DIY Flapper Dress

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Things You'll Need

  • Satin or polyester slip

  • Needle and thread

  • Fringe edging

  • Tape measure

  • Scissors

  • Ribbon

  • Glue gun

  • Plastic flowers

Create your own flapper dress for a unique Halloween costume.

The flapper style originated in the 1920s and breaks with the conservative Victorian styles of the early 1900s. The flapper girl is reminiscent of the speakeasy, the Charleston and the beads and feathers that make this such an interesting look. The feathered headbands and beads of the flapper style are making a comeback and you can use these fashion pieces to complete your flapper dress. You can create a flapper look for a vintage wedding, prom or for a Halloween costume with flair.


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Step 1

Buy a satin or polyester slip from a lingerie or second-hand store. Try to get one with a rounded neck in keeping with the flapper style.

Step 2

Thread the needle and sew the fringe edging along the bottom hem of the dress, all the way around the dress.

Step 3

Sew another row of fringe ending 3 inches above the first so that the tassels of the second row hang over the top of the first. Use the tape measure to ensure that the fringe is straight.


Step 4

Continue to sew rows of fringe above each other until you get to the mid thigh height. The number of rows will depend on the original length of the slip.

Step 5

Sew a ribbon over the top bias of the last row of fringe edging. The ribbon should be between 6 and 4 inches wide and should match the colors of the fringe and slip. Slightly overlap the ends of the ribbon when you get back to the start, and sew both down. Use small stitches along the top and bottom edges so as not to spoil the satin look of the ribbon.

Step 6

Use a glue gun to attach a plastic flower over the overlapping ribbon to finish off your flapper dress.


To complete the flapper look, add sequence headbands with a matching plastic flower and feathers, long strands of beads, long gloves and a cigarette holder. If you plan to dance, continue to sew the fringe edging all the way up the dress and leave off the ribbon. The fringe will move when you do and add pizazz to your Charleston.