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!