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My very own peacock dress

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:57 am
by mette.wikkelso
Back in 2010 I went to Goa on holiday, and ended up buying 300 peacock feathers and 5 meters of matching silk. During the last two years I have been using these for two different project, the peacock corset and the peacock dress. Of these, the last one was made with TV patterns, so I just thought I'd post a link to my blog with pictures.
Unfortunately the blog itself is in danish (guess where I am from), but images don't suffer from bad translation:)

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The dress: ... uglekjolen" onclick=";return false;

I used the following patterns:
TV 110, TV103 and TV442. The rest is self-drafted.

Re: My very own peacock dress

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:32 pm
by MaryGode
Wow! Just wow. Do you feel like the corset is a very fragile item to wear? I'd be afraid of bending a feather. :?

You didn't mention it, but your petticoat is Gorgeous.

Re: My very own peacock dress

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:36 pm
by Andrea L
If I'm looking at a dress and I actually say outloud "Oh wow" that's saying a lot! I love it! It must have taken you forever to put all those feathers on! How did you do that? Do you ever wear the corset as a bodice with the skirt? That would be so awesome.

And I agree with Mary, the petticoat is gorgeous. I love the embroidery on the flounces.

Re: My very own peacock dress

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:10 pm
by kellydofc
Wow, those are amazing! I am in awe! :D
I would love to hear how you sewed the feathers on securely but still kept that light, airy fealing. Somehow I can never do that for my hats.

Re: My very own peacock dress

Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:14 am
by mette.wikkelso
Thank you for all the nice comments, they mean a lot coming from skilled people!

As for the different questions:

The feather corset IS fragile. If a feather gets ruffled it is hard to get it back to looking nice. The risk is highest on the back and under the arms, but i try to avoid resting against the back of chairs etc. Not that you do that much when wearing a corset, but I am extra careful. I also only use it in controlled environments, where the risk of getting pushed over or spilled drinks on is low.

The feathers are sewn on with small stitches along the stem, appr. 3 mm between each stitch and 4-5 stitches pr feather.

I dream of combining the corset and the skirt, but TV103 starts at the waist and that makes it impossible, as I do not dare to have the dress over the corset, and there is no room for it under the corset...

As for the petti I cannot take a lot of credit for the stuff you compliment: The design with loads of ruffles were inspired/copied/doted on from and the embroidery is a pre-made border I found for 50dkk ~ 10$ pr. 13 meter. It took 40 m to finish the petti...
Funny thing is, dregae was inspired by a danish dress: ( is the danish national museum and the dress a part of their collection)