Giveaway: Butterick 4790, The Walkaway Dress From 1952

Butterick 4790
Originally Butterick 6015 from 1952
Hi Readers!
Today I’m giving away this Butterick Retro pattern 4790 based on Butterick 6015 from 1952. It’s a very simple one piece, ingeniously designed wrap dress. It’s also a cult classic among vintage stitchers and a great project for beginners. A quick Google Image search will find you dozens of interesting variations of this pattern. This is a Retro re-issue modern pattern so it is sized in modern sizes. Also, this pattern has a lot of added ease so you may want to cut it one size smaller.
Here is a small history on this classic pattern:
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!”.
It’s simple yet flattering wrap design and easy construction were what made it so popular. Sales of the pattern were so great, that at one point manufacturing of all other patterns ceased, and only the ‘walk-away’ dress was produced until all back-orders for this dress could be filled.
Here are some past issues of the Walkaway Dress which has been in circulation in some form since it was originally issued in 1952:

As you can see you can shorten the pattern also to give it a more modern look.

This pattern is sized 8 to 14 in modern sewing pattern sizes.
This Giveaway is International.Β 

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1. Leave a comment below with your e-mail included and formatted like this:
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Good luck!
This Giveaway will be open until Sunday night.


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  1. Alassel says

    I’ve never tried to make an item of clothing before, unless you count a tunic for Halloween in 2000! This dress does look like a lot of fun, so it would be fun to give it a shot!

  2. gabriellecato says

    i already follow your blog! and i LOVE this pattern! thanks for sharing!
    – gabby

  3. gabriellecato says

    i am a fb follower now!
    – gabby

  4. gabriellecato says

    beautiful pattern!
    – gabby

  5. littlebetty says

    Hey, I’m in and I’m already a follower. You can get my email addy via my blogger profile.


  6. sertyan says

    What a lovely pattern, Thank you for the chance!

    sertyan (at)yahoo(dotcom)

  7. Amy says

    I’m trying to (really buckle down and) teach myself to sew, and I would love to start with a great-for-beginners vintage pattern. This dress is adorable! Thank you.

  8. hueisei says

    Lovely pattern πŸ˜€
    I am sure the result will be fantastic.. I would like to have the chance to win it..
    Thank you..
    cheers from hueisei(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. hueisei says

    I am following your blog via GFC..
    cheers from hueisei(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Marie says

    I’d love to enter your giveaway as I’ve recently seen some great versions of this pattern! I’m a follower already, many thanks!


  11. MJ/Sweetwater Cloth says

    This pattern is on my ultimate “want” list!


  12. MJ/Sweetwater Cloth says

    I am a loyal follower πŸ™‚


  13. MJ/Sweetwater Cloth says

    My page ‘likes’ your page on facebook too!


  14. Kelie says

    What a beautiful pattern, and fun history lesson! πŸ™‚


  15. sewsue says

    Great pattern…I just had to enter since my name is Sue Smith! Already followed the blog; have added fb. Suesews4fun(at)yahoo(dotcom).

  16. javede says

    I would love to win this!
    (I am on vacation till the 24th)

  17. Maria says

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to try this pattern with a short hem, as you suggested.


  18. Lizzy says

    Nice pattern! I am gonna follow your blog, meanwhile I am entering to the giveaway, my email is

  19. jane says

    Wow, I used to make dresses like that in the 70s. I would love to make another

  20. Becca says

    Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. Becca

  21. Becca says

    I enjoyed my visit today. I just became a follower. Becca

  22. Amy says

    I’m a follower, and I’m leaving contact info. I would *really* love to have this pattern!!!!!!

  23. kathleen c says

    Thanks for the background on the dress! Quite interesting to hear about the popularity of the pattern and the different variations.


  24. SewPaula says

    Love this pattern! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and really enjoy it.


  25. Kitty says

    I just discovered your blog from Sew Retro. It’s very interesting!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  26. Mary says

    Such fun! Here is my info:

    my blog

    I am following and liked you on FB.

  27. sorbetsurprise says

    I have always been very interested in this pattern an would love the opportunity to win one! slatchem(at)hotmail(dotcom)

  28. Beata says

    I followed your blog and liked you on Facebook!

  29. Stefanie says

    What a wonderful blog. I would love to be entered in the giveaway!


  30. Samantha says

    I’m following your blog now, as well.


  31. Rowanna says

    I’ve been trying to find this pattern! I live in Spain and it’s hard to find vintage patterns here

  32. lmwtaylor says

    I would love to win this pattern! I just started sewing again and have been reading your blog for about a month. I love everything you make! My email address is: lmwtaylor(at)yahoo(dotcom)