To make this Miss America Costume I started with a womans dress I found at a thrift store.(I have included the before picture).
Dress- cut the sleeves off and modify the style to make it more "stylish". I used silver ribbon that looked almost like a chain to hide the parts of the dress I cut (and to make the strap across the back). I did not sew anything, everything is held together with hot glue. I used a package of multi sized jewels (clear) to add a little sparkle. Then to hold both front panels together at the bust, I used a large decorative safety pin purchased at a craft store.
Sash- Thick white ribbon written on with a black sharpie marker.
Flowers- Artificial roses from the dollar store arranged into a bouquet.