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Butterick 4790 (repro 1950’s dress, aka “The walkaway dress”)

11 Jan

The pre-christmas Spotlight sales had all patterns at half-price. When that happens, I often buy myself a treat of a pattern I love but would never usually buy because I will probably never make it up.

This year’s treat was Butterick 4790

Although it was pure indulgence, a closer look at the pattern had me unusually keen to make it up soon. With my hourglass figure, the waist definition appeals, so does the 1950’s style (I think I have been watching too many Ms Marple episodes!) And for pattern versatility, cut short it would probably make a nice top (though with a less full “peplum” – the skirt itself is a full circle.)
But the most intriguing bit was realising it is actually a wrap-around dress. I have had only one of those, one I found in an op-shop in my teens, a real 70’s leftover in bright green. I loved it. So funky! (But I would have probably said “It was grouse” back then).
This pattern certainly looks like fun.

It requires *gulps* over 4m of fabric, and the edges are worked in double-fold bias trim.  Happily, the after christmas sales at Spotlight revealed a $4 cotton poplin fabric I could just envision in the dress, and a soft lilac bias binding to match.

At first I thought it the full skirt would be far to bulky, and started trying to work out how to cut it down a bit. However, while the fabric was being pre-treated with a wash in the machine I googled for reviews of the pattern. (I always think “I should do this before I buy a pattern, not after!” Spotlight soooo needs a little laptop available for their customers to google for pattern-reviews.)
To my delight there were plenty, and mostly positive. A lot were made up in polkadot fabric which looks fantastic, and very period. I almost went back to Spotlight if I could find some polkadot fabric for myself instead of the poplin, but sadly my bank balance told me not to.
[Edited to add later: Ok, I admit, I did go back for it and happily for my bank balance, sadly for my wardrobe, I simply couldn’t find it again.]
For the sake of sheer frivolity, here is a selection. (One day I will work out how to do the formatting on this blog properly.)
From Cheetah Velour

From Molly and Mango

From What’s she building in there?

Butterick 4790 (repro 1950’s dress, aka “The walkaway dress”)

4 Jan

The pre-christmas Spotlight sales had all patterns at half-price. When that happens, I often buy myself a treat of a pattern I love but won’t usually buy because I will probably never make it up.
This year’s treat was Butterick 4790

Although it started as pure indulgence, a closer look at the pattern had me keen to make it up.

  • The waist definition will suit my hourglass figure
  • The 1950’s style (I think I have been watching too many Ms Marple episodes!)
  • Pattern versatility – cut short it would probably make a nice top (though with a less full “peplum” – the skirt itself is a full circle.)

But the most intriguing bit was realising it is actually a wrap-around dress. I have had only one of those, one I found in an op-shop in my teens, a real 70’s leftover in bright green. I loved it. So funky! (But I would have probably said “It was grouse” back then).
This pattern certainly looks like fun.

It requires *gulps* over 4m of fabric, and the edges are worked in double-fold bias trim.  Happily, the after christmas sales at Spotlight revealed a $4 cotton poplin fabric I could just envision in the dress. I found a soft lilac bias binding to match.

 

Do I really want a full-circle skirted dress?

At first I thought it the full skirt would be far to bulky, and started trying to work out how to cut it down a bit. However, while the fabric was being pre-treated with a wash in the machine I googled for reviews of the pattern. (I always think “I should do this before I buy a pattern, not after!” Spotlight soooo needs a little laptop available for their customers to google for pattern-reviews.)
To my delight there were plenty, and mostly positive. A lot were made up in polkadot fabric which looks fantastic, and very period. I almost went back to Spotlight to look for polkadot fabric instead of the already-bought poplin, but sadly my bank balance told me not to.
[Edited to add later: Ok, I admit, I did go back for it and happily for my bank balance, sadly for my wardrobe, I simply couldn’t find it again.]
For the sake of sheer frivolity, here is a selection of photos of other people’s dresses.
From Cheetah Velour

From Molly and Mango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From What’s she building in there?

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