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« on: September 25, 2005 07:49:40 AM »

Before I start this massive masquerade costume for January, I need to figure out attaching peacock feathers to a himation (basically a large, square shawl).

Has anyone attached peacock feathers to cloth before? Did you sew them? glue them? something-else them?

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm thinking of just hot-gluing them, but I'm scared the fabric won't drape well, then.  I suppose I could just sew the feathers to each other and then attach them to cloth panels for a pseudo-himation, but...

« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2005 08:46:54 AM »

Hand sew them. Lay them in place and whipstitch over the spine of the feather a few times.  It works pretty well because the 'feathery' part acts as a sort of brake to keep them from slipping.  Just remember to start at the bottom and work up so they overlap like scales.  Maybe lay the whole thing out and draw your placement lines on the fabric first? 

Your costume sounds intriguing.  What are you going to be?  Are you using whole plumes or just the eyes? What color is your background fabric going to be?  What does the rest of the costume look like?

Good luck!

« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2005 10:02:37 AM »

I'm Hera!

The fabric will be either linen natural or purple linen...haven't decided yet. I like the natural because then I can fabric paint on a design for the hems.

I've never done feathers before, but knowing the feathery part will help hold it in place...helps.
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2005 12:15:15 PM »

Natural would look really nice, but purple would probably hide gaps between feathers better. I guess it depends on whether or not you're going for a really solid look in peacock feathers or a more airy look.  I think widespread enough for the natural linen to show through would look really cool. (And probably be cheaper--few feathers!) Is this for a class, or a convention, or something else? Be sure to post pictures...

« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2005 01:32:37 PM »

It's for a convention. I will certainly post pictures. Thank you for your help!
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2005 06:40:58 PM »

I can hardly wait to see this!
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I would also love to see pix!

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