Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall for Cotton (and a bit of rayon too)

I had big plans for the Fall for Cotton sew along but I only got one project done and it was the most simple! I do have two more started so maybe October will be a better month for cotton.

Tada! Gray corduroy skirt circa 1940!

The blouse is also me-made and making it's blog debut today.

Fabric: cotton corduroy (skirt) and red rayon (blouse)
Pattern: DuBarry 5909
Year: c. 1940
Notions: Buttons, gray zip
First worn: September '13
Wear again: Yes! I've worn the blouse loads already and the grey skirt is a great early 40s shape and a perfect basic.

The blouse fabric was a lucky LA garment district find that just screams 1940s! Eeep! I do have a small amount of yardage left that I'm hoarding for a contrast/color block project down the road. The print is too perfect not to keep.

I was also in quite a 40s mood and decide the night before that I just had to see if I could eek out a set of Victory Rolls from my short hair and growing out bangs.

Success! I'm planning a youtube tutorial for this sometime in October since I used a different technique. It worked great!

This project really made me eager to get back into some 40s styles! They really are so practical and use much less fabric. I love my 50s but sometimes they are just too much fuss.

Photos courtesy of Will Thorpe Intelligent Design


  1. Oohh! These turned out so cute! I absolutely love the whole outfit! You did an awesome job on the skirt and blouse. Now I just need to make myself a 1940's style corduroy skirt... :)

    The Middle Sister and Singer

  2. Fantastic skirt - it has so much timelessly classic appeal (plus I'm a die hard cord fan, so that makes me love it all the more). Wonderful work on it, honey - and very pretty styling for this outfit as well.

    Hope you have a great Monday and week ahead!
    ♥ Jessica

  3. That is a great outfit. Red looks great on you! :)

  4. Oh, the blouse! It's absolutely stunning! The skirt is such a wonderful staple, too. Nicely done!

  5. So cute! I love your little victory rolls.

  6. Oh gosh that blouse! Love it the fabric print is so fabulous. I'd love a bolt of it.

  7. That skirt is really so cute! I've been thinking about doing one or two corduroy skirts for fall! I actually have a gray corduroy similar to that and now you're tempting me away from trousers (what I initially bought it for). :D And I love your blouse, too. The print is great!

  8. I adore the corduroy skirt! 1940s styles are so practical, and when I think of separates, that's often the styles I think about. And the rolls in your hair are so perfect!

  9. Oh I love this! Makes me want to start sewing from 40's patterns. I've also been wanting to sew more separates, instead of dresses.

  10. Your blouse is adorable! I can see why you're hoarding every last scrap- that fabric is so cute. :-) And your hair is great! I love the victory rolls. :-)