Saturday, March 8, 2014

Vintage Wardrobe Challenge: Butterick B4790

Welcome to my first Vintage Wardrobe Challenge post! My goal is to have a wardrobe that consists mainly of handmade, vintage style clothing, so I thought a sew-along would be just the thing to do! You can sew your own version of the dress, then show it off at the VWC link party (starting next week).Vintage style clothing is so pretty, and there are alot of patterns available in modern sizes. 

Today's VWC project is Butterick B4790. It is called the "Walk-Away" dress, because ideally, you could start the dress after breakfast, and walk away wearing it by lunchtime. That isn't really going to happen because you have to let it hang for 24 hours before hemming. In any case, it is pretty much the easiest dress you'll ever make. No interfacing, no buttonholes, no zippers. What could be better? 
So grab your pattern, some fabric and start sewing! You can purchase the pattern at your local fabric store. I bought 7 yards of a floral cotton. There is about 33" leftover. I did, however lengthen the dress 6" to make it long enough for me (keep in mind I'm 6‘)
I currently have my dress hanging up to set the hem. Next I will be serging and hand stitching the hem. The directions say to hem it on the machine, but I like the hand-stitched effect. It is going to take forever, I realize that, but I don't mind it.

Link up your project at my Vintage Sewing Link Party!
Happy sewing!
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  1. I love the style of the dress! I can't wait to see pictures of it when finished, and maybe others will send you theirs as well. Great project!

  2. What a pretty dress! I love the fabric you chose! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Thank you for linking to Tuesday with a Twist!

  3. Sometimes I wish I learned how to sew sooner, so I could make my own clothes. But I'm having fun with crocheting now. I 'd love to make these vintage dresses. I love the design. Thanks for sharing this on my What Are You Doing? Blog Hop!

  4. I'll be featuring this post at Tuesdays with a Twist tomorrow! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. It looks like a pretty dress. 6 and a half yards of fabric in it?? That skirt must be incredibly full!

    1. Thank you!! Yes, it is very full - a full circle, in fact!! You an see the finished project at

  6. Thank you all for your lovely comments and compliments!


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