Friday June 10, 2011

Since my last post, so many of you have asked “What’s a Walk Away dress?”  I thought it would be easiest to just show you.

It is a vintage Butterick pattern that has become very popular lately.  In fact if you own an original pattern it could be worth a tidy sum.  Any where from $50- $60 depending on the condition.  Thankfully Butterick re-released it and sells it on their website for a fraction of that cost.

I first laid my eyes on a Walk Away dress on this darling site~

Marie Madeline Studio 
{photo via Marie Madeline Studio}
I never grow tired of seeing this lovely group of girls dressed up in their boots and skirts :)

The dress was given the name “Walk Away Dress” because~

“During the 1950′s, Butterick experienced a phenomenon it had not known since the ‘Garibaldi Suit’ of the late 1860′s. It was pattern 6015, and it was dubbed the ‘walk-away’ dress, because it was so easy you could “Start it after breakfast… walk-away in it for luncheon!”.”  Source Vintage Patterns Wiki

The moment this picture appeared on my screen I knew I was in love!

{picture via Marie Madeline Studio}

This is why I think it should be called the Walk Away dress… because you look so cute walking away!

{Picture also via Marie Madeline Studio}

I found this version on Family Trunk Project
 {Photo also via Family Trunk Project}
I love this bi-color version.  Now I just need to make mine!

24 thoughts on “Friday June 10, 2011

  1. totallycherished

    This looks like a dress that would be a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e…… on someone ELSE!  I love the look a lot of girls are pulling off with vintage clothing, but I’ve found that it’s not me.  It just doesn’t work for me.  And so….it means one more opportunity to learn what it means to love me for me instead of whishing I could be like someone else.

    Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  2. ABAHM

    I was wondering what a walk away dress was!  I really want to see yours and what material you pick out for it.  I am tempted to try this one myself.  Maybe I could make one for Heidi…she looks great in pretty much everything.  Blessed with a models body!

  3. Elizabethmarie_1

    LOVE IT!
    I think you should make one for a giveaway. You know, since it only takes a couple of hours! And with small kids you don’t have THAT much to do! ;) hahaha.

    You will look dashing in your dress!
    I love the blue and red dress on the pattern.
    Happy Weekend to you. =)

  4. Cestovatelka

    I actually sewed this dress for my Homecoming dress! Everyone loved it! It’s such a darling pattern. I wish I wore dresses more often because it would be cute to make this in everyday cotton fabrics :)

    I might have to dig up the pattern and make another dress! And then I’ll just make excuses to wear it out :)

  5. jamekablue

    I was thinking it was called that because it looks good walking away ; )  You absolutely must make it for your summer wardrobe. Can’t wait to see you walking away in it!

  6. Iloveaholiday

    I love this dress!  Why oh why can’t I sew????  LOL  I might actually could make this one with a little help~like someone make it for me!   You’ll have to show us yours when you get it made!

  7. inanorchard

    @Cestovatelka - It’s so nice to hear from someone who has actually sewn this pattern!  I’m very excited to make it but a little nervous because it’s so much fabric to mess up.  Did yours go together pretty smoothly?

  8. Cestovatelka

    You can buy the pattern in any sewing/crafts store :) I thought it went together pretty well. I’m a beginner/intermediate sewer (had a few points of help from my mother to learn darting but that’s about it) and I was fine. I guess my only problem was with how the chest/neckline laid, but I’m guessing that’s because I have a relatively large chest lol. The skirt sat perfectly on me and it was so lovely! It definitely gets a ton of compliments :)  

    I made it with a silk blend since it was for a semi-formal event; my mother suggests making it with a heavy/stiff cotton so that the skirt really looks great. It’s a full-circle skirt, so you definitely want it to be great! :)
    Good luck! :)

  9. inanorchard

    @Cestovatelka - Thanks for the info!  I have the pattern I just need to choose the material and do it.  I’m as flat-chested as a boy so I shouldn’t have troubles that way ;)   I think I’m going to make mine out of 100% cotton to get the fullness in the skirt.  I was looking at the pattern and the darts where the only thing that looked a bit tricky.

    @Elizabethmarie_1 - You you Elizabeth… I would do just about anything ;)   Especially since I know you would look absolutely AMAZING in that dress :)

    @WildWomanOfTheWest - I like the way you think girl!  That dress, with vintage inspired western fabric, and cowboy boots… to.die.for.

    @armnatmom - Do you have a picture?  I would love to see that :)

    @ehrinn_l - Surly some one who loves you would make you a Walk Away Dress?!  Isn’t it dreamy?

    @tsh44 - Thanks!  I can’t wait to make mine :)

    @seedsower - “I have a bazillion old patterns in the attic…” oh Beth you say such pretty things

    @jamekablue - Oh believe me, when I finally wear that dress I’m going to be a high-stepping, hip-swinging, hair-flouncing, walk away girl

    @bamsniko22407 - I will absolutely do a follow-up post!

  10. seedsower

    I’ve collected old patterns since I learned how to sew back in 1974and a lot of the vintage patterns were still available for a few cents.I looked for girls patterns and barbie clothes and have tons of them in an old pattern drawers from a closed fabric shop.


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