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Feather dress by thomas lee designs

Added May 5, 2011

by ThomasLeeDes...

Olcott, New York...






This design takes around 1,800 feathers or more for a fuller look. Each feather used is sewn with any sewing machine at a slow speed, one feather at a time. Be sure to mark your rows with tailors cahlk first so you can keep them even or follow any given pattern drawn easier!
I used white feathers for this design, I made piles fo feathers by there length, placeing the smaller ones around the neckline of the design and sewing them faceup as you see from the picture.
When I got to just around the bustline I turned the feathers downwards so the dress has a little shape to it!
I made a VERY simple satin slip and sewed the feathers on it, the slip has a zipper down the one side seam, you can move or place it anywhere. HOWEVER if you sew your feathers to close to the zipper they might get caught! So be careful and take your time! Its a simple,cute anf fun design to make! I had so much fun and really enjoyed creating this design for my photoshoot with my good friend Luke Copping!
Your feahters can be any color, size or shape! The smaller the feahters the more you’ll need!
Work your way from the bottom to the top to get the correct layered look!! But be sure to do the bustline first with the feathers faceing upwards! The jump to the bottom of your dress and face the feathers down towards the hem, and sew in rows of feathers one at a time! This can be hand sewed but a machine works well for a better hold! DO NOT GLUE YOUR FEATHERS ON!!! Please, it will make your design hard and stiff and you’ll lose the light movment fo the feathers as seen in my pickture!!
- Made for my 2009 collection -

This product is for sale
By ThomasLeeDesigns at etsy.com/shop/thomasleedesigns

Material Notes

Satin,cotton poly- metal zipper,cotton thread,white feathers




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Other, Romantic
Other, Silk


Luke Copping: Photographer
Stacey lyyn Caron: Model

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    May 8, 2011, 08.36 AMby Rikki Cade Battle

    thats really impressive, i would have thought it would have taken longer to make considering all of the feathers that have been sewn on. again well done. this dress is just lovely.

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    May 6, 2011, 08.29 AMby Rikki Cade Battle

    I love this, its just beautiful, absolutely stunning. although i wouldn’t have the guts to wear it my self, (i wish that wasn’t the case.) how long did it take you to make it? I would love to see more photos.

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      May 6, 2011, 10.52 PMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      Thank you! It took me around two weeks to make it. I worked on it around two hours at a time. Sometimes more,sometimes less… I’ll add some other pics of this so you can see it later tonight!

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    May 5, 2011, 11.27 PMby Sue @ Nainscrafts


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