Folkwear 1920s Flapper Dress



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Buy the 1920s Flapper Dress sewing pattern from Folkwear. This pattern comes from a very simple, but very elegant, original dress from the 1920s. It is made of only two pattern pieces, and the front and back are the same, but the simplicity belies the meaning of the garment. The original is made of a black cotton/silk gauze that is heavily beaded with black glass beads grouped into art deco shapes all over the dress. The armholes, neckline, waist (which is slightly dropped) and hem are outlined with oblong red glass beads stacked in rows. This dress is made to swing, made to awe with its embellishments and the scarcity of fabric around the neck, arms and legs.

Make your dress with beaded or fringed fabric, or add your own beads or fringe to it, or make it with a simple gorgeous silk charmeuse. It can also be made as a simple sundress using cotton lawn or linen.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Fabrics with drape such as silk, rayon, cotton lawn and gauze.

Fabric requirements: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 yd (2.3 – 2.5 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/8 – 2 3/4 yd (1.9 – 2.5 m).

Sizing: XS – 3XL (approx. UK 6 – 28/30). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Thread // Optional: Glass beads for embellishment.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions (including a short history of the flapper dress); print-at-home pattern; A0 copy shop file.

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Additional information


Cottons, Drape, Linen


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54, UK 28 / US 24 / EU 56, UK 30 / US 26 / EU 58

Make time

All day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

13 Pages

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