Thursday, September 29, 2011

Birds of a Feather Costume Tutorial, Part One

With Halloween just around the corner, and questions from my readers about the construction of my costume from last year, I've decided it is time to put together a tutorial!
How about we get started at the very beginning?

Choose your bird!
Flamingo, parrot, toucan, imaginary technicolor falcon! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Choose your colors!
The easiest way to do this is to research your bird. Look through photos to help figure out the main colors that you will be using.
After looking at photos of flamingos I decided to use a light pink as my main color plus a darker pink, red, and white for the other feathers. For the parrot costume, I looked at photos of scarlet macaws which helped me to choose colors and see the placement of those colors on the wings.
At this point, you can also read about your bird for added costume enjoyment! Learn about where your bird is from, what it eats, and how it behaves in its' natural environment so that you can truly get into character once you're all dressed up!

Choose your fabric!
The edges of the feathers and wings are left unfinished, so try to pick something that won't fray too much. When looking at fabric, imagine how it will look as a finished wing. You will probably want something that moves, flows, and flaps nicely. Also, try not to choose anything too heavy since you will be sewing many layers of feathers to each wing.
For my costumes I bought inexpensive, lightweight polyester in bright colors with a satin finish.

I hope these tips help you get started on brainstorming, and stay tuned for the next part of the tutorial!


  1. I just saw your costume on burdastyle and thought it was a fantastic idea, I think I may have to do something similar this year. Thanks for the tutorials

  2. Thanks for posting this! I'm glad I was that final "push" to make it happen. This was so much easier than trying to do a lot of guesswork. I'll have to show you how it turns out. :0)

  3. Yes! Please do show me how it turns out!

  4. I am going to try and make these for my daughter!

  5. ive made similar wings, inspired by these, for my daughter.

  6. where can I find the next part of this tutorial?!


  7. Me and my brother made black wings like this and went as ravens to our school's animal day(during spirit week/homecoming week)

  8. About how much fabric did these take?? I am excited to make some this weekend!

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  10. This blogpost inspired me to make some flamingo wings.
    I linked this blog on my website (it's in Dutch)