I’ve decided to join the Fall For Cotton challenge started by Rochelle of Lucky Lucille and Tasha of By Gum, By Golly! The idea is to sew something vintage inspired using 100% cotton fabric. I actually have pretty much used cotton exclusively since starting to sew because I’ve been too scared to use anything else! So the challenge part for me will be the vintage aspect.
I think my particular body shape is best suited for 1940’s and 1950’s designs (times when waists were emphasized!). I started by looking at some of the vintage patterns offered by the Big 4 pattern companies (I thought about looking at actual vintage patterns, but 1) I am scared! and 2) there aren’t a lot of plus-sized vintage patterns out there) and I totally fell in love with these shirts:
Despite the styling on the actual model (I feel like she looks weirdly prairie?), I just thought these looked so cute! Especially version C and D with the shoulder buttons! So now I just have to decide on bottoms. I am leaning towards a straight type skirt, as it seems that was the style at the time! Here’s an actual vintage pattern for inspiration and another Simplicity pattern (with lots of extra options for another time)
Alternatively, if I am feeling really brave, I was thinking about doing wide leg trousers. Either from the pattern above, or the Colette Juniper.
I’ve been meaning to try trousers for a while now, and I might need a nice pair in the coming season (more on that later…) so that might be a good way to challenge myself! I think for the bottoms I would probably go with something gray or navy, and for the top I might actually try my hand at matching stripes!
I really love the idea of separates, because I think they make a lot more sense in my life style and I will get more wear out of them, however, I was also really drawn to this dress. Maybe for another time 🙂
Until next time,