Hot! The “Pink Plank” Dress

Modern art is something I struggle with.  There are obvious works of genius that fall into the category, however, I prefer the old stuff (big surprise, right!).

Here is one of my issues:  no matter how long I stare at it, I cannot understand how a painted plank of plywood could possibly make it onto a museum wall and be considered “art.”

"Think Pink" 1967, John McCraken

Now, my body is never going resemble a plank, but this pink fabric has been sitting in my stash for a while, and when I came across this week’s challenge, the fabric was the first thing that came to mind – along with the work of John McCraken.

And seeing as how the actual plank was created in 1967, my dress could have been worn to the museum opening!

While cutting into and starting construction on this dress, I decided that the pink was just too over the top and the extremely crisp hand was going to make me look like a bright pink oompa loompa.  However, as the dress came together, it kept reminding me of an amalgamation of the many pink wiggle dresses Mad Men’s Joan has worn over the years – the girl does love her bright colors!

And now I love the darn thing!  So, goodbye plank, hello Joan!


• The Facts

Fabric:  Silk/wool blend from Fashion Fabrics Club

⁃ Pattern:  Simplicity 1997

⁃ Year:  Not sure – I am guessing late 50s/early 60s

⁃ Notions:  Zipper, Hug Snug Seam Binding, Gutterman Silk Thread

⁃ Time to complete:  One week.

⁃ First worn:  February 27, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Yes, absolutely!

⁃ Total price:   ~ $40.00


Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. Laura, you are so much cuter then a pink plank of wood ;) I look forward to your creations each week, they have such an elegant feel to them and I’m really appreciate the vintage vibe. Truly you coul give Audrey a run for her money.

  2. That is so lovely, that style really suits your figure, I can’t wear that shape at all. Adorable bow too!

  3. What a wiggle dress! Pink perfection it is…and matching the pattern publication date to your inspiration art is quite clever.

  4. You look great in that dress and I like the way you styled it. I’m sure all eyes will be on you every time you wear it! So let me tell you what the pink plank represents…..uh….it’s a uh……hmmmmm.

  5. Ha ha I have to laugh at that plank of wood labelled as art. You however are a work of art, you have the perfect silhouette for this style of dress. It is just gorgeous. well done. Pinkie.

  6. That is simply adorable! Love your take on the blank!

  7. Beautiful! The fit on this is out of this world! It is SO much more than a pink plank!

  8. Love your dress. It’s so fun and vibrant.

    I actually like and get “Think Pink”. It’s very clever with the trompe l’oeil colour shifts on the different planes. And it is the perfect example of 1960s conceptual art and the colour philosophies that were being played with at the time. Would it cut it now? No. It’s a work of its time. And not the very best work of its time, which is why it isn’t more famous. But still valid.

  9. This is an amazing dress. The brightness, the bow, I love everything about your dress. And you look a lot more Joany that planky.