Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Marilyn Monroe ''Let's Make it Legal'' Lace Wiggle Dress

Styled after the dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in ''Let's Make it Legal''
High quality white Alencon bridal lace over ivory linen, off shoulder style with short sleeves and fold over collar detail, gathered bust, fitted through body and hip, back kick pleat, unlined,
boning support, bra cups, back zipper.

Below Marilyn Monroe in 1952, Look awards party

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Restyled Vintage 1940s Wrap Dress

 Above is the vintage 1940s wool robe/dress in the condition that I found it. It had been stored flat and the buttons had rusted leaving marks on the front and back of the waist, there were also several moth holes and a faded area on the lower portion of the skirt. I spot treated the rust on the front and back of the dress but they only faded a little bit still leaving brown marks.

 The next thing I did was iron the dress and mark off the skirt and shorten it, this took care of the faded area and also gave me fabric to patch the moth holes from the underside of the fabric. I had some matching satin in my stash and made a cummerbund sash to tie around the waist giving it a more festive/holiday look and covering the rust spots, the final product below including some closeups of the moth holes that I mended. This dress and sash are now available for sale here 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Marilyn Monroe-Black & White Polkadots

 I am very slowly getting back to sewing now that baby is sleeping more i actually feel like doing stuff again. I have been getting that itch to make something so i started with fabric i had in my stash a white and black polkadot satin that made me think of the dress Marilyn Monroe wore, the dots are actually red on the original dress but most of the pictures are black and white. i lined the bodice with a medium weight cotton and sewed the boning to the bust seams and to the back lining, the front drape is bias cut with wide back straps and a full circle skirt. This sample dress is available for sale here at Psychedelic Pinup