I just realized that I never finalized this review.
Pattern Description: This is THE Diane von Furstenberg dress. I remember women wearing this dress in the 70's in the fabric illustrated.
Pattern Sizing: Size 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Vintage instructions were excellent, including finishing details.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the finishing details on the cuff construction. I love that this is the original pattern.
The instructions explain how to put a non-stretch tape along the neckline seams so that the bodice won't gape. This is a useful technique on wrap bodices.
The collar is bigger than the one in Vogue 8379, and the ties are longer and wider. The instructions tell you to finish the opening for the tie to pass through the dress unlike 8379.
The bodice is longer than the bodice of 8379.
Fabric Used: Rayon/lycra jersey. Jersey is the last fabric listed, and rayon/lycra jersey is really too soft and stretchy for this pattern as the other fabrics listed are woven. I ended up having to take in the shoulders and the sides of the bodice.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Although I am usually a size 10 in Vogue patterns, the bodice of this dress was way too big for me. I added pleats to the shoulders to shorten them and took in the side seams of the bodice below the arm scyes to make it small enough. I also shortened the bodice a little.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will certainly sew this dress again in a more stable fabric. I recommend it for its historical value, but 8379 is a very good approximation if you don't want to spend the money on a vintage pattern.
Conclusion: This is an excellent vintage pattern. It is fun to make the iconic wrap dress from the original pattern.