The “Andy is Dandy” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Cotton
Pattern: Simplicity 2248
Year: Contemporary
Notions: Thread and blanket binding ribbon (for the arm holes… bias tape and I are not friends)
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: March 2012
Wear again? Yes! I think I need to insert a zipper in the back first though. .
Total price: $1 (for the pattern, bought during one of those super sales at Joann’s)

I discovered Andy Warhol sometime around the 7th grade. I stumbled across a book by one of Warhols’s hanger-ons, Ultra Violet. The book stank was mediocre at best at smacked of desperation. But Warhol’s work! Oh the colors! I read everything I could about Warhol (a very, very, VERY bizarre man indeed!) and I dreamed (still dream) of some day visiting one of his lovely works.

The piece I choose for this challenge is any one of the 10 in the series of screen printed images of Maryilyn Monroe. Warhol created these sometime shortly after Marilyn Monroe died (August 5, 1962). All of the images in this series are from a single publicity still for Monroe’s film Niagra. Warhol was a touch obsessed with mortality—and perhaps none so much as his own—and ideas of fame. He reproduced this single yet highly recognizable image of Monroe over and over, symbolically undermining the uniqueness associated with traditional portraiture. Monroe in print, much as in life, became an infinitely reproducible image available for popular consumption.

While I love Warhol, I’ll admit this: I was AFRAID to take on Warhol. A Warhol inspired outfit really deserves the attention that some visionary seamstress/sewist like Kazz. But when I was gifted with about 8 yards of this rose printed fabric and the colors and print made me immediately think “Warhol.” The outfit is a nod to Marilyn Monroe (though perhaps not a very good one).

Totally would've been a sassy pose, if not for an uncooperative camera...

Oh blind hem foot, how did I ever live without thee?

Boogie woogie...

Who loves you, baby?

Me... Warholed!

If interested, there are more pictures and a full pattern review on my blog!

Author

Tina C.

Tina C. is a writer living in Philadelphia, PA with her beau and her two ridiculously spoiled Siamese cats (this does not a crazy cat lady make!). She's not buying any off-the-rack clothing this year, so she better get cracking and learn how to sew!

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  1. Cute dress, love the neckline, very flattering. Warhol is such a fun inspiration.

  2. Hoo-ray for completion! Blanket binding and all! It turned out great. Warhol hint: Pittsburgh, PA is the end-all, be-all for Warhol fans! You must go to the museum! (and be sure to wear your cute dress!)

  3. Fabulous take on Warhol. The dress is very cute and you look terrific in your Marilyn poses and Worhol color blocks. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Super cute and I really like the blanket binding ribbon – how clever is that! as well as a great striking contrast to the blue.

  5. Great dress, and I agree, you’ve got to get to the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh!

  6. Really lovely colours and a great way to be inspired.

  7. I think it’s cool that you saw Warhol in that floral print….it makes a charming dress. The black trim on the cap sleeves is nice touch. You are a lovely site in your Dandy Andy dress….well done.

  8. P E R F E C T Tina, the fabric certainly has that Warhol feel about it with a splash of Marilyn, you look gorgeous. Love your dress. well done.