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My Walk-Away Dress

Added Oct 17, 2010

by groovymama

Hobro, Denmark






I have this amazing pair of shoes. Pink, blue, white and orange. Such shoes deserve a matching dress. So I made this version of the retro Butterick 4790 dress. It’s not perfect – even after some adjustments. It’s a little big around the bust area and a little tight around the waist (which surprised me as I usually have to take in dresses around the waist area). I also lengthened the dress front and back as I am rather tall and I figured that the pattern was not made for tall women. I shouldn’t have done that – I had to try and shorten it again, not so easy. Anyways, the dress is very very easy to sew – and now I know what to do – and especially what not to do :-)

The pink fabric is cotton and the dotted a blend.




Garment Type
Cotton, Blends

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    Jul 6, 2012, 11.35 AMby leokadia

    Wie ein großer Bonbon …. sehr süß! Ich glaube, diesen Schnitt werde ich mir besorgen.

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    Jul 20, 2011, 01.35 AMby tudorrose69

    Great style sense, and your kids are adorable, they look so colorful and mod in the cute outfits you are continually making them! You also look great, love the mom/daughter combos. Thanks for sharing, you are definitely SEW talented!

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    Jul 9, 2011, 03.23 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Thanks for your review on this dress. I have the pattern and am planning to make it. I love the fabrics you chose- you always have nice bold fabrics for your creations. And I totally love the shoes! I wish I could find ones like that around here.

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    Jul 6, 2011, 05.23 AMby RoniBarr

    Stunning dress! :)

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    Oct 27, 2010, 08.01 AMby blmfld

    i love it i love it i love it!!!!

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    Oct 22, 2010, 05.24 PMby cocoretro

    Oh gorgeous! I think I’ll make one for myself ;)

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    Oct 18, 2010, 10.20 PMby nessys

    You’ve done a lovely job of this dress. I have been tempted to purchase this pattern myself, and after reading many, many reviews – I must say – I chickened out!! But you have conquered the “Walk Away Dress” and your fabric combination is a fabulous hit along with the shoes! You should be very proud!

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    Oct 18, 2010, 01.01 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Great colours! I love the big polka dots and the white bias is perfect inbetween the two fabrics, I never would have throught to use them together. This is another of those patterns I own and really need to make up! :)

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    Oct 18, 2010, 07.24 AMby Kathleen V

    This is a great outfit! I have the pattern as well. Hmmm… I should probably try it someday. :)

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      Oct 18, 2010, 07.29 AMby groovymama

      Of course you should

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    Oct 18, 2010, 12.44 AMby lizajane09

    I LOVE this! And I am so envious of your shoe collection!

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    Oct 17, 2010, 11.50 PMby smallone

    it’s very Grease the movie! Love those colors makes you an honorary Pink Lady :)

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      Oct 18, 2010, 07.29 AMby groovymama

      Oh, I always wanted to be Rizzo (but I think she would prefer a more fitted dress :-) – that will be my next project.

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    Oct 17, 2010, 04.38 PMby frkbustad

    What a great colour/fabric combination! This is by far the best version I’ve seen of this pattern! And the shoes… the SHOES! Lola Ramona is just wonderful!

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      Oct 17, 2010, 05.09 PMby groovymama

      Tak, tak – og ja, Lola Ramona laver de fedeste sko :-)

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    Oct 17, 2010, 03.16 PMby wackyblonde

    I love your choice of fabrics. I have this pattern and have yet to try it. You’ve given me inspriation to bump it up to the top of my to do list.

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      Oct 17, 2010, 05.10 PMby groovymama

      Can’t wait to see it :-)

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    Oct 17, 2010, 02.46 PMby kimberleejean

    Oh! I HAVE this pattern! I’ve been wondering what it looks like in “real life.” Thank you.

    Did you have any particular problems in the construction I should look out for (I am not tall)?

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      Oct 17, 2010, 04.40 PMby groovymama

      The neckline and shoulder area are a bit broad I think. My shoulders are pretty broad but I had to take this in a bit (and the dress is still not quite good) – maybe by going down one size this would help for me.

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