I Am the Lorax! a.k.a. DVF/Vogue 1549 Version 2

This weekend I made myself another version of Vogue’s Diane Von Furstenberg 1549 wrap dress. As a side note, McCalls recently did a Very Good Post explaining why you are unlikely to ever see them reissue this pattern. To what they said, I’ll add that in the cases of other designers, the licensors who used to work with Vogue Patterns have been swallowed up by huge conglomerates like LVMH, Kering and the like, so dealing with their licenses can be taxing to a small to midsize company.

Anyway, back to me. I decided to make a second DVF Vogue 1549 wrap dress. I made a few changes to it, but not enough to warrant a complete review. Here are the particulars:

Fabric: I made this version from Walk in the Woods Smooth Faced ITY Jersey – Multi from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). This is a much lighter-weight fabric than the First Version I made of this dress (a rayon doubleknit).

Changes to the Design/Construction: This particular jersey has a very fluid hand, and it is very soft. I omitted the cuffs and collar, which I thought might be too floppy unless I interfaced the bejeebers out of them. I cut the hem down to a 5/8 inch narrow hem, rather than the 3 inch hem in the pattern. I used a 5/8 inch narrow hem on the sleeves as well. I’ll probably push the sleeves up most of the time anyway. Other than those changes, I made this the same way as the first version. It went together very quickly, and this version looks a little less formal. This fabric is light-enough weight that I’ll definitely need to wear a jacket over it (Boston in January, don’t you know).

And why the Lorax reference? Well, check out the finished dress:

Doesn’t it look like a forest in the fall?

Bodice detail so you can see the print closer

And the back

The other reason is because I plan to wear it to a meeting tomorrow night where I will speak for the trees. It’s town stuff, and not what I like to do, but I believe in wearing an impact outfit in situations like this. I’m saving the really big guns for the meeting where the town takes a vote. For that one I’ll wear the Red DVF.

When I was setting up to photograph this dress, DH saw it and said, “Wow, that’s a gorgeous fabric!”
🙂

Happy sewing!

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13 thoughts on “I Am the Lorax! a.k.a. DVF/Vogue 1549 Version 2”

  1. Wow, I love this! My Mother made me a DVF (knockoff) dress for my HS graduation a number of years ago (OK somewhere between 30 and 40 years) I looked great in it 😉

    Loving the colors and the dress-good luck tomorrow!

  2. I keep hoping that I’ll just stumble across one of these DVF patterns at some garage sale. Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Love this dress and the fabric.

  3. Your dress looks great. For those of us who don’t have access to that great DVF pattern, could you give some advice about how to modify Vogue8379 to get a better result, more like the DVF original? I’m thinking of folding out or at least reducing those fluffy waistline pleats and adding some bust fullness or a small dart. Also folding out a lot of the skirt fullness and omitting the facings. I made 8379 for my daughter, and the bodice isn’t as flattering as run of the mill store bought wrap dresses. Don’t know why the pattern companies can’t give us flattering, modest versions of this classic dress. Why does every pattern have significant problems?

    1. I left all the darts and pleats in. This fabric is great for hiding everything. I’ll tell you a funny story – I kept losing pieces among the scraps of the fabric! It’s such a busy print the sleeves, especially, kept blending in and getting lost. I finally pinned everything to Shelley to make sure I had all the pieces. 😀

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