Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

Vintage Ruffle Walkaway Dress

Added Oct 30, 2009

by pinup

Dublin, Ireland






1952 Butterick Wrap Dress – This is my version of the infamous Walkaway wrap dress. I made quite a few adjustments, its an easy dress but needs adjustments if you want a nice fit. I like adding to patterns too, so I went a bit mad. You need a slip for this dress too. This is what I did:

  • The shoulders are very wide so for someone small like me, they were too far apart, I made a little tuck/gather with each of them, using a covered button to tie in with the cream bow.

*I don’t like having bare arms and I LOVE ruffles, so I added two layers of ruffles as sleeves, including one layer of black brodiere anglaise.

*The length was too long for me, so I took 6 inches off and added vintage black lace as a trim.

What else?

*Bow, I also love bows, rather than have buttons I added a bow, I love black and cream together and the bow allows for some desert after dinner unlike buttons!! I also added elastic to the back of the front panel to keep it in place as it tends to ride up.

Material Notes

Brodiere Anglaise
Vintage black lace




Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Eyelet, Lace/Sequins

12 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • S_large

    Feb 23, 2010, 12.44 AMby dorasmora

    beautiful! it goes to my favorites

  • B9c07eed2023e02f2777a74b71726cb20b7efc24_large

    Jan 18, 2010, 11.25 AMby imvisible

    I add it to my favorites, really nice!!

    1 Reply
    • Missing

      Jan 19, 2010, 10.41 AMby pinup

      thank you :)

  • 153955_2__large

    Nov 17, 2009, 09.02 PMby petitmoutonbleu

    wow! j’adore!

  • Missing

    Nov 2, 2009, 08.01 PMby pinup

    Thanks so much for the lovely comments ladies! Delighted!!!

  • P1080646_-_copy_-_copy_-_copy_large

    Nov 1, 2009, 05.59 AMby arete999

    Looks great on you! I love the bow -it is nice touch!

  • P1011121_large

    Nov 1, 2009, 05.10 AMby alanagrace

    gorgeous! and fits your height and body shape perfectly!

  • Me_large

    Oct 31, 2009, 07.30 PMby cuttlebug

    i love the sleeves you added on, theyre a great addition to the dress and look so easy to do. i recently struggled through adding sleeves the normal way to a ball gown, and this method looks way easier and just as good, if not better! i’d love to have that up in the learning section, i went looking through there and on the pattern section for help when i was making sleeves, and those would have been a life saver!

  • Img_3609_large

    Oct 31, 2009, 06.06 PMby flosiepoos

    That’s the second time I’ve come across someone successfully making this dress, both time with several customisations. Well done! I made one too which didn’t work at all, I’m going to give it another shot I think. I did the same with adding a bow to the front by the way, I think it looks really lovely!

  • 4343a36d4466c6f353525bdc97ba571be3128723_large

    Oct 31, 2009, 09.16 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Amazing variation, I love it. I just got this pattern, I can’t wait to make it, yours is just fantastic, great job! :)

  • Missing

    Oct 30, 2009, 10.14 PMby pagan

    I love it! it looks pretty complicated though – how novice do you consider novice??

    1 Reply
    • Missing

      Oct 30, 2009, 11.07 PMby pinup

      Hi Pagan, thanks for the nice comment! Its pretty straight forward, the pattern is ‘very easy’ which it is if you follow it step by step As for the adjustments, I suppose they are a little bit more advanced but the original pattern would definitely be novice if you have basic machine skills. Does that make sense?!

  • Fly_small_large

    Oct 30, 2009, 09.43 PMby misssylver

    It’s great, well done!

  • Missing

    Oct 30, 2009, 09.39 PMby pinup

    excuse the odd expression on my face in the full length shot! I was getting to grips with self timer!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 28 people added it