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My Pink 1950s Dress

Added Nov 26, 2011

by EdelweissPat...

Portland, Oregon...






This is the third dress I made from Butterick 4790 (the “walkaway” dress), with a few adjustments to achieve a perfect fit. When viewing the main sample garment for the Butterick pattern on their website, I noticed that it looked quite a bit different than the original pattern cover from 1953! So I came up with a method for altering the tissue pattern to fit properly, and I’ve also discovered that any 50s dress looks much better with a crinoline and corset underneath! I’ve given complete instructions on my blog , and you can see many more pictures of this dress here

Happy sewing!

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Material Notes

The front panel is a stretch matte satin from Telio & Cie fabrics, and the pink rayon crepe was purchased for $2.50 a yard!




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Polyester, Rayon, Satin


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    Jul 21, 2012, 01.45 PMby laikadoll

    Best one I’ve seen!! Late to the party, yes, but damn girl!

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    Jul 9, 2012, 11.40 AMby leokadia

    the cut is superb, always different materials give this a totally different charisma

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.57 PMby smallone

    wow wow wow!!!….this is by far the best rendition of the walk away out there.

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    Nov 28, 2011, 06.33 PMby imagiono

    Very pretty :)

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    Nov 28, 2011, 01.16 AMby aluckmann

    I agree, I have seen a lot of versions of this dress – and yours is my favorite! I love how feminine and pretty you look.

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    Nov 26, 2011, 05.40 PMby zenica

    This is absolutely darling! It must be my favourite version of this pattern!

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    Nov 26, 2011, 01.12 AMby schnui

    What a pretty dress and the fabric suits the style so well. And you look beautiful in it.

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