Of Feathers, Frocks And Fabulousness

The feathers, they are done.

Shlappen Feather trim

DONE! I scream from the mountaintop. I am Captain of Mount Accomplishment! Never has Ruggy been so inundated with my trumpeting!

On occasion, I know if I begin a hairbrained project, it will turn out the way I expect it to. In this case, I had a completely botched muslin of a wiggle dress, made from a stashed medium weight satin, I believe. This thing was overworked to death. For weeks, I thought I could wrangle it into a skirt and get something out of all that work, but the idea of measuring and slicing was leaving me cold. Then, upon seeing my sewing with a half ass plan post, a reader suggested that I make the feathered bombshell dress as a skirt instead, to get more mileage out of the whole shebang. Eureka. Last weekend, I woke up and decided to marry the botched wiggle dress and feathers in a frankenstein bill. I would do it. Hack across the waist, and see what happened. Cut into five yards of mood feathers. I’d had them for over three months. JUST DO IT ALREADY.

Shlappen Feather trim

After slicing the dress in half, I removed the center back zipper, and laid it out flat on my table. Marking a line all the way across at natural waist, I then measured down four inches from that line. And again, to get four loooong horizontal lines in all. Working from the bottom up, I folded the skirt fabric around the feather trim edge, enclosing it. As I finished each line, and it began to take shape, I started to get excited.

Shlappen Feather trim

And then there comes that point when you get a little too excited. Things are working out, and you keep going even though you’ve been crazyface tunnel vision on a saturday for eight hours straight and you know you shouldn’t attach a pleather waist band over sazeracs. But you do anyway. Y’all, I ripped this waistband out countless times. I knew the self-made bias tape was not wide enough, but I couldn’t be bothered to cut more. No, no, fifteen minutes of cutting more bias tape is MUCH more irritating than sixty minutes of seam ripping and reattaching. And once I caved in and cut more tape, did I decide to fix all of my errors in judgement and figure out a lining first? Nope. I decided the guts were pretty enough and I would leave them as is.

Shlappen Feather trim

Guess who has a seam ripper and some lace lining in her future.

Shlappen Feather trim

Although it was meant to be paired with a bustier top, upon accessorizing, I found Ruggy’s dress shirt to be the best match. I love that it dresses down the absolute audacity of the thing. It is a delicate flower, this birdy skirt, made for standing-only events. You know the kind: where your hand is never without a glass of champagne. The kind of event I always seem to be beleaguered by, the life of a kalkatroonaan: it is fabulous.

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Comments


  • Cidell
    November 29, 2012

    It *is* fabulous. I love the feathers. So gutsy and fun!

    • oonaballoona
      December 1, 2012

      thanks m’lady. i had to go from gutless to gutsy to get it done!

  • Janine Whisler
    November 29, 2012

    Genius. Note to self: KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). In other words, when the material is so beautiful that it stops traffic, keep the design minimal. You’re going to have so much fun in that skirt!

  • puu
    November 29, 2012

    it is fabulous! and ruggy’s dress shirt is the perfect dress-down accessory. but still…i want to see it with the bustier top. and maybe a boa. surely the fabulous life of a fabulous kalkatroonan can use a boa accessory, n’est-ce pas?

  • Carolyn
    November 29, 2012

    That is the kewlest skirt EVAH! I love that you carried your vision through to such a wonderful finished garment!

    • oonaballoona
      December 1, 2012

      thanks carolyn! i just wish i would’ve gathered up the courage sooner :)

  • Ginger
    November 29, 2012

    Ahh! I’ve had a vision of a feathered skirt in my mind for quite some time, and this absolutely tops it! Fab!

    • oonaballoona
      December 1, 2012

      oh PLEASE make yours. we could go out on the town…

  • Laura
    November 29, 2012

    It’s magic! Glad you persevered.

  • Marina
    November 29, 2012

    I am speechless, Oona :) you are a daredevil – I salute your courage!

  • Marina
    November 29, 2012

    oh, forgot the most important part:

    “O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
    “You’ve had a pleasant run!
    Shall we be trotting home again?’
    But answer came there none–
    And this was scarcely odd, because
    The feathers were done.

    • oonaballoona
      December 1, 2012

      that is WONDROUS. i may have to start quoting that randomly on my third or so glass of champagne.

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 2, 2012

    Fine feathers make fine birds – a must wear for the holidays!

  • Amy
    December 5, 2012

    What a crazy, cool skirt. I hope you find reasons to wear it every month!

    • oonaballoona
      December 10, 2012

      wonder how it would do in summer…..

  • anne k
    December 6, 2012

    A dream of a skirt come true.

    • oonaballoona
      December 10, 2012

      what a lovely thing to say, thank you!

  • Amanda S.
    December 6, 2012

    Fabulous!!!

  • anne jewell
    December 15, 2012

    how did you ever think of this? i am so impressed with your creativity!