Samantha Ling (lingtm) wrote,
Samantha Ling

The Flapper in Me

In an effort to tell you things I did closer to the actual events, I’m going to tell you about a project I began and finished!

Last week, I received an invitation to Mrs. Z’s birthday party. It was twenties themed, which meant that I needed a costume. I immediately began looking online for costumes and costume shops. The only shop I could find was Party City. The only costume was a cheap plastic sheath. Several internet searches later, I found a silver flapper costume that I liked. Unfortunately, the only way it would have arrived on time was express shipping. At that price, it would have ended up being nearly $90. Too much for a costume I wear once, possibly twice.

Luckily for me, Bloomingdale’s was having a super sale. Along with two coupons, I managed to get a dress originally priced at $388 for $90. It had no fringe and wasn’t particularly flapperish, but I thought it would work. Plus, I could wear this dress again and more than once. Here’s the dress.

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For accessories, I went online and found some sequins that was about the same color as the dress and bought that. Most the pre-made flapper headbands came in black, red, or if you’re extremely lucky, silver. I supposed the silver or black one would work, but they cost $3-5 depending on how fancy you wanted it. On eBay, I found a flower patterned sequins for $8. It said that it would come the 20th or 21st, but it didn’t show up until the 22. The day of the party! I had to quickly hobble together the headband. I added a silk flower that I had made ages ago, but didn’t know what to do with. And couldn’t decide whether to put a feather in or not. A quick text with pictures sent to Ryan and Joanne confirmed that the feather was indeed needed.

For the necklace, I didn’t have time to wait for pearls to show up in the mail. Though stringing beads together is a very simple thing to do, it does take some time. Instead, I hopped into Joann’s craft store and found glass pearls. I wasn’t super happy about the glass because I didn’t have the proper thread for it. I hadn’t thought about how heavy the beads would be when strung together. They fell apart twice, once before the party (about a half hour before it started) and once during the party. I admit that I was playing with it both times. I’ll need to find some better thread for it if I want to sting them together again. What will most likely happen is I’ll reuse them for other projects.

And when all was put together, this is what it looked like!

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Next entry, I will tell you about the party.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal


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