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« on: September 07, 2006 07:46:10 PM »

I promised my sister (who is about a 14 last i checked) I'd make her a Marilyn Monroe dress, since the ones in stores end at a 12, or shed be squeezing into a 12/14
but as I have no dress form, I'm on the hunt for a pattern that might help, this'll be the first item of clothing I make for a bigger girl, otherwise I'd wing it.
Any help would be AMAZING, thank you girls!

(the 7 year itch dress)
« Last Edit: September 07, 2006 07:49:49 PM by tardmuffin » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2006 09:39:51 PM »

I don't know if any of these will help you but a Froogle search yeilds a ton of results.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2006 06:38:55 AM »

Here are some to look at:

Simplicity 4998
McCalls 4826
Vogue 7521; 8240

Hope those help-good luck! Wink

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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2006 04:59:26 AM »

If you're talking about the white one - I made one of those myself for a halloween costume one year. They're super easy, and so long as you can get your sister's meausrements, you should be able to make one without a pattern. I don't have a pic, but I'll draw up a quick tute for ya Smiley


K, here goes it: I hope this makes sense with the craptastic paint images I made...
First thing, you need to get those measurements. Then you want to lay out your fabric and cut out the following pieces:

The last piece - you need to cut out two of.
For the cups, cut them out to about twice the width of your sister's underbust per breast (as long as she's busty, I'm sure you can alter this to what she may need) Make them (at the longest point) appx the measurement from collarbone to underbust, over fullest area.
The next pieces are the waist panels. Cut out 2 pieces that are 1/2 her widest midsection measurement + seam allowance. Cut one of them in half as shown.
The piece on the far right is the neck-band.
For the skirt (last piece) make it like a standard circle skirt, but appx. 1 1/2 times her waist measurement (for pleats and fullness)

Take the bust pieces and gather or pleat along the bottom until they are the desired width. Baste.

Take waist panels and trim inwards slightly at the waist, if necessary. Sew the two smaller pieces to the larger one on either side as shown.

Fold neck-band in half length-wise. Cut in half and turn right way round (Inside out) Finish one end.

Sew bust cups to waist (closer together than they are in the image, since my paint skills are just THAT grand - for coverage)

Sew neckband to ends of bust cups.
Finish all edges as necessary.

Sew sides of skirt together (leaving zipper allowance on one seam)
Add pleats around waist to bring to your sister's measurements.

Now, sew down the pleats part way and iron nice and flat.
Sew the skirt onto the waist band, lining up the zipper location in the back of the skirt to two ends of the top.
Hem skirt, finish any unfinished edges, and install zipper.
Voila! Put it on, zip her up, tie her up, and you have this:

I hope this helps you....I also hope it makes sense Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2006 05:09:30 AM »

when the buttons are back up and running i am hitting this rocks! how many girls need this dress? well all of us! how cool and weird would it be to have a huge crowd of Marilyn's herding about together? very i think.

i am going to find some crepe type material and do this! (looks like i might need to bleach my hair again!)


« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2006 03:41:47 PM »

Jezebel, you are my hero!
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2006 06:01:29 PM »

I'm glad I get to be SOMEONE's hero lol

Post pics after you make it, wether you use this tute or find a great pattern! I think this is a curvy craftster's fave dress. I know it's mine! 'Cos it's uber-flattering to fuller figures and hella sexy Tongue
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2009 03:47:00 PM »

many thanks for the tute, jezebel!  My 12 year old daughter is really looking forward to being marilyn monroe for Halloween!  I'm making great progress on her dress, just wrapping my head around those knife pleats  --if I can figure out how to post pics, I'll put one up for you and the rest of our craftster buddies. 
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009 01:15:27 PM »

Dress came out cute, and was easy--thanks to Jezebel for the tute!  (You saved me a LOT of head-scratching!)  Modified the pattern slightly to come closer to the school dress code, so she could wear it to the Halloween dance with a little, white shrug to cover her shoulders.  We wound her long hair up into rolls and bobby-pinned the inside of each roll to her head.  Add some red lipstick, false eyelashes, and a beauty mark, and viola!  She LOVED it.  Will probably make it every year until she graduates!  Thanks so much, Jezebel!    

Sorry, but can't post the picture due to not enough posts - hopefully the link works.

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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2009 07:59:42 AM »

yooper - that turned out fantastically!
(and your daughter is a very pretty little thing...)

Great job Smiley
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