Vintage Me…uh, I Mean Vintage May!

Have you been following along with Vintage May?  Hosted by Skirt As Top and Craftiness Is Not Optional, this is their third year of celebrating all things vintage.  When Kristin asked me if I wanted to participate this year I immediately said yes!!  I would probably say yes to any project she asked me to do 🙂  I just love her blog and have had the pleasure to hang out with her in person, and she is every bit as cool and nice as you would expect her to be. The first thing that came to mind when I heard “vintage” was 50s-60s, Mad Men era type clothes…but when I thought about what really inspired me I kept coming back to the 70s, the decade I was born into.Vintage May2As with any time period, there were some truly awful fashions in the 70s…but there was also all of this awesomeness too!!  As I began to dig deeper, the one thing that I kept coming back to was the iconic wrap dress from Diane Von Furstenberg- introduced in the year I was born, 1974.  This classic dress and I are both celebrating a milestone birthday this year 😉Vintage May3From a CNN article about the 40th anniversary of the DVF wrap dress:

“Rarely have we seen such a democratic design. The DVF wrap dress embraces diversity like no other before it or since. It can be worn well by women aged 20 to 70 and sizes 0 to 20. It comes in classic solids and a plethora of prints, can be layered with everything from denim jackets to floor-length furs. Piles of jewels can fill the open front V-neckline or an elegant collarbone can be the sole accessory.

The DVF wrap is the American dream dress.”

So I set out to recreate this iconic dress…I managed to find a vintage pattern from 1976- Diane Von Furstenberg for Vogue patterns.  And it was my size! DSC_0143 (1)Check out a young Renee Russo modeling on the cover 🙂

I made some minor changes but for the most part it fit great as is.  I did draft a totally different skirt, as the pattern is a circle skirt and I wanted something a bit more modern and fitted.  Here it is!DSC_0415I bought these vintage 70s heels on Etsy, they are fabulous but I totally cannot walk in them!

The fabric I used is a Josi Severson organic cotton jersey.  I love the print so much!!  I have had it in my stash for a couple of years, so it was nice to use it.  I think ideally though, for this dress I would use something that has a bit more stretch and recovery.  Next time 🙂

DSC_0477DSC_0483I hand stitched the hem and all of the facings….I HATE hand stitching, but didn’t want any topstitching on this dress.  I am happy I took the time to do it, I think it looks so much better!! DSC_0513 DSC_0505 DSC_0544I feel like a sassy lady from the 70s in this dress, and I can’t wait to make more versions of my own DVF wrap dress!  Make sure you follow along with all of the vintage awesomeness over at Skirt As Top and Craftiness Is Not Optional!

                        vintage may 2014

  • Awesome choice! Gorgeous and flirty!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Renee!!

    • Don’t laugh, but I sewed a wrap dress just like that in the 70’s and I loved it. Only problem though, was the skirt would blow open in the wind! I remember inserting a few pins to keep it down. Thanks for the memories.

  • Kelly, I love everything about this post! Great job! The DVF wrap is beautiful and I love the background info on it to boot! Yay to people born in the 70’s!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Elizabeth! We just get better with age, right?? 😉

  • Gorgeous! I love the dress and the print!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Carolyn!!

  • This looks so great! Awesome job!!!

    • Kelly

      Thank you!!

  • Once again, you’ve made something I want to copy! So cute!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kate, you should definitely make a wrap dress 🙂

  • You look amazing! What a fab dress!

    • Kelly

      Thanks lady!!

  • No way you’re 40. You’re totally killing it in that dress! Love the hair and shoes too!

    • Kelly

      Haha, well not quite yet- a few months to go….I told my husband I may just turn 39 again 😉

  • amazing as always. love the cut on you and great fabric choice.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kelli! I wish the fabric had a bit more stretch but I just couldn’t resist the print 🙂

  • I, too, am a big fan of 1970s’ style – I was in my twenties during that decade, loved the fashions then and still do. I’ve made two DvF inspired dresses (which always get compliments when I wear them!) Your dress is just lovely, classic, and very chic. And you look wonderful in it!

    • Kelly

      I love your wrap dresses, I read your posts when I was doing research for mine! I’ll definitely make more of these 🙂

  • OH, how I would love to wear a dress like that!! Any chance I could borrow the sewing pattern from you? (seriously) I think we are about the same size. Fantastic job on everything, fabric choice, sewing, photos…

    • Kelly

      It’s a great style, I definitely want to make a few more! I am afraid with what I paid for it I am not letting this pattern out of my hands, hehe….but I think you could get the same results with modern patterns like Vogue 8379, Style Arc Kate Dress, and there is a free pattern on Burdastyle that is one size only:

  • Awesome! Oh, how I love a wrap dress!!! Yours is absolutely fabulous!!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Beki!! I love your “39” list, I should do that (I still have a few months left before 40!)

  • Oh wow Kelly…this is amazing! And you look amazing! Love, love, love the dress 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thank you Teresa!

  • Wow, you look stunning in this dress! It really is the perfect style for any occasion, and I love the fabric too! I need to find a copy of this pattern, or one like it!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Chantal! Some similar patterns I came across while making this were Vogue 8379, Style Arc Kate Dress, and there is a free pattern on Burdastyle that would probably fit you:

      I want to make lots more wrap dresses 🙂

  • The dress is gorgeous and you look amazing! What a timeless style. Perfect!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Cherie! I do feel like it is a dress that will never go out of style, I want to make more!

  • BABE. MA. CHINE. How amazing that you were able to snag a vintage DVF pattern! I really love this– it looks modern and chic. And as always, your hair is GREAT.

    • Kelly

      Haha, thanks Elle!!

  • Love your dress! It looks AWESOME on you!!!!!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Margo!

  • Nan

    Wow, you are one amazing woman. That dress is perfect on you.

    • Kelly

      Well that is so nice, thanks!!

  • hot mama! it’s so gorgeous!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Jess!!

  • I love this dress — perfect vintage style from my favorite era! I’ve been drooling over all the DVF wrap dresses lately. I need to find a pattern!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Katie! A couple that I considered when making this were Vogue 8379 and the Style Arc Kate Dress….would have saved me a bunch of money, hehe.

      • I bet! All the official DVF patterns I saw on Etsy were $70 and up!

  • Ooh, love it! The 70s have been calling to me, too. The print was such a cool choice. Is hand-stitching jersey difficult? I’ve never even thought of trying, but it sounds like it made a huge difference!

    • Kelly

      I am loving the 70s right now, I have a few other projects planned for a 70s “mini wardrobe”. The hand stitching was a bit hard on this jersey- I wanted the hem to be invisible but it was impossible to do it without a tiny stitch showing on the outside…I still like it much better than a regular machine stitched hem though. On a thicker jersey I think you could manage an invisible hem.

  • you are the hotness, kelly!!! i love this and thank you so much for joining us for vintage may! seriously so awesome. way to work it! :*

    • Kelly

      haha, thanks for having me- I had a blast!

  • great dress! this looks fantastic on you!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Yasemin

    Beautiful! You did a great job. Very inspiring.

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much!

  • DUDE!!! You look HOT in this dress!!! Your hair is gorgeous, too!!
    You are serving some serious Angelica Houston vibes!

    • Kelly

      Oh thanks so much!! Love her, what a huge compliment!!

  • LOVE. Seriously, love it so much! Off to see if I can replicate your luck in finding that fabulous pattern. 😉

    • Kelly

      Thank so much! I wanted it to be super authentic vintage- but honestly I think you could get the same result with patterns that are out there right now, like Vogue 8379, Style Arc Kate Dress, and there is a free pattern on Burdastyle that is one size only:

      These vintage DVF patterns are hard to find and EXPENSIVE, but if you ever run across one cheap snatch it up!

  • Katie

    You and the dress look fabulous! It looks super wearable too.

    • Kelly

      Thanks, it will definitely get a lot of wear!

  • This is SO gorgeous. Your hand stitching looks impeccable – amazing!

    • Kelly

      Thank you, I’m glad I took the time to hand stitch it!

  • Love this! It looks great on you. I share your landmark birthday this year, but had no idea that the DVF wrap was the same age as me. Cool fact!!!

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! When I found out it was the 40th anniversary I knew I had to make one 🙂 Congrats on your new little one, so cute!

  • I so love this dress – and you look spectacular in it! Well done!

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much!!

  • Wow what a cool dress. You look fab.

  • wow!! such an amazing dress! And so much handstitching, very very impressive! Great job!

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  • This dress is beautiful! I love it!

  • You looks pretty nice and the dress is spectacular!!

  • I was obsessed with this pattern when I first saw it, and now you’ve pushed me over the edge. BOMBSHELL.

  • This is fabulous on you! Great find with the pattern. I think your birthday present to self should be silk jersey for version 2! It’s gorgeous! Cheers, Sarah 🙂

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