Marilyn-inspired cherry dress

by Handmade Jane on July 6, 2012 · 14 comments

in Vintage Sewing

This dress isn’t made from a vintage pattern or vintage fabric, but it is very much inspired by two vintage dresses which I thought might interest some of you.  The two dresses were both worn by Marilyn Monroe and are just gorgeous!

A cherry print one from The Misfits….

 …and a tight, halter neck dress from Niagara.

My dress is a sort of mish-mash of the two, but I think the cherry print fabric and the classic halter neck pattern (V8727) really add to the vintage look of it.



It was a joy to sew! I lined the entire dress with white silk cotton and other than a few adjustments to fit (mainly around the bust and hips), it came together pretty easily.  Can you tell I love it?!  Now we just need the rain in the UK to stop so I can actually wear it!

More photos and construction details can be found on my blog Handmade Jane. x

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I've been sewing for two years and am now at the stage where I make most of my own clothes. I love vintage style, vintage fabric and, most importantly, vintage sewing patterns! I'm influenced by most styles from the late 1930's to the early 1960's but if I had to choose the decade that most captures my imagination, it would have to be the 1940's. Looking forward to sharing more of my finished garments with you. x

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Allison July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

Very cute! It looks like it fits perfectly! You can send some of that rain to the midwestern US (specifically St. Louis, Missouri, please). We haven’t had a good rainfall in over 3 weeks, and it’s been over 100 degrees for the past 8 days.


Handmade Jane July 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

That’s so funny, somebody just commented on my blog from Nashville, asking the exact same thing! I would if I could! Thanks for your kind comment. x


Tina July 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

It looks so cute. I love your dress.


Toni Gatlin July 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm I love it! I have a serious fixation on cherry prints and I usually can’t bring myself to cut into my fabrics… I just pull them out to admire, and then replace them, carefully folded, back in the closet. :-) But seeing your dress, I am inspired to go ahead and turn one into something I can actually use!


Handmade Jane July 10, 2012 at 7:27 am

Aw thank you – I know what you mean about cherry prints, they’re almost too perfect to cut into aren’t they?! x


rockabillykitten July 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Darling dress and I adore that bag.


Lizzy July 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

WOW! just perfect


Le N'aiguillon July 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I’ve been looking all morning among my own patterns to find the exact same modell!


Anonymous July 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

You look fantastic in this dress. It is nice to see a dress fit properly.


jax black July 7, 2012 at 5:31 am

You look amazing!! Is the dress for somewhere special…maybe Twinwood?
I just posted on another site about our terrible British weather…if only we
could go halves with the States, we would all be happy :) …heres to a great weekend whatever the weather.:)


Handmade Jane July 10, 2012 at 7:29 am

Thanks so much. No it’s not for anything special, I just wanted to sew something summery in spite of the rain! x


gill10stars July 7, 2012 at 6:20 am

That dress looks fabulous – I hope you get to wear it soon. The weather has been so depressing and I am itching to wear some of my summers clothes!!!


Dawn July 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

So perfect. This is one of my dream dresses to make for myself too! Great job!


Handmade Jane July 10, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thank you so much for all your generous comments, it really means a lot to me. x


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