How to Make Flapper Dresses

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How to Make Flapper Dresses
Sew your own flapper dress. ( Images)

The flapper dress epitomises the style of the roaring twenties. Making your own flapper dress for a party or any other fun occasion is relatively simple. Accessorise your flapper girl look with the right make-up and a long strand pearl necklace.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Pattern
  • Fringe

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  1. 1

    Stand up straight and with your feet close together. Measure the area around your bust, waist and hips. Take the measurements to your local fabric store and have the store consultant pull the right size pattern for you in the flapper girl style.

    Purchase your fabric of choice. Remember that silks and satins are more period appropriate. The amount of fabric you need depends on the pattern size, so ask the store consultant to cut the fabric to suit the amount called for by your pattern and size.

  2. 2

    Lay the fabric out on a flat work surface. Fold the fabric in half and have the right sides of the fabric face each other, in other words, wrong sides out. The flapper girl dress is a very simple style and usually consists of just a front and back piece. The pattern pieces are marked with front and back. Place the pattern pieces on the fabric and pin in place. Trace the outline of the pattern onto the fabric.

  3. 3

    Remove the pinned pattern from your fabric and cut along the lines of the outline. Set all of your fabric cutouts aside following the order directed on the pattern instructions.

  4. 4

    Assemble the fabric pieces together, right sides facing each other. Line up the seams and pin the edges together. Start at the shoulders and work your way down the side seams. Pin the edges of the neckline following a straight line.

  5. 5

    Sew the dress pieces together along the edges of the pins. Sew along the shoulder seams first, followed by the side seams. Turn the dress inside out and sew the neckline. Hem the dress by turning the bottom edges of the dress upward and pinning these in place. Sew along the edges of the pins to create your new hemline.

  6. 6

    Sew fringe onto your dress to finish creating the flapper dress style. Sew the fringe following a horizontal line all around the dress. You can sew on as many or as few layers of fringe as you prefer.

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