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.

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