Thursday, October 17, 2013

What would Georgia sew today?


Factory Dress

I posed this question the other day when I was pondering the concept of Georgia O'Keeffe as a style icon. And it amazes me that it took me so long to come up with the answer.
Japanese patterns! Of course she would!
Sculptural silhouettes in black and white and grey?
In the best quality natural fibres she could source and afford?
Obvious really.
But... in my ponderings and web-wanderings, I also fell upon a couple of patterns from Merchant and Mills.
The Factory Dress? Oh. Wow.
Now... I know I said that dropped waists and shapeless smocks did nothing for my shape. But does that matter?
Because it is not about what other people think when they look at me, it is about how I want myself to appear. (I am saying this now...)

Camber Dress or Top
They sell fabric too.
Just sayin'...

13 comments:

beate grigutsch said...

yay for "volume"!
i love volume, chlothes they come to live when you move.....
this skintight fashion of today drives me crazy, nobody looks good in that.
try some of this ideas you shared here, maybe in the beginning with same gathering at some places.....
most importent with roomy chlothes - the shoulderline! it have to fit you there in the right way.
(fashion school, 2.semester ;-) )

Dibs said...

I always browse the Merchant and Mills website. not to but...well not yet anyway, but for some eye candy. I just love how everything about the site screams quality.

Sew little time said...

oh i recently discovered the merchant and mills fabrics through another blogger - i think it was maybe Veronica Darling? they are lovely and not that expensive (from a UK perspective). they look so classy!

Ros said...

Right, it is about how you want to present yourself and what makes you feel good. Is that really a shapeless black dress? I mean, if it is, then great. I just think that from what I see of the things that make you smile when you're wearing them on the blog, it seems unlikely.

LinB said...

She'd sew anything and everything from The Sewing Workshop line of patterns, including the OOP Origami Blouse. She'd sew anything by Issey Miyake (Vogue Patterns). Would she still stick to only black and white? Idk. Hollywood has embraced that color palette lately -- it is now more rebellious-against-normal to don at least a smidgen of color.

Jen Forsythe said...

There is a beautiful version of that dress on the blog 'harmonyandrosie'. These kind of styles are classy and have longevity. I know I love my Dress Shirts and Panel Dress patterns. Definitely of the 'less is more' style.

Rachael said...

I've never visited the Merchant and Mills website before, but I think I'll give it a perusal now.

violicious said...

Georgia would TOTALLY sew the Factory Dress pattern. I have been eyeballing that too. I think with a nice drapey fabric it would be amazing. Linen?

colleen said...

I love Merchant and Mills fabrics and patterns, and their Rye shop. I made the Factory Dress this summer - out of a gingham curtain, just to test it out and never got round to blogging about it. It was an experiment, and next time I'll be using much more drapey fabric. The gingham job is just a little bit too institutional in that shape, but it's a great dress for doing manual work in,and just about perfect for the allotment.

sulkycat said...

Highly recommend the Merchant and Mills book - beautiful to hold, interesting to read and several free patterns included. Treat yourself!

yesilikethat said...

Wow, this is so interesting, thanks for this post. I love Georgia O'Keefe. Interesting that she only wore black when her paintings are such a riot of colour. A lot of fashion designers also have a super-simple 'uniform', I guess it makes life easier when you're so caught up in colour and design in your work.

I would wear the hell out of a bias cut, batwing sleeved dress in black, it sounds supremely comfortable! Clever Georgia.

Susie Hewer said...

The Merchant and Mils shop is in a village just 10 miles from where I live. It's a lovely place to visit. Just thought I'd mention it ;-)

Colleen said...

How in the world have I missed these patterns. I have about six PDF patterns I've bought from Indies over the last year or so and I'd give up all of them for the Factory Girl or the Park Lane dresses. These are perfect.

Wow. Big Wow.