Butterick B4790 – The “Walkaway” Dress I


As promised in an earlier post – here is the story of my version of the famous “Walkaway” dress. For this project I checked the time allowed (4 hours) on The Great British Sewing Bee and timed myself to see just how long it takes an “ordinary” seamstress to make this iconic dress. When working to a time limit it helps if you read the instructions first! To begin with I laid out the fabric full width right sides together and pinned the skirt pattern piece before realising that if I laid out the pieces differently I would save a lot of fabric. So…. unpinned the pattern, relaid the fabric and then cut out the skirt pieces separately – as per the pattern’s instruction sheet! Using the suggested pattern layout meant that the dress took a smidgeon over 4.5 metres of fabric, so as I purchased 5 metres of the colourful “Liquorice Allsorts” design I have half a metre left over for another project. Having cut out the pattern and marked all the darts and notches I then set up the sewing machine and overlocker with colour-co-ordinated thread and put a new needle in the sewing machine. Off I went. Stitched the darts front and back and back seam of the skirt which I overlocked to neaten the raw edges by which time I had been working for 1.5 hours. Time for a break……

37 thoughts on “Butterick B4790 – The “Walkaway” Dress I

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    1. I know what you mean about plaguerism and copyright infringement but unfortunately I have no easy solution. I have had to take the view that once it is “out there” I no longer have control so just have to rely on the goodness of others, that they will appreciate my work and not plaguerise or copy.

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    1. Thank you for your comment – if you decide to make the dress I hope that my comments are helpful.

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    1. I usually start writing the post in between making the project. The post goes through many variations before it is finally available on the blog. I am fortunate that I enjoy writing – I may even get around to a novel one day! Meantime happy stitching! Caroline

    1. I am glad you have enjoyed the post. If you get around to making the dress I hope that my comments will be of help. Happy stitching!

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    1. I have only recently starting checking out other people’s reviews before embarking on a project. I am glad you found my comments helpful. Happy stitching!

    1. Part II now posted. I hope you will continue to enjoy reading my blog. Happy stitching!

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