Flapper Costume Refashion | DIY Dress Up Clothes

Flapper Costume Refashion | DIY Dress Up Clothes

Flapper Costume Refashion | DIY Dress Up Clothes

This flapper costume refashion is super quick and easy. Wanna know how we refashioned old clothes into dress up clothes?

baby dress- to be refashioned I to toddler dress up clothes

Sof’s mom found a long outgrown dress; size 12 months. It still fits around the neck and shoulders; but needed about 4″ of length in order to make it a wearable flapper costume.

Flapper costume refashion

First we fixed this little spot that needed to be regathered and stitched.

Flapper Costume Refashion | Lace Detail

The existing tulle ruffle was trimmed down to a half inch nub; and I sewed 2 layers of lace to the dress hem. Next, I sewed gold trim in the middle of the (former) ruffle seam.

gold trimmed neckline - toddler flapper costume

I had enough gold trim left over to embellish the neckline.

DIY Flapper Costume

The back of the dress already had diamond buttons, so we needed to incorporate more bling to the ensemble.

Art Deco Medallion Pin | DIY Flapper Costume

We wanted a pin that can be removed for washing. I gathered the tulle I had cut of the ruffle to form the pins base. Then I used pliers to remove the shank from this pretty button. We hot glued some pearl strands to give it some extra Art Deco flavor.

Flappers Fascinator with Feathers & Medallion

No flapper costume would be complete without proper headgear. I’m incapable of making a fascinator that’s anything less than gaudy. If it isn’t huge and ridiculous, it’s just not that fascinating.

Big Feathered Fascinator for Flapper Costume

We used 3 different types of feathers, black tulle, gold trim, a scrap of stretchy sequin fabric, and a big sparkly pendant. Check out my fascinator tutorial to see how how I make them.

baby shirt refashioned into toddler dress up clothes

This entire outfit took about an hour to make; with four hands working. If you have a sparkly dress it’s great, but any old t-shirt or tank top with do.

DIY Flapper Costume | SewsNBows

Just sew some lace or fringe to a slim top and you have your own flapper costume refashion. Pink gathered lace could be a ballerina. If you sew lace or ruffles on diagonally at the hem, you have a flamenco dancer costume.

Flapper Costume for Dress Up Play

DIY dress up clothes can be inexpensive and easy, just bring your imagination and use what you have on hand!

Pam has lots of DIY children’s costumes and dress up clothing projects at Threading My Way. Check out her Costumes/ Pretend Dress Up Clothes party for more inspiration!

Heidi & Finn has the Gatsby Dress pattern if you’d like to make a 1920’s inspired dress from start to finish. See mine here :)

As always, thanks for stopping by!


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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Fort Worth Fabric Studio

    What a fun idea! I love that you used an old dress to create this! My girl’s would adore a dress like this, thanks for the inspiration!

    Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
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  2. Toodie

    Oh my word…that is the CUTEST little flapper outfit I have ever seen!!!!! And the model is just beautiful! One of my favorite posts I’ve come across today!
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  3. Kat Ryan

    OMG how cute is this!!! The dress up dress is adorable, but that little girl is priceless. I love the idea of using old clothes to make awesome new dress up stuff. With three daughters, we go through a LOT of dress up lol. If you have a moment I would absolutely LOVE for you to link this to my weekly beauty party. Please and Thank You
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  4. Pam @Threading My Way

    So simple and so, so very effective, Amy!!! I LOVE it!!! That gold trim is a small addition, but just ties it all together beautifully. Thanks for the link back.
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  5. Ajaire

    That’s the good thing about having a girl. Most of their stuff gets outgrown in length instead of width so you can transform it into something else. Great job with the dress up outfit!
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  6. Claire

    Aww Amy, this post is to sweet, love your re fashion and all your pictures, you do know I have no choice but to feature you again next week don’t you? haha :) great post Amy …
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  7. Brandi

    Oh my goodness, she’s so cute in her flapper costume! Such a great refashion!!!

  8. Annie

    Love it! That is an amazing dress makeover, and the fascinator is out of this world! Looks like Sofie is becoming such a great model…she looks so lovely. I bet you could not stop hugging her dressed like that! :D

  9. Suzan

    That has to be the cutest dress up costume ever!
    I could have used one just like it for myself last summer ( for a costume event )
    Visiting from Under the table…………..
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  10. Gina

    That dress is sheer perfection. Heck with calling it a costume, I bet Sof wears it every day!! Thanks for sparking my imagination to make some fashion redo’s. Refashions can be as fun as starting from scratch!!!
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