With winter in the Midwest finally behind us, I’d like to make some dresses from my fabric stockpile. Of course to get me back into the swing of things, I thought I’d do the Butterick 4790. I know full well that the re-released pattern comes with a slew of fit issues. So I pose the question: has anyone used a zipper?
I know that it’s not conventional, but neither am I. The re-release pattern uses a full circle skirt instead of a half circle as the original did. Wouldn’t a zipper up the front balance out the weight of the back of the dress and keep it closed for less of a flyaway mishap?
Here is an example of the full zipper. The zipper would also eliminate the need for a button closure. I’m picturing something like a coat zipper that comes all the way unzipped.
Image courtesy of SoulStiches Blog as mine would not load.
I’m new to WeSewRetro and relatively new to sewing. I thought I’d share some of the patterns I plan on making in the next few months.
There are 2 Butterick patterns and I know at least one of them is a familiar face to all of you. There are also 3 1970s Simplicity patterns. I was extremely excited to find them at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store, uncut and in pristine condition for a whopping $0.58 USD for all 3 together.
I know from reading about other’s experiences on the B4790 Walk-away dress that I’ll have to do some tailoring because it is the re-release pattern and not the original which apparently has caused some fit issues. I also know that I will probably need to grade the Simplicity 9147 from 1979 up a size, but the pattern may have enough ease where that won’t be necessary.
Have any of you sewn these patterns? Any tips for the beginner? Any suggestions for which comes first?
I apologize for the image quality, my camera has recently taken a nose-dive and I had to resort to sharing via the camera on my cellular.