June 13, 2010

1920s Dress Roundup

Above: a really quick picture of the mini-pillbox hat I made for my hair accessory.
Next Friday, PB Sophomores are having a Great Gatsby themed party!
This may not mean much to you, but to me, that sounds like an excellent opportunity to get all dolled up in 1920s gear!
Here are some tutorials to maybe inspire some of the kids who haven't got their garb all figured out yet.
P.S. I'm going to make this list very quickly, so sorry for the lack of pictures.

BMBB Flapper Dress:

She tie-dyed the whole dress, but you don't have to. You may want to dye it all black or even just leave it as it is! Maybe you can find some coloured shirts somewhere at the Dollar Tree or something. Super fun and simple, and totally affordable.

Yellow Flapper Dress:

This tutorial has you go through making the top, but I'm sure that you could just find a cami and then make the skirt separate! Saving time and money. See, I'm looking out for you.

Flapper Dress from Tshirts (VIDEO):

Simple and also pretty!

Just because it's adorable:


Other Tips:

When trying to go for a 1920s look think Coco Chanel. And if you don't know who that is, you should be ashamed of yourself; google it.
The 1920s Flapper really smudged the line between boy and girl. The fashion was to give the illusion of a flat-chest and boyish figure. This also affected the hairstyles which were mainly short bobs or cropped. So you won't be accentuating your high-waist or cleavage (too bad, really).
As for accessories, the more the merrier. What was lacked in feminine form was made up for with pearls, pearls, pearls. Luckily for me, I love pearls and happen to have many of them. If you don't have a nice long string lying around, try Goodwill for some chunky fake ones. Wet Seal also sells them last I checked. Be sure to get them looooooonnnnggggg-- perhaps to the waist.
Some people have the wrong idea when it comes to 1920s make-up. Many try to put it on too heavy but you have to remember that they were really looking for a youthful, boyish look. Eyes were lined, curled, and mascara'd but that was mostly it. The mascara of the time was usually clumpy and doll-like, but don't go overboard. Rouge (blush) was usually rose or red-coloured but not heavy at all. The lipstick was usually berry or blood-red and accentuated the cupid's bow (that thing at the very top of your lip that looks like a v).

I hope you found this interesting/useful. If it was either of those, or if you want to leave some constructive criticism, leave a comment. Otherwise, toodles!

1 comments on "1920s Dress Roundup"

Anonymous said...

Most interesting, Kat. You're a very bright, creative young lady. You'll go far in your future if you conduct yourself wisely.

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