Giant Gingham!

by Starspangledheart on July 10, 2013 · 5 comments

in 1940s,1950s,Dresses

I just adore gingham for summer and what’s better than giant gingham! :D

This dress is actually a refashion from a dress I made a few years ago.

This is the famous Walk Away dress, which actually fit me rather well considering all of the fit issues most people seem to have with it. (Butterick 4790) But I lost some weight and could never figure out how to make it fit again. So instead of leaving it languishing in my closet any longer, I remade it with this pattern:

Simplicity 2357 c. 1949. This was a great option for the refashion because both dresses had circle skirts and the wrap dress meant extra fabric to play around with. Also, note the blue gingham on the pattern cover. I’m highly susceptible to color/print suggestions on pattern covers…..

It’s so nice to have reclaimed this dress! And just in time for the Fourth of July too! :D More photos and construction details here.


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I'm a 20 something Chemistry professor who loves the fashions of the 30s, 40s and 50s. I'm also completely obsessed with Downton Abbey. Aside from sewing, I also love to knit, scrapbook and read.

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Michelle July 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

This was a great save! The fabric definitely evokes summer! Lovely work.


EmSewCrazy July 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Super cute! Totally worth giving it new life and getting to wear it again!


tanyamaile July 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Ohmygoah this dress is awesome! I think I need some big gingham in my life!


mariebayarea July 11, 2013 at 12:53 am

You’re just one of my favorites. Brilliant gingham dress.


Michelle Handyside July 11, 2013 at 2:59 am

That is just amazing, its blows my mind sometimes (this is something I often do) that you can take one dress and rework it into something completely different. You are truly talented. x


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