Sunday, December 30, 2012

Updated Marilyn Monroe Hallway Dress- Seven Year Itch

 I found a few better pictures of the Hallway Dress from 'The Seven Year Itch' below So I updated my pattern, re-drafting the front drape detail so that it curves from the high hip down the front with a center godet and the waist now points in the front. I will be offering this version in my Etsy shop Morningstar84  as soon as i'm back from my break in January :-)
 All images above showing my work belong to Morningstar84 and may not be used in anyway without permission.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Marilyn Monroe's Orange Tangerine Evening Dress-GPB

*I apologize for the obnoxious watermarking, I have had issues with companies stealing these photos and claiming they made this dress. If you see these photos without the Morningstar84 watermark they are using the images illegally. These photos may not be used in anyway without my permission.
Updated by Esther April 1st, 2013

Styled after the gown worn by Marilyn Monroe in ''Gentlemen Prefer Blonds''
made using orange chiffon fabric over orange satin. The body of the dress is lined with orange broadcloth to support the boning and bullet bra cups, Beaded fringe in two colors, gold and orange, dangle down center front and around the top edge of the bodice. The edge and straps where then finished with a beaded sequin trim. Trim and fringe are also present on each end of the scarf. Invisible back zipper, two layers of chiffon and then lined in satin, front slit.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Marilyn Wedding Dress- Customer Bridal Photos

I love getting pictures from my customers! She kindly gave me permission to share these photos of her wedding. The dress may look familiar it is the Marilyn Monroe ''bridal'' formal dress but made using linen and nylon lace so she could dye it later. The skirt was also cut to be more of a mermaid shape with a fishtail hem in the back. The front drape was made to be removable for after the ceremony. I also used vintage lace across the top neckline. The bridesmaids dresses are dupioni silk and lined in matching satin, the girls had the option of shoulder bows. I love how they did flowers down the back neckline of the dress instead of bouquets, very clever.

These photos belong to the bride and are being used with her permission here on this blog only. 
They may not be used or posted in anyway, anywhere without her permission.

Peplum Shift -Moschino Inspired Wiggle Dress

My customer requested a dress be made for her like the Moschino dress from the Fall 2011 line.  Above my dress and below the original. Because this dress does have a classic 50's silhouette she thought it would be up my alley, she was very right, i just love this dress.
Made from a stretch wool suiting fabric and lined in stretch satin, back invisible zipper and kick pleat, waist darts front and back, removable peplum skirt (not an original detail, i wanted to give her more styling options) with grosgrain ribbon over the waist band and finished with a bow.

Marilyn Monroe's Blue Polka-dot Sundress

 Styled after the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe for a photo shoot with then husband Arthur Miller, this cotton sundress features 4 gathered tiers each separated by white piping. Fitted midriff with gathered bust, built in bra cups, boning in sides seams, curving seam also finished with white piping, straps tie in the back with a bow, center back invisible zipper. This dress took about two days just to gather and pipe the skirt and I used a lot of fabric! It really came out well though, it was definitely worth all the time. It is now available over at my Etsy shop Morningstar84  :-)


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Marilyn Monroe: Suits, Dress and Accessories

The ''white'' dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in ''The Seven Year Itch'' also known as the ''Subway Dress'' is easily the most recognizable dress ever worn. My version is made using a cream poly crepe, (to match the shade of the original dress) The bodice features built in bullet bra cups! Pleated at the center back neck and finished with a hook closure. Pin-tucked midriff with crossing bias bands and hip bow, boning support in lining. Super full skirt pleated in a sunburst style, each pressed and starched by hand. center back zipper. Order at

Styled after the cape and muff set worn by Marilyn Monroe in''Gentlemn Prefer Blonds''
made with faux fur and lined in cream faux silk. Hi-neck with front curving from shoulder to shoulder, the back falls straight from the shoulder in two parts, hooking at the center back neck. The muff, also lined in faux silk, is stuffed like a pillow for a stylish and practical accessory.

Styled after the gray wool suit worn by Marilyn Monroe in ''Gentlemen Prefer Blonds'' I made this suit using wool suiting. The jacket sits low in the hips with 4 button closure, long sleeves cut in two parts (upper and under sleeve) with bias cuffs, fully lined with shoulder pads. Natural waist suit skirt with natural waist band back zipper and button closure, kick pleat at the hem, mid-calf length.

This suit jacket and skirt were styled after the ''Niagara'' suit worn by Marilyn Monroe, made in hunter green twill, the original suit was a light sky blue. Shawl collar,  3 cover buttons closure, 3/4 length sleeves with fold back cuffs, and shoulder pads. Natural waist skirt, mid-calf length, back zipper.