DIY FRIDAY: FEATHER TRIM HOLIDAY DRESS REFASHION (TUTORIAL)

DRESS REFASHIONED BY ME (similar maternity bodycon or non-maternity bodycon)  ||  SIMILAR HEELS HERE  ||  JACKET c/o FOREVER 21
This week I’ve been sharing a bunch of holiday style ideas, and today it’s time for a fun and easy DIY project! I’ve been seeing feathers all over the place the last few months, so I’ve been itching to create something with them. Yes, my office is now covered in feathers, but this was such a fun project and I love how whimsical, feminine, and unexpected it turned out. If you have a fun holiday party to attend, whip yourself up one of these feather trimmed dresses!
Click READ MORE below to find the super easy sewing tutorial!

Materials:
– Dress (can be bodycon, or shift — both are cute!) — find my sewing tutorial for a bodycon dress right here!
– feather trim or feather boa (I used two 6-foot feather boa’s from Jo-Ann’s)
– matching thread

Step 1: Start with a plain dress. You can do a shift dress or a bodycon dress — both would look great! Try it on and measure how many inches of feather trim you’d like. I did about 7 inches. Mark with a pin.

Step 2. You’ll want to do your trim in sections, especially if your dress needs to stretch. I did five rows of trim across the front, and then ten separate strips on the back of the dress (five on each side of the dress slit…if your dress doesn’t have a slit, you can do five strips across, identical to the front of the dress).

Step 3. Cut your measured strips and pin each end to the dress. Then do a zigzag stitch across the entire strip, attaching it to the dress. The boa’s feathers were attached to a thin rope, so I combed all the feathers down and zigzagged directly across the rope.

Start at the hem of the dress and work your way up, slightly overlapping them so you don’t see any dress peeking through the gaps between each layer of feathers. Repeat on the back until you have as many feather layers as desired.

And you’re done!

If I wasn’t pregnant, I probably would have done the feathers all the way up to my natural waist for a completely feather skirt…play around with it before you sew and decide how much or little you want to do to make your skirt completely custom!

photos by Jana Laurene