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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Feather Trimmed Skirt DIY

I know, I know, another feather DIY, but I just love them so much!!

This Fall when I was looking through my magazines I noticed some outfits that mixed Brocade and Feathers, and I fell instantly in love with the mix.  When I saw this fabric in the store I knew I had to mix it with feathers. 

This is what I came up with!

Materials and Supplies

-Skirt (I made mine using these instructions, but skipped hemming it)
-Thread to Match
-Decorative trim to Match (enough to go around the hem of the skirt)


1.  Set your sewing machine stitch to the zig-zag shown below (08).

2.  Place your skirt hem under the presser foot so that the side of the foot lines up with the edge of the hem.  Place your first feather under the foot so that it hangs over the hem approximately 3" (or whatever length you choose), I varied the lengths slightly.  Start sewing!!

3.  Continue to place feathers side by side along the trim and sew over them, making sure to keep the presser foot lined up with the edge of the hem at all times.

This is what your feather trim should look like as you sew.

If some of your feathers are quite long you can cut them in half by just snipping at the core.  That way you can use both halves of the feather.

4.  Continue sewing until the hem of the skirt is completely covered in feathers.

5.  Reduce your stitch length and width slightly and sew around the hem over your previous stitches once.  This is just to help keep all the feathers secure.

Here's what the trim should look like now.

6.  Cut off the ends of the feathers just above your stitch line.

7.  Change your sewing machine stitch to a regular zig-zag.

8.  Line up your decorative trim so it completely covers the ends of your feathers and your stitches.  Sew this on with the zig-zag stitch.

9.  Sew the trim all the way around the skirt. 

All Done!!!

This project was quite simple, it only took me an hour from start to finish (including sewing the skirt together)!!

Love this skirt, but don't want to make it for yourself?  You're in luck...I made two!

The 2nd skirt is forsale on Etsy!


Kelly said...

This came out great (as usual)!! I love the combo of colors - can't wait to see it on!

holly said...

this came out lovely! very unique :)


~L~ of Avid Accents said...

i saw a couple of DIY's with a full feather skirt but i like this much, much better. Im a grown woman and can't go around in a feather tu-tu. Great job Natasha!

Stay fabulous,
Avid Accents Blog

Daphne said...

Love this. I will forward to my mom who knows sewing may be she can make one for both of us to wear.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Can't believe you did that in an hour. Great job and that brocade is wonderful.

Diana said...

this skirtis great !
Thanks for letting me know about your blog! I'm a follower from now on.
You're so creative! Congrats !!!

From Suns To Moons said...

OMG this looks so beautiful and completely professional! I mean, couture-worthy. You should be very proud of yourself.

Jodi said...

Whoa look at you go!! thats totally cool.. I love it.. and you could even catch the birds yourself up where you live (just bugging you :)

This is one funky skirt. I need more funk like this.. maybe I could make one!!!

Cant wait to see what you will wear it with!!
xo jodi

Angie - SewIThought said...

What a cute and creative idea!

Milly said...

That is stunning and I could so totally picture rocking it. I am so impressed by talents like yourself - I would love to be able to sew at will!