Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hello, Norma Jean

Marilyn Monroe was the quintessential sex symbol movie star when I was growing up. Every other blond bombshell was just a cheap imitation. So I figured I would try my hand at making another imitation, cheap or otherwise. This
classic photo of Marilyn from the "Seven Year Itch" was my inspiration.

Another view:


And this little graphic gave me a start as well:


I drew the face freehand in more or less the style of the graphic. Came out more like Madonna trying to be Marilyn than Marilyn herself.

The hair was done in crocheted chain loops: *(chain 12, slip stitch in the 10th chain from the hook)* repeat. Then I just scrunched it up and sewed it on around the face. Now she morphed a bit into Medusa.

I crocheted the bra bullets (more Madonna) from a pattern for a Barbie doll halter top. And the skirt came from the ruffle on a pattern for a Barbie doll gown.

And here she is:

12 comments:

papeprpest said...

I saw your note on stitchin fingers. You caught the essence! Wonderful piece.

;k said...

She's so cool!
... although she has no waist ha ha... ;-)
Great idea. Love the face.

Kirsten said...

Oh, this was me.
Don't know why my computer didn't let me type my name and send it before finished...

MIEK said...

it looks great, can`t wait till you try your fingers on angelina joly :))))))))
miek

Val said...

She is marvelous, you have caught her expression brilliantly, well done :)

Barbara said...

You are such a talent, Annie! She's wonderful! :D

Rachel S said...

That is adorable!

Miss 376 said...

This looks such fun. Love the face and hair

Sandra said...

WOW!!! Your approach to Marilyn is wonderful Annie!!! Just by looking at once you can say it's a picture of her.

Daffycat said...

What a scream! Great job!

Jenny said...

Annie,

she is wonderful! And she so looks like Norma Jean! Love her hair - that must have taken some time to finish :-o

Pat Winter said...

Wow! She does resemble Marilyn. Love the mole :-)