Originally Butterick 6015 from 1952
Today I'm giving away this Butterick Retro pattern 4790 based on Butterick 6015 from 1952. It's a very simple one piece, ingeniously designed wrap dress. It's also a cult classic among vintage stitchers and a great project for beginners. A quick Google Image search will find you dozens of interesting variations of this pattern. This is a Retro re-issue modern pattern so it is sized in modern sizes. Also, this pattern has a lot of added ease so you may want to cut it one size smaller.
Here is a small history on this classic pattern:
During the 1950's, Butterick experienced a phenomenon it had not known since the 'Garibaldi Suit' of the late 1860's. It was pattern 6015, and it was dubbed the 'walk-away' dress, because it was so easy you could "Start it after breakfast... walk-away in it for luncheon!".
It's simple yet flattering wrap design and easy construction were what made it so popular. Sales of the pattern were so great, that at one point manufacturing of all other patterns ceased, and only the 'walk-away' dress was produced until all back-orders for this dress could be filled.
Here are some past issues of the Walkaway Dress which has been in circulation in some form since it was originally issued in 1952:
As you can see you can shorten the pattern also to give it a more modern look.
This pattern is sized 8 to 14 in modern sewing pattern sizes.
This Giveaway is International.
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This Giveaway will be open until Sunday night.
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I've never tried to make an item of clothing before, unless you count a tunic for Halloween in 2000! This dress does look like a lot of fun, so it would be fun to give it a shot!ReplyDelete
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What a lovely pattern, Thank you for the chance!ReplyDelete
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I'm trying to (really buckle down and) teach myself to sew, and I would love to start with a great-for-beginners vintage pattern. This dress is adorable! Thank you.ReplyDelete
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Lovely pattern :DReplyDelete
I am sure the result will be fantastic.. I would like to have the chance to win it..
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I'd love to enter your giveaway as I've recently seen some great versions of this pattern! I'm a follower already, many thanks!ReplyDelete
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Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to try this pattern with a short hem, as you suggested.ReplyDelete
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Wow, I used to make dresses like that in the 70s. I would love to make anotherReplyDelete
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Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. BeccaReplyDelete
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I'm a follower, and I'm leaving contact info. I would *really* love to have this pattern!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the background on the dress! Quite interesting to hear about the popularity of the pattern and the different variations.ReplyDelete
Love this pattern! I've been reading your blog for a while now and really enjoy it.ReplyDelete
I just discovered your blog from Sew Retro. It's very interesting!
Thank you so much for the giveaway!
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I'm following your blog now, as well.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the giveaway I'm going to check your blog :)
I've been trying to find this pattern! I live in Spain and it's hard to find vintage patterns hereReplyDelete
I would love to win this pattern! I just started sewing again and have been reading your blog for about a month. I love everything you make! My email address is: lmwtaylor(at)yahoo(dotcom)ReplyDelete