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.As 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 😉From 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! 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!I 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 🙂
I 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!! I 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!