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Purple Taffeta Walkaway Dress

Added May 5, 2011

by madscouser

Wirral, United K...

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Description

I wanted to make a fun yet smart dress to wear to my mate’s wedding in London and eventually decided on a retro Butterick pattern – 4790. Apparently this dress was known as the ‘walk-away dress’ in the 50s when the pattern was originally created because you could make it in the morning and wear it in the afternoon! Yeah right – if you got up at 3am and happened to be the right size and shape for the pattern!


Took quite a lot of fitting & a redrafting of the circle skirt section, but I reckon the results are worth it :-) I didn’t bind the edges but did a narrow hem as I don’t think bias binding would look good on the taffeta! I also decided to button it 3 times with a crossover at the back instead of one small loop for added security. I also changed the front to have an eyelet and lace up front facing using a meter of silk lacing to close it.


I really enjoyed wearing the dress and got loads of compliments on it :-)

Material Notes

Plain two-tone purple/pink taffeta,
Embroidered two-tone purple/pink taffeta,
Gold eyelets,
Purple silk lacing

Difficulty

Advanced

Categories

For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Material
Eyelet, Taffeta

Credits

Butterick 4790

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  • Hk_sewing_machine_large

    Jul 12, 2011, 10.05 AMby madscouser

    Aww, thanks everyone, you’re very kind! :-)

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    Jul 10, 2011, 01.58 AMby runningwithscissors1

    I like the lace up feature you added to the dress. You did a beautiful job on the dress.

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    May 8, 2011, 04.34 PMby Douli Bee

    It looks fabulous!!! You did a great job!

  • Naomi18aug2010_large

    May 6, 2011, 12.32 PMby blmfld

    REALLY GOOD JOB; LOVE THE COLOUR TOO. I HAVE THIS PATTERN AND I AM NOT A SIZE 12 SO FOUND IT A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO GET THE TOP TO FIT OVER MY BOOBIES.

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      Jul 12, 2011, 10.07 AMby madscouser

      Thanks :-)
      I had to do a lot of alterations to get the bodice fitting well, especially round the boobs! I added extra fabric to the sides, shortened the shoulder seams and added extra darts in at the back!

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    May 6, 2011, 04.35 AMby Denise Angela

    I love the walk away dress & yours is so beautiful on you!

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    May 5, 2011, 09.27 PMby freakusbzzz

    It looks fab.

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    May 5, 2011, 06.48 PMby easbrooke

    Your dress is very beautiful and looks great on you! Nice work. :)

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    May 5, 2011, 06.22 PMby yuriko123

    LOVE THE COLOR! AND YOU LOOK SO HAPPY!!

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