Thursday, March 20, 2014

Butterick Walk-Away Dress

I have remade this dress since posting this review; see the new version here.

The dress is Butterick B4790, a wrap dress that is very simple to make, having no buttonholes, interfacing, zippers, or lining. It was a bit time-consuming, because I sewed the hem and the seam binding by hand.
I ended up finishing it at about 12:30 Saturday night (aka Sunday morning). I was determined to wear it to church Sunday morning, even if I had to stay up all night to do so. Overall, this was a pretty easy dress to make. I'm very much of an amateur at following patterns, but this was a breeze. And, I am no longer scared to death of seam binding! (hurray!)
Here's a few pics.

Front view

Back view

The front wraps around to the back and closes with a button and loop.

The back wraps around to the front and closes with snaps...

Topped off with cute vintage buttons. I nabbed 10 of them at a local antique store for $4.

I sewed the long edge of the seam binding on with the machine, then sewed the short edge down by hand with a whip stitch. I love the effect - you don't end up with skewed, uneven seams this way.

I serged the hem and whipstitched it, turning under by hand as I went along.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you're enjoying the (almost) spring weather.

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  1. It's gorgeous Esther! It looks very complex compared to a lot of modern dresses, but it is a superb design and you have made it beautifully!
    It will be perfect once those warmer days come and you can wear it alone,or with a cardi.
    I love it!
    Gill xx

    1. Thank you so much, Gill!! Thanks for all of your lovely comments. I love your blog!! :)

  2. You are so talented! I love this.

    Thanks for linking up to Wordy Wednesday...I loved seeing your pretty things! :)

  3. That is lovely!! Keep it up! -Rachel S.

  4. You did a good job, I really like this dress! I have tried to make it before, but it wasn't coming out how I wanted it to so I never finished mine. I am inspired to try and give it another go.

    Erika @

  5. I love the way you made snaps instead of actual buttons. I should have done that. Mine were a pain! Nice job!


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