Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Old Sewing Projects - 1950s Walk-Away Dress

Back in late June & early July of 2007 I sewed my first Birthday dress {I now sew one for every birthday}. It was my seventeenth birthday and I wanted something vintage & easy. Also, the theme for my birthday party that year was 1940s/50s. Hmmm...things haven't changed much have they?

Anyways, I used the very popular pattern: Butterick 4790. {In the 50s it was B6015.} Here is some history of the pattern from Butterick's site:
During the 1950s, Butterick experienced a phenomenon it had not known since the 'Garibaldi Suit' of the late 1860s. 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.

Gathering FlowersField of dreams

Belle of the partyDreaming

The floral fabric was from Joann Fabrics and was only 88 cents a yard {back when you could find fabric for real cheap!}. Everything else was from my stash - so it counts as free! Making the grand total of my dress - $3!
"Walk-away-dress" My fabric choice
Would y'all like me to make this into a series? Where I show the old sewing projects I did before I had Bramblewood Fashion? Let me know. 


  1. Yes please! I'd love to see all that you have made. :)

    A Beautiful dress! love the colors you chose. And $3 is amazing!!

    The info about the pattern is really interesting too!

  2. The dress is beautiful! I must admit those huge bookshelves in the background did distract my attention for a moment, though...I'm adhd when it comes to books! (-:

  3. I have that dress as well! :)
    I really like it, but I need to take it in, because it's too big now.

  4. I'd love it if you did a series!!

    That is a very pretty dress, and some very interesting info on butterick! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. I always love seeing sewing projects! This dress is so adorable! :)

  6. Darling, Ash! I love that pattern. It's so adorable, and easy to see why it became so popular!

    I think it's a great idea to start a series showcasing your older sewing projects!
    Much love~

  7. very sweet!!
    do do the series! :)

  8. Alright-y then. I'll make this a regular series.

  9. OOOO! I have that dress pattern too! I made mine with a lovely peach dotted swiss and brown bias tape. Maybe I'll post a pic of it on my blog...

  10. Very Cute! I made this pattern up in red with little white polka-dots for my daughter with white bias tape trim. Turned out adorable! 'Course, I remember this style...the first time around!


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