Dvorak or QWERTY?

by Erin on April 25, 2007


keyboard dress

Angela at Dorothea's Closet sent me this — it's not for sale, though, so put your credit cards away. She bought it to sell and had to keep it (that's one of the reasons I'd never be a good vintage store proprietor: I'd keep too much)!

Angela said her four-year-old daughter told her it looked like the dress had "buttons" — she meant "keyboard keys". (I remember when my son was four; he was obsessed with pushing buttons. We spent a lot of time in elevators that were making unscheduled stops at all floors.) And, yes, don't they look like keyboards?

Isn't this a great dress? I'm happy just knowing it exists. I'm even happier knowing it has pockets:


keyboard dress

Pockets that LACE UP, no less!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Robinson April 25, 2007 at 8:50 am

I used to know a guy who switched all of his computers to Dvorak. It made me nuts to sit down at one of his computers thinking that I could quickly google something at his house and only being able to type nonsense!Love the dress though.

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kim p. April 25, 2007 at 8:54 am

I love this dress! And, as someone who spends way too much time communing with my keyboard, I’m kind of glad it’s NOT for sale. If it were, I would have to buy it and wear it to work everyday.But, I have so many questions: Is this a VINTAGE keyboard dress? If so, how can that be? Also, what kind of fabric?I just love, love the cut of this dress–and the slightly kinky lace-up pocket! It would be very useful in my continuing quest to subtly subvert the stereotypes of my profession (librarian).Angela, if you ever need to make some room in your closet, I’ll take this one off your hands!

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Ang April 25, 2007 at 9:02 am

Hi! Hey, glad you liked the dress Erin! It IS vintage, late 40s to early 50s, by Mode O’ Day….side metal snaps, made of cotton. I love the cut of it too, its rare anything from this era fits me right! The waist normally sits too high, but this one is low enough to not make me look cut in half. I really wonder what THEY saw in that print back then, where its inspiration came from? Ang

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enc April 25, 2007 at 9:18 am

It’s great, but I’m not in love with the lace-up. Does that make me boring?

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Thoughts on Life and Millinery. April 25, 2007 at 9:47 am

If you are wearing a cool dress, it is important to find an elevator that goes to lots of floors in a high rise building.Get in the elevator on the ground floor, push ALL of the buttons, and treat each floor as a grand entrance, posing so the dress will be seen at it’s best advantage.(You might want to make sure you get into the elevator alone at the first floor, otherwise the elevator door will open to a murder scene as fellow elevator riders will strangle you, regardless of your fashionable attire.)

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Ladygrande (Texas Marie) April 25, 2007 at 10:31 am

Jill,Only you would have thought of this!You could just do this at several of the downtown buildings – spend the day cavorting all over Houston – but, you would have to have the proper hat, of course!Hats On!

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Cathy April 25, 2007 at 11:56 am

Some of the “keyboards” have 4 rows of 9 keys, while others have 3 rows of 10 keys.I attach no meaning to this. I’m just pointing it out.

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LadyBeGood April 25, 2007 at 1:03 pm

I love the perspective that children give us. Independantly I wouldn’t have seen the keyboards, but now it seems totally obvious and deliberate! OK… now I’m off to don my favorite outfit and find an elevator in a tall building to ride in all day!

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Celeste April 25, 2007 at 2:53 pm

I love this dress. Children’s delight in pushing button must be related, I would think, to their discovery of causation at a distance. It’s one thing to push a tower of blocks and see it fall, but it’s so much more exciting to push a button and have an elevator come!Celeste

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oracle April 25, 2007 at 4:20 pm

I love this dress, too. My reactions to the print came instantly, one after the other, like this: 1) WOW! KEYBOARDS! HOW WONDERFUL! 2) Eew, it’s kind of Borg-ish. 3) But the cut and style of the dress is really great, and what it does to the keyboards pulls them back again into something flowy and not machine-like. 4) But, eew, they still kind of look machine-ish to me, and the way they keep coming out at you like that kind of freaks me out.Still, I love it.I’m going to see the documentary movie “Helvetica”, about the typeface, in Montreal on May 5. It’s being shown as part of the Logo Cities Symposium, which also looks very interesting!http://www.logocities.org/about(The next URL isn’t from Logo Cities website but has a bettter “about” the latter to give the gist.)http://www.dexigner.com/graphic/news-g10779.html

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AmeliaB April 25, 2007 at 6:03 pm

Speaking of were they got the inspiration perhaps they were dreaming of eating a late night snack of huge waffles? te he. :-) ~Amelia

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Cassie April 25, 2007 at 6:25 pm

I like the Escherine of it. Also, Dvorak all the way. It’s a pain for people who want to borrow my computer, but it feels so much less reachy.

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Cin April 25, 2007 at 11:48 pm

I love, love, love this dress! Reminds me of a building in the Vancouver business district – at night the lights emphasize the deep recessed windows, making it look even more like an overgrown waffle…

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Elizabeth April 26, 2007 at 12:01 am

I just got the new Keepsake Quilting catalog, which lead me to this: http://www.keepsakequilting.com/KQShopping/partvmed.asp?action=lookup&partno=5196&subject=U101&catpos=2OK, so pseudo-keyboards are more romantic.

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Linda April 26, 2007 at 5:56 am

I love, love, love this dress! I am experiencing dress envy!!!!

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La BellaDonna April 26, 2007 at 6:40 am

My immediate reaction was “of COURSE it’s keyboard fabric!!” when I realized … it probably wasn’t. Looking at it more, I think it is melty swooshy Salvador Dali skyscrapers and office buildings, more likely.Or melted sets of pepper plants, who knows?

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oracle April 26, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Speaking of buildings in Vancouver (Cin), I recently discovered the Vancouver Central Library when I found myself walking beside it a couple of weeks ago. What a gorgeous thing! Here’s a URL about it, but the photos do it no justice at all, as it must be walked around, and through, and through and around again!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver_Public_LibraryOh, oh, OH! To have a beautiful Summer cotton printed with 4-5″ motifs of the Library shot from several different angles. The motifs’ main colour would be Library Brown, and the print would also occasionally feature a smaller motif of the rooftop garden, in plant green with tiny brightly coloured flowers in dotting it. The whole thing would be slightly (but not too) cartoonized so that the lines and the colours would be clear. OH!Confound google-blogger, which every day now makes a total mess of my attempts to log in, forcing me to re-set my password every time and the next day doesn’t recognize it and after it finally DOES recognize it, it deletes my original comment from the box when it should be posting it! By now, I’ve copied the comment to clipboard so many times to try to prevent this from happening that I’ve lost track of whether I’ve got it on my clipboard this last time, and THIS time the thing goes through and whoosh! The comment is gone.Ugh. This never happened on Old Blogger. It’s almost enough to stop a person from trying to post at all.

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loopylulu April 27, 2007 at 12:46 am

Hehehe this dress made me laugh. I use dvorak, it’s great, instant security. =)

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