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Marilyn Monroe Halter Dress

Added Jul 2, 2011

by Danielle Mac...

Brooklyn, New Yo...






This is probably my favorite pattern of all time. I have made it four times. This is the first one as well as one of the first dresses I ever sewed. When I cut my hair short and bleached it I couldn’t wear it anymore because everyone around me acted like it was a Halloween costume.

I recently decided I wanted to take it in and wear it again (it always fit kind of strange) and discovered half the back bodice pieces were sewn on upside-down! The hem was also a little wacky because I didn’t want to hang it up overnight and let the bias fall. It’s nice how the things you make yourself can stay with you.

I added a tie halter instead of the hook and eyes called for in the pattern. I also did a full lining because the fabric I used is very sheer. I had just gotten my sewing machine and wanted to try out the decorative stitches, so I made some hearts along the bust.

Material Notes

Vintage white cotton with red Swiss dots from Grandma’s fabric stash




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage



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  • Tig_large

    Jul 6, 2011, 06.46 PMby helenadoll

    I love the heart stictching, I want a machine that does that! ..although I’d probably do it on EVERYTHING :P Gorgeous dress :)

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    • Dewey1_large

      Jul 6, 2011, 08.19 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Thanks. Like everything I made for a month or two had decorative stitching. Now I never use it.

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    Jul 3, 2011, 06.22 AMby baka-pepica

    i like it to! the 50 s style is the best!

  • Missing

    Jul 2, 2011, 08.08 PMby ganemtore

    beau choix de tissu. Belle robe, elle vous va si bien! J’ai à peu pres le même modèle en simplicity. Will try making it

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    • Dewey1_large

      Jul 2, 2011, 08.24 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Merci beaucoup. Il faut le essayer. J’ai trouve que je le porte souvent. Je l’ai fait plusiers fois et j’aime le tissu mince le mieux.

  • Me_and_kayla_large

    Jul 2, 2011, 01.49 PMby marissabee

    Looks fantastic, great job! What pattern did you use?

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    • Dewey1_large

      Jul 2, 2011, 02.39 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Thanks. It’s Mccalls 4826. I think they recently discontinued it.

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    Jul 2, 2011, 08.25 AMby loyl8

    cute dress and I like the bike :)

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    • Dewey1_large

      Jul 2, 2011, 02.40 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Thank you. It’s my boyfriend’s. He was nice and took all the pictures for me.

  • Me_large

    Jul 2, 2011, 07.46 AMby CationDesigns

    That dress looks amazing on you! The fabric is perfect.

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