17 April 2009

Flashback Friday: Ye Olde Butterick Dress

Like seemingly everyone else who makes vintage clothes, I once made the Butterick "Walk Away" dress. I made it probably 8 or 9 years ago and used the original vintage pattern number 6015. I amazingly got this pattern in a huge lot of vintage patterns I bought off ebay for a dollar (shipping included!).



Jumping Jack Frogs, I was SKINNY then!

The back/over piece is black silk, bound with black silk bias strips. The front/underpiece is a black tapestry with a dark pink design woven in. The buttons (hard to see in the photo) are covered in the tapestry fabric, which I recall caused lots of cursing and stabbing.

This dress was made to coordinate with a suit I made for the fellow I was dating/dancing with at the time; the suit was black with very thin hot pink pin stripes. We entered a vintage costume contest and only won second place which cheesed me off because the winning entry was someone who bought a original vintage dress for about a billion dollars and I MADE mine along with a durned vintage suit for my partner. Lookng back now, the dress that won was gorgeous and totally deserved it. I guess. Maybe.

I must say, although I think it has been over done, I do love this pattern. No side seams, the front wraps and hooks in the back, while the back wraps and hooks in the front. And it was certainly terribly flattering to my hourglass figure.

My new weight loss goal....fit into this dress again. Without a Corset of Death. :-)

6 comments:

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I made this one as well, from the reissue. It is my "Hostess Dress" that I wear when I have people over for brunch.

gwensews said...

Great dress! Good luck realizing your goal to wear it again.

Summerset said...

Love it and that hourglass! I've made it, too. Mine is black gingham for the under part, black cotton for the over part with a very wide bias band of black gingham at the bottom.

BeeBee said...

Kind of digging the shoes, too.

Bek said...

This dress is amazing! There are a few dresses in my cupboard I would love to fit in again too...

laura said...

I don't care how pretty the other dress was, you still should have won!