Friday, 23 August 2013

Fall for Cotton


When Rochelle and Tasha announced their sewalong Fall For Cotton, I knew I had to take part. The challenge is to sew a vintage pattern, anything from the 1920s to 1970s counts, and it must be created from 100% cotton. This fitted perfectly with my next project and the thought of joining a community of sewers all working towards the same goal was really appealing. I signed up immediately.

Technically, we are still meant to be collecting supplies until 1st September but I'm a little bit ahead. The pattern I am using is this 1960s pattern. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. 

1960s Off Center Front Button Belted Dress

I'm making it out of this beautiful peacock Lawn that Minerva Crafts kindly sent me. I cannot wait to cut into it!

I've had to grade the pattern and luckily my toile fits reasonably well. I know need to work out how to chop the pattern so I can add a blue strip behind the buttons. From the pattern picture it looks like it is a separate piece but I have now discovered that it is all in together. Oh well, that's Monday challenge as I'll be sat in a field with friends at a beer festival for most of the weekend! 

Are you taking part? 

18 comments:

  1. Not yet, but I am thinking about it now that I read your post. Actually, I have some cotton lawn and the dedicated vintage pattern in my stash, but somehow I havn't come around to make it. So, the challenge would be great to get me actually started. I love your pattern by the way, I am looking forward to see the finished make :)

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully you'll find the time to join in.

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  2. Oh no!! thats it! I have to.....

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  3. Good luck with sorting out that tricky button band thing. It's an interesting pattern, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

    I've thrown my hat into the ring for the Fall For Cotton Challenge, but I'm just trying to wrap up my Sew Weekly Reunion Challenge before starting on the FFC one. I'm still in the working out what I'm going to do stage, and I haven't reached any definite decisions yet. I need to get a wiggle on with that.

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    1. Looking forward to seeing what you come up.

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  4. It sounds like a fantastic challenge, and I love the pattern you've chosen! As much as I'd like to be part of it all, I've regretfully decided to be a grown up and admit I simply can't fit it in at the moment :( So I'll be admiring everyone else's efforts this time around :) Good luck with yours!

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    1. Thanks! We'll miss you but I get it - I've recently had to sit out a couple of great challenges for exactly the same reason.

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  5. I spotted your pattern on the Flickr group last night and have serious pattern envy! It really is beautiful!

    I haven't decided whether to join in yet. I do want to, but am conscious that sewing to a deadline stresses me and I have too much stress already in the rest of my life. Having said that, my browse round the Flickr group had me pulling out my (small) vintage pattern stash last night, so we'll see. Can't wait to see the progress on yours though!

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    1. Haha! A few days ago the pattern was knocking about on eBay if you're tempted.

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    2. Actually in all seriousness, what make/number is it? I promise not to use it for FFC if I do buy it.

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    3. It is Mail Order 4675 although there appears to be a few designs with that name! I bought mine from Etsy. Good luck in searching for it!

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  6. The pattern is so pretty! I can't wait to see the finished result!

    I have been contemplating joining in but the only 100% cotton I have in my stash is heavier than twill, it is industrial fabric I rescued at work so I don't know what it is really called! The fabric leaves me with a choice of a jacket or trousers and I don't have any patterns for either, let alone a vintage pattern. I might have a look on ebay for something suitable over the weekend...or use it as an excuse to but some new fabric ;)

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    1. I'm always in favour for stash busting but sometimes new fabric just calls...

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  7. I don't own any vintage patterns and am short on time so I might have to miss out this challenge but I am excited to see your dress in that amazing peacock print!

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  8. Love the pattern, and I am so looking forward to seeing the garment.

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