1952 Walk Away Dress: Retro Butterick Pattern Featured on Episode 3 of GBSB and Give-Away!!

B4790 Retro Butterick Pattern
B4790 Retro Butterick Pattern

Apart from enjoying this season’s Great British Sewing Bee, I’ve had wrap dresses on my mind, and it just so happens that the 3rd episode from this season’s Great British Sewing Bee features a re-issued pattern of the 1952 Walk Away Dress (Butterick B4790).

Modern take on Retro B4790
Modern take on Retro B4790

I love how this pattern looks in such a modern fabric and may actually make this dress for my daughter-in-law.

Retro style is not quite “me”; however, I really enjoy learning vintage sewing techniques and very much admire the style and design of clothing from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Hence, my favorite shows are anything that feature retro clothing such as Perry Mason (yes, I do own every single episode!) and Hercule Poirot ( I would have loved to be Miss Lemon’s BFF!!).

Episode 3 of this season’s Great British Sewing Bee was devoted entirely to 1950’s sewing, including the participants using vintage Singer Featherweights in the challenges. It was a fun episode!

If you love to sew vintage than I am sure you know and adore Gretchen Hirsch and follow her blog. She also is a  Retro Pattern designer for Butterick and an instructor on Creative Bug and Craftsy.

Many of you may not be aware of another Vintage Expert, Jeanne, who blogs over at Sew Vera Venus. Jeanne is an American transplant to England and worked for many years as a costume designer. Her own Gallery of Retro Clothing is worth a visit and she offers great tutorials and FREE patterns so you can try your hand at vintage makes.

Since I am having so much fun sewing around my place, I’d like to give away a copy of the Butterick 4790 pattern in either size BB(8-14) or FF (16-22). All you have to do is comment below and mention why you enjoy sewing vintage patterns and/or watching The Great British Sewing Bee. A “winner” will be randomly selected after two weeks.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to visiting with you, too!

All the best,

Mary

Season 3 of GBSB on YouTube!!!!

Have you been enjoying Series 3 of the Great British Sewing Bee? It is as charming and fun as previous seasons. Without giving anything away to viewers who may not have had a chance to see it, I noticed today for the first time ever that there is now a YouTube Channel called The Great British Sewing Bee and all 3 episodes of the current season are available in full length videos.

I think this is just fantastic news so more of us have the capability to view this darling show.

BTW, there is another GBSB book available but it does not seem to be out yet in the US- From Fabric to Fashion. It is available on Amazon.uk The author of this book is Claire-Louise Hardie, one of the producers of the GBSB and she has a lovely blog The Thrifty Stitcher.

Amazon in the US is showing that May Martin will have her own sewing book published and available in October 2015. How great is that?!!

Claire-Louise Hardie is wearing a GBSB outfit a day for the next 30 days which you can view over at her blog. My “bucket” list is to make at least one outfit from each season of the GBSB so far- I try to keep that list small, since I feel a little closer to that bucket these days, LOL!!

Have you made something from the series yet?

Happy sewing!

All the best,

Mary