If you like vintage patterns, you've probably come across the Walk-away dress, a pattern first produced by Butterick in 1952 (the same year as Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing was published!). Legend has it that the pattern was such a hit that Butterick stopped production on all other patterns until backorders for the Walk-away could be filled.
The pattern was reissued in recent years as part of Butterick's retro line. Home sewists went crazy for it all over again, making it a top pattern of 2007 on Pattern Review (with 27 reviews to date!).
True confession time: I just don't like it all that much. I've seen some cute versions of it, and some not so cute. I can see why people are attracted to it. But everytime I try to envision making it, it just looks like a hospital gown in my mind.
Butterick did make a later version called the Saturday Morning dress, which I think is vastly improved. Look at the interesting neckline and curved midriff! The idea is the same, but the execution seems more elegant and flattering to me. (It's interesting too, that the two patterns are so close in number, the Walk-Away is #6015, and the Saturday Morning is #6150.)
The only problem is that it also seems to be terribly rare, as I can't get my grubby little hands on a copy of it.
Oh, how I want this pattern! Please let me know if you come across it, that is, if you don't buy it for yourself first. In which case I wouldn't blame you, though I'd be very sad. Sigh.
So, what are your thoughts on the Walk-Away dress? Yea or Nay?