Happy Sunday everyone!
Well it’s been a busy weekend around here. We had our neighbourhood Santa Claus parade and our tree lighting ceremony on Main Street and it’s Grey Cup time the 100th Grey Cup as it happens :o)
Anyway I’ve just finished a very small version of the Marilyn Monroe 7 Year Itch subway dress. It was made for a 6 inch high Pippa. As always with this dress, no matter what size, it’s the pleats of the skirt that are the trickiest. Unless you can find a factory pleated fabric, you’re stuck pressing your own pleats! Leave yourself lots of time, breathe deeply and Do Not Panic, lol! All it takes really is a bit of perseverance and you can do it. You’ll likely burn your fingers a little bit though….
All that aside, there is a pretty dress at the end of it all and that works for me!
This tiny dress will be off to it’s new home in the next day or two, but already work has started on a new Marilyn outfit!
Must be Marilyn season 🙂
I have been approached to recreate one of Marilyn’s looks from the film Niagara. Not one of her evening looks which is what I am often asked, but rather the red jacket, white shirt and black pencil skirt stylish daytime look. You know, back when people dressed, even in the daytime! No sweatpants or schlumpy gear then! (Although full disclosure, I’m not a fan of pearls for vacuuming, lol! And I have been known to wear sweatpants, but not out of the house, ha ha!) This will be going onto a larger doll than the white dress. A Franklin Mint 17″ vinyl Marilyn doll is the destination girl for this outfit.
I spent most of today truing up the pattern for this outfit, jacket, skirt and shirt. This is the only pic I can find of this outfit. Well there is one other that I have seen but it’s just a head and shoulders shot and so doesn’t really help me with her outfit. I don’t own the movie Niagara and I although you can pay a small fee and watch it streamed online, it doesn’t work in Canada! So, I will have to go with just this pic as reference. Luckily as a wardrobe test photo, it does a pretty good job of showing the clothes.
What I don’t know is whether or not the shirt has sleeves, but I’m going to go with no sleeves because it will sit better under the jacket. For the skirt I’m going to make an educated guess and say that it probably has a back kick pleat or slit judging by how close fitting to the knee it is.
I can only guess at fabrics too and anyway, fabrics don’t behave the same way when used really small, so drape and weight for dolls, rather than using what was used originally is going to be more important. Of course finding the correct poppy red is key!
So the pattern is ready, tomorrow I will find the fabrics and away we go! I’ll post more once I get going!
Thanks for reading, now I’ve got to go and watch the game!