Historically speaking, it's really quite incredible how many noteworthy fashion moments involve feathers. From Pocahontas' quill-bedecked headpiece to flappers' glamorous boas to Bjork's infamous swan dress, plumage-accented pieces always garner plenty of attention, which is why they're perfect for this time of year. After all, while sequins are merry and metallics look major, there's something so frivolously fun about feathers! It's no wonder we've found ourselves migrating towards these festive pieces-especially feathered mini skirts-as they're sure to make a sartorial statement at all of the season's many parties!
Now, if you agree that a feathered skirt is an absolute wardrobe must-have, you can take one of two paths to procure said item. Your first option is to purchase your feathered skirt: there are a slew of gorgeous styles on the market right now. Of all the many iterations available, we suggest checking out Tory Burch's stunning Fawn Skirt ($525) from her F/W 10 collection. Boasting a subtle silhouette, the ostrich-feathered skirt-shown above in both violet and black-embodies an eclectic and playful spirit that's ideal for an after-hours soiree.
Of course, if you've got some time on your hands, a budget to stick to, or simply prefer to wear one-of-a-kind items, you can always make a feathered skirt yourself. Thought it might seem seriously complicated, we've got a secret weapon to help get you through this project: D.I.Y. guru Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This! Today she's sharing all the secrets you need to know about how to fashion a feathered skirt, so read on for Domesek's always-simple step-by-step instructions and have fun!
(We used American Apparel's California Fleece Tulip Skirt ($32) in black.)
-Ostrich Feather Trim
(Please note: the exact length of trim needed is directly related to the size of the skirt you are using.)
Small Skirt: 4+ yards
Medium Skirt: 5+ yards
Large Skirt: 6+ yards
(Aleene's Original Tacky Glue ($5) is one good option)
1. Lay skirt on a flat surface and glue the feather trim to the hem, starting at the bottom edge on the far left side.
2. Make sure you use a generous layer of glue on the feather trim (but not so much that it seeps over the trim's edges) and be sure to position the trim so that it lies flat along the hem.
3. Once glued in place, cut the trim on the far right edge of the skirt.
4. Glue the second row of trim to the skirt, again starting on the far left side. The second row should be spaced approximately 2 to 3 inches above the first row. (NOTE: Do one entire side of the skirt first, then flip it and do the other side.)
5. Continue to glue rows of the feather trim up the skirt, leaving approximately 2 to 3 inches between each row.
6. Let the skirt partially dry-approximately 10 to 15 minutes-then flip it over and do the other side.
7. Once you're finished with both sides, be sure to let the fabric glue completely set (approximately 24 hours) before wearing it out on the town!