille.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/SFVlogo250.png" border="0">

Sew For Victory Button – 180 px wide

 Code for 180px button, copy and paste this in your sidebar.

<a target="_blank" href="http://luckylucille.wpengine.com/2013/02/sew-for-victory-a-40s-sewalong/">
<img src="http://luckylucille.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/SFVlogo180.png" border="0">

(More button sizes here!)
Remember to use the hash tag #sewforvictory on Twitter and Instagram so you can check in with your fellow sewists!

This sewing challenge is a work at your own pace type deal, but I’ll be checking in often to help you along! I’ll try to cover everything from finding your sewing pattern, tracing it out, finding your size, working with vintage patterns, finding 40’s appropriate fabrics, hair, makeup, fashion, some WWII history, and even some 1940’s playlists to sew along to! I encourage everyone to post photos of their patterns and inspirations on flickr as you work along! Don’t forget to introduce yourself in the flickr group forum, and never be afraid to ask questions.

Everyone who completes a project will be featured here on March 31st! I might just be giving away some prizes, too ;) ;)

Stay tuned and check back often!