Added May 5, 2011
Wirral, United K...
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 :-)
Plain two-tone purple/pink taffeta,
Embroidered two-tone purple/pink taffeta,
Purple silk lacing
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