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50s Tartan Wrap Dress

Added Mar 26, 2014

by Ezzles

Sydney, Australia






I love 1950s style, and I’ve been admiring this pattern for ages. It’s one of the Butterick Retro patterns, B4790, originally released in 1952.

I am only semi-happy with the finished result. As is always the case with Butterick, the sizing is all over the place. I’m honestly not sure they model their sizes on humans. The construction itself was easy, but I am not happy with the fit.

If I were to make this dress again, and I might, I’ll use the bodice about three sizes smaller at the neckline. It’s absolutely falling off my shoulders, and I have to pin the wraps under the arms to stop them gaping open and flashing my bra to the world. It does fit well at the waist, though.

I would also replace the straight front section with a half circle. When worn alone it sits fine, but if wearing a petticoat underneath, the straight section doesn’t fit over and it bunches up strangely. You can see this in a couple of the photos – especially where I’m pulling the wrap section aside to show that section.


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Vintage

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    May 2, 2017, 04.32 PMby Montegue42

    Thank you for your comment on the underskirt! I am planning this project, and I was wondering if that would cause any discomfort while wearing…I don’t want to accidentally flash anything! I think I will adjust the pattern in that way.

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    Apr 2, 2014, 04.10 AMby Ezzles

    Thanks, I like the fabric too. It’s not unwearable or anything, just disappointing.

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    Apr 1, 2014, 08.57 PMby sewknitting

    I really love the fabric you used! Sorry it didn’t turned out like you wanted.

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