Here are some paintings by William Henry Margetson, whose earliest paintings depicted a more Victorian style of ladies, and later paintings, the 1920-30's styles.
I noticed the hands: securing her hat from the wind, holding purse and shawl, carrying a basket, mending a hem, looking at shells, putting up the wash with clothespins, holding a hat, knitting, carrying an umbrella, picking flowers, and holding the door open. In some of my classes for women I hace asked the question "What is in your hand?" It is interesting to hear the answers and to analyze what is good and lovely. I am accustomed to being ridiculed for this, but there is nothing prettier than a little girl happily carrying a bunch of wildflowers to give to her mother. I want to keep striving for that innocence of the hands, where what I do is lovely: writing letters, using tea cups, washing dishes, sweeping, picking apples, hanging the wash, shaking someone's hand, an encouraging pat on the back, baking bread, and more.
Above: would it not be lovely to wear a pretty print that goes with a field of wild flowers, going for a little nature walk?
Below: perhaps this is autumn or a cool summer evening, when a shawl is drawn snugly closer while walking hme from a friend's tea.
These are inspirations for my sewing, as I also notice how the subject coorinates with the settings and seasons, in the paintings. I like dressing that way at home, even if it is only a new apron that matches the mood of the weather or something I am doing in the house. While I do not wear the Victorian clothing and many of my dresses are 2016 patterns, the thing I like about these few Margetsons is the countenance and the homey atmosphere they display. There is such happiness amd contentment there with the warmth of the sun, the sweetness of the gestures and the simple treasures of the house.
Above: those of us who have had lavender growing outside know why it brings a smile when it is gathered into a basket to give the house a fresh scent.
Below: many a woman has stoppd to take a few stitches in a hem.
Below: Surely we have all done this: sat on the shore letting pur minds rest, while enjoying the beauty of the sea. This gives me ideas of a special dress for a trip to the beach. What about a sea themed cotton print with a sea-shell border?
Later I was able to get this view of the birds and the waves and capture some of the color I was trying to match the fabric to.