My Spring For Cotton Project

April 29, 2015

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!