This flapper costume refashion is super quick and easy. Wanna know how we refashioned old clothes into 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.
First we fixed this little spot that needed to be regathered and stitched.
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.
I had enough gold trim left over to embellish the neckline.
The back of the dress already had diamond buttons, so we needed to incorporate more bling to the ensemble.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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