Wednesday, May 13, 2015

More DIY Feather Collars

Sooooooooooooo I decided to stop procrastinating and knock these remaining feather collars out!  These collars were made to match our Atlanta carnival tshirts.  A few lovely ladies decided to join me in the “Cut up tshirt, turned into a costume section” like I did for Jamaica carnival 2015 and ATL carnival 2013.  All these collars were pretty much made the same so I am only going to do a tutorial for one.



Started with the cardboard frame cut in an oval shape.  Hot glued the metal wire for support and then upholstered one side.  Glue black ribbon to the bottom of both sides so that the final product can be tied to the masqueraders back
Found in the "framing" aisle of Home Depot
upholstered side

Glued about 50 blue & black rooster feathers


Glue one yard of yellow feather trim with the feathers facing down.



Glued one yard of black feather trim with the feathers facing up.
 Glue one yard of gold trim chain for finish it off.

I decided to make the collar that I’m wearing slightly different.  I went with a lot less feathers, but bigger feathers.  Ignore that one feather that is just doing his own dayym thing.  I named him Ted and I’ll deal with Ted later!


Video tutorial of a different collar

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DIY Feather collar tutorial

I made this video about 2 months ago, but after watching it I thought, "You're Corny!!!"  I put the video in a far far away place, never to be shared.  As I made collars for customers for Atlanta carnival, I was asked many questions about my bootleg system of making collars.  If you know me personally you know I don't have the best social skills and I consider too many questions "an interrogation" and I rather just direct people to a link. 

 
The final product on di road after some lite rain (we know what rain does to feathers)

PS:  I really cant explain why I like working on the floor of my bedroom.  I literally have a spacious desk that goes unused while I slum it on the floor. 
Where I buy cheap feathers?  Vendors from China on eBay and Amazon.  Takes about 30 days to arrive, but so much cheaper that the US vendors I've found.  Feel free to share any cheap domestic vendors you know of. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

DIY Carnival Boots #7

This boot was definitely one of my easier creations, made to go with the Madd Colors 2015 Honolulu front line costume below. 
Just like when you are painting your nails and you start with a base coat, the first step when painting boots is always primer.
After a coat of primer I painted the boots silver.  I didn't bother to paint the parts that I knew would later be upholstered. 
Pink sequence fabric over the front, heel, straps and top back of the boot
 Bling on a string around the front fabric and silver trim around the fabric on the heel. 
Added some bling to the front, my drink decided to photo bomb the pic #StayThirstyMyFriends
 And just like that it was done, kinda sorta.  The feathers that come with the costume are too good to go to waste so the boots are designed to have the feathers added later.  
 This is what the final product will look like after the owner picks up her costume and adds the feather leg pieces.  #BulletBullet