Halloween Costume Series: The Ultimate Flapper Dress

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By Roseann

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Another popular Halloween and certainly one of my favorites is the Flapper.  I think all of us girls try this costume at least once.  And, why not, who doesn’t want to be a glamorous liberal minded woman breaking free from the shackles that were once placed on us.  This spirit is still alive in most of us and is a fun look for your Halloween shindig  or any other costume party through out the year.

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You will need:

  • Slip or cocktail dress, I used black but you can word with any color you like.  Remember that the flapper look put emphasis on the hips and not the waist, so you want a dress that is strait up and down and not contoured to the waist line.
  • 5 yards 3” poly chainette fringe style: 00217-bk The dress that I used I found at Salvation Army and already had fringe on it, so I added 3” fringe in white to bulk it up and give the dress more dimension.
  • 1¼ yard 6” poly chainette fringe style: 06006-bk
  • ¾ yard 5” bugle bead fringe style: 14290-bks all materials listed above can be ordered by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim
  • ¾ yard cut bugle / seed beaded trim style: 14622
  • Unique stitch glue
  • Sewing machine and thread

Directions:

    1. Before you purchase your supplies be sure to take measurements around your neckline and around the skirt portion of your garment to be sure you are ordering the correct amount of trims.  The amounts listed above are for the dress that I used which is about a size 4 or 6.
    2. Add your 6” fringe around the neckline, you can stitch or glue it is completely your preference.
    3. Then add your bugle bead fringe on top, then measurement given above will only be enough to add the front of the dress
    4. Complete the neckline by adding your seed beaded trim, again I added just to the front
    5. Measure 2” from the bottom of the skirt and mark all the way around.  Repeat until you have marked 5 rows 2” apart.
    6. Add your 3” chainette fringe along your markings.  You may repeat with a complimentary color for more flash.  I added white to every other row.
    7. Be sure to add the correct accessories such as; a feathered headband, strand of pearls, and boa.
    8. Now, go be the most glamorous one at the party!

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3 comments on “Halloween Costume Series: The Ultimate Flapper Dress

  1. I would like to see my wife in this. Really I’m not an expert when it comes to fashion but this one is simply great to me. It is great for Halloween but not only for that purpose. I would say that it would fit many occasions (not compared to dead people). I like dark clothes and black color and so my wife. I think she would love this.

  2. Flapper referred to a “new breed” of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to the new jazz music, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. I have seen many types of flapper but these one is really amazing and I would like my girlfriend top wear it in these Halloween moreover it will be fit for many occasions.

  3. [...] M&J Trimmings shared a wonderful “costume” that I think would be perfect for today.  Something you can wear for the Halloween festivities and carry on to happy hour and more.  The flapper dress.  I think it is classic.  It gives an update to any LBD and fringe will always be in.  The fun part where the beads comes into this project is with seed beads.  As soon as I spotted the dress I knew it had to be a part of this week of Halloween style inspiration. [...]

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