The “Andy is Dandy” Dress
Pattern: Simplicity 2248
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).
If interested, there are more pictures and a full pattern review on my blog!