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1920's Flapper Dress

Added Jan 26, 2014

by slmnstyle

Portland, Oregon...






I made this fun flapper dress for a 1920’s themed birthday party that I was invited to. I used Simplicity 1776 pattern as the base dress and sewed on nearly 8 yards of fringe trim all around the dress in rows. The dress itself was easy to make, and only took few evenings after work to make, but the fringe is a pain to sew on evenly as it is very slippery, heavy and gets in the way. I powered through it though with the help of my dress form and lots of pins! I also made the sequin and feather headband to match.

Overall, it was a fun costume dress to sew and to wear as I LOVE fashion history and also LOVE getting all dressed up! It is so great to be able to sew and design apparel and accessories, don’t you agree?

Material Notes

Polyester shantung,
acetate lining,
8 yards of polyester fringe trim,
24" zipper




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Vintage, Other

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    Jul 28, 2014, 04.24 PMby Irina Schwab

    I am trying to make a 20s dress for a party in August. I can’t decide on colour, fabric, sequins, nothing!!! Oh, joy! Yours looks great!

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      Jul 31, 2014, 08.08 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you! It was really fun to wear!

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    Feb 24, 2014, 03.56 PMby Tara Sikana

    Awesome dress !!

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    Jan 29, 2014, 05.59 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! This is FUN and Fantastic! what a Great outfit :-))

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Jan 29, 2014, 07.12 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you Ellen!

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    Jan 28, 2014, 02.47 PMby Olga Tur

    What a fun dress! You look very 1920’s :) !

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Jan 28, 2014, 04.21 PMby slmnstyle

      It was so fun! Thank you, I love dressing up!

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    Jan 28, 2014, 10.47 AMby schnui

    You look wonderful in your Flapper costume and I am glad you had fun wearing it.

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Jan 28, 2014, 04.20 PMby slmnstyle

      Yes, it was fun, thank you!

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    Jan 27, 2014, 03.55 PMby Chubina

    This dress looks gorgeous! Awesome job!

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Jan 27, 2014, 05.09 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you so much!

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    Jan 27, 2014, 08.48 AMby liliv-1

    Fabulous! You look so sexy in it!

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Jan 27, 2014, 03.44 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you! It was fun to wear!

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    Jan 27, 2014, 01.17 AMby Regan Mackenzie

    1920s a favourite with me. The flapper look is just so much fun. The slang of the 1920s is also fun where ‘Choice bit of calico’ was a fine looking woman! and alcohol was called ‘giggle water’. You have the look here spot on, well done, a memory you’ll always enjoy.

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      Jan 27, 2014, 04.59 AMby slmnstyle

      Cool, love the slang terms! Thanks for the compliment!

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    Jan 27, 2014, 12.41 AMby Mary Athey

    Wowie!! You look fabulous!! I love everything about this and the time you put in sewing the fringe was so worth it. You remind me of josephine baker xx

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      Jan 27, 2014, 05.00 AMby slmnstyle

      Thanks Mary! I had Josephine Baker in mind as well!

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    Jan 26, 2014, 11.02 PMby rita61

    Awesome!! Great job, you look great.

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Jan 26, 2014, 11.09 PMby slmnstyle

      Thanks! It was fun :)

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    Jan 26, 2014, 11.00 PMby SassyT

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