October 2011

Last minute Halloween costume ideas from The Feather Place

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 27, 2011


Handmade masks made from Goose & Turkey feathers are available at The Feather Place Showrooms in LA and NYC. With  an assortment of animal masks including a Bunny, Cat, Panada, Peacock, Bird, Owl, and Butterfly’s your sure to stand out in the crowd. Make sure to get your last minute feather masks, wings and boas before time runs out! Come see us in our Showrooms! Happy Halloween!

Handmade masks made from Goose & Turkey feathers.

Handmade masks made from Goose & Turkey feathers.


Animal Costumes: Chicken Costume by Martha Stewart Holiday & Seasonal Crafts

Here at The Feather Place, we love it when people go out of their way to make creative and unique DIY Halloween Costumes! That’s why we love this feathery tutorial by Martha Stewart! This DIY is a must for small children this Halloween season! Up the ante and go large, Make one in your size with additional material and feather boas!

Why did this baby chicken cross the road? To get to the Halloween party, of course. Her costume is made from two tickly feather boas, ordinary kitchen gloves, yellow tights, and a pilot’s cap that’s crowned with a felt comb. Under the plumage, two leotards are stuffed with batting for extra plumpness. Appropriate for children ages 3 and older.

Tools and Materials
2 white long-sleeved leotards
One bag of loose wool batting
2 heavyweight white feather boas
Safety pins
Two 8-by-10-inch pieces of red wool felt
White pilot’s cap
Hot-glue gun
Yellow rubber gloves
Sneakers with a heel tab

Chicken How-To
1. For the bodysuit, place one leotard inside the other; stuff batting between them, and sew together at necklines and leg holes. With your child wearing the bodysuit, drape boas across and around the body; safety-pin in place. Remove costume from child, and handstitch in place every 4 inches.

Animal Costumes: Chicken Costume by Martha Stewart Holiday & Seasonal Crafts - STEP ONE BODYSUIT

2. For the hat, use the comb template to cut two pieces of felt. Stitch combs together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom open. Turn right side out; stuff peaks with batting. Stretch hat over a ball or other round object; attach comb using the hot-glue gun on a low setting.

Animal Costumes: Chicken Costume by Martha Stewart Holiday & Seasonal Crafts - STEP TWO CHICKEN HAT

3. For the feet, stuff fingers of gloves with batting. Slip sneaker into glove, palm side down. Pull glove taut so fingers arch up (to prevent tripping); cut slit in center of glove from tongue of shoe to heel tab. Pull end of slit beneath heel. Snip extra cuff, leaving 2 inches; cut a notch at each corner. Fold sides in; secure with hot glue. Fold bottom up and top down; glue.

Animal Costumes: Chicken Costume by Martha Stewart Holiday & Seasonal Crafts - STEP THREE CHICKEN FEET

Animal Costumes: Chicken Costume, Lamb Costume, Fish Costume – Martha Stewart Holiday & Seasonal Crafts.

DIY : Bjork’s White Swan Halloween Costume

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 25, 2011


While trolling around on the internet for clever DIY Halloween Costumes with Feather embellishments, I found this wonderful “White Swan” tutorial. Check out the detailed instructions plus photos of how to make your very own Bjork Swan Dress, similar to the one she wore at the 2001 Oscars.


Bjork Swan Dress

Who doesn’t love the infamous Bjork Swan Dress? You can also view the photos and instructions on THIS  Flickr page.

So here we go…

Bjork Swan DIY

Thrifted white skirt
Thrifted sheer curtains or light cotton
White Chandelle Feather Boa x 2 or 3
White cotton fabric
Needle + White thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Polyester filling
Hot glue gun
Two black buttons
Black felt
Orange felt/fabric
Glue gun
Safety pins
Skin-coloured bodysuit

Bjork Swan DIY STEP 1

Bjork Swan DIY STEP 2

1. The skirt/bottom: Take your thrifted white skirt and cut away any excess fabric so that it ends above the knee.
2. Cut long strips of sheer curtain material and sew it in layers horizontally on to the back fo your skirt. (I handsewed mine but you can also machine sew it.)
3. Cut the strips vertically to create small squares and to create a “feathered” or tiered effect. Sew on more small squares if you want to add more volume.

Bjork Swan DIY STEP 3

4. On the front of your skirt, handsew one end of the feather boa to bottom of your skirt.
5. Place your boa horizontally and wind it up the skirt, handsewing it in place to your skirt. Use a second boa if you need to.

Bjork Swan DIY STEP 4

6. The swan neck/head: Cut a 8″ x 35″ piece of white cotton fabric.
7. Line up the fabric so the long edges meet. Leave one end open and start sewing up the fabric. Round off the other end for the head.
8. If you have any sheer fabric left, cut up some squares and sew up the neck in a tiered effect.

Bjork Swan DIY STEP 5

9. Cut two black triangles from the black felt for the shadows around the eyes. Hot glue gun each piece on either side of the head. Attach the button eyes by hot glue gun or handsewing.
10. Create a cone out of the orange fabric. Hot glue gun or sew it to the tip of the head for the beak.
11. Stuff the neck/head area with polyester filling. Leave about 6″ from the bottom unstuffed. Sew across at this point. (You will tuck the remaining 6″ into your skirt later).

When you are ready to put wear your costume:
1. Put on your skin-coloured bodysuit.
2. Then put your skirt on: feathers in the front, sheer curtain material in the back. (There are no feathers in the back in case you want to sit down – the sheer curtain material won’t get crushed).
3. Wrap the swan neck around your neck and tuck in the unstuffed end of the neck into your skirt. With safety pins, secure the neck to the top of your skirt and to your jumpsuit. If you have the end of your feather boa still hanging, wrap it around and up the neck of your swan neck.
4. Put on your white (or in my case, black and comfortable) shoes.

You’re done and ready to go out in style!



by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 24, 2011


Make your own Black Swan Halloween costume with these simple tips (See List Below) or WATCH this quick tutorial found on You Tube! Become a beautiful, but evil, swan for one night!


Costumes can be pretty expensive to buy, but are pretty easy to make yourself with the help of a few essential items.

Things you will need:

  1. black leotard
  2. tutu (or black tulle if you want to make your own)
  3. sheer, black tights
  4. ballet slippers (or black flats)
  5. Black Ostrich feathers from The Feather Place
  6. Black Chandelle boas from The Feather Place
  7. ballerina tiara
  8. red colored contacts (optional)
  9. makeup


1. Dress in your sheer tights and a leotard. Buy a tutu (or make your own) to wear over the leotard. Strategically tie black ribbon and tulle at random intervals around the skirt. Ballerina slippers or plain black flats will complete the outfit part of your costume. PS…if you want to make a feathered skirt that you can wear again, check out this tutorial on www.whowhatwear.com.

2. Attach black Feathers to your costume. Glue or stitch them to your leotard around the bust line and around your waist on to your tutu . Get creative and be unique!

3. Pull your Hair into a tight, stylish bun. For those of you with shorter locks, slick them back with hair gel, or pin your hair back as much as you can. A ballerina tiara is optional; if you prefer, you can pin a few black ostrich feathers to your updo instead.

4. Apply white foundation Makeup to your entire face. Don’t go too much lighter than your natural skin tone, or you will look silly. For people with darker skin, just go a couple shades lighter. Wear red contacts to get an evil gleam in your eye. Liberally apply dark, sparkly makeup around your eyes, winging it out past the outside corners, and line them with black eyeliner. Finish up with a heavy coat of mascara.

To make the non-evil, White Swan Halloween costume, substitute everything black with white and apply pretty, colored makeup around your eyes.


I just found the most dashing Fall Feather Cloche with The J. Peterman Company.  Somehow the style of the roaring 20’s never boars me.  Classy, flashy, flirty and fun!

This hat is embellished with a natural furnace hackle pad and can also be used to dress up one of your favorite hats for the fall season.