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1950's wrap dress

Added Jul 6, 2011

by Danielle Mac...

Brooklyn, New Yo...






This was a really fun pattern to make, Butterick 4790. After I bought it I found several old versions of it in my grandma’s patterns, so it seems it was a popular style back then. I was lucky enough to find this beautiful fabric for $1.99 at Lorraine’s. It has a transparent geometric pattern to it so it needed to be lined, for a total of 10 yards! I couldn’t have afforded it without the bargain fabric.

I basically just made two dresses and sewed them together with the Bias tape edging. With the way the darts are done, I found it a little difficult to fit once I realized I had once again cut too big. I ended up having to take a lot in at the waist and it was hard to get it even. I used a nice stretchy elastic for the button loops in the front, it sits nicely and allows for a little bit of give while wearing it.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage


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    Oct 5, 2011, 06.27 PMby krystleskloset

    I have this same pattern! You look great!

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    Jul 9, 2011, 03.24 AMby Kim Ethridge

    I fell in love with this dress when I saw it. I was sure I would have a hard time finding the pattern anywhere, since it’s a vintage/retro dress. I took a chance and went to my local fabric store (Jo-Ann) and “waaalllaaahhh” there it was. You need soo much material and I had just finished reading the toile article and wanted to do that first. Muslin is insane. Ridiculous. I ended up going to my local Goodwill store and picked up two cotton/percale sheets for $3 a piece. After i got home I realized how well the patterns and colors matched so I may “foray” into the unknown and do a stripe and pattern. I promise to post the results. It was also titled- B4790 Butterick- fast and easy. We shall see!

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      Jul 9, 2011, 02.16 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Stripes sounds cool. I’m excited to see it. I had this pattern a while waiting for cloth I could afford since it takes so many yards. To save on muslin, you could just do the front piece of the dress. I found that was the hardest part.

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    Jul 7, 2011, 01.20 PMby refutabletruth

    This is my favorite version of this dress so far!!! This pattern has been in my stash for 2 years waiting to be made. You’ve inspired me to give it a try!!

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      Jul 7, 2011, 03.14 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Thank you. I’m glad to have inspired you, it was a really fun pattern.

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    Jul 7, 2011, 10.43 AMby mlakin

    That’s stunning. I’d love to make this dress, but think I’d find the bias edgings too fiddly…

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      Jul 7, 2011, 11.21 AMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Thank you. The edgings actually weren’t as hard as I thought they’d be.

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    Jul 6, 2011, 09.55 PMby vanessajp

    Really lovely dress. Beautiful choice of fabric and styling!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 05.55 PMby Fipp

    Very cute dress and I love the material!!! Beautiful job!

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