Vintage Sewing

Butterick 4790 aka "The Walk-Away Dress"

May 23, 2009

Today, I’m showcasing my version of Butterick 4790, the “walk-away dress”. I used the reprint of the 1952 pattern. I think I may have cut it a size or two smaller than my size shown, based on the measurements listed on the pattern. It’s a little tight around the waist, but that’s okay.

I bought the space alien fabric a while ago and had decided I wanted to make it some kind of lining, with the outside being fabric that resembled space. I found one that was flecked with glitter, but the simple black taffeta looks better with it, I think. Even though you’re only supposed to edge part of it in bias tape, I did the whole thing with alien-green bias tape (which took somewhere from 3 to 5 packages, I don’t quite remember) and I think it adds a nice touch.

This was my first time working with taffeta, and I really love the way that it holds its shape so well. Even without a crinoline, you still get that full effect in the skirt. I think that the final product is out-of-this-world, if you’ll pardon the pun.

  1. OH I love love love the alien fabric, love what you did with this pattern, and you are just rocking that dress!

  2. I have this pattern! I made two and a half dresses from it! I have a black cherry one, a Alexander Henry “Juicy” one and the half dress is a cumbersome situation involving 5 packages of bias tape, then I didn’t like how lit looked with Bias tape, so I decided to remove said bias tape – oy! This pattern really is awesome an dyour dress is really cool! My sister in law got space fabric and rocket ship buttons and made one similar!
    Good job!
    Do you have the same problems with people tryig to figure out how it works and they end up flashing your underpants? I hope it’s not just me!

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