Frivolous fringed flapper frock


This one’s inspired by a dress of Gertie’s, that and a sale at Lincraft, and Christmas is coming and who could resist this:


………and I had the perfect item for re-fashioning. One of my early makes, I never really wore it much. I think it was too short and the fabric too dressy. One of those you hope to live and learn from. Too many clothes in my wardrobe has long been a problem, re-fashioning, maybe that’s the answer.

barbarajanemade gold elisalexBarbarajanemade work in progress sewing fringe

Barbarajanemade fringe dress work in progress

The dress started out life as a By Hand London Elisalex. I removed the pockets and reduced the skirt side seams, making it a pencil skirt. I think it works for the BHL #PatternHackathon.

Voting on the BHL Facebook page 🙂 🙂

I started pinning the fringing before sewing, but it became too difficult with pins catching all over the place. I ended up winging it, measuring now and again to keep an even distance between the rows of fringing.

Naturally I didn’t buy enough, so raced back to Lincraft, luckily there was still plenty some left. Image trying to match this!! Actually until I thought of re-fashioning the dress I was going to make a skirt, modelled on Sarah’s fabulous ribbon skirt. But enough fringing was obtained and a dress it was.



It was a time consuming sew, just because of need to keep the rows even and keep the fringe out of the way while stitching.

I think I might get some wear out of this at Christmas/New Year and it was a fun make. Do you have any festive season sewing plans?






Pattern: BHL Elisalex dress, with a pencil skirt and re-fashioned with 17 m! yep lots and lots of fringe trim from Lincraft.

Location: Hyatt Hotel (Hotel Canberra)

Linking with: Visible-Monday-Logo-Public thanks Patti! Check out all the gorgeous visible women.

and Alice for Throw back Thursday!



19 thoughts on “Frivolous fringed flapper frock

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  4. I think you should wear it every day, forever! Great job … I’m such a fan of refashioning. I don’t do it often, but such a success as this makes it all feel so good! The other thing about having something like this in your closet … when you give it some attention, the opportunities for wearing it multiply! Enjoy going out!


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