Vintage Sewing for Disney’s Dapper Day

by rosiewednesday on March 18, 2014 · 8 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I recently attended Dapper Day, a vintage-themed event at Walt Disney World in the Magic Kingdom. It was a Disney and vintage-lover’s dream! I sewed two dresses for the occasion, one for me (in red) and one for my friend Andi (in blue).

Disney Dapper Day

Disney Dapper Day





For my dress, I sewed Butterick 8408 ,a 1958 pattern. I love the bow detail at the neckline and waist. It had some interesting construction details, included a zipper inserted into a dart! The skirt was also tremendously full, which ended out working great for petticoat-wearing.

Butterick 8408

For my friend Andi, I sewed a pattern I designed and drafted myself that has a bit of a nod to the 1940s. It has six darts at the neckline, cap sleeves, and a full skirt. I call it “The Marfa Dress,” after a town in Texas that has mysterious lights.

Marfa Dress for Disney

It was the most magical of days! See all my Dapper Day posts on my blog.  There’s loads more there about the event, as well as construction details for both of our dresses!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrice March 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Your hair and glasses are da bomb! And those darts on the blue dress are beautiful.


rosiewednesday March 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

Thanks, Patrice! My glasses are new, and I’m quite enjoying them!


EmSewCrazy March 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Both dresses are just lovely! What a fun day!


rosiewednesday March 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

Thanks, Emily! It really was wonderful!


Julie March 19, 2014 at 5:51 am

Wonderful, just wonderful!!


rosiewednesday March 20, 2014 at 10:34 am

Thank you, Julie! IT really really was!


Rachel March 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm

That red dress posed on a carousel… perfect!


rosiewednesday March 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

Thanks, Rachel! They called it the “Dapper Derby.” There was singing and much fun!


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