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fall sewing inspiration – shirts

Yesterday was the Autumnal Equinox, which marks the first official day of the Fall season – my favorite one! The temperature dropped down below 50 degrees Fahrenheit this week, right on schedule, so I’ve been dreaming up all sorts of cold weather clothing. Here’s a round-up of patterns, pictures, and RTW shirts that are really inspiring me right now.


Photo Sources: left and right

You really can’t go wrong with a classic plaid flannel for chilly weather, but the added corduroy elbow patches really has me inspired! Don’t be surprised if my next me-made shirt looks exactly like that. Speaking of plaid, it’s no secret that I love a good western shirt, but I especially love vintage western shirts and directional plaids like on the shirt shown above right.


Β The Archer shirt pattern by Grainline Studio

I’ve made the Archer shirt several times now, but never the version with the back ruffle. I wasn’t sure if I really liked it or not, but once I saw this similar version by Anthropologie, I knew I had to add it to my list of shirts to make!


The Arabel Buttondown by Anthropologie

Novelty animal prints with contrasting cuffs and collar stands seems to be a popular look lately, which I why I adore both of these shirts from Anthropologie and Boden.


The Shirt by Boden

Simple, classic button-up shirts are my favorites but when I saw this version by Named patterns, my eyes got a little wider. It’s so awesome! The pointed collar to match the pointed yoke at the back is such a unique design feature.


The Wenona shirt pattern by Named

I love the simplicity of this vintage plaid shirt from Modcloth. The mini lace details are such a cute addition! What a great way to add femininity to a menswear inspired shirt. And, once again, I’m inspired by the directional plaid.


Vintage Country Charmer Top via Modcloth

Last but not least, I’ve added the new Deer & Doe pattern to my sewing queue! It would be perfect to wear over fleece leggings when walking Lucille around the neighborhood. I love the shaping at the waist and the peplum-y-ness at the bottom. So. Darn. Cute. Someone mentioned it has a very English Equestrian vibe and I have to agree! I wonder how it would look with my 1930s Jodhpurs? Only one way to find out!


The Bruyere shirt pattern by Deer&Doe

Do you have any shirt patterns on your Fall sewing list?


  • Lesley Scott

    Hi Rochelle, my daughter has a beautifully butter soft corduroy shirt i luuurve, she stole it from her brother’s wardrobe. The sleeve placket extends up into an elbow patch, it’s self fabric. I mean to try this sometime, cool feature. Oh and I have a thing for those cute triangley bits at the corners of pocket welts too. Happy shirt making, Lesley

  • I have only recently started reading your blog. The Vintage Country Charmer Top by Mod Cloth almost made me cry when I saw it. My Great-Grandmother wore a shirt that was nearly identical to it when I was a small child.

    Shirts are high on my sewing list for Fall, and I am also excited to sew a barn jacket (of all things). Being a plus size gal, most of the shirts I am sewing are very different from the fabulous ones you have on your list. Their will be plenty of plaid though!

  • I just ordered three pieces of plaid shirting from Denver Fabrics. Thanks for all the inspiration. Now I’m thinking about lace.

  • I love fall and the inspiration that it brings! I love that we get to make our most favourite comfort pieces in this season πŸ™‚ Your shirts look very cosy and stylish, and very YOU! πŸ™‚ I don’t think I’m making any shirts this fall, but I do have a jacket, pants and a skirt on the horizon – so much fun!!

  • The Bruyere shirt looks so cute! I may just have to make it!

  • misscrayolacreepy

    You already know, but I want to make Bruyere as well πŸ™‚ And the corduroy patches are soooo cute from that first photo. I hope you add them to your next project!

  • We are so on the same page here – I love all your picks. My Bruyere is on order and I have been eyeing that Named pattern too. Button-ups forever!

  • Such great inspiration! I could see you rocking all these looks!

  • I have a version of the Bruyere nearly done – just waiting on buttons. I’m planning on making it in all possible ways this winter when tights and long underwear are a necessity. I love the pointed yoke and collar on the Named pattern, and if only I could look as glamorous in jeans and a plaid shirt as the model in the top picture!

  • I have two fabrics upstairs waiting for me to get around to making an archer, but, I kid you not, I had a dream (last night!) that I was prancing around town in Deer and Doe’s Bruyere! I think that might be a sign…. πŸ™‚