Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday Morning Inspiration/Mary Quant

What a whirlwind of a weekend! Every year, our neighborhood association sponsors a neighborhood wide garage sale. They do all of the advertising, and all we have to do is sign up, and then begin the major task of cleaning out and setting up. 

A while back, I had cleaned out my closet. Rather than box it all up and send it off to the resale shop, I decided to put it all in the garage sale. It was a roaring success! One little gal came in, tried on a jacket that I made some time ago. It was absolutely adorable on her, and I thought for sure that she would buy it. Her boyfriend put the kibosh on it. I'm so very happy as when I saw it on her, I regretted that I had put it out. But, that's the only piece that will make it back into the collection :) Now I need to make something fun to wear it with. It's very Mary Quant, clean lines, and a flower power print. 

With all the excitement surrounding the Dior exhibit, I had no idea that the V&A Museum is hosting an exhibit on Mary Quant. A friend of mine sent me a video link from Facebook. Sadly, I was unable to find a YouTube link to the video, so I can't share it here. But...I did find a lovely Vlog on YouTube, Stitchless TV. Here's the video she did on the exhibit;

As I watched the video, I thought of Chanel and how she liberated women. Mary Quant took Chanel's idea a step forward. After all the constraining styles of the 1940s and 1950s, she was truly a breath of fresh air. And, that's in more ways than one, women could actually breathe again!!!

Below are pieces from the collection. If you look closely, each is the same basic pattern with slight variations.

Now for a sweet surprise. In conjunction with the Mary Quant exhibit, the V&A made a Mary Quant pattern available...

It's her signature basic style, but with a keyhole opening at the neckline. 

You can find the downloadable pattern, as well as 3 sew along videos HERE. This is the perfect throw it on and go style for summer.

If by chance you are anywhere near London, the exhibit runs through February of 2020. Oh how I would love to go!!!

Have a wonderful week, and make a Mary Quant dress!!! :)

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