DIY: Plumier Headdress

I've always been quite obsessed with costuming and headwear when it comes to fashion. Taking period influence and adding modern touches of simplicity by tailoring it to my style. I wish that more hats would be worn today in women's wear, perhaps that's because my devotion to complete dress includes a good hat on any occasion, not just for special events. Here's a simple hat that I created, which is dedicated to my feather lovers out there.

Amanda Christine dress Trvistic fashion
I decided to pair my new hat with this versatile dress, compliments of Trvistic, and designed by Amanda Christine. It's quite an interesting piece, and I love the fact that it can be worn several different ways. After experimenting and playing around with pinning certain parts of the silhouette, I finally came to a look that I admired ...  an off-shoulder one! Perfect for the event that I was heading off to attend.


Sometimes all it takes is a solid dress to be embellished by a custom plumier headdress.
DIY headdress ladyofashion
The goods: Shoes- Hervé Léger, Dress-(Amanda Christine) c/o Trvistic, Hat-DIY/Ladyofashion, Earrings-Target, Perfume bottle-Vintage


You may view the tutorial of my headdress below!
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Materials Needed:
Silk flower or dyeable fabric flower
Pin back with clip
Loose feathers
Scissors
Glue gun
Netting (optional)
Felt/fabric  cut at 3"x2"


To make your easy feather hat cut a circular piece of felt approx. "2 x 2." This measurement should be smaller than your silk flower piece. If you use a smaller flower adjust circular piece measurement. (If you don't have felt, you may use a piece of leather as I have done cut at 3" x 3." Next, I folded each end of the leather piece in half towards the center.) Glue in place. Set aside.
DIY Feather fascinator
Depending on the type of feathers that you select you may need to cut the ends, as some are wrapped with wire. Cut the ends to ensure the feathers are smooth. Layout your feathers on top of the felt piece (with the felt piece folded side up) in a design to your preference. Carefully glue each feather to the felt piece, leaving room at the bottom edge for the flower placement. 

Glue the flower on top of the feathers where the space has been left. When  the glue is dry turn the entire headdress over and glue the pin back clip to the felt piece.
DIY Hat Headdress Feathers
For Netting:
Cut 1 netting piece in a circle 4" to 5""  in diameter, then cut in half. Attach 1 piece netting slowly gluing it to the back edge of pin back clip, creating gathers. The netting should be extended from the feather headdress. To add the second netting piece repeat the previous step. Additionally, you may use scissors to cut various pieces of the netting to tailor your hat.  In this version I added a pedal-shaped netting piece to add a personal touch!

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63 comments

  1. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com06 February, 2012

    O wow. I love it. I want one!

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  2. Your headwear is so chic! Super cool!

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  3. i love this!  i have the most beautiful ban.do and never seem to have a reason to wear it.  without looking a little nuts that is.

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  4. How gorgeous you look!!! That headpiece is fabulous and I'm also loving the dress :) xoxo

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  5. Gorgeous, and those photos are getting bigger, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  6. You look beautiufl & make the best things! I need to get creative again, I've lost my mojo.

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  7. francesca romana capizzi06 February, 2012

    You did a great job!! I love that head band!!!
    xx
    http://dontcallmefashionblogger.blogspot.com/ 

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  8. thank you for sharing this. it's really lovely

    -jean
    tootsiejean.blogspot.com

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  9. Aww, thanks Vix! Poof! Your mojo is back! *cheering you on love* -xo  :-)

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  10. Thanks so much Dawn. The dress is quite comfortable. Enjoy your relaxing day.

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  11. aha! Of course, that was done  especially for you dear. :-) Thanks! xx

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  12. This is so cool! Looks Good on you:)

    X Pris

    Ps: new giveaway on my blog!

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  13. The hat is great!  I wore a headmand with feathers this weekend over a simple black outfit and got sooo many compliments--- it is amazing what a little detail can do!

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  14. Very pretty- I love it! Looks perfect with that outfit. 

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  15. Wow you did an excellent job! The last photo of you is amazing. It's such a classic, vintage photo! You are so beautiful. :)

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  16. Awesome DIY!!! You look fabulous!!!

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  17. A Brit Greek06 February, 2012

    You look smokin' in that dress if I might say so, it's the off the shoulder thing... Love the head piece! Brilliant!

    I also didn't like wearing glasses for ages too, but I find them more comfortable than contacts.

    x.o.x.o

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  18. Oh, believe it or not, I've been planning making some similar headdresses this past week! I'm on the lookout for some lacey-material for them! Thank you for the tutorial! :)

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  19. Courtney Thomas06 February, 2012

    That's just the coolest - I love it!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  20. You're so sweet! Thanks very much dear. I love black and white photography.  :)

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  21. Thanks! Well, I tend to make up a reason to sport an item like this, otherwise I probably wouldn't wear half of my wardrobe if I waited.
    Head to your local grocer to pick up an item and look fabulous. People will wonder who is that stylish lady, (Amy)! Occasion = hunger! haha!  :) xo

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  22. Ridiculous. In a good way.

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  23. This is awesome - looks amazing on you :)
    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray 

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  24. YES! I'd  totally wear that.

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  25. Oh to be a Muse07 February, 2012

    I love a good fascinator and all the great ways to wear them. The black and white photo is fab.

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  26. i've been hunting for the perfect headdress forever. this looks perfect. thanks for the tutorial. you're amazingly talented, and gorgeous to boot.

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  27. love it!

    www.aroundlucia.com
    www.aroundlucia.com

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  28. That looks fabulous -- it looks so lovely on you!

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  29. that is very cool... you look very classy!

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  30. I cant believe that someone as glam as you with such a  lovely blog
    dropped into my little blog which wasnt even that exciting lol but thanks anf thanks for commenting I have been slack lately I must get motivated again and BTW love your headpiece

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  31. haha, you're too sweet! It was my pleasure. Happy to visit your lovely blog. Have a great week.  :)

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  32. Thank you very much! This one I made quite easy so glad that you came across the post. :)

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  33. thanks love, I'm a fan of the off the shoulder, but not one-shoulders! haha!  And you've inspired me to wear my spectacles more. :-)

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  34. great photos!! u look great
    xo
    MosaMuse

    MosaMuse.blogspot.com

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  35. Dying over this look, especially the hat. I can't believe you made it. You are so talented! I'm a big fan of feathers so I especially love what you've done. XO, Jill

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  36. What a great hat!  I agree--we should wear hats more often.  You are very talented.  I love the birdcage netting too!  Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog!

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  37. Gorgeous. So elegant and such a classy look.

    xoxo

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  38. beautiful DIY I want to make it!!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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  39. :-) Thanks so much! Happy that you like the hat.

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  40. You look so cool with that piece. Love it.
    Daphne.

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  41. Mary Jo at Trustyourstyle08 February, 2012

    It looks so pretty on you! 

    xo Mary Jo

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  42. I totally want to channel my inner Downton Abbey grande dame and don one of these. It is stunning!

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  43. This is incredible! And you, my dear, are just gorgeous. 

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  44. Oh darling I love head dresses :-) I wished we could wear them normally in the streets every day 

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  45. I agree, I wish hats and fabulous headpieces like this were more commonplace! I want to wear them and not feel l'm in costume.

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  46. You do love a headpiece and yaaaaaaaaaaaaay you're on cfp!!! That makes me happy!

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  47. What an amazing creation! I am a big fan of hats and headwear too.

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  48. Love this fascinator! Love that you've made it. And you paired it elegantly with that dress. You look mahvelous!

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  49. Thank you Jamillah, Yes, we've been trying to work together for a little while, & so glad it finally all worked out. :-)

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  50. Oh yes, I've loved those costumes so much. It makes me want to go back to costuming ... almost!  :) 

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  51. *blushes* Aww, Thanks Jill! 

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  52. I absolutely adore your plumage and that classy dress!  Also liked your post on street art.  I used to watch the caricaturists in Central Park while they did their magic.

    www.thefoolishaesthete.blogspot.com

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  53. I agree! I just adore hats!  :)  Tks!

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  54. hehe! Just bought some new flavours this week actually. :)

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  55. oh wow this is so pretty! you look so chic!

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  56. That is SO awesome lady! Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Mingle!

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  57. Excellent! I did a lace one earlier, but I'd love to do a more elaborate one. Looking forward to your new creation. Have a great week. xo

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  58. That headress is amazing!! And it goes wonderfully with that dress.  I do wish those were more of a trend these days.

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