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Walk Away Dress - Butterick 6015

Added Sep 14, 2011

by hand-quilter

Newcastle, Austr...






I whipped this dress up in a couple of hours – it was very easy to make! I have the reproduction pattern so it has the various sizes on the pattern pieces, which was useful for me, as I have a pear-shaped body. I was able to cut the bust to one size, and then the waist and hips in a larger size.

There has been a lot of hating towards this pattern, the general consensus online seems to be that it has no shape and looks like a large apron/hospital gown. I totally disagree. I think (for my shape at least) that it turned out to be super cute and is a perfect dress for our warm Australian summers. I do think though that the success of the dress relies on good fabric pattern choice, and the correct contrast bias binding – otherwise I do see how it could end up looking like the wearer was disappearing beneath 4 meters of fabric!

I wore this dress out today, visiting a cafe and doing a bit of shopping, and three people complimented me on the dress! That never happens when I wear the clothes I make – so for me this dress was a success :-)

Visit me at hand-quilter.blogspot.com to keep up with my sewing adventures :-)

Sam xox




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    Sep 16, 2011, 12.52 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Thanks for your honest comments. I have had this pattern for ages and moved it off my to-sew list after reading all of the hate on-line but I always thought it would look good on my curves…I think I’ll start looking for the perfect fabric again ;) Beautiful job and great colour combo xx

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      Sep 16, 2011, 11.42 AMby hand-quilter

      You’re welcome. Be warned though, this fabric uses 4 yards of fabric – so hunt for something on sale :-)

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      Sep 17, 2011, 04.36 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      “Fabric-on-sale” is my middle name ;)

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    Sep 15, 2011, 03.12 PMby cantare

    I just bought this pattern for my sister-in-law’s bridesmaid dress! We’ll be making it out of eggplant satin and modifying it a bit as she’ll be 7mo pregnant by the time of the wedding :) Thanks for posting your version—isn’t it so adorbs!

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      Sep 16, 2011, 11.41 AMby hand-quilter

      That sounds fantastic! I am sure she will look great in it, and eggplant is such a nice colour :-)

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    Sep 15, 2011, 10.23 AMby lizziemonster

    I amy even get the nerve up to post the picture when im done…depending on how my binding goes :)

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    Sep 15, 2011, 09.50 AMby lizziemonster

    Im right in the middle of making this dress myself, personally I love it, is is so easy to sew and a bit of a boost to the confidence for a novice like me to create something that is so flattering, at least for my body type. I just need to add my binding and I am done and after seeing your version of it I am inspired and I will certainly make time to do it this weekend

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      Sep 15, 2011, 10.05 AMby hand-quilter

      I’m so excited you’re making one too. It is a very cool pattern and reasonably quick to sew. I found the binding a bit fiddly but the end result is definitely worth it. Good luck making your dress! Sam xox

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