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7 Year Itch Dress for 19 Inch Marilyn – Done :)

As promised last time, the dress is complete!

Waist size was confirmed, yay! Zipper inserted, this baby is done πŸ™‚

Here are some final photos. Again, this is going on a sculpture so my American Model lady is just showing it off for me πŸ˜‰




One more with the removable underwire πŸ™‚


Well, there you have it! All finished and off to it’s new home.

Thanks for reading!


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7 Year Itch Dress for 19 Inch Marilyn Wip2

Good morning!

I’m almost finished with this project. I hope to put the finishing touches on it today.

When I last posted, I left you all with the pleating, looking unshaped and purposeless. Now things have taken shape πŸ™‚

Some of the bits are done and partially put together….

Here it is on my doll. Caveat here, my doll, although she’s 19 inches tall is not the girl who will be wearing this dress. My doll is smaller in the waist and bust than the sculpture is supposed to be, so it hangs off her a little in places πŸ™ We can’t all be Marilyn!

19Marilyn5wip2wThe pleats looks a little odd in front because I’m trying out the wire structure I made to make the dress look like it’s blowing up around her. Like this:

19Marilyn4wip2wOr this:


The point here is that it can be posed to the owners desire. Within reason of course, nothing is infinite!

The wire contraption is just flexible wire (strong enough to hold the weight of the skirt) sewn onto a piece of canvas. It fastens with a simple snap and is a separate piece from the dress.

When bent upward, the wire holds the skirt up and hides nicely in the pleats πŸ™‚

The finishing parts are left to do, the strapping across the front and the bow tie (not to be confused with a bowtie – different thing entirely, lol) I’ve begun the tie…



Still have to insert the zipper. The sculpture will be standing with legs apart, but I don’t know how far apart, so a long zipper should accommodate that. I’m still waiting on a confirmation of the waist size of this sculpture, and I don’t want to sew the zip into the back until I have that….

Except for the zipper, everything is hand sewing, so off I go to get that done. Next time you see this dress, it will be complete πŸ™‚

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7 Year Itch Dress for 19″ Marilyn Sculpture

Happy Saturday morning folks! Hope you’ve got great plans for the day. The summer is winding down around here, so get out and do something fun, (right after you bookmark this blog, lol!)

Today I’ll be working an a Marilyn Monroe 7 Year Itch dress. You know the one, the subway grate scene on that hot night in the film? The pleated one? Yup, that one…..


I have made doll versions of this dress before, but this time is a little different. This time it will be for a sculpture, not a doll. My client is having a sculpture made. She’ll be 19 inches tall and will be proportional to Marilyn’s actual measurements.

I researched Marilyn’s measurements and although they changed over the years a little, and there seems to be a tiny discrepancy with regard to her actual height, I was able to find them online in a couple of different places. I also have a few books about Marilyn and the her designers. There is a lot of literature on that “silly little dress” as Travilla (the designer) called it.


His dress, he can call it whatever he wants!

As a point of interest, the dress isn’t even white, it’s bone, or cream. White didn’t really appear white so well on film. Apparently, white looked grey and dingy, so the bone coloured dress gave a more pleasing white on film, which is what they were going for. This version is white, but not bright white, just a soft neutral white.Β  I have chosen a silk/cotton light semi sheer fabric for this as it will pleat beautifully. (I discovered that the designer had fabric specially made for this dress. He specifically wanted some man-made fiber content, which he didn’t normally use much, so that the pleats would stay.)

So, I’ve begun the work on pure math and numbers to this point because I don’t have the sculpture in hand, she may not be finished yet even. New size, so new pattern. The sculptor is crafting the figure to have Marilyn’s real proportions. So I’ve taken her actual height and the height of the sculpture and gotten a percentage which I then applied to her bust, waist and hip measurements. Because this dress has the pleated flared skirt, the hip measurement isn’t all that critical. The most important is the waist because that’s where the dress fits closely. Even the bust cups have ore leeway in terms of size because they will be gathered along the bottom edge and the tied at the back neck, so that affords some size flexibility as well.

All of this is important because I don’t yet have confirmation of the position, theΒ stance, of the sculpture. Are her hands down? or up? Are her legs together? or apart? This will have an impact on how much of the dress can be closed at the back and how it fastens. So I will do what can be done without that knowledge and go from there.

So here is the pleated skirt section in process. I’m doing it by hand with my trusty iron. Note that I have already hemmed this. prior to pleating πŸ™‚


I have done this pleated skirt in an arc before, but it’s tricky that way because the grainline doesn’t arc (of course) so parts of the pleating are more difficult to pleat perfectly. I’m going with a straighter pattern piece here for a better pleat. The fabric is semi sheer and I don’t want to line it, as that would interfere with the pleated look (even if I pleated the lining), so I want a fair amount of pleat overlap. The real dress is three layers everywhere, except the skirt, which is two. My version will be lined everywhere except the skirt and have an extra layer in the pleated bust to waist section.

Here it is all pleated….


The other little gotcha is that the client wants the hem to appear to be blowing up around her as if she’s on that subway grate. But we’ll get to that when the time is right. I have a couple of ideas πŸ™‚

I’ve gone ahead and pleated a piece for the bodice between bust and waist as well.


I have also drafted and cut the bust pieces and the back bodice bits. There is a little more that I can do before the final size confirmation, so I’ll go and do those things while I’m waiting. (Gathering the bust cups and lining, prepping the waist tie…)

That is all for now. I’ll get back to work so there’s more to show next time!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!




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Vintage Batgirl for Dawn WIP 3

Happy Friday dolly peeps!

Lots to get through here as this project is picking up speed! This girl’s got aΒ mind of her own and places to be πŸ™‚

Let’s start with the lady herself then today. Here’s the lovely Glori pre Batgirl …


Her hair is a little mussy, but nevermind. She’ll be receiving a spa treatment before long…

She is nonplussed that I’m showing her first with messy hair, and then, horror of horrors, with curlers and plastic wrap and pipe cleaners! She is totally scandalized! (But then again, she’s also bodyless at the moment, so what’s she’s going to do?)


She’ll be happy again when I show her all prettied up πŸ™‚

This vintage Batgirl is modeled, as you already know, after Yvonne Craig’s portrayal. I didn’t know very much about Yvonne Craig before I started. I didn’t know for instance that she trained as a ballerina. That explains those awesome kicks that Batgirl could deliver! Bam! Biff! I didn’t realize her other acting credits either. I guess I didn’t recognize her out of her Batgirl mask. I didn’t know she played Marta, the slinky seductive green alien girl in the original Star Trek opposite my man Kirk πŸ˜‰ Here’s a link to her official fanpage if you’d like to know more about her.

Yvonne Craig’s fansite


Here’s Glori after her hair treatment. She has blue eyes now, like Yvonne, and a more accurate lipcolour…



Still needs a little taming. Most of it will hide under her hood and her half mask, but if she ever takes it off, she’ll be pretty underneath! Speaking of her mask…



Good thing I have a little Dawn wigstand so I don’t have to make the mask on a doll πŸ™‚



I like how this is looking πŸ™‚ Still has to be cut of course, but it looks like it should I think.

On to the belt. After carefully cutting out the utility belt boxes and foldingΒ them. I’ll be gluing them up and then painting them to match the inside of her silk cape. The Mask looks on, lol!

Batgirl2WIP3wThose other little bits are the ears of course!

I’ve added a loop to the back of each of the little box pouches for her belt, so they can slide back and forth on the gold leather belt πŸ™‚Batgirl7WIP3w

The belt buckle with the logo is next. I’m using a leather piece for the basis and am painting the Batlogo onto it. Varnish atop for protection. Trimmed the mask as well πŸ™‚

Batgirl8WIP3wMore assemblage of tiny bits….


Bits, bits and more bits!


Shoes! Well the heels and soles anyway πŸ™‚

Batgirl6WIP3wHere’s how the belt looks on her hips…

Batgirl12WIP3wA little bit of touch up here and there is needed.

We’re closing in on the finish line here. Next time, I’ll attach her mask and her hood, put her cape on, add the gloves and the soles and heels. Lastly I’ll place her Batgitl logo onto her chest as a ceremonial last act, and she’ll be ready to travel to her new home πŸ™‚

Right, I’m feeling a power surge, so back to the studio while the creative fire burns!

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New Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case listing on Esty

Good day dolly fans!

I have finished a mini replica dancing skeleton and skull head drum case for 16 dolls. This is a miniature of the drum case carried by Madonna in the film Desperately Seeking Susan. I have made this before (twiceΒ  in the last 10 years!) but each is slightly different due to the hand painting and finishing that goes into it after airbrushing with my custom stencils.

This has been made by the same method I used before, which I lay out in some detail in a previous post. Here’s a link if you’d like to check that out.

Skull Case Blog post the first one anyway, there are several!

It has a pink 100% silk interior, both top and bottom and the top has a useable elastic edged pocket. Top and bottom are padded.For added fun, a few paper accessories (just like in the film) are included, just to get you started! πŸ™‚

Here is a link to the Etsy listing

Skull Case on Etsy

Here are a few shots of the just finished case…




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