Thanks for all the wonderful comments about the new blog design! I’m just bursting with excitement about it.
Well sew-alongers, it’s taken me awhile to decide what I want to sew for Fall for Cotton! There are so many inspiring patterns being posted in the Flickr group. And today is September 1st so you know what that means—it’s our official sewing start date. Yay!
Well, it turns out Rochelle and I are going to be twinsies. Hee hee! Not that this is any great surprise to either of us, as we love a lot of the same things style-wise. Like her, I’ve decided to sew up a pair of trousers and a blouse. I was first leaning towards a dress, but with Fall approaching I really am in a trousers and jeans mood, so it seemed only natural.
Here’s the funniest part: in Rochelle’s inspiration post, she shared a page from the 1942 Sears catalog. Guess what year my patterns are from? Yep. 1942!
Actually though, I’m not going to sew McCall 4803, the trouser pattern. I’d have to grade it down and quite frankly I’m not in the mood. So instead, I’m going to sew the repro Simplicity 3688 that served me well in my Sew Grateful Week trousers. I’m thinking of adding belt loops to make them look more like the McCall pattern.
As for the blouse, I’ll go with the open convertible collar and short sleeves. A different vintage blouse pattern in my stash features saddle stitching around the collar which I think is so cute, and Rochelle helped convince me it would be a great addition to my blouse! I’ve actually never done saddle stitching, so I’m wondering what I should use. Embroidery floss? Buttonhole twist?
I’m going to use vintage fabric for the blouse and evergreen corduroy from JoAnn’s for the trousers. If I have enough fabric leftover, I may even make a matching belt out of the blouse fabric! Instead of the red vintage buttons I picked out, I could use this amazing button and buckle set…
But call me crazy, I’m tempted not to use it yet. I’ve been waiting for the perfect project, which I kind of feel would be a shirt dress and matching belt, instead of a matching belt for the blouse. Most of my trousers don’t have belt loops (except jeans, which might make me look like a navy sandwich), so unless I get to sewing, I’d relegate the belt to limited use.
What do you think? I’m excited about my choices, just need to make some button and belt decisions. How are your plans coming along??