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How To Make A Flapper Outfit Out Of Clothes I Already Have

Where can I get a cheap flapper-style dress?

Here are some places to lookHalloween costume stores- All sorts of cheap flapper dress are sold here ranging from $20 to $75Thrift Stores- Pre-owned flapper costume dresses often end up in thrift stores for only a few dollarsCheap Clothing Stores- wherever you find cheap clothes there will probably be a dress that would work for a 20s flapper costume. I look for shapeless shift dresses with a drop waist line. You can add a skinny belt or sash to create a drop waist on a waist-less dress. Add long pearls, T Strap shoes, and a headband or cloche hat for a complete look. Cost is $20 and up.Online- You can do the obvious search for “Cheap flapper dresses” and find a plethora of direct from China cheap dresses. The quality will be hit or miss and the time for delivery can be months. Amazon has many of these dresses already in the States. Look for Prime shipping available and you can get it in just a few days.

How did flappers dress and act?

that's from before my time also, I've seen how they dress in vintage news reels. as far as how they acted, i think they were the party girls of their time.

What fabric were the flapper dresses of 1920 made of?

All sorts of fabrics and fibers, but not synthetics. And not all flapper dresses had fringe or beading.
See, e.g.: http://www.decadesofstyle.com/index.php?cPath=23
http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/1920links.htm
http://www.folkwear.com/214.html
http://www.folkwear.com/237.html
http://www.folkwear.com/264.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzRKGVYDstM (patience!)

The fabric you want will tend to drape heavy -- closely to the body, with some weight, not floaty.

How can I make a flapper dress?

My favorite techniques are:Find a shapeless dress that reaches to your knee or longer and add a sash, thin belt, long bead necklace or other item to create a waist. Place the waist below your natural waistline (around hips) for a “drop waist” look.Layer a short shapeless dress over a slip or two of the same color. This creates a tiered dress look popular in the 20s. You can add a sash or just a bow or flower to one side of your hip line for a little jazz.Wear a bead or sequin tunic top over a chiffon, tiered, or pleated skirt that hangs straight (not A-line or full). This will create a two piece ensemble that looks like a 20s dress.Re-use a 1980s beaded/sequin gown. Remove any horrible shoulder pads. Otherwise these dresses are almost ‘20s as is. Jazz it up with ‘20s accessories such as a long necklace, headband, shawl and T-strap shoes.Look for a modern slip over dress with a “hanky” hem, meaning an uneven hem like pointed triangles or asymmetrical hemwith one side higher then the other. These are very ‘20s shape dresses as well.A lot of silky slips and lingerie gowns are also very 20s. Add fringe to the bottom for an iconic 20s costume.See more simple 1920s DIY dress ideas here.

Modern day equivalent of a 1920's flapper?

A club-kid type girl, or an avant garde artsy hipster type or a modern career woman. Someone who is ahead of fashion rather than a follower of fashion. Someone who knows how to dress well and knows that clothes do matter. I always though the girls of MTV's The Hills and The City as modern day equivalent of the roaring 20's flapper. A flapper was probably single, considered herself to very modern in both her way of dressing, her make-up and her whole life. She would have a job and be socially aware and well-read. The flapper wasn't just about going to bars and dancing -that was just a part of her fearless, active and modern lifestyle. Her home probably had a phone, a washing machine, and a radio that was on all the time playing and the latest top hit music -and whatever technology that was new and different at that time. Had iPhones and smart phones existed back then she would have one and use it all the time. The reality is that the 1920's flapper wouldn't be much different from a modern 20 something girl with college, a job and an active lifestyle. She's still out there, she just doesn't wear the same clothes.

How do I construct a newspaper dress?

I have been a part of a team that made a dress completely out of paper products, before, and I've seen it done on Project Runway, as well. Here's how I would recommend doing it:

First start out with a design. It should probably start out as basic, something wearable but something very simple. Details can be done later, or the design can be altered. Then from that design, figure out how you would make that dress. The way I would do a bodice is by using paper mache. You could also layer wide strips of newspaper to get a sort of pleated effect: http://pzrservices.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8...

Then the skirt, you could do a variety of ways, depending on what you want it to look like. You could do more "pleating" or you could attach newspaper so that it looks more like a poofy skirt... Really, a lot of this is experimentation. If you're used to working with cloth, newspaper is an entirely different world; it doesn't move the same or react the same. So start out with your first dress with a simple design if you plan on doing it all yourself. Then you can work them up to be more challenging.

Then, of course, there are also "How-To's" floating around the internet: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1...

Is there any way to make a dress puffy or flared without a petticoat? Is there a half petticoat?

As Jahana Uchtman suggested, boning around the hem will do what you want. It’s super easy to sew in, just a single line of stitching. But it only comes in black or white. Probably black is what you want.I once had to make a “pool of water” costume and I put boning in the hem. It was perfect!This assumes the hem is actually a single piece of fabric. The drawing makes it look like it might be tulle or something net-like?If you have tulle or net, then you can indeed create a mini-petticoat by sewing a very tightly gathered ruffle of more tulle to the bottom edge of the corset (inside the skirt), to help support the skirt and puff it out before it falls. The bigger you make this supporting layer, the more it becomes a bustle.

Can you dye a peach (coral) dress to make it a red dress?

Trying to over dye clothing usually ends badly, so proceed only if you are determined…First, for any hope of success, check the fiber content. If there are any synthetics, stop. They will not take dye well. Also remember that linings, zippers and threads are probably synthetic and won't dye well.If you have cotton, silk, linen, hemp or any kind of wool, you may be able to get this to work. Maybe. Can you tell i am not a fan of dying already made clothing? It works much better to dye fabric that is prepared for dying, which is not easily available. You may find some if you have a local fabric warehouse in your area.If you are bent on doing this, get a good quality dye, like Procion and follow the directions exactly. You will need a large basin of some type with plenty of room to be sure the dye is evenly distributed. If the dye is not distributed through the fabric well, you will have a blotchy garment. It will be harder to get seams, especially areas where several seams come together to accept as much dye as flat parts. Just something to check.Good luck.

How do I make the Black Swan fancy dress?

As for the clothing, a black ballerina dress with an embellished and heavily-beaded bodice, and simple black tutu will work. The eyes should have piercing, eerie black make-up, preferably the smoky eye with a wicked mascara twist of your choice. Top it all off, with the hair pulled into a tight bun, and wear a tiny crown, preferably silver. Keep the makeup subtle yet seductive, with blood-red lips, and very little rouge.Hope the answer was useful :)

Why do people continue to dress in a style no longer fashionable; force of habit, comfort with that style, dislike of newer fashions, something else?

Few of us actually do "dress in a style no longer fashionable."You don't see the big 80s hair, or shoulderpads; we don't see the doubleknit fabric that came out in the 70s.  I'm sure there are other styles that have gone and will stay gone.  Not a lot of Flapper Style on the streets, except for Phryne Fisher fans, or Downton Devotees.I work in a thrift shop sometimes; we see really "out of style" clothing come in, and it goes to the trailer in the back where it goes to its next incarnation (rag rugs from WalMart, via India).  The people writing other answers are actually not wearing out of style clothing; they are almost all (probably) wearing timeless fashion.  Except for the guy wearing hoodies (I hesitate to name him, because I like his other writing.)  Hoodies are vile.  Bet his boxers don't show, though.Some of us shop for timelessness.Jeans, t-shirts, and most blouses don't have a whole lot of style TO change.  Hemlines shift, colors come and go, but comfortable pants last forever.Finally, "Style" has a lot to do with geography.  Some parts of the country / world are MUCH more conscious of "today's fashion" than others.  My part of the world--Raleigh, NC--is one of the "others."It was interesting to be in Central Park last month and discover I had the wrong exercise clothes. Where I live, any old thing is OK; in that part of Central Park (east 70s), everyone was in new-from-the-store Lululemon. Hum. Someone asked if I was an artist. If I go to NYC again, I'll pack tights, not sweats.