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Vintage Wrap Dress

Added Sep 13, 2009

by nkinyon

Phoenix, Arizona...






I found a pattern made by Butterick that is a reissue of an original 1952 design known as the “walk away” dress. It was really simple, only THREE PIECES. I love it so much I’ve made several more in more casual and formal fabrics for myself and others. Here is the first one I did.

The pictures show step by step how to wear the dress.
First, pull it over your head, adjust the shoulder position.
Button the front panel behind your back.
Next, bring the back panel around your waist to the front and snap to fasten (with decorative buttons on top of course)

Material Notes

I’m not sure what the fabric is. I thought it to be cotton but it TOTALLY BURNED on my first attempt to iron it. It’s a bit hard to tell in the pictures but it’s a very light yellow with green and red tulips. Edged in black, double fold bias tape. I’ve also made it in the following colors:

Front panel: Ivory Satin. Back Panel: Navy Satin lined.
Navy Cotton with Red double fold bias tape as well as accented with red rick rack.
Red gingham with red bias tape.

And my favorite in which I am currently working on….drum roll please….
Hot pink satin with Ivory satin lining the inside of the over skirt. Da-rool, da-rool




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    Oct 4, 2009, 11.08 PMby pinup

    looks gorgeous! im making this dress at the moment, and making a few adjustments, hope it turns put as pretty as yours.

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    Sep 19, 2009, 02.59 PMby macid900

    Oh my god! I think my grandma has this pattern, but the original 50’s one. I’ve been thinking about making it for a while but the the picture of the front is just kind of funny and it’s in this bright blue that makes it look childish. But I love yours! I can’t wait to dig it out of her basement and make it now.

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    Sep 17, 2009, 06.31 PMby lovelypolly

    hi, now i bought the pattern, too. but i am afraid it won’t fit very well, as i read in the www. we will see …

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    Sep 16, 2009, 03.27 PMby dkocsis45

    as you mentioned, you made a few other versions, dressier and more casual. Would you mind posting a pic or two of those? Thanks.

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    Sep 16, 2009, 03.25 PMby dkocsis45

    beautiful. I so need to try again to make this for my wife. It’s interesting you had to open the neck up. I need to close it down for my wife. Maybe because she is so small framed. Regardless, thank you for showing the steps of putting it on and it’s a beautiful creation. Your fabric choice fits it very nicely.

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    Sep 15, 2009, 03.05 AMby shela

    I have this pattern. I always thought of it as a duster or comfort item. You have totally changed my mind and with good reason. the dress is beautiful on you. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sep 14, 2009, 09.37 AMby anajan

    This style suits you perfectly! The dress is really beautiful. Love the black edging.

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    Sep 13, 2009, 06.23 PMby nyan69

    wow.. that is so cool.. =D

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    Sep 13, 2009, 06.20 PMby nenasew

    love, love this dress. Its so divinely 50s. I hope you wear it a lot.

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    Sep 13, 2009, 04.52 PMby formathilda

    i absolutely want this dress. now.

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    Sep 13, 2009, 03.39 PMby Heather D. Childree

    It’s a Butterick B4790. I made it for myself a few years ago, but the fabric was much too heavy. I’ve since taken it to pieces. My brother, however, saw the dress as I was making it, and I ended up making it in black and white for my sister-in-law (my brother’s wife) for their wedding ceremony. Definitely needs a lighter weight fabric as there’s a lot of fabric in the dress.

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    Sep 13, 2009, 03.27 PMby littlecottondresses

    Awesome dress, fit, and styling! I’ve seen this pattern but didn’t think it would fit me, but it certainly does you!

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    Sep 13, 2009, 01.44 PMby bellamabella

    i have this pattern, and never even cut it…now im thinking i should

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      Sep 16, 2009, 03.33 PMby dkocsis45

      i cut mine and wish I hadn’t. I would much rather have traced it and then made adjustments, now I’m missing grading I wish I had… toolittle too late :)

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    Sep 13, 2009, 01.05 PMby lovelypolly

    wow!! i would love to have the pattern. unfortunately it won t be available any more. ….

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    Sep 13, 2009, 08.37 AMby sabzarap

    i know this pattern, i almost bought it, but i wasn’t sure how it would look like… It really looks great on you!

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    Sep 13, 2009, 08.33 AMby sewella

    This is exquisite!

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    Sep 13, 2009, 07.59 AMby sammy09

    omg this is fantastic! absolutely beautiful :)

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    Sep 13, 2009, 07.49 AMby Fletcher & Fenn

    love this dress!!!!. You’ve made it so well!!!!!

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    Sep 13, 2009, 07.13 AMby irmchen

    How interesting!

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    Sep 13, 2009, 05.03 AMby vdubilicious

    this looks great! … I wonder if I could pull off wearing that :)

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    Sep 13, 2009, 02.53 AMby nkinyon

    PS!! I altered the neckline of the original pattern as I like a lower, more open neck.

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