Blue Linen, Cotton and Coffee, of Course for Cèzanne’s Woman with a Coffeepot.

Hello and welcome to my interpretation of this edition of the SIA challenge.
About Style Imitating Art

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

This Round’s Presenter

Today, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks is the curator.

This Week’s Inspirational Image-A Woman with a Coffeepot by Paul Cèzanne

My Take

There were a few things I considered when I looked at this painting. It’s hard not to notice that the woman is dress in all blue. Cèzanne painted this work in 1895 and there are two things that I am pretty sure about 1895. Fabrics at this time were constructed from natural fibers such as wool, cotton and linen. Rayon had been invented by this time but wasn’t really used in garment manufacturing until a while after the turn of the century (the US didn’t even try to make rayon until 1910).

The second thing is that synthetic indigo (the main source of blue in fiber back then) wasn’t discovered until 1897. Therefore, it seems to me that the top and dress are both natural in their fiber and dye. I know, this is a very fiber geek kind of thing. But I am who I am.

He also contrasted the cool blue against the warm tablecloth. The white and the silver of the coffeepot and cup are balanced out with the flowers on the left side of the canvas.

With those in mind, I set about putting together my scene. I went in for the whole coffee thing because we love coffee. Once upon a time I even had a pot like the one in the painting but must have got rid of it. I looked and looked but couldn’t find it. I subbed the next best thing which was our French press.

My Personal Style for this SIA

I very much embraced the natural fibers. Although my tunic is linen, I’m sure it was probably dyed with synthetic Indigo. My American Eagle jeans are cotton.

I made my tunic back in the summer of 2018 and wrote of that experience HERE, complete with the insanity of adding all over decorative stitches which took a few hours longer than I ever anticipated.

I carried the blue out in my shoes, which are a pair of Candies that I picked up for a blog post back in July 2017. The thrifted dress I bought them for as long been ripped up to repurpose, but I still pull out these suede flats once in a while.

Setting the Stage

I had fun again setting the stage for this take. Probably most art curated for SIA won’t lend itself to this, but these last two have.

Our front porch/deck serves as the backdrop. I used a 50’s vintage tablecloth that I got from my mom. There’s no orange but there’s every other color in the rainbow woven into it!

I did pick up orange with a few pieces of my vintage 60’s Heller dinnerware by Massimo Vigenelli.

Our Daffodils and Crocus have started popping up everywhere and I had to use them for the flower motif in the painting.

I am currently reading Sustainable Fashion & Textiles by Kate Fletcher.

My Hair for this Story.

This is Kendall by Henry Margu in 626H. I wore it in the original post about making my linen tunic and thought to do the same here.

I think that about wraps it up for me.

Will You Join the Fun?

I hope this art inspires you to create a look and that you will join us. Send a photo of your SIA inspired outfit along with a small blurb on how you were inspired to Daenel whose email is by March 23rd. She will share the submissions on her blog on Wednesday March 24 th.

Anyone can participate and you certainly do not have to have a blog.

If you do share your inspirations on Instagram use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you are there. You can also tag us in the images. Our Instagram names are: terrigardner_meadowtree, daenelt and 14shadesofgrey.

That’s it for today. Take care and stay creative!

19 thoughts on “Blue Linen, Cotton and Coffee, of Course for Cèzanne’s Woman with a Coffeepot.

    1. Thank you, Iris. Hide in the corner? You are a good seamtress-I’ve seen some things you’ve made. We all have our sewing journies.
      I have some sewing bloggers who I read whose projects make my jaw fall to the floor.
      I’m so happy you enjoyed how I put this story together because it was fun pulling out my Mom’s tablecloth. Take care, Terri


  1. Terri, I love your interpretation of the painting but I also really enjoyed your fabric geek information! You know I get so into all that historical stuff. Your tunic is so gorgeous. And you did all that beautiful stitching yourself! Wow! You are incredibly talented and so very inspiring! Your table scape is so fun as well for this shoot! I am heading off to write my SIA post for Wednesday! As always, thank you all for hosting this fun series.


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    1. Hello,Shelbee and thank you. I’m so glad you liked it. Actually, my sewing machine did the hard part, but I had to sit there keeping it all straight, as I remember. A water soluble pen helped-probably more info that you wanted.
      I can’t wait to see what you’ve done becasue you always have such a good interpretation.
      Take care, Terri

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    2. I think this looks brilliant and your choice of top and reasoning is superb! I really like the material and I’m astounded you made that complicated top! The extra props really added to the piece!

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      1. Hello, Kezzie I am happy you like my thought process because I think for this round the technical aspect turned out to be pretty important for me. When I see fabric/fiber I it’s just something I take into considerion. The last two works have been nice because they have lended themselves to extra intrepretation of the art outside of what one is wearing. Take care, Terri


    1. Thank you, Jodie. This work just inspired the whole scene thing. And it was fun to plan out and ceate. This tunic is one of those things that really isn’t on trend ever, so I figure I can wear it forever…Thank you for coming by and leaving a message. XOXO Terri

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    1. You did wonderful with this SIA interpretation, Terri! Very well thought out and well orchestrated. And I love the fact that you also set up a scene to match the painting! Wonderful job!

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  2. Your answer to this challenge works perfectly, Terry. This is so well-composed as it could be. And your look suits you nicely. I’m in love with this hand-made linen top, I think I told you already when you first posted it.
    XOXO Reni

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    1. Thank you, Reni. I was happy to get to bring this top back to the blog. With that vintage French fringe that I found, it is a unique piece and I think will never go out of style because it was never really in style (maybe the 60’s?).

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