Friday, July 15, 2016

Norma Jean's White Short Overalls- Early Marilyn Monroe

Styled after the white denim short overall romper worn by Norma Jean, in several early photo shoots. Made with stretch denim fabric, front metal zipper, high waist with shoulder straps cross in the back with button adjustment inside back waist. Sample now available on Etsy at link below

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Marilyn Monroe Casual Knit Wear- Stripe Dress, Stripe Top & Harlequin Bikini

Styled after the Shift Dress worn by Marilyn Monroe. Stripe cotton jersey knit fabric, sleeveless pull on style with large fold over cowl neck collar, Simple shift for casual days. Available here:

 Styled after the tank top worn by Marilyn Monroe. Multi color jersey knit fabric, very light weight rayon blend lined slightly sheer, stripes match at seams. Scoop neckline, simple slip on style. Now available here:

 Styled after the bikini top worn by Marilyn Monroe. Black and white Diamond pattern print, knit fabric fully lined, white cotton tie under bust,  soft foam bra cups.Available here:

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Marilyn Monroe's Jersey Knit Wiggle Dresses- AKA The Pucci Shift

This dress like many others I make through my Etsy shop Morningstar Pinup or my website was originally a custom request, based on the many jersey knit shift dresses and tops owned by Marilyn Monroe and designed by Pucci in the early 1960s, that made it into my regular style line. 
I know I have shared the customer photo of the green dress before but never got around to doing a post about the dress and the many, many colors Marilyn owned. The fabric would have been a silk jersey knit, which is something I can order but there are fewer colors to choose from and the synthetic jersey that i use is a bit more user and budget friendly, it can be machine washed (though i recommend hand washing to prevent picks to the fabric) and there are a lot of colors options at the moment. 
As you can see I've made a number of them. Its a very basic shape and no darts with the exception of the nude shift (you can see below the actual dress from the auction photos laying out flat with the belt) it has front and back darts as well as side bust darts. All the other dresses and tops do not have any darts as far as i can tell. 
Some of the original belts feature beaded tassel ends, though mine do not. The most complicated part is working with such a stretchy fabric, the pattern has to be sized down to account for the amount of stretch widthwise and every seam carefully sewn to avoid popped seams :-)

In Purple, shown along side an image of Marilyn wearing the top in a similar shade. 
Below a colorized image of Marilyn wearing the dress in Pink without the tie belt.

And a few more pictures of Marilyn and her many Pucci shift dresses, i love the multi colored one below. The last image is just a selection of some of Marilyn's Pucci collection.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Marilyn Monroe Pleated Shelf Bust Wiggle Dress

 I shared the lime green dress once before back in 2012 in a quick post about with several other items. Since then i've made the dress in several other colors and thought id do a post just for this one dress. Its one of Marilyn's earlier outfits seen only in a costume test photo, I have no idea what color the dress was originally, if anyone knows do let me know! Made using stretch satin, the dress features a pleated shelf bust with halter strap, buttons in the back with a tie under the bust, fitted midriff with an interesting front pleating detail and curved hemline.