Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Halloween How To: Frolic As A Flapper

The basics of any Halloween costume success is to break down the idea of what you wish to be in to something easy and build, trim and accessorize from there.

Flappers are an easy costume because of the basic dress shape. No restrictive undergarments are needed (unlike for Renaissance and Victorian costumes) and you can usually dress it up with pieces from your existing wardrobe like strings of pearls and strappy heels.
The basic shape of a flapper dress is a loose or semi-fitted shift dress with either no waist or a drop waist, which puts the waistline at your hips instead of your natural waist.

Most modern flappers don't adhere to proper 1920's decorum, such as stockings, gloves and hats, and certainly not their hemlines; Modern flapper's hems are anywhere between just below the knee to mid thigh.

You can challenge yourself by making vintage inspired flapper dresses:

Monte Carlo Dress and Tango Dress by Folkwear

Fringe Front Dress, Hazel's Frock and Zig Zag Dress by Decades of Style

Another option is to alter an existing modern pattern. This drop waist dress was made into flapper perfect by lengthening the skirt and adding a waist band with contrasting fabrics (this is also a good trick if you don't have enough fabric!). Stonemountain staffer Mary Jane took New Look 6141 and altered it for an Art Deco event in San Francisco.
Think simple silhouettes, like the Laurel dress by ColetteTrim is key to pull this look off: Use fringe, lace, sequence, pearls, buttons, feathers, and of course, jazz hands!
Find all that you need to be a frolicking flapper at Stonemountain & Daughter!

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