March 2014

DIY Projects for Easter & Springtime

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 24, 2014

in CRAFT,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT,HOLIDAY

Watching our gardens bloom and grow green, we can’t help but feel that springtime is the time for color, creation, and crafts. Today we present a springtime project for the fresh and flowering little ladies of your lives. A cute feather caplet or shawl to greet the spring chill. The Sweet Springtime Feather Shawl is an easy sewing project to complete any dress or spring ensemble.

Sweet Springtime Feather Shawl

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Materials:

Fabric (about 1 yard of main and lining fabrics)
Marabou or Chandelle Feather boas
Thread
Sewing supplies (needles/sewing machine)
Ribbon
Ruler or compass

Directions:

STEP 1: Start with your fabric folded over once and then again, so you will be cutting through four layers of fabric.

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STEP 2: Using a ruler or compass, measure out the neckline. A 3-inch radius is what we used for this little girl size, but feel free to increase or decrease that to fit.

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STEP 3: Now measure out the outer border of the shawl. For this small size, we went out 11 inches from the neckline, but again, increase or decrease to a length that feels comfortable to you!

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STEP 4: Cut your folded fabric along the drawn lines and unfurl it to a flat circle like this.

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STEP 5: The next step is very flexible; you are going to cut a section of the circle out—if you want a more draping shawl, cut a small section out. For a more structured and straight look, cut a larger section! You can also decide to leave the edge straight, or to cut a scalloped shape.

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STEP 6: With wrong sides in, pin your two pieces of fabric together and sew around the outer edge leaving the neckline unsewn.

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STEP 7:  Now flip the piece inside out and press down your seams. Press the neckline under as well, and hand stitch it closed with a blind stitch.  (If you’d like to add a collar, insert into the neckline before stitching close.)

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STEP 8: Arrange your feather Boa onto the pressed caplet, starting at the edges. Using a whipstitch, tack the feather Boa onto  the first layer of fabric only, not the lining. You can just trim edges of the piece or you can cover the whole thing by continuing to lay down parallel lines of feather Boa.

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STEP 9: Finish the piece with some ribbon, a snap, or button to secure at the neckline. You now have a very sweet shawl for your favorite little lady!

For more Easter DIY feather crafts please see our HOW TO blog page! 

A Springtime DIY Idea for Your Chicklet!A Springtime DIY Idea for Your Chicklet!

Here is a Springtime DIY Idea for Your Chicklet! Spring is here and we are giving you another reason to go outside and enjoy the weather! Get crafty with your kids this season and DIY a wonderful look for your pretty princess.  We felt inspired by this Children At Play Photography image above which features a fabulous feather skirt and easily attachable feather hair clips you can buy right here! To make this fluffy skirt for a costume or just a fun day out, we recommend using one or two of our Chandelle Feather Boas… Or if your short on time, you can order an all ready made feathered skirt straight from BiddyJACK&Co !!!

 

http://childrenatplayphotography.com/

Fat Tuesday Celebrations 2014

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 7, 2014

in COSTUME,CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT

Fat Tuesday Celebrations 2014 – Revelers didn’t let anyone “rain” on their FAT Tuesday parades. Despite the damp and cold weather, krewe and crowds alike went all out to shake their tail feathers down the streets of New Orleans.

Photo by Todd Price, NOLA.com The Times-Picayune

Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com  The Times-Picayune

Got rain? A Shocking Pink Chandelle Feather boa trimmed umbrella will do the trick!

Marabou, Ostrich Feather Spads and Nandus adorn this Zulu Krewe members headdress and costume.

Photograph Jonathan Bachman - Reuters

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Colorful Turkey Quills,  Marabou feathers and boas in these lively Mardi Gras youth’s costumes! Beyond adorable!

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Who let the dogs out…!? Even mans best friend reveled at the 2014 Barkus parade! Check out how cute they look in their feather masks and parade float!

Mystic krewe at the 2014 Barkus Parade : photo g geiselman

Mardi Gras 2015 comes early next year on Tuesday, February 17th… Plan for next years fat Tuesday celebration costumes in advance and SHOP at The Feather Place for all of your feathered needs! Until next years Mardi Gras friends.

Photo David Grunfeld, AP