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The Vintage Diane von Furstenberg Wrap re-make

Added Feb 13, 2012

by buddingnatur...

Melbourne, Austr...






Back in the 60s and 70s Simplicity ran a ‘Designer Fashion’ line of patterns which were, shall we say.. inspired by the leading fashion designers of the day. This dress is is made from one such pattern, the Simplicity 7705 Jiffy wrap dress. It was the third dress I made and I prepared a sloper and adjusted the heck out of the pattern (its a size down from my size and had so much ease I had to size it down further). I used a vintage bedsheet my Nan had given me when I left home for Uni, t was so pretty she never used it and I couldn’t bear to use it as a sheet either so I sewed it up into a dress.


Material Notes

Vintage Simplicity 7705 from SpessariteSole on Etsy
A vintage bedsheet from my Nan
Gutterman thread
Universal needle
Regular presser foot
Brother NS-20 sewing machine
I was using my trusty travel iron too .. so much pain..




Garment Type
Casual, Classic

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    Jul 12, 2012, 05.56 AMby leokadia

    great job!

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    Feb 17, 2012, 04.07 AMby rshelly13

    i recently made a dress form of my body. this should make it really easy to create the modifications. thanks for your tips!

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      Feb 19, 2012, 12.43 AMby buddingnaturalist

      Cool! Yea a dress form is definitly on my to do list X)

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    Feb 15, 2012, 12.46 PMby buddingnaturalist

    Thank you all for all the positive comments!

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    Feb 15, 2012, 03.27 AMby rshelly13

    I am trying to make a similar dress. it has a really loud print to it though and it is looking more like a bathrobe than a dress. i have to refit it and take out a lot of the added bulk. this may make it acceptable. your dress has inspired me to get it back and and fix it.

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      Feb 15, 2012, 12.48 PMby buddingnaturalist

      Oh good stuff, what I find can help (if you don’t have a sloper) is to lay a well fitting top/ dress over it to see where the excess fabric is that needs removing. Try folding it in half first (vertically) if its not obvious to begin with.

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    Feb 14, 2012, 02.07 AMby blueartisan

    I wouldn’t have wanted to use it as a sheet either! Absolutely beautiful!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 08.30 PMby RedDynamica

    Excellent! a sheet! no way, wow!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 07.06 PMby brisehuus


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    Feb 13, 2012, 05.04 PMby libra-s

    Love it!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 04.41 PMby leahfranqui

    I love this! How perfect for spring.

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    Feb 13, 2012, 02.42 PMby jenny walker

    Gorgeous! I can’t believe your dress was once a bed sheet :) Really wonderful work!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 02.13 PMby loulourosa

    It’s a lovely dress, and a lovely fabric!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 01.08 PMby Rikamekko

    Beautiful! Love the fabric,too!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 12.53 PMby Smiley100

    Very ncie! I like the fabric and the pattern very much!

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    Feb 13, 2012, 12.28 PMby Adriana Orozco

    Really a lovely dress, and the print is beautifull too!!!

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