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.
Hi, I actually made this dress last December and it was my ‘Christmas dress’. It’s made from a pattern I bought off ebay and the dark purple jersey fabric was bought to make this dress.
This is the pattern. I made view C but with sleeves from view A. I did lower the neck a little as it was quite high and I also had to draft a back bodice as it was missing! I used the back facing and the front bodice and a bodice piece from another pattern to help me draft it.
I needed to make the bottom half of the dress wider to accommodate my big bum (English pear) My waist and hips are always 2 dress sizes larger than my bust.
I decided to make the skirt a bit A line so I could take out the split at the back. This was simple – I just took the hem out about 2″ at each side and drew a line up to the hip on the pattern.
Don’t you think the girl in the centre has fab hair? If only mine would do that!….
I am in love with invisible zips and have used one on this dress too. I don’t have a ‘proper’ invisible zip foot so I just use my normal zipper foot and my finger nail to hold the zip in the right position while I sew it.
The rouleau strip really finished this dress and was great at hiding the tiny miss match with my zip and under bust seam. So now no one knows it’s there – except you!
I decided against lining this dress but do like to have some sort of lining or slip because isn’t it awful when skirts stick to your tights?! I thought it would be quite groovy to keep the vintage vibe going and make a full length slip. I can also wear it with other things too. This is what I made out of black silk which was not easy to sew on my machine….errrr! Tension issues I think and I hate fiddling with the tension on my machine because it doesn’t seem to like it. I worked French seams and hand finished a lot of this slip. It has a placket on the left side seam with poppers.
I drafted the pattern from an Enid Gilchrist book. I love these books!
I hope you like my dress and underslip. Thank you for reading.
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.
Simplicity 7072 front
For my sister’s birthday, I decided to make her a dress. Since she’s tiny, I jumped at the chance to bust out some of my smaller sized patterns (I covet size 18′s for myself) with a mod 1960′s silhouette. We decided on Simplicity 7072, which is a simple A line shift with French darts and a round neckline. Interestingly, my sister has an amazing vintage shift from the late 1960′s in an almost identical style. The fabric is even similar, although I used a quilting cotton, and the original is in a weird heavy woven. It’s almost like a lightweight upholstery fabric, but with a soft handfeel. Also, once I got the original on the dress form, I noticed that the pattern design is not centered. It was obviously hand made by a pretty good seamstress. While the pattern fit pretty well as drafted, I still had to do some pattern adjustments. These included taking it in a half inch all the way around, lowering the neckline a bit, and moving the shoulder in a bit. I omitted the facings and made a coordinating bias tape in espresso bean brown to finish the edge, which I did with an invisible stitch. I think it turned out really well. I hope it fits her! I barely got it to fit on my dress form. You can see the shadow on the skirt where I had to stretch it over the form. What would the world be without adjustable dress forms! Enjoy!
Simplicity 7072 back
Simplicity 7072 front
Simplicity 7072 shoulder detail
Simplicity 7072 zip detail
Vintage 1960s shift dress