I Went Banana’s on E-bay and Won Diane Von Furstenberg’s Vintage Wrap Dress Pattern for my Birthday….Yes, Vogue 1549!!! (The One With the Cuffs and Collar :)
I am extremely excited that I won the auction last night and my Diane Von Furstenberg classic wrap dress vintage pattern (circa 1973) is on its way! I love wrap dresses and have had my eye on this pattern for a long time, so I was super excited to find it in my size and in uncut condition just in time for my birthday. Whoo hoo! I’m not sure who was bidding against me, but I’m really sorry you wasted your time because this pattern was destined to be MINE MINE MINE and once I started bidding, it was a wrap (pun intended :-). I can’t wait until it arrives! Side note: It will be delivered to a secure mailbox at an undisclosed location, so don’t even think about trying to snatch it out of my mailbox before I get my hands on it!
This pattern typically sells for approximately $125 and I am somewhat ashamed to share how much I paid for it:
Of course I am aware that I can buy patterns for $.99 at Hancock Fabrics, but did I mention that this is a rare and sought-after vintage DVF pattern? And considering the retail price of DVF’s ready to wear dresses, I’m sure that the many fabulous dresses I’m planning to sew will make it worth the investment because this wrap dress will never go out of style (and I can select my own fabric :). Besides, it’s my birthday and I don’t have to justify my purchase to anyone besides myself! (and I think I’m almost convinced that this was a great impulse buy). I am envisioning several versions of this dress in various colors and prints. I want to make one in a slinky leopard print and I think I will hem this pattern to above the knees.
This win made me feel a LOT better about my recent $1.00 Ebay loss (grrr….I am still kicking myself for not entering my maximum bid in time and letting these extremely rare vintage Japanese pattern making books slip through my fingers):
Anyway, this fabulous pattern completes my DVF wrap-dress collection. I recently snatched up the short-sleeved version for $13.99 + shipping, which is a HUGE bargain since it typically sells for $95 and up! So to make myself feel better about spending $137.50 on a sewing pattern, I prefer to focus on the fact that I purchased two DVF vintage patterns in my size for $156.99 or $78.49 per pattern, which is actually a good price :-). Yippee! Okay, now I’m convinced that I made a good choice. By the way, I’m still missing one of the instruction pages, so please contact me if you have this pattern!
There’s also another rare DVF wrap dress pattern (Vogue 1548) that I don’t have, but it looks very similar to the one I purchased on Ebay. The only noticeable difference is the missing collar and cuffs, which can easily be omitted from Vogue 1549 without spending another $125:
I also purchased the Simplicity 7705 Jiffy DVF knock-off vintage pattern recently. I bought it because I had given up hope on finding the DVF pattern (I’m too ashamed to admit how much I paid for it, but it’s actually less than a $55 listing I recently came across). I’m looking forward to comparing the instructions and pattern pieces from both patterns to see if they are exact replicas (yes, I am a hard core sewing nerd researcher by day and my need to investigate carries over into my sewing :). I’ll will publish the results of my investigation when I write my sewing pattern review. I already purchased a pretty eggplant jersey fabric for this dress, so hopefully the DVF pattern requires the same amount of fabric (or less). BTW, I’ll probably end up selling this pattern to recoup my investment now that I have the real thing :).
Has anyone reading this besides me ever spent more than $100 on a sewing pattern? Or do I need to check myself into the Diane Von Furstenberg Clinic for Vintage Sewing Pattern Addicts?