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« on: September 21, 2011 07:30:50 AM »

Ok so I have to make several plus size 1920s costumes and if you know anything about 1920s fashion it didnot favor the fuller gals. I want to embrace our forms and make it look good but the whole style is about making girls look like flat boards and I am not sure how to do that. Any brillant ideas? I just dont know what to do. HELP I dont want to look like crap.

So many ideas so little time. Will I ever get them all done?
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2011 08:32:22 AM »

Hi, there!  Here's one plus sized flapper costume that may give you some inspiration: http://www.platinumcostumes.com.vhost.zerolag.com/Adult-Costumes/Womens-Costumes/Flapper-Costumes/Plus-Size-Flapper-Costume-br-Charleston-Costumes-p626.html

Don't forget, too, that the 20s was when women first started wearing pants, so trousers and a blouse may be a good option for you.  Are you making costumes for just yourself, or several women?  What shapes are you working with?  I know a carefully cut sheath dress with fringe, similar to the one above, can be very flattering to plus sizes.  And if you look at the Lanvin lines from the 20s, they were drastically different, using an almost 50's-ish silhouette with a full skirt and natural waist.

You may also look at the Greco-Roman influence, and the chiton style blouses and dress bodices.

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2011 10:05:59 AM »

I've made drop waist (sort of flapper style) dresses for larger women when I did costumes for a play once.  
Check out patterns (I know I used a Simplicity pattern), and see what you can find.  

IT can work out okay--focus on basic shape and exciting embelishments and it should work.

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Don't forget that elastic girdles were brand new and SUPER popular at the time, allowing for those columnar silhouettes. I hear many good things about Spanx, but a friend of mine loves her old-fashioned girdle Cheesy

Check out this awesome 20s catalogue pic on Wiki:


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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2011 05:11:11 PM »

I very much concur with Alexus - don't forget anyone not a very young woman would have been wearing substantial undergarments to give the proper sillouette!

Also, not every woman dressed as a Flapper in the 20s!  Early 1920s styles were still influenced by the styles of the 'teens, especially for older women. 

Links to genuine clothing from the 20s that I think could be adapted to larger shapes:









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