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Desperate Housewife Dress

Added May 3, 2010

by suzetewilliams

Toddington, Bedf...






This dress is made using Butterick pattern 4790. I’ve been wanting to make this dress forever, but the pattern was too expensive. I saw it on sale recently and zapped it up. I found the this fabric in my local Asian shop for £1.50 ($2.50) per metre. This is the first time I’ve applied a bias binding to a garment and I was happy to find that it wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated.

The dress was super easy to make – it’s 3 piece with darts in the front and back. The dress back wraps around to the front. Hope you can see it from the pictures.

Material Notes

Cotton fabric
Bias binding




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    May 12, 2010, 08.05 PMby badkitty-1

    I have this pattern too. Your dress is very inspiring & lovely. xx

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    May 4, 2010, 06.29 PMby tontondiva

    This was nicely done! I think the bias binding gives it the pop!… Very nice!

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    May 4, 2010, 04.35 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    This is really cute, I love the red bias! I picked this pattern up and have been waiting for inspiration to use it-I’m going to have to pull it out and go fabric shopping. Thank you!

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    May 4, 2010, 03.28 PMby helenadoll

    what a cool dress! I’d like to give this pattern a go :)

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    May 4, 2010, 02.48 PMby rudegal

    Very nice dress! It’s similar to my 50’s punk dress I put up here. I love your version with this lovely fabric!

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    May 4, 2010, 12.04 PMby isargruen

    This is amazing! Such an extraordinary way of composing a dress! Thank you for sharing your wonderful result with us! I immediatly called some of the shops, who sell Butterick to get a grip on this pattern. I found it in Munich (350km from my home) and will have it by next week! Thanks to your advice I’ve ordered ab bigger size!

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      May 4, 2010, 12.13 PMby suzetewilliams

      Wow, I’m glad I’ve inspired someone this much. I must say that I haven’t seen this dress made up before, so I’m excited at the prospect of seeing other people’s finished project here. I look forward to seeing yours.

      A little tip on Vogue, McCall & Butterick patterns: if you’re not in a hurry to get a particular pattern, join the VMB club ($15.00 per year) and order your patterns from the US. Even though you have to pay shipping, it turns out cheaper as they send you e-mails when they have promotions which is almost every week. I got this pattern for together with another 6 at $1.99 which is great value. Just a thought…

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    May 4, 2010, 04.13 AMby rifka

    Nicely done! The print and addition of bias tape suits the pattern so well. Very cute.

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    May 4, 2010, 03.26 AMby runningwithscissors1

    What an interesting dress! May have to scout that pattern out next time I am at the fabric store… Love it!

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    May 4, 2010, 12.21 AMby smowen3

    So very lovely!!! I just bought the pattern on Etsy. I think it will morph well into a maternity dress.

    I will let you know!

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      May 4, 2010, 07.12 AMby suzetewilliams

      Lol, look forward to seeing it. thank you.

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    May 3, 2010, 08.34 PMby pixxxiepie

    Very lovely! What a wonderful and unusual cut for a dress. I’m just fascinated by the wrap around effect. The fabric is also gorgeous!

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    May 3, 2010, 05.35 PMby mixtlii

    Thanks for all the pictures to show how it’s made… I’ve actually seen a few of this dresses on this website (“walkaway dress”), but I can’t find the pattern, And I wanted to try to draft it… Now I’ve quite a good view of how it’s made :)

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    May 3, 2010, 05.03 PMby wendymichelle1015

    I am obsessed with this pattern right now! Looks great!

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      May 3, 2010, 05.38 PMby suzetewilliams

      Hope to see yours here soon. Thank you.

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    May 3, 2010, 04.55 PMby keren

    what a great pattern! Nifty idea, that wraparound back. I love the end result! Great job with the bias binding! I also found it is not that difficult to apply it, and it gives such a cute finish. Neat!

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    May 3, 2010, 04.07 PMby aibby

    You did a great job on this, i like the binding. I have this pattern also, but was afraid to make it, i read so many bad reviews of it. Think i’ll try it now!!

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    May 3, 2010, 03.17 PMby candicej

    I love how authentic it looks, the print was an excellent choice. Very pretty!

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    May 3, 2010, 02.16 PMby farahajh

    Such an unusual construction…I love it!

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    May 3, 2010, 02.16 PMby Geeky Seamstress

    great! its nice to see this dress made up, I’ve seen the pattern a few times but have held back because you never know how fabulous it will look in real life. the bias binding is a great touch, great bundle of 1950’s elegance

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      May 3, 2010, 02.28 PMby suzetewilliams

      Thank you. The only thing I would say is that if you’re making this dress, allow extra fabric around the waist as the sizes do not reflect the women of today. I made a size 12, but it’s actually more a size 8 (UK sizes).

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