Saturday, June 5, 2010

Vogue 1662: DVF Modern Mash-up

I typically love the clothes that Diane Von Furstenberg creates and was very sad when I worked up the nerve to finally try on one of her iconic wrap dresses and it was a complete disaster. Much as the salesgirl tried to talk me into it, it was really a hot mess. Even my husband was quietly shaking his head no. But, it really hasn't diminshed my love affair with her dresses and prints. It just seems like the best way for me to own a DVF-style dress would be to make my own.

I'm also a little bit bitter that she no longer creates patterns for Vogue. Oh sure, Vogue sells a wrap dress pattern that has been well-reviewed by many sewists, but this label whore deep down wants the DVF branded pattern in my stash. I'm just reluctant to pay upwards of $100 for it. :/ Every few weeks I troll the interwebs to see if any of her patterns are for sale and if the price is right. A couple of months ago I stumbled on a DVF knit dress pattern - not the iconic wrap dress, but one that still called out to me. Vogue 1662 from the late-70s:


I think I've mentioned it here before, but I'm a total sucker for tank style knit dress. I love how easily they can be dressed up or down and how comfy they are for work or play. I was shocked at how modern the pattern looked - in fact, I have a similar dress from Velvet (via Anthropologie) hanging in my closet that was just purchased in the past year or so. And the price? I thought it was a steal at $15! I quickly placed the order for it and later that week I had the pattern in my hot little hands.

I was pleased to see that all of the pieces were there and in pretty decent shape. It even came with the original DVF label that designer patterns used to have back in the day.

I was so excited to make this dress, but didn't know what fabric to use. I usually am drawn to solid colors, but it didn't seem to honor DVF's amazing use of prints to opt for a boring plain color. So I was thrilled when I found a purple and cream border print Anna Sui rayon jersey at Fabric Mart! It looked like it would be perfect for the dress. I also liked the idea of pairing a pattern from a classic designer with a printed fabric from a modern one.

I've shrunk a bit since I first bought the pattern so I had to make a few changes to pattern pieces before getting started. They were:
* Take in the bust by 5/8" at each side seam, tapering to 1 1/2" at the waist (This wasn't quite enough in the bust as I needed to nip in the armholes by another 1" after it was sewn)
* Removed 2" from center front at each skirt piece, 5/8" at each side seam
* Shortened the skirt by 5" (this was still too long and I chopped off another 1" before adding a 1" hem)
* Removed 1 1/4" from the width of the sash, but kept the length the same
* Used clear elastic to stabilize the shoulder and waist seams

Overall, this pattern went together so well. I was a little bummed that the neckline and armhole bands didn't lay as flat as I'd hoped, but I'm wondering if this can be blamed on the lycra content of my fabric and user error. I ultimately decided not to slipstitch the sash to the dress (as was instructed in the directions) so I could decide where I wanted it to sit on my waist or hips depending on how I was feeling when I wore it. This was a good decision and could lead to some fun interchangable options if I were to make additional sashes to pair with the dress.


Even removing over 4 inches from the width of the skirt, it is still a much fuller dress than what I typically wear. I have to say though, it's a nice silhouette to have in my closet and feels perfectly fun and flirty for summer.

Lastly, a few outtakes from the photoshoot when I was just being silly. I thought the skirt was a bit more twirly than it actually is. :)

26 comments:

kim said...

Love it! You're so cute!

10yearstogether said...

omg. You just get hotter and hotter! GO A!!!

dapotato said...

hahaha you are too cute in those last photos. LOVE the dress. i dream of one day owning a DVF, too.

oh, and i love your open shade spot for your modeling photos. ;)

Sue said...

Lovely dress!

yoshimi said...

You are too cute! The dress is superb and you look very beautiful in it.

Jana said...

LOVE the dress!

stitchywitch said...

I love it - great use of the border print! I love those old DVF patterns too, and that one is very flatting on you!

Shannon said...

You are so adorable in your new dress - love the outtakes!!

KID, MD said...

Too cute!! Wonderful matchup of pattern and fabric.

kenpen said...

So cute--especially you dancing around.

Eugenia said...

Totally gorgeous and you look great in it. DVF herself would definitely love this one!

Amanda S. said...

Great dress and great print! I think the fuller skirt is very flattering, and can't see any flaw in your straps. Cute, cute!

Kristine said...

Such a perfect summer dress! I just bought a few yards of the same fabric, and am excited to cut into it. Love it on the pattern you chose, it's perfect!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Cute dress and a great use of the border print! BTW, I had this pattern in my collection back when it first came out and I think I made it in a size 8...boy times have changed!! *LOL*

Shari said...

Cute dress love the border print!

Silvia said...

Love it, love it, love it! I think you look even cuter in the dress in person!

Feminist Gold Digger said...

Cute! I love how the print changes at the bottom.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Ok, I totally got a pang of jealousy upon seeing the of pics this dress. I want it in MY closet! It is fabulous!!! What a great summer dress. I hope you make more versions of this.

Faye Lewis said...

LOVELY!

Lindsay T said...

I love it! Me too, I covet DVF dresses but they don't always look so great on me. I remember one of my sorority sisters had a closet full of DVF wrap dresses back in college. I wonder if she still has them...

Cennetta said...

Darling dress. I love the action shots.

lsaspacey said...

So did you put the label in the dress?

Emily said...

Love the dress! I am still in awe of your sewing skills.

selfishseamstress said...

Wow, how did I miss this post until now? That's gorgeous- what a great fabric and a great use of it.

BTW you totally inspired me- I'm doing a self-imposed boot camp for the month of July. I'm going to try to take 4-5 dance classes a week to tone up and get into better shape. There's been too much sitting on my butt reading other people's blogs lately :D

Claudine said...

Great dress! The skirt does not look full to me at all. Love the border print.

Winnie said...

You're too cute! Love the dress on you. Did you sew the label onto the dress?