What you'll need:
1. This is the dress I bought. I found it at Value World for a whopping...
2. $4.60! Excellent.
3. Measure and cut the dress to preferred length
4. Resulting dress
5. Drape and pin your first row of fringe to the top edge of the dress. Make sure the fringe goes all the way around the dress, not just the front.
6. Sew on the fringe with sewing machine! (tip: turn the dress inside out to make it easier for this top row!)
7. Drape/Pin/Sew on the bottom row of fringe.
8. Measure the distance between where you want your second row of fringe to start all the way down to wear you want the second-to-last row of fringe to end. Take that amount and divide it by how many rows you have left to sew on. This ensures that all the rows will be evenly spaced. The fringe I used is 6" long, so I allotted for 6 rows of fringe for the size/length of my dress.
And there is your dress! I realize I just made that sound a lot easier than it really was, but those are the basic steps I followed. Now, I must give a huge THANK YOU to my mother, for she helped me out with the sewing. I'm not that great at sewing, and really don't have much patience for it. But my mom is a great sewer so she stepped in to help out. Good thing she did because somehow I managed to jam my finger in a spot I didn't know existed on the sewing machine. It was so jammed that I had to actually yank it out because it wouldn't come loose easily. And yes, it was EXTREMELY painful. That took me out of the sewing process for I had to ice my finger in order to keep it from swelling up really big. Ouch.
I plan to wear this costume out on Saturday night for Luna's Halloween Costume Bash! I'm very excited! So if all goes as planned, I should have some photos of me actually wearing the dress to post on Halloween.
Some additional things to complete my flapper costume:
And last but not least, I wanted to share a photo from my family's album. The two in this picture are my great uncle and great aunt. Now that's a '20s style dress! I couldn't find any flapper dresses in my family's album, but this style definitely screams 1920s. Check out the finger waves too, I love it!
What are you planning for Halloween?
If anyone actually plans to make a flapper dress, email me if you have any questions!