Dapper Day Wendy Darling

Oh lord. This dress. This dress nearly killed me.

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So for starters, my sister and a bunch of her friends were visiting for Dapper Day, and we decided to do a big Dapper Day Peter Pan squad. I was unanimously chosen as Wendy (because really, have you met me? I’m a Wendy.) I planned my outfit pretty quickly-  a sky blue lace dress with a blue sash. Nice and simple, right?

Wrong. I procrastinated. I waited until literally the night before. Oh, and guess what else was also the night before? My first 10k. I was running the inaugural Disney Star Wars Dark Side 10k race, and for some reason I decided to procrastinate.

I used Vogue 2960, which is a vintage reprint pattern, and I’ve used it before to make my Ellie Frederickson dress. I did the same alterations- I cut the front pieces on the fold so that the dress could zip up the back instead of button up the front. I adjusted the shoulders. I checked all my measurements. I cut the pieces from a sky blue lace and a sky blue cotton and had sky blue bias tape to hem the edges.

Yet somehow, when I sewed the skirt (a gathered dirndl), somehow the bodice was DRASTICALLY longer in the back, making the whole thing droop and making the skirt hang too low. I was devastated. I honestly could not figure out what was going wrong with this stupid thing. And by then it was around nine at night, and I needed to be up at 3 am to run the 10k.

Luckily my friend Kimberly stepped in and offered to do some work on the dress and to finish the sash. I cried my way home (did I also mention I put myself into a panic-induced asthma attack? I’m a quality human.) carboloaded with some pasta from Panera, and crashed.

Somehow, though, I dragged myself out of bed, got to the race, and did a fairly respectable job! My time wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible, and I felt pretty good about things. When everything was over I drove to where my sister and her friends were staying at the Caribbean Beach resort, showered, and wrestled into this stupid dress. I had preemptively packed my Rapunzel Dapper Day dress from the year before and picked up a blue ribbon as a backup sash,but magically the Wendy dress was wearable! Kimberly had done some magic to raise the waistline in the back and finish the sash. It still wasn’t perfect, but it was going to work, and that’s all that really mattered.

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I clipped my beloved cheap eBay weave into my hair and my sister’s friend Torrance styled it into a nice half up-half down for me, and I added my Wendy bow from Extra Sweet Boqtique. I wore black ballet flats from the kid’s section of Target (I wasn’t even going to try with heels) and wore my thimble necklace from Whosits and Whatsits.

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Somehow I survived the entire day walking around. I don’t know how. My friends were like “do you want a wheelchair? We can totally push you in a wheelchair” and I was like “I AM STUBBORN I WILL WALK.” I ended up walking 38,000+ steps that day between the race, Epcot, and Magic Kingdom.

And then I crashed. I crashed so hard.

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At least I looked cute, right?

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Here’s a closeup shot of the beautiful custom Eleven bow Amber made for me!! The EggI layer is obvious, the pink is for her dress (complete with collar!) and the navy is for her jacket. The plaid is for the shirt she wears for the last episode! I really love this bow, you guys. @extrasweetbowtique is so great!! #strangerthings #eleven @milliebobby_brown

Rocking my Eleven shirt, my shoes from my Eleven cosplay, and the gorgeous Eleven bow that Amber from @extrasweetbowtique made! It’s going to be a great night at Halloween Horror Nights, you guys. #strangerthings #hhn26 @milliebobby_brown (at Universal Studios Florida)

Shirt: Tee Fury

Shorts: Mossimo

Sneakers: Soda Pop

Bow: Extra Sweet Bowtique

This is such an important photo to me (even if my dad is a terrible photographer!) My sister and I are very close, and every time she comes to visit we disneybound as Anna and Elsa. As a special Christmas gift, I ordered custom crowns for us…only for them to come in wrong, and the seller stopped communicating with me. In a panic I messaged the beautiful Amber from @extrasweetbowtique at the last minute, explaining what went wrong and asking if there as anything she could do. Within minutes she responded, and she saved Christmas with a beautiful set of one of a kind Anna and Elsa holiday bows. She even put them in an adorable gift bag and tucked in some candy canes. I cannot say enough good things about @extrasweetbowtique!! Amber, you are so thoughtful, talented, and wonderful to work with, and I am so honored to call you a friend. ❤️❤️❤️ (at Epcot – Walt Disney World)