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Grow Up Wearing Feathers

A Weetzie Bat-inspired DIY.

Inspired by Weetzie Bat and her penchant for wearing feathery accessories, this fluffy feather collar is totally essential for those days when you want to emit major punk-pixie vibes.

You’ll need:

• Feathers (of course!)—two packages should do the trick (or more if you want an extra-fluffy collar).
• One-inch-wide double-fold bias tape. Bias tape (also known as bias binding) isn’t actually tape at all, but a fabric ribbon that comes folded in half with two additional folds on either side (these are the seam allowances). It’s typically used for finishing hems or adding a decorative trim to sewing projects. This time around we’ll be using it as a neckline for our collar!
• A sewing machine.
• Thread to match the bias tape.
• Sewing pins.
• A hook and an eye (unless you want your collar to tie in the front).
• Extra-sticky double-stick tape.
• Scissors.

First, take your bias tape and drape it around your neck, keeping the ends even in front of you. Mark the points on both sides where the tape hits your collarbone with sewing pins or chalk.

Next, lay out your bias tape out wrong side up and lay a strip of double-stick tape from one of the collarbone marks to the other up on top. In between these two marks is where we’ll be sticking all of the feathers later.

Prepping the feathers:
Add a curve to each of the the feathers you plan to use for your collar. This step is necessary to make the feathers sit right on your neck/shoulders area and not splay out all awkwardly when you attach them to the bias-tape neckline.

Start off with a stick-straight feather.

Use your forefingers and thumbs to gently curve the middle stem of the feather. Once you’ve done this a couple times the feather will hold its shape.

And that’s really all there is to it! Repeat this X amount of times for each feather you want to use—however many repetitions it takes for them to stay curved.

Cut off at least one inch from the bottom of each feather (or more if you come across any extra-long feathers). This is so the end of the feather doesn’t get in the way or make the feather pop out of the neckline. It also makes a flatter, more even surface to work with.

Adding the feathers and sewing it all up:

After you’ve prepped your feathers, you can start attaching them to the bias-tape neckline. Place each feather, curved side down, on one side of the bias tape (FYI: a strip of bias tape has *two* sides and a fold down the middle), overlapping each one slightly over the previous one as you go. Try to keep the ends of the feathers right above the center fold of the bias tape—otherwise you’ll mess with the flow of the tape and it won’t fold in half properly in the next step!

Once you have all your feathers in place and secured on the double-stick tape, fold the other side of the bias tape over the top of the feather ends *lengthwise* (following the center line fold), sandwiching the feathers between the two sides of the bias tape. Pin the entire length of it shut, like so:

When pinning the bias tape and feathers together, be sure to place the pins very close together to ensure that no feathers will come loose or fall out!

After pinning the entire length of bias tape and feathers together, slowly run the tape through your sewing machine’s straight stitch. This line of stitching should run from one end of the bias tape to the other on the open side, the side the feathers are sticking out of. Be sure to keep an eye on the feathers; you might need to pop some back into the tape or reposition them as you sew.

Here is what it looks like all stitched up. I used white thread on the underside so you can see how it should look. After sewing up the neckline you’ll need to re-fluff the feathers and reposition any that might be bending off at a weird angle. But aside from all that, you’re finally finished!

Ta-da! ♦

34 Comments

  • Mirandablaaaa June 12th, 2012 3:05 PM

    this is so GROOVY!! Definitely trying this tomorrow <3

    http://alkalinealley.tumblr.com/

  • Susann June 12th, 2012 3:06 PM

    Wow, this is really awesome!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • katrinaexplainsitall June 12th, 2012 3:07 PM

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it’s a collar and there’s feathers skldfjla. I am adding this to my list of summer DIY’s!

    http://www.katrinaspice.blogspot.com

  • CeciliaCecilia June 12th, 2012 3:08 PM

    i just read weetzie bat for the first time a few days ago and am obsessed! has anyone heard any rumors about the weetzie bat movie??

    • Libby June 12th, 2012 3:25 PM

      According to Wikipedia (not the most reliable source!), ‘She is currently developing an original show for MTV and writing the screenplay which will bring Weetzie Bat to the cinema.’

      • CeciliaCecilia June 13th, 2012 12:21 AM

        i hope it’s all true! a weetzie bat movie would probably have such great visuals!

  • rosiesayrelax June 12th, 2012 3:08 PM

    so much easier than trying to wear feathers in your hair, and people mistaking it for a birds nest…

    Rosie Say Relax

  • mayaautumn June 12th, 2012 3:11 PM

    wow, it looks so much better on; and with that top it looks amazing! super cool….

    http://cottonmixblog.blogspot.com

  • darksideoftherainbow June 12th, 2012 3:15 PM

    this is seriously gorgeous and awesome and definitely something i need to make ASAP.

  • ToriLynne June 12th, 2012 3:19 PM

    This is so adorable! Thanks, Rookie! Next DIY day this will be made!
    xo, Tori
    http://daisiesandpixiedust.blogspot.com/

  • breakfastpixie June 12th, 2012 3:34 PM

    This is so beautiful! I need to try this soon! So cool!

    x
    Sabrina
    a pixie’s view on fashion

  • GlowintheDark June 12th, 2012 3:58 PM

    Ahh this is so cool. :D I must try it.
    Also unrelated, but Marlena I love your hair!

  • flowerchild49 June 12th, 2012 4:31 PM

    Oh man. I finished reading Weetzie Bat a few hours ago, and only now has the last tear dried from my eyes. It’s easy to forget how beautiful and happy and magical you can let things become.

  • anisarose June 12th, 2012 7:50 PM

    Maybe too hot for summer but very cute and easy to do! And I know that I have a few dresses that could use a feather collar..

    http://anisarose.blogspot.com/

  • lylsoy June 12th, 2012 7:52 PM

    This is my favorite diy by Marlena so far :*
    http://gossipgonzesse.blogspot.com

  • 062131 June 12th, 2012 9:30 PM

    i just realized marlena is the one who does the coolest DIYs we see here… marlena you have the best hair and style!

  • es June 12th, 2012 11:43 PM

    marlena you look just like witch baby after she cut her hair and it started to grow back again! and the collar is so magical

  • ShockHorror June 13th, 2012 8:40 AM

    Yes! I have a heap load of feathers lying around and I am so doing this!

    (I also have a lot of mahoosive ones too…. Make some wings perhaps? ;L)

  • alix June 13th, 2012 9:24 AM

    Oh my god that is so pretty!!!

  • EnidEnvy June 13th, 2012 11:51 AM

    i am vegan, so i don’t craft with any feathers that i didn’t gather myself or know exactly where they came from… however… holy crap… this is gorgeous.

    • Kathryn June 13th, 2012 4:53 PM

      I think those are synthetic feathers

      • Marlena June 13th, 2012 10:29 PM

        Yeah, they’re just the cheap feather boa-type ones. I’m sure they’re not real animal feathers!

  • all-art-is-quite-useless June 13th, 2012 12:19 PM

    I know I have a few jumpers that need a feathered collar.

  • sully-bean June 13th, 2012 2:56 PM

    OH MY GOSH, THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! I am totally making one. :D And you could like, wear it on your head or something too, omg omg. THANK YOU, MARLENA! <3

  • missmadness June 13th, 2012 8:48 PM

    you could cut some faux-feathers out of fabric! (http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2011/09/02/diy-fabric-feathers-3-ways/)

    • missmadness June 13th, 2012 8:49 PM

      this was directed at EnidEnvy…but anyway..

  • floralgore June 13th, 2012 9:20 PM

    Marlena, this is far too fabulous.

  • llamalina June 13th, 2012 10:09 PM

    our names rhyme and we both have pixie cuts and love weetzie bat! GAHHH

    ok done. this is fab fabbity fabulous. going to buy feathers of every color on my next trip to michael’s.

  • cakethepop June 14th, 2012 2:51 PM

    It looks real expensive and pretty! Love this but i wish i hasewing skills :(

  • ElleG June 15th, 2012 2:48 PM

    Need it :O

  • Lucille June 16th, 2012 11:14 AM

    Marlena, I have big problem!haha, where can I buy that feather?hobby stores?or?
    IT LOOKS AMAZING!definitely doing it!

    http://fashion-babel.blogspot.com

  • Hecubot June 20th, 2012 5:40 PM

    That’s gorgeous!

    Weetzie Bat is the best.

    One of the highlights of my life was getting Francesca Lia Block to come to my birthday party. I think I lured her with its theme: Cocktail Party on Mars.

  • Yani September 16th, 2012 11:11 AM

    oh my god. this is beautiful and amazing and I think I am in love with you. aaaaa <3

  • Chascarrillo September 22nd, 2012 3:09 PM

    OH dios! me han dado tantas ganas de salir corriendo al bazar y comprar plumas! HERMOSO