Fashion sewing on A budget … and the Walk-Away Dress!

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I was flipping through some of my old sewing books a while back, looking for something (I can’t even remember what) and was arrested by this image, which of course is the popular Walk-Away Dress:

If you can’t read the caption, it is:

Even a beginner can make a dress like this one successfully, from two old dresses. This pattern is smart, adaptable, and easy to make since it only has a few pieces.

The book was fashion sewing on a Budget, and I have to say it’s one of the a lot more helpful of the ancient titles that I’ve accumulated. I think because it takes a “learning by doing” approach, which is the learning style I’ve always favored. (You make a lot more mistakes, but you learn a lot more from them!)

The online copies I’ve linked to above, on Amazon, are fairly pricey but my copy is marked “$1-” on the flyleaf and I’m sure I’ve seen this lots of a time in thrift stores and used book sales. keep an eye out in those places, if you want it.

I still haven’t made the Walk-Away dress, myself. I keep reading other people’s reviews and can’t decide whether to try it, and, if so, in what fabric … and, of course, where to put the pockets!

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