Vintage Sewing

Marilyn-inspired cherry dress

July 6, 2012

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.:)

  4. 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!!!

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