The fantastic Victoria and Albert Museum in London is hosting a Mary Quant exhibit this year. With it they’re putting on workshops and special events. If like me, you can’t get to London this year, there’s this! The museum has commissioned a dress pattern to be designed in the style of Mary Quant. It’s now available here, with written and video instructions and tutorial:
From the V&A pattern webpage:
This easy-to-use sewing pattern has been designed exclusively for us by Alice & Co Patterns. The design includes two neckline options, two pocket options, three collar finishes, and two sleeve finishes – all inspired by Mary Quant’s iconic designs. It’s a classic A-line mini which sits just above the knee – you can shorten it if you want to show a bit more thigh, or lengthen to turn it into a more 70s style maxi-dress.
Of course I’m going to make one!
The pattern designer was Alice and Co Patterns. They have a nice collection of other patterns and inspiring projects, too. https://aliceandcopatterns.com
Happy Birthday, Sir Paul McCartney! ❤ And what does Sir Paul’s birthday have to do with this dress? Answer: I wore it to his concert last July. I finished the dress around this time last summer; just a couple of weeks before he was coming to town. That made it super easy to decide what to wear to the concert.
This dress met several objectives–
- It is ‘bike-able’, meaning the skirt is loose enough to enable mounting the bike and pedaling. A little bit of spandex in the fabric helps with that too. The skirt is just long enough that I don’t flash passing drivers. The fabric is a twill which makes the skirt a bit sturdier in a wind.
- The dress has built-in reflector motifs for visibility.
- And last but not least, the fabric came from my stash. Every bit of stash reduction helps.
Why did I choose this dress for the McCartney concert? Obviously, because it has a Swinging 60s look. But there’s more. I thought maybe when the stage lights panned the crowd, the reflective elements of my dress would light up. I don’t know if it was visible from the stage, but it was fun wondering if I stood out in the crowd a teeny bit. 🙂
More views of the reflective details:
For biking, I added a kick pleat in the back, and gave it a strip of reflective fabric, too.
The reflective buttons were made with reflective tape and a covered button kit.