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Make a Child’s Flapper Halloween Costume

11 October 2011 2,645 views One Comment

by rhonda

Have you figured out all of your Halloween costumes yet?  If not, we've kicked into Halloween overdrive, and we've got plenty more ideas to send your way.  Today's costume comes to us from Jenn at Momma D and Da Boyz, who put together an adorable little flapper costume.   She's here with us today to share her tutorial!

How to Make a Child's Flapper Costume

By Jenn, Momma D and Da Boyz

I am so excited to be posting here at Dollar Store Crafts!  Heather had asked if anyone was up for making a Halloween costume out of items from the dollar store, and that was right up my alley.  I headed to my local Dollar Tree and looked for inspiration up and down the aisles.  When I found pink feather boas I knew what I wanted to do!  This is how I made a flapper costume for my niece!

Project estimate:

  • T-shirt (long enough be dress length on the child you are making the costume for), $1 and up
  • 2 feather boas, $2
  • Bead necklace, on hand or $1 and up
  • Sequined headband, $1
  • Artificial flowers, on hand or $1 and up
  • Hot glue, on hand
  • Sewing machine, on hand

Total:  $4 and up

First I went into my niece’s closet and got an a-line dress to use as a pattern.  I folded both the t-shirt and the dress in half and outlined it.

Then I drew a parallel line about 5/8” away from the original to give me a seam allowance.

I then cut out my dress, still folded in half, giving me more of a chance of symmetrical sides.

Then I sewed the dress together.  First I sewed seams up both sides.  Then I went around the armholes, and finally around the bottom hem.

This is my finished dress, not bad for $1!

Next I went to work on the accessories and embellishments.  For the headband I took the sequined headband and popped a flower off of the bunch.

Turning the flower around I then cut down the plastic piece that sticks out and attaches to the wire stem.   A liberal amount of hot glue to hold it to the sequined headband and ta-da!  A cute flapper headband!

While I had my hot glue gun fired up, I went back and attached one of the pink feather boas to the hem of the dress with the hot glue.  (Ignore my battered old glue gun, she does some hard work in this house!)

I also added a few more flowers along the hem to add a little extra pizzazz.  Add the beaded necklace and bracelet.  Throw that second pink boa around the shoulders and you are good to go!

Here is my two-year-old niece looking oh so fabulous in her flapper costume.  Who knew just a few bucks could look so good?

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One Comment »

  • Flapper Dress Tutorial said:

    [...] I am over at Dollar Store Crafts where Heather has posted my tutorial on this flapper dress. I made it for my niece using only items [...]

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