Fall For Cotton – my inspiration

August 20, 2013

When trying to come up with inspiration for a new sewing project, I often look to old magazines for help. I reference the Sears and Roebuck catalogs all the time here and for good reason. Why do I reference these magazines all the time? Well because they tell you everything you need to know about how to reconstruct the garments! Take a look at the description for these slacks that “so many factory workers and farmerettes” want…


I think a pair of high waisted trousers and a long sleeve blouse would be the perfect addition to my cool weather wardrobe, and therefore, the perfect Fall For Cotton project. Plus, if the outfit is good enough for a WWII Rosie or Land Girl, then it’s good enough for me!

So this is where I’m at so far:
I’ve got my inspiration outfit, my fabric, and a great lead on how to reconstruct the trousers. (Both the check shirting, and the bottom weight twill, are 100% cotton fabrics from Jo-Ann’s.) I think I can whip something together for both the blouse, and the trousers, with the patterns I have at home. I love “Frankensteining” patterns to recreate garments. It’s such a fun process for me.

I’ll be posting more about cotton fabrics next time! Have you joined the Fall For Cotton sewalong yet? If recreating 1920’s-1970’s styles is up your ally, and sewing with 100% cotton sounds like the best thing ever, then be sure to check out the Flickr group and get in on the fun! Tasha and I would love to have you sew with us (and almost 100 others so far!).