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Vogue 2333: Diane Von Furstenberg

Pattern: Vogue 2333, vintage circa 1979 (the pattern is undated, but this is my best guess!)

Fabric: Navy rayon matte jersey from Fashion Fabric Club, 2.5 yards

Notions: 1/4″ elastic

Notes: I adore Diane Von Furstenberg.  Her dresses are easy to wear and flattering – plus, she seems to love a print just as much as I do!  In the 1970s and 80s, Vogue patterns licensed quite a few of her designs for their catalog.  Some, such as the infamous wrap dress, go for high prices on Ebay.  This one?  Not so much.  I think I paid $5 including shipping.  This style is back again.  I have to say that I’m glad – I think these drapey dresses look great on so many women!  My favorite part is the neckline.

I bought this fabric a few months ago, with this dress specifically in mind.  The designer uses lots of silk jersey for her dresses, and a nice rayon matte jersey is a good sub.  It’s hard to find rayon matte jersey for a good price (I hate the poly stuff) so I snatched this up for $4 a yard!  I was feeling a little frustrated with my sewing this week (though that Vogue dress is now finished, photos to come later) so I wanted an easy project.  I was a bit wary that the pattern said “very loose fitting,” but I liked the photo so I forged ahead.

They weren’t playing around with the ease on this thing – the finished bust measurement is 40″ on a size 10.  However, since part of that is eaten by the cowl and the kimono sleeves, it actually fits quite well.  The neckline is wide, and can be worn that way or with more of a drapey cowl (as in the pattern photo below.)

I made a few alterations to modernize the pattern.  First, I saw that the pattern said it fell “5 inches below mid-knee.”  In my opinion, that’s an unflattering length for a straight skirt, so I shortened by 5 inches before cutting.  I still have the side slits, mine just aren’t as long.  I also chose to use a separate belt, rather than the included belt (the belt pattern is really short, meant for you to use a ring closure rather than tying it together.)  I think it would also look great with a contrasting skinny belt.  I’m on the lookout for yellow and red patent skinny belts to try!

Since I used a knit, I didn’t do any of the called for hand sewing.  My hems are machine hemmed – not my absolute favorite, but I don’t like how a blind hem looks on a knit.  I finished all my seams with the serger, because this knit had a slight tendency to shred.  The instructions were very clear, though I confess I changed them at times (I did not, for instance, use stay tape on the pockets… I just ran a line of stay stitching.)

Should you decide to make this pattern, I recommend not trying it on before adding the waist elastic.  It is… not so flattering that way.  I don’t think it would work to leave it out and just belt it either, because the dress is so heavy that it stretches out without the support of the elastic.

Is it a bit 70s?  Yes, but fashion is enjoying a real revival of these styles.  I’ve worn this dress all day, and it’s both comfortable and flattering. Sometimes vintage patterns don’t go well, but this one is a real keeper I think!

32 thoughts on “Vogue 2333: Diane Von Furstenberg

  1. It’s really cute! And I don’t think it looks 70s at all. It actually looks quite modern to me, but I think it’s helped by the fact that you shortened the skirt by 5″ and these drapey styles are in right now.

  2. I love this pattern; the neckline is beautiful and feminine and it looks beautiful on you. I give it an Excellent!!!

  3. Wow, that is stunning! I saw your dress and was thinking, “I don’t remember that pattern – what’s the number?” It looks so current! I love it!

  4. You look amazing in this dress! Can I tell you that I made that dress when it came out in the 70s…I think you are dating it later than it was because I remember making that my senior year of high school and that was 1977. Anyway, beautiful dress!

  5. Tres chic! I love that color on you (though you are almost blending with the wall on some of them–camouflage! LOL!) And comfortable is always awesome. 🙂

    1. I’m actually wearing a slip with decorative (ie: meant to be seen) straps under the dress. It really stays pretty well, but I did notice occasional slippage to one side, mostly when I was sitting down.

  6. I think this is so beautiful. It looks fabulous on you, and even though it’s 70’s-ish, it’s kinda got that classic wearability about it. Love it!

  7. Love the dress … I recently bought a similiar pattern McCall’s 6319 … Its kinda crazy how styles keep coming back into fashion …

  8. I love it! I made this dress last year and really liked it. I left mine long but I love how you shortened it. I may have to pull this pattern out again.

  9. I made this dress to wear to my first “real” job after college! I remember the year exactly – it was 1979, because I wore it to an important evening event for work. I had a pair of strappy, red, high heel sandals that I spray painted gold to wear with this dress. Your post brought back a nice memory for me. Thanks!

    PS: I’m sure I still have this pattern – I’m going on a hunt to make it again!

  10. Ooh I have this pattern too- so nice to see it made up. The elasticised waistline out me off but I might just give it a go.

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