Lace and Vintage Perry Ellis Scarf for “The Thousand Quilt” by Elizabeth Shippen Green

Hello, and welcome to Style Imitating Art’s “Reveal Monday”. Today is the day that the hosts, unveil our interpretations of the chosen artwork.

What Is Style Imitating Art?

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge, 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 Week’s Presenter

That would be me. Last Monday, I first presented “The Thousand Quilt“, an illustration by Elizabeth Shippen Green, who was an American illustrator from the early 19th century.

She was born on September 1, 1871, to a well-connected Philadelphia family. An ambitious student at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, she studied under Thomas Eakins, Thomas Anschutz, and Robert Vonnoh.

Green was publishing before she was eighteen and began making pen and ink drawings and illustrations for quite a few magazines (Including the Saturday Evening Post). In 1901 she signed an exclusive contract with Harper’s Magazine. Green was also a book illustrator. Wikipedia has a very good biography about her and it can be found HERE. She passed away on May 29th, 1954.

My Take

With a work like this, which has so many artistic elements in it, I always find it easier to pick two or three to work with. The items that I zeroed in on were: what to my eyes were the mother’s lace dress, the traditional patterned quilt the daughter is working on, and the seemingly black pieces in the quilt which gave me license to use what seems to be one of my favorite color (or lack of color) to dress in.

Vintage Perry Ellis Scarf in the Traditional Quilt Pattern “Grandmother’s Fan”

I found my vibrant vintage Perry Ellis scarf on eBay a few years ago. I think I was attracted to the use of a traditional quilt block that was used for the motif. I’ve had Marguerite Ickis’s book, “The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting” (Dover Press) for decades and used it for some lessons during my teaching career. My book terms this block as “Grandmother’s Fan”. I suppose this pattern has quite a few different names. Do you know it as a different name? I would really be interested in this.


I am interpreting the mother’s dress as lace fabric and am using my latest Tee-Shirt make for that part. My post about my adventures making it can be found HERE.

And the Black

It is my usual style behavior to balance out bright colors with black and this challenge is no exception. There are three main items that I am using for this part.

First is my DKNY blazer, purchased new from Macy’s around four years ago. It is Polyester/Rayon /Elastine. I wear this one a lot. It is a closet staple.

The bag is Frances Valentine’s Avril Barrel bag in an embossed lizard. No longer available, I did find one on sale on Poshmark used for the same price I got it on sale for and I don’t see the long removable shoulder strap that mine came with. Also, on Poshmark, you have to pay for shipping. I’m glad I picked it up new while I had a chance because it’s such a classic.

Finally, I am going to talk about my American-made Modern Vice Jett Classic boots. Back in the day, I was able to get mine with a natural-colored heel and sole along with a red zipper. Since Covid, Modern Vice has really cut back on their selections and their sales. There was a time when you could get Jett’s 60% off. I imagine those days are over. I’ve gotten so many compliments when wearing these boots and I think both my daughters would like to have them.

Mine are now stretched out, but at first, they were too narrow . The miracle of leather! These are my final and last pair of Modern Vice shoes to purchase. I’m glad I have what I have but can’t see anymore in my future (I just don’t need any boots and they have just started making their shoes too narrow).

As usual, I’m wearing my American Eagle jeans-nothing new there.

A final note of interest. We took these photos as I was on my way to a MRTA (Missouri Retired Teachers Association) meeting so I did wear this look to hang out with a bunch of other retired teachers.

That wraps up the important things on my side. Check out Shelbee and Salazar to see what they interpreted my pick.

It’s now your turn.

I hope you find something in this work that inspired you and didn’t mind the small journey into the knitting universe. Send me what you come up with at along with a small blurb on how the work influenced your choices by tomorrow.

I will do a roundup this Wednesday featuring all your designs. I “The Thousand Quilt” has inspired you to put together something.

Take care everyone and stay creative!

13 thoughts on “Lace and Vintage Perry Ellis Scarf for “The Thousand Quilt” by Elizabeth Shippen Green

  1. OMG, Terri! I love this outfit. That scarf is absolutely fabulous. I have finally purchased some scarves, but need to get in the habit of wearing them. Your outfit is a perfect fit for this piece of art.

    I will be creating an outfit for this challenge, but I will be late. Apologies. I’m just too sick to do the photos now. But my idea is so much fun – if I can pull it off – that I have to do it, late or not.


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  2. Oh my goodness, Terri, your vintage scarf is absolute perfection for this challenge! I really like how you added a lacy tee to represent the lacy dress. I had initially focused on her dress as well, but the style more than the color or fabric. It ended in frumpville so I switched directions! This was a really great art choice this week! I had fun with it as always! It’s mine turn next!


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    1. Thank you-I do think this challenge brings out the most creativity of any out there. It does make us think at times, doesn’t it? I am looking forward to what you are going to pick.


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