In Fall For Cotton

Sears and Roebuck 1942 Reproduction Outfit


Here it is! My Fall For Cotton project inspired by a “Farmerette” outfit in the Fall/Winter Sears and Roebuck catalog from 1942. You can read more about my inspiration here, and see more garment construction photos here. I think that about sums it up as far as outfit explanation, so let’s just get to the photos!








Here are some more, in black and white, just for good measure πŸ˜‰



Disclaimer: Even though I was in fact standing next to a real apple tree, I definitely brought my own apples to shoot on location bahaha! I’m so fancy like that.

Aww, you guys! I’m sad that Fall For Cotton is pretty much over! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated and submitted project photos to the Flickr pool. There were so many incredible garments made, and I’m sincerely proud of everyone’s effort and enthusiasm. A job well done all around!

I would like to have all photos in by the end of the day on Monday the 30th (tomorrow), but as long as you can get them in before the 4th, I will still include you in the wrap-up slide show next week.

Tasha and I will be hosting some giveaways as a special treat for those who completed a project on time, so check back on October 1st for your chance to win!

Thanks again for another fantastic sewalong.

p.s. A huge thank you to my darling, William, who follows me around endlessly with a camera, trying to make me look good on this blog. I don’t give him near enough recognition <3 xoxo

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  • I love this post! I’m so excited for your 2014 sewing endeavors, and can’t wait to see your creations!!

    Btw, sewing a sweater isn’t hard at all. It just requires time. Start with something in a worsted weight–it knits up quickly and will teach you the construction techniques without killing your will to live. πŸ™‚

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  • Well William did a fantastic job on these pics, and you did an awesome one on the clothes! I especially love your hair though! Lovely all round πŸ™‚

  • Wow, straight out of a 1940s magazine!! This turned out super, I just love it! Thanks for hosting this lovely sewalong, I had fun sewing up my dresses in cotton knits.

  • I love how this outfit turned out! So cute

  • I started my dress at 6pm yesterday and finished at 2am this morning. :o) Procrastinators unite! I would love to have trousers like these.

  • You’re outfit is great! I really enjoyed seeing all of the Fall for Cotton projects around the Internet. Hope to participate in the next challenge!

  • What a perfect job of recreating the Sears outfit – and you have the right hair too. That’s my downfall, mine is too short to style in a retro fashion. My pics are up already, I had a fun time participating, thanks for all your hard work πŸ™‚ My post on my dress is here if you are interested

  • Pat

    You look like you stepped back in time. Lovely job on the outfit.

  • Cadi

    I wish my dress were finished in time for the giveaway! My sewing machine died and then we had house guests (who were staying in my sewing room), I still have to put in the sleeves, button holes and buttons. I just don’t think I’ll make it tonight! Will definitely finish by the weekend though, will post pictures.

  • Beautiful! I love the blouse! The photos are amazing-I love fall!

  • Love it!

  • Rochelle, your outfit turned out super awesome! And the apples are such a great touch for the shoot. I wish I had time to do a nice shoot, but that’s life. Always next time =D

  • Gorgeous outfit, love the blouse!

  • Fantastic outfit, Rochelle!

  • If someone showed me the black and white photos and told me that they were from the 40s I would believe them!

    The quality of your sewing always shines through, these garments look professional!

  • Phenomenal work! You completely accomplished your goal to recreate your inspiration outfit! Your photo shoot is amazing! You really capture the era in your whole look.

  • I totally believe you are a 40’s farm gal that picked all those apples! Seems like you found the perfect spot to photograph your lovely outfit. Love it!

  • great outfit!

  • Adorable! You look just like the girl in the photo, and your hair looks great πŸ™‚

    I’m also a little jealous of those apples, I need to get upstate and go apple picking soon!

  • Awesome! You look like you just stepped out of that catalog!! Beautiful pictures as always!! πŸ™‚

  • Perfection!! You got such a great fit on your trousers! I think I have a photo of my Grandma Leona and pals in almost the exact same outfit and poses!! (Not that you look like my Grandma… just – ya know – you nailed it with the 1940’s inspo!) I’m also loving your new, short, curly, red “set”.

  • Dear goodness, do you look incredible, sweet Rochelle. I am doffing my hat to you big time on both of these timelessly lovely garments. Amazing work – and such wonderfully pretty photos as well.

    β™₯ Jessica

  • Well done! Spot on to the final detail. (My next ambition is sewing a 1940s blouse–I’ve always had trouble with set-in sleeves…but after seeing so many great blouse projects this sew-a-long, I think I have to say, onward!!) I’m a bit sorry I only had time to make a simple skirt this month (but it was a fun novelty print!)

    I especially love your hair right now (although the blond was fun too!) Perfect. I need a vintage hair stylist!!

  • Your final outfit looks absolutely spot on, gah!! I love it so much. And the touch of navy at the sleeves… I’m totally swooning about the entire thing. You put in so many awesome construction details and it really shows. Also I’m glad to know that the Simplicity pattern looks great with pleats as well as darts, I may try that in a future version as it looks so great on yours!

    It’s been so wonderful co-hosting with you, yay for Fall for Cotton!! πŸ˜€

  • Really nice outfit, Rochelle. And thank you so much for hosting this sewalong. You rock!

  • Oh wow! This looks absolutely epic and bang on! A fabulous job πŸ˜€

  • Did you dye your hair? It looks very pretty! And your outfit too, of course!

  • What a sensational outfit and your photo shoot is just perfect!! You and will do such a lovely job. Sorry I couldn’t enter this time around.. but hopefully next πŸ™‚

  • You look so great! I love that you have so faithfully reproduced the inspiration ad – and the pictures are beautiful.

  • You look so adorable and you really did a great job recreating the whole outfit! I just finished my project tonight and I’m hoping to snap a few pictures after work tomorrow so I can get it in before the 1st (yay for procrastination!). Thanks so much for hosting the sewalong! I can’t wait to check out the slideshow πŸ™‚

  • How lovely! The black and white pictures look fantastic.

    I’m going to try to finish my dress up tonight, but is there any chance that my pictures would be accepted if I submitted them on the 5th or the 6th? I have a big swing event this weekend and I can take some really spectacular pictures of my dress then. If not, that’s ok, but it would be cool if I could use my event pics.

    • Hey Mary, if you can upload at least one finished photo to the pool by tomorrow then you can enter the giveaway. If not, I still definitely would love to include some swing photos in the slide show so upload them before the 6th either way! Can’t wait to see πŸ™‚

      • (By the 5th or 6th would be fine)

      • Awesome, thanks! I’ll see if I can get it finished by tomorrow night, but the good pictures will indeed come this weekend. I seem to get all of my best pictures of my sewing from dancing. I’ll see if I can find an equally well-dressed male who dances well to be my dance partner for the pictures. πŸ˜€

  • Love it! You did a great job of recreating the outfit. It looks very true to the original, and very authentically 40’s! I wish I had participated in this sew along now that I’m seeing everyone’s wonderful creations, but I had too much on the go. I’m in for your next sew along, though!