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  • NattyJane's Birds of a Feather Costume Tutorial

    My department was going for a pirate theme this Halloween and I decided to be the ship's parrot. I used a mix of quilting cotton and cotton/polyester blend. The cotton polyester blend was great since it doesn't fray as much. With all the work I was putting into these wings, I wanted them to last so I used Fray Check on some of the fabrics to seal the edges. But I quickly realized it was going to take forever so I only used it on the 100% cotton fabrics which were more prone to fraying. I used a single layer of feathers in some of the rows especially in the red and dark blue areas since it's such a dense cluster of one color and I wanted to cut down on the weight of the finished wings. The yellow I used a double layer since it's a lighter color and I didn't want the red base to show thro...

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    My department was going for a pirate theme this Halloween and I decided to be the ship's parrot. I used a mix of quilting cotton and cotton/polyester blend. The cotton polyester blend was great since it doesn't fray as much. With all the work I was putting into these wings, I wanted them to last so I used Fray Check on some of the fabrics to seal the edges. But I quickly realized it was going to take forever so I only used it on the 100% cotton fabrics which were more prone to fraying. I used a single layer of feathers in some of the rows especially in the red and dark blue areas since it's such a dense cluster of one color and I wanted to cut down on the weight of the finished wings. The yellow I used a double layer since it's a lighter color and I didn't want the red base to show through. The wings still ended up being heavier than I anticipated. When the wings weren't open, I had to drape them over my shoulders to keep the ribbon around my neck from getting too uncomfortable. People couldn't believe I had made them but they weren't difficult at all to make! Cutting the feathers was time consuming but not challenging (rotary cutter is key!!). I fussed a lot over how to arrange the rows of feathers but the actual sewing was a breeze. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!

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