Added Feb 9, 2013
Lately I have been obsessed with the shows Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire and have been wanting to make a fun, 1920’s flapper-inspired dress. I thought this challenge was perfect for me to do just that. So here is my version of the modern day flapper dress. I used the Jamie Shift Dress Pattern from the Burdastyle Vintage Modern book. This book was so helpful and had lots of great styling tips for the 1920’s. To make the dress, I used a beautifully embellished mesh material. The dress is also lined with a formal wear satin-type of lining. I used an invisible zipper along the side and not on the back as the pattern suggested because I did not want to lose any of the detailing along the back. Also the hem line is slightly longer and rounded in the back and higher in the front. For the neckline, I added ½” bias binding and I just love how it came out. I think it gives the dress a nice little touch. And of course, to give the dress that flapper vibe, I added fringe along the bottom. Not only did it give the dress some length but it added some movement and personality to the dress as well. Overall, I am really happy with the dress. I have never worked with this material or fringe before, and although it was a challenge sometimes, I would say this was a pretty simple and fun dress to make and I am very happy with the end result.
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