DIY: Ostrich Feather Skirt

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So…I picked up a copy of Instyle Magazine this month (for leisurely reading AND because I happen to be in this issue –insert squeals of delight — and I noticed that since Spring is right around the corner they predicted that a hot color this upcoming season would be pistachio.  I don’t know about you….but it’s sometimes hard to keep up with every NEW color of every season.  Well, that is unless you get a little box of dye and do what I did — give a whole new life to an item I already had.  I’ve been itching to make an ostrich feather skirt…and I thought this would be a perfect combo — flirty, fun, and fresh.






SUPPLIES: An old skirt, 1.5 inch wide ribbon, at least 8 yards of ostrich feather trim (Note: the amount of feathers you’ll need depends upon desired size and length of skirt. I used about 7 yards here for 2 layers on each of the 4 rows), 1 box of RIT dye, hair dryer, thread, straight pins, needles, Magna-Tac glue, scissors, gloves, and a pot (Note: your sink or a bucket will work too).

1. Follow directions on box to create dye mixture.  Dip whole lot of trim into the dye at all at once for even distribution of color (I advise wearing gloves).
2. Making sure to evenly coat feathers, remove them from solution after no more than 25 seconds (Note: though they turn pretty quickly, feathers appear darker when wet).
3. Rinse feathers in cold water to remove excess dye.
4. Dry feathers.
5. You can either make a skirt from fabric of a similar color, or you can do what I did and use a light colored thrifted skirt I already had. Dip this skirt in dye.
6. Rinse skirt in cold water to remove excess color, then repeat Step 4 for the skirt too (Note: sticking in dryer is quicker).
7. Eyeball where you’ll place each row before you begin — I made 4 main rows in all. Apply glue to trim, and adhere it 1.5 inches above the bottom of the skirt — each row 2 inches a part. Glue from one side seam to the other (Note: If towards top you’re finding that the rows aren’t as full as you’d like, feel free to glue a sub-row in between 2 main rows for added coverage).
8. Pin row in place and then continue it around the back.  Do this one more time around the whole skirt for a 2 total of 2 evolutions. (Note: for a really full skirt, do 3 layers).
9. My skirt had an invisible side zipper, so I glued back the raw edge that would lie right up against the zipper (sort of like a small hem). Here, instead of making a continuos counter clockwise evolution….I started at zipper, went counter clock wise, and when I reached zipper again, I went back clockwise up to zipper.
10. For added security hand stitch each row onto the skirt as you go.
11. Glue raw edge of ribbon down like you did with feather trim edge in Step 9.
12. For a polished look, glue ribbon around the waist band of skirt to conceal top of exposed feather trim.








:: Outfit ::
Blazer :: United Colors of Benetton
Sweater :: Banana Republic (Thrifted)
Skirt :: My Own Creation
Necklace :: Stella & Dot (Thanks Paige)
Watch :: Michael Kors
Rings :: Aldo
Shoes :: Rachel Roy


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  2. Cara

    September 16, 2015 at

    The outfit is adorable! After you make the skirt can it be machine washed? Also, where do you buy the feathers?
    Thank you!

  3. Kay

    August 12, 2015 at

    Where did you purchase the ostrich feather?

  4. Ilyas

    July 14, 2015 at

    Skirt looks amazing! Did you use ALL of the fabric? I’m thinking of making a floor length skirt with a slight train, i’m about your size. How much trim do you suggest I need?

  5. c.walker

    February 24, 2013 at

    I remember you doing this….love the final product! I need the details on the necklace. 🙂

  6. Delfien - Operation DIY

    February 23, 2013 at

    B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l 🙂 Great job!

  7. Divya

    February 22, 2013 at

    I love this! And it is definitely different than all the colors I’ve seen. I’m trying to make a blush pink feather skirt myself…do you know where I can get a blush pink dye? Or what color could I use to achieve that?

    • frugal-nomics

      February 22, 2013 at

      For blush pink I would find lightest pink I could and leave it in dye for only like 20-30 seconds. Keep in mind, some of the dye will wash off in initial rinse, but to be sure….test a small patch of feathers before diving in. Hope this helps. Send a pic when you try it!

  8. Tonia

    February 18, 2013 at

    Beautiful! It’s looks just a nice as some of the more expensive ones I’ve seen.

    • frugal-nomics

      February 18, 2013 at

      Thanks Tonia, and this way you can make it ANY color you want!

  9. Sandy

    February 14, 2013 at

    Awesome DIY! I love that you chose such a great color too.

    • frugal-nomics

      February 14, 2013 at

      Thanks….I bought some skinny jeans this color last season that I never got around to wearing….but can’t wait to pair this color with everything now!

  10. Whitney

    February 14, 2013 at

    That skirt is lovely! What a great DIY!!! I love how you styled it too!


    • frugal-nomics

      February 14, 2013 at

      Thanks Whitney….looking forward to Spring 😉

  11. Dawn

    February 14, 2013 at

    Another awesome creation!! Digging the whole look so very chic and stylish, looks like you spent a fortune! Great idea !!

  12. K

    February 14, 2013 at

    I am so impressed that you made this skirt by yourself!!!! When I first saw it, I was looking to find where I can purchase one lol. Wow, you did an amazing job and the color looks great!

  13. Gillian

    February 14, 2013 at

    I am deffinately looking forward to doing this! I also just love that color. Thank you for the idea!

    • frugal-nomics

      February 14, 2013 at

      Me too Gillian! Such a stand out color

  14. Amber

    February 14, 2013 at

    I am obsessed with this look but never wanted to shell out the cash for the upscale version!
    Now I can make my own!! thanks!!

    • frugal-nomics

      February 14, 2013 at

      Would love to see pics when you try it Amber!

  15. Paige

    February 14, 2013 at

    Going to get InStyle Magaine today!!! That is fabulous that you are in it. LOVE LOVE LOVE the skirt. It looks amazing! …and you look BEAUTIFUL in that necklace!!! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! xo

    • frugal-nomics

      February 14, 2013 at

      Thanks so much Paige…u are too sweet!

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