I managed to finish both of my Diane Von Furstenberg knit dresses (Vogue 1547) for the September Vintage Patterns challenge. I made the short-sleeved belted version in a brown polka dot ‘Germania’ by Jay McCarrol for FreeSpirit, Westminster Fibers two-way stretch knit fabric. This fabric caused me many problems while sewing it up, including stretching out of shape, leaving white spots and holes from the stitches and unpicking seams.
The second version I sewed was with long sleeves and the collar tie. For this, I used a four-way stretch blue knit fabric that had a wonderful drape and silky feel to it and sewed up beautifully. It literally SWISHED when I walked. I had the opposite experience I did with sewing the brown fabric even though they are both cotton knits.
To learn more about sewing with knits, (in order to avoid some of the headaches I encountered), to find more pictures and information on the construction of the dresses and on Diane Von Furstenberg and the 1970s, and also to see a classic geometric print DVF knit wrap dress sewn by my mother in the 70s, please drop by my blogpost at Gjeometry.
Happy Sewing Everybody!
Catja from Gjeometry