Feather Skirt DIY

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Notes:
* I cut off the knots on the ends of the boas …but I try to avoid cutting them anywhere else because the feathers will start to unravel.
* I did this first to a dress years ago and left the feathers a bit fluffier.
* Feather boas make a great base because they are already all stitched together and they are relatively inexpensive {if you buy them at your fabric store} These were $11.99 each and the thinner ones are about $7.99 …but choose wisely 😉 Also note the super large boas, will not work.
* You could buy a bag of feathers and hand-stitch each one on separately but it would not be as secure and would take about 3 days straight.
* If you find a dress you want to feather, floor-length would work well too …but you’ll need many more and will most likely just stitch straight on from top to bottom. Try on your dress and while the dress is on, pin your feathers in place …just around the top, where you want them to start. If you’re planning a higher waist, it would probably look better belted, so begin your feathers directly below where the belt would sit.
* Ostrich feather boas would be the best …but they are not budget friendly.
* note: I did not leave the peacock feathers in mine. I liked it better without.

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Easily use the same tutorial to make a feather dress
{below – which I made in or around 2001}.
All you need is a simple little black dress.

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

167 Comments

  • Jacqueline

    October 21, 2009 |

    I think this is my favorite DIY ever! I love the skirt =)

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  • Ashe Mischief

    October 21, 2009 |

    I think this may be one of my favorite DIYs yet. How you find the time to do all of these impresses me.

  • Fashion By He

    October 21, 2009 |

    been starting to see these all over…very cool look

    -He approves

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  • tenthings.

    October 21, 2009 |

    love, love, love this!

  • Chris

    October 21, 2009 |

    Oh, good lord this makes me miss dressing up and wearing heels and cute outfits and such…sigh…

    That being said, I’d totally love to rock this skirt, but I’d be ridiculed outta W-ville. People don’t tend to be as open minded around here as they do in the city, or out by you. But I would LOVE to wear that, I got a thing about feathers…. 🙂

  • Mickie Antognoli

    October 21, 2009 |

    so so so awesome!!! i love it!

    xoxo

  • that girl

    October 21, 2009 |

    Love it, love it, love it! Doing this ASAP and I have the perfect skirt!

  • Molly

    October 21, 2009 |

    Gorgeous! I’m planning on doing this to an old purse I found a couple weeks ago. Thanks for the tips!

  • Feelmore

    October 21, 2009 |

    you are a MANIAC! seriously, you are my hero. my maniacle hero.

  • Penny

    October 21, 2009 |

    Your creativity kills me! I know it must be very amusing for your husband to see you create….I know my husband giggles at first whenever I try to recreate your DIYs and then he’s just simply amazed at how crafty your ideas turn out.

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com

    October 21, 2009 |

    Whoa…I love this so much! Like so, so much! I was trying to think of some place I could wear this in the next week and I guess I’ll just have to go as YOU for Halloween. 😉 That or REALLY dress to the nines for my knitting club. =) Thanks so much, you’re a rockstar.

  • CarolinaGirl

    October 21, 2009 |

    Ok, I just spent hrs on your blog, and WOW. I love it! Maybe when I finish having all these babies, I can wear one of those. You are so creative, and very stunning!

  • Hanako66

    October 21, 2009 |

    the boa is genius! it seriously didn’t even cross my mind when i saw you wearing it yesterday…i thought is was all hand stitched!

  • Nani

    October 21, 2009 |

    FAVORITE DIY EVAH!!!

    I really dig this, something I would totally wear 🙂 Of course, after the bump!

  • Michael St. James

    October 21, 2009 |

    fab skirt! love the peacock feathers…they add the perfect designer touch. Thanks for sharing. Awesome blog!

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  • Clau!

    October 21, 2009 |

    Great!!!

    I have to try it some day 😉

  • Annie Spandex

    October 21, 2009 |

    My dear, it is time for you start an Etsy shop! You are too, too crafty!

  • vicen

    October 21, 2009 |

    Thanks,Thanks,Thanks.
    for your comment.
    😉

  • Ali

    October 21, 2009 |

    Love this – you are so talented!!!!

  • Lindsey Conrad - Nabors

    October 21, 2009 |

    This is Fantabulous!!! What a statement this would make to holiday parties!!! Love it!! Thanks for showing us how easy it is!!

  • anhesty

    October 21, 2009 |

    the best one yet! great job!

  • Couture Cookie

    October 21, 2009 |

    Best DIY ever! Thank you, thank you. Finally I can use my old feather boas for something. 🙂

  • Ashley

    October 21, 2009 |

    Love Love Love it! When I saw your outfit post yesterday I was in awe!

  • Namine

    October 22, 2009 |

    Oh my goodness!! Using boa’s is a FAB idea!! Thanks for the DIY!!

  • Bambola

    October 22, 2009 |

    Maegan!!! This is brilliance itself! It is so simple, I had no idea! I will definitely be giving this a go!! <3

    Thanks SO much for posting it!

    Liv xx

  • Bombchell

    October 22, 2009 |

    OMG how super creative, I’m really impressed, when I saw feathers, I though to myself, oh gosh thats would take forever, the boas are great!!

  • Alexandria~~The Mommy

    October 22, 2009 |

    I bow down to you fashion queen!

    You are amazing! I just spent two hours pouring over your blog. Everything is awesome!!!

  • VE

    October 22, 2009 |

    Thanks Maegan for doing the DIY for me i really appericate it. Love it.

  • Mama Kat

    October 22, 2009 |

    Look how sassy you are! The kids would pluck me clean if I wore that skirt here, but I wish!!

  • TERI REES WANG

    October 22, 2009 |

    Mother Plucker!…you are an ultra talent.

    One of my favorite visits is to the feather store downtown. Thanks for the reminder. I had dark purple feather sleeves when I made my fashion-design-fantasy-final transform into my reality-French-floozy-prom-dress! ;P

  • Carlotta

    October 22, 2009 |

    THANK YOU!!! I’m going to buy feathers this weekend it’s DIY Maegan skirt :))

  • AsianCajuns (Lauren)

    October 22, 2009 |

    This is AH-mazing, Maegan! I love how you styled it in the post below too! Now if you could DIY my Lady Gaga Halloween costume- that would be awesome! 😉

  • TheBeautyFile

    October 22, 2009 |

    Oh, I absolutely LOVE this skirt! So fab and fun!!

  • Amy

    October 22, 2009 |

    Ohmygosh! You have the BEST DYI projects!!! I absolutely love this one!!

    xoxo
    Amy
    thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

  • Iva

    October 22, 2009 |

    GENIUS!!! BEAUTIFUL and GENIUS! 🙂

  • turna

    October 22, 2009 |

    Wow it is fantastic, I want to make one myself 🙂

    Can you use a elastic (jersey) skirt? -what fabric would you recommend?

    Why does it need to be stiched in a zig-zag pattern?
    -and how do you know this? ;o)

  • turna

    October 22, 2009 |

    Oh I forgot to ask, how did the feathers get fluffier on the dress?

    And why would ostrich feather boas be the best?

  • Neekoh

    October 22, 2009 |

    I just can’t wrap my head around how creative you are! I’m definitely going to try this. It’s so simple, so gorgeous and so unique! Love your blog, Maegan!

  • Couture Carrie

    October 22, 2009 |

    Absolutely stunning, darling!
    Another amazing tutorial!

    xoxox,
    CC

  • Fashion&Such

    October 22, 2009 |

    thanks for your comment so much, yeah braces suck, i have a lisp 🙁
    & nop, no other girls wear heels!

    this skirt is SOOOO hot! i would totally make it if i could pull it off in my everyday wear, but i don’t think i can 🙁

  • Fashion&Such

    October 22, 2009 |

    thanks for your comment so much, yeah braces suck, i have a lisp 🙁
    & nop, no other girls wear heels!

    this skirt is SOOOO hot! i would totally make it if i could pull it off in my everyday wear, but i don’t think i can 🙁

  • the gorgeous

    October 22, 2009 |

    I just found your blog and I was delighted to see this kind of sewing lesson you offer! I love sewing! the skirt is awesome..you look great! maybe I attempt to do it!

    http://thegoorgeous.blogspot.com/

  • Helen

    October 22, 2009 |

    OMG! Talk about ingenious! Hmm! I’m totally using this one. THANKS!

  • Vanessa M.

    October 22, 2009 |

    whaat a great idea!

  • stylewithbenefits

    October 22, 2009 |

    Best DIY ever! Very cool and creative!

    xo, Becs

  • Maize Hutton

    October 22, 2009 |

    Don’t think I’d get away with wearing this in Montana.

    They’d prolly use me as a goose decoy!

    Lucky you live in Cali… : )

  • Tanya

    October 23, 2009 |

    Maegan, your creativity continues to amaze and inspire me! Thank you sooo much for sharing your DIY’s!!!!

  • Anonymous

    October 23, 2009 |

    You are so creative- I love this!

  • thischicksgotstyle

    October 23, 2009 |

    Can’t believe you did this yourself 🙂

  • captivate me.

    October 23, 2009 |

    I almost died when I saw this DIY and the fur one…ahhh, AMAZING!!!!!!

  • Kristin

    October 23, 2009 |

    I think I’m going to have to recruit my Mom for this one. Ah ha

  • jennster

    October 23, 2009 |

    holy shit! i’d neve rin a million years actually make this, but i fucking love it!!!!!

  • The Cottage Cheese

    October 23, 2009 |

    WOW! This skirt is amazing! Um, why do you not have your own clothing line yet? 😉

  • clairelynette

    October 24, 2009 |

    Oh I guess my comment didn’t go through! My internet is a bit flighty. I really like your blog and that you find such creative ways to make designer pieces your own. I wanted to show you how I made my own bolero using a similar technique, but I don’t know if I can get the links to work. Keep it coming!

  • Abby

    October 28, 2009 |

    LOVE it!

    This inspired me to change up my halloween costume…Now I am going as a sexy stylish peacock! And I’ll be able to wear it on nights other than halloween!

  • Amber

    October 29, 2009 |

    How cool! I have working on a DIY feather clutch I need ot finish and post.

  • lacy

    November 10, 2009 |

    This is such a great idea! I love it! Plus it will save you a ton of $$$$! YAY! 😉
    xoxo,
    http://lacykb.blogspot.com/

  • Crazy Mommy Katy

    November 15, 2009 |

    Thanks for the great DIY. I might make one for my little girl.

  • J.

    November 20, 2009 |

    Maegan that is so awesome! Thank you for posting the step by step how to-it inspired another creation entirely and I sooo appreciate that! What a fantastic idea and such a cute end result-truly-thank you for sharing!

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    November 20, 2009 |

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  • Anonymous

    August 3, 2010 |

    Do you think this technique would work as a band around the bottom of a dress, or coat and sleeves?

    I am too hippy to wear this beautiful skirt.

    Laura

  • Joni

    September 27, 2010 |

    I was actually browsing to find a t-shirt DIY but I love the skirt and it looks so easy I think I will try it for a concert I am going to this weekend!

  • Anonymous

    October 19, 2010 |

    most excellent… love it.

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  • Trina

    November 4, 2010 |

    This just gave me a great idea….Make a tie-on version with ribbon to transform your dress into something fabulous, but can be taken off so the dress can still be worn plain. So either attach strips of feather boa to the ribbon or use a base fabric to sew them onto and attach to a ribbon “belt” to tie it on.

    When I get my hands on some feather boas, I am so doing this.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    February 27, 2011 |

    Love this tutorial! So simple, but such a show stopper.
    Now is that your Frenchie in the photo? If so what is his/her name?
    Be sure and let me know if they need a CFC collar or step-in harness.
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    February 28, 2011 |

    Great tutorial and awesome skirt…and sheesh…it sure would look good on me if I had legs like yours! lol

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