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In Progress: Simplicity 7705 – 1970’s Jiffy Wrap Dress (DVF Knock-Off)

20 January 2011 7 Comments

I am currently working on a great 1970’s vintage wrap dress (Simplicity 7705). This pattern is a knock-off of the classic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, so I am eager to see how it turns out.

I bought the pattern when I was searching for the DVF Vogue 1549 pattern.  Actually, I bought two patterns because I am out of control obsessive when it comes to patterns.  I bought the first one on Ebay and then I bought another one shortly thereafter on Etsy (it was uncut and the price was irresistible :).

I am making it out of a fabric I found at Fabric World in Stone Mountain, GA that feels like jersey knit. So far, I have constructed the bodice and attached the funky 70’s collar.

I have also constructed the cuffs and tie belt, so I should be able to knock out the skirt and the rest of the dress over the weekend. I had hoped to work on it tonight, but it’s after midnight and I’m almost ready for bed.

By the way, this is my first official blog photo of one of my garments on my new dress form! (I’m not ashamed to admit that I wrote this post because I wanted to have an excuse to take photos of my new sewing buddy). Oh yeah, and I suppose I should actually share an actual sewing project every now and then (even if it’s incomplete :).

Stay tuned…

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  • Dei said:

    Love that rich color! This is such a good style for so many people. Can’t wait to see your results.

  • Carla (author) said:

    Thanks Dei. This is one of my favorite colors. Wrap dresses definitely flatter a lot of different body types.

  • Natalie said:

    Hi Carla!
    I stumbled across your blog and have been looking for this Simplicity pattern FOREVER! Where did you find it? I’m not sure what size you’re cutting, but I’m also wondering if you’d be willing to sell it when you’re finished.

  • Carla (author) said:

    Hi Natalie,

    I lucked up and found it on Ebay and paid too much for it. Mine is a 34 or 36 bust (12 or 14). I have to check. What size are you looking for? I’m crazy about my patterns but you might be able to convince me to sell it to you if you make me a great offer now that I finally found the DVF version :). If you’re interested, send an email using the contact form in my top menu.

  • Ann said:

    Please post finished pictures! I just found this pattern and can’t wait to make it!

  • Angela said:

    I too am Jonesing for a DVF wrap dress and just couldn’t drop the $50 to$75 they are asking for the pattern these days. So instead I bought the Simplicity 8056 on ebay for $1 but it’s only a near copy of the original (not a flared skirt). I hope I am not disappointed, as I already purchased the fabric (wild like the 70s versions) but haven’t started it yet. I also had to buy a new sewing machinge bc mine is ancient and haven’t sewn anything in years and years. But I want that dress again…I had one in the 70s!

    Did you sell either of your patterns yet? I am a size 14 and am having to alter the one I bought in a 10/12/14 bc the sizes have changed so much!

    Can’t wait to see finished product.

  • Carla (author) said:

    Hi Angela, I hope your pattern works out for you. Let me know when you make it! Thanks for the kick in the pants to finish this dress. I need to finish it before I start my spring projects. The bodice is still on my dress form :). I didn’t sell the pattern, but it’s a size 12.

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