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Feather Blocked Dress DIY

Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial) I feel that most great DIYs stem from not being able to get what you want. You know how it is, you are on the hunt for that perfect coffee table, or pillow, or outfit, and you finally find just what you’ve been dreaming of and…you can’t afford it. I was searching for blush dresses to wear as a bridesmaids dress in my brother’s upcoming wedding (the bride, Sarah, is letting us pick our own dresses because she’s cool like that and not the control freak bride that I was. Sorry again to all my friends…), and I found the most amazing blush dress with feathers at the bottom. O. M. G. As amazing as it it, I really wasn’t willing (or able!) to spend over $300 on it. So I sulked about it for almost two weeks before the lightbulb came on of, “Hey Dummy! DIY that dress!” Oh yeah! Good idea!

Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-shift dress in a solid color (I bought this one)
-feather trim in the same color as your dress
-sewing machine
-straight pins

Once you get your dress, measure how wide the bottom of the dress is and think about how many layers of feather you want on the bottom. Those choices will let you know how much feather trim you’ll need to buy (like if your dress is 20″ across and you want two layers you’ll need 80″ of trim). Usually they sell feather trim that is either attached to a ribbon or to a very thin cord like the one I linked. I think the ribbon finished trim is probably easier to sew onto the dress, but how it’s attached looks a little more obvious. So I opted for the thin cord instead.

Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial) Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial) Determine where you want your lowest feather layer to hang in relation to the bottom of the dress (I suggest the feathers covering about 1″ below the hem) and make a line of straight pins just above where you want your feathers to be attached. I used a ruler to make sure all my pins were an equal distance from the hem.

Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial) Once you have a pinned line, start on the back side of your dress and begin attaching the feather trim to the material just below the pinned line. For any layers that are not the top layer, use a zigzag stitch to secure the top edge of the trim in place (the stitching will be covered by the next layer of feathers). Go all the way around the dress until it meets back on the other side. I used a little bit of fray check glue to keep the trim cord from unraveling when I cut the trim.

Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial)
Repeat the process by measuring up from the hem for the next row and making a line of pins just above where the trim should be placed. The best placement will depend on how long your feathers are and how thick your trim is. So just overlap the two layers until you find the placement you like. Repeat the process of sewing the next layer of trim onto the dress.

Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial) For your last layer of feathers, do everything just like you did for the other layers, but do a straight stitch alongside the trim cord (on the side that has the feathers) instead of a zigzag over the cord for a less obvious stitch. I noticed that with just the straight stitch, the feathers tended to slip upwards in spots and create a wavy line. So I also hand-sewed the trim cord in place with a hidden stitch. If you are fine with how the zigzag stitch looks on the lower layer, you can save a little time and do that on the top layer as well. I just wanted the minimal amount of stitching visible.

Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial) Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial) Love this dress! Feather Blocked Dress DIY (click through for tutorial) How great are those feathers!! Of course you can do this idea in any color scheme you want or choose contrasting colors for a more dramatic effect (like black feathers on a white dress). I would definitely dry clean this puppy since the feathers are so delicate, but in a pinch you could hand wash just the top of the dress in a sink. Instead of costing over $300, this dress ended up being around $100 instead! Not bad for a special occasion dress if you ask me (and a special dress it is!). Maybe with all that savings I could get some new shoes to go with it?? xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I want to attach feather trim to a body con dress. Do I need to pull the fabric as I attach so it will stretch over my thighs/hips?

  • You make it look so easy! Very cute dress!!
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  • Nice outfit…
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  • Laura NOO!!! So sad 🙁
    Please, don’t you realize that wearing feathers is like wearing fur?!? Please noo 🙁

  • such an amazing idea =D
    I love how it looks and how easy it actually is to make – a simple dress into an amazing one so quick and easy

  • I love this! you make it look so easy!!! the color is perfect 🙂

  • So cute 🙂 The dress looks gorgeous, better than any ready to wear version!

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  • How cute and smart of you! I’ve copied many things I couldn’t afford, being raised middle class my mom sewed all of my important dresses for me and I never worried about someone else having on the same thing. I still thank her for teaching me how to sew as I’ve recovered furniture,made window treatments and still sew some of my own clothes. !

  • Great idea! Love the result, the dress looks fantastic <3

  • This turned out really great! It’s so so so pretty!

  • This DIY feather hem dress looks amazing on you! I have no clue how to use the sewing machine or I will have make a similar dress too!



    How about diy this skater dress to resemble the one Amal Clooney wore to Hail Caesar premiere? 😉

  • Love!!!! Such a fun way update a simple dress. And the color is gorgeous!!!

  • Hello, Laura !!I LOVE IT, IT IS SO CUTE!!! Plus, that color looks so great on your skin!!

  • This came out just gorgeous! I love the girly feather trim with the more laid back fit of the dress.

  • This turned out so cute!! What a fun bridesmaid dress – that you can DEFINITELY wear again 😉

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  • I was on the hunt for this exact dress at some point last year for a family occasion. at one point seriously considered making it on my own and now I can!! thanks for sharing this, I have another family get together coming up. Pinned it! xx. gigi.

  • It`s gorgeous!!! I even like it more than the original one!! Great job 🙂
    xx Caroline

  • Oh my gosh I love, love, love this dress. Gorgeous. I might run out to get the items to make this my self today <3

  • This wedding is going to be soooooo fashion forward 😉 🙂
    I give this my official bridal stamp of approval

  • This is such a beautiful project, I love the shade of the dress, and I love that the feathers are rather subtle (they normaly aren’t). Wonderful!

  • This is gorgeous! I got a sewing machine for Christmas last year, and have been wanting a dress just like this. Might have to test out the skills 🙂

  • LOVING this dress!!! I’m a sucker for anything with feathers!!

  • Super cute DIY project. Love to try with with hot pink feathers!!!

  • I LOVE THIS!!! I don’t know how to sew but totally enlisting the help of a friend to get this done!!

  • I love this! I recently saw a sweater with feather trim that was still $200 – I will have to give this DIY a go!

  • Sooo cute! I need to make one myself. Gosh, I miss having a sewing machine.

  • OMG. I’m in love with this dress and this project.
    It’s perfect! I loved!

    And Laura you look gorgeous. 🙂

    xo, Deborah

  • It looks absolutely great!!!

  • That dress is adorable and chic! I totally agree about DIY. I’m not much of a crafter, except when I find something I want but can’t afford, or I’m unable to find what I’m envisioning in my head. Then all of my DIY skills come out!

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