Vintage Sewing

Butterick Vintage Reprint 4792

September 30, 2009

Hello Sew Retro! I’m Hanna, and I have been reading Sew Retro for about six months now. I started dressmaking properly about 18 months ago and in that time I have made two (non-vintage) skirts and two dresses from vintage reprint patterns. I made over a vintage skirt that I bought, and I have also acquired several vintage patterns than I hope to make and share with you.

For now, I wanted to show you my attempt at Butterick 4792, a reprint of a 1957 pattern for a full-skirted dress with an interesting halter-style neckline.

I made it in a pink polkadot cotton which was quite cheap (just as well at over 4 metres for the dress alone) and quite stiff, although that may come out when it’s washed. The stiffness is good at the moment because it makes the skirt look nice and full even without the optional net underskirt.

I made a size 8, and found it fit me perfectly. Even on the bust I only had a little bit of excess fabric, which made a nice change from usual! I like this style because the shape of the bodice and the extra fabric up there help to create the illusion of the kind of fifties hourglass figure that I certainly don’t have!

  1. Love the pink polka dots and it looks really pretty on you.

    I have that pattern tucked away, but I'd never really noticed the lovely scooped back. Must put it on my to do list for next summer!

  2. Wow, that's lovely on you. I too have this pattern just sitting around, but now I'm inspired. But I have to ask this; what's the bra situation? None? Strapless? Please share!

  3. I have that pattern but have been scared to do it not knowing what it would look like when it was finished. LOVE IT. I will now tempt it! Thanks!

  4. Strapless bra – simple as that. Unlike some dresses, the back and underarms on this one are easily high enough to hide the strapless bra, so it's a very wearable solution. Don't you hate it when a dress is halterneck or strapless AND cut really low on the back? An advantage of vintage sewing is that that doesn't tend to happen!

  5. Like many others here, I've paused over this pattern but wondered how it would look on a real-world figure. Yours is so flattering on you that I may have to bite the bullet and try one for myself!

  6. Hi hanna, @i am hoping you get this comment in your email box I have this pattern and have lost the instruction pages, and for the life of me I can not work out how the bodice is made, the rest i can work out i think, would you be ables to scan it and email it to me?
    it's a long shot but I really don't want to have to buy it again.

    Patricia Uk

  7. HI,
    I see alot of people have this pattern and don’t use it, I am so obsessed with getting this pattern and can’t find it! If anyone is willing to sell it to me I would be so grateful, or maybe make a copy?
    Thanks so much

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