How to Make a Feather Dress

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Adorn your clothes with feathers.
Adorn your clothes with feathers.

Feathers are a fun way to add spice to your wardrobe. Too much can be overkill, but just the right amount can go a long way. Feather headbands are popular accessories today, but if you've a sensitive head or don't like hair accessories, they can give you quite the headache. Feathers can have the same chic impact, though, no matter how you wear them.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-3 feather boas
  • Simple, plain dress
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
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      Decide how you want to decorate your dress. Tufts of feathers around the sleeves or on the skirt of the dress are simple ways to adorn them, or if you want to go all out, feather a diagonal around the entire dress.

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      Sew the feathers to your dress with a simple loop stitch once you have decided where to place them. If you are placing them around the skirt of your dress, drape your boa in a zig zag pattern circling the skirt. Layer until the entire skirt is covered. This will give nice volume and cover the entire skirt easily. If your dress has a zipper that reaches down to where your feathers start, make sure to have your boa zig zag down around the zipper.

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      Tack down any feathers that are too voluminous for your taste. Cover the hem for a more complete look (if feathering the skirt). Snip off any excess feathers. If you have some feathers remaining, use your leftovers to make a few accessories.

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