Tuesday, July 9, 2019

1950s Inspired Dapper Day Dress

A dream is a wish your heart makes...these awesome photos were taken at Disneyland during 'Dapper Day'--an amazing vintage experience.  For the occasion, I made my fifth iteration of a dress copied off a dress that I got in Florence, Italy (see stripy dress in the photo below--that's the store bought one!).

It's quite a simple design. A v-neck, sleeveless bodice that leads into a pleated skirt (but where the pleats are only tacked down at the top).

The dress zips on the side and for this iteration, I made a matching fabric bow belt:

I like this dress because I can make it in a variety of different cotton weights and it's just perfect for traveling to warm weather places.

Here's some of my previous iterations. This blue version was made using African wax print --which is quite thick cotton:

This one is also a stiffer cotton. You can see both of these hold quite good pleats.

 The one I made in the picture below is the only one that I've made with a super light and soft cotton from Gertie's collection. It is the most comfortable...I just love it.  Really perfect for hot weather.

So I think I've reached my threshold with this dress--I do love the design but am itching to sew other designs.  Do you do this, sew multiple garments from one pattern? Which dress do you like best?

1 comment

  1. It has been a very long time since I have worn a dress, but I have made multiples of blouses many times. Or changed the sleeves or neckline. People see fabric, especially printed fabric. Those who sew might catch on, but that's okay!


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