Sew your own: Mary Quant 'Georgie' dress

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Exclusive to the V&A, this free, downloadable sewing pattern shows you how to recreate an original Mary Quant design from 1962: the bold and beautiful 'Georgie' dress.

This stylish pleated dress has a classic mid-century elegance, with a wrap-over front bodice, three-quarter-length sleeves and wide sashed-belt finished with a bow. The pattern and instructions have been created for us by Alice & Co Patterns, based on the original 'Georgie' dress designed by Mary Quant, in the V&A collection.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Sewing pattern designed by Alice and Co Patterns. Fabric generously provided by Ray Stitch.

The pattern is provided in two size ranges (UK 6 – 16 and 18 – 22), and in three page formats (A0/A4/US Letter). Download your chosen size and print it off in full colour. The A4/US Letter formats can be printed at home using a standard printer, or you can print the A0 files at your local copy shop or with an online service.

Pattern sizes 6 – 16

Pattern sizes 18 – 22

Instructions

Never worked with pleats before? These step-by-step instructions will guide you through the full process – there's even a nifty technique to create pleats using a household fork!

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Sewing pattern designed by Alice and Co Patterns. Fabric generously provided by Ray Stitch.

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© Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Sewing pattern designed by Alice and Co Patterns. Fabric generously provided by Ray Stitch.

The 'Georgie' dress
Quant's original 'Georgie' dress was made in a statement striped cotton inspired by hard-wearing utility fabrics, like those used in traditional butchers' aprons. The navy version in our collection was purchased in 1962 by 19-year-old Sarah Robinson from Truro, Cornwall (south-west England), who described it as a "happy, fun dress to wear, and beautifully made". It retailed at 12 and a half guineas, (about £264 today). The corresponding fashion drawing shows that a very similar style, 'Rosie', was also available, in a more formal silk chiffon lined with taffeta, in black, pink or jade.

Left to right: 'Georgie' dress, Mary Quant, 1962, England. Museum no. T.74-2018. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Given by Sarah E. Robinson; Fashion drawing of 'Georgie', Mary Quant, 1962, England. Museum no. E.255-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Of course, if stripes aren't your thing, you can use whatever fabric you like and customise your dress so it’s the perfect fit – that’s the joy of home-sewing.

Special thanks to all of our pattern testers: Andrea, Angeline, Anna, Asha, Brittani, Cassandra, Elaine, Eunice, Faith, Grace, Jacob, Jasene, Kawan, Kiran, Kirsten, Linda, Lisa, Lottie, Molly, Penny, Rachael, Rebecca, Roisin, Sabine, Theresa, Tina, Yvette.

If you love making the 'Georgie' dress, don't forget to try our Mary Quant-style minidress pattern, a knee-skimming A-line design inspired by Quant's most iconic look.

See more home-sewing patterns designed by Alice & Co Patterns.

Background image: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London