Originally Posted on October 6, 2009.
For this week's Tutorial Tuesday, I'll be showing you guys how I made my Halloween costume for this year. I'm making my own version of the infamous Bjork Swan dress that she wore to the Oscars in 2001!
I may be about a decade late to that party but I think it's still a super recognizable reference and she was totally rocking the crazy red carpet looks before Gaga was around! So amazing.
I was able to get 3 ostrich/turkey feather boas in white & cream so I decided to make a feather version of the dress rather than tulle... So on with the tutorial!
So I started with this pile of stuff:
- 3 feather boas
- a bunch of muslin (for the foundation of the skirt)
- white or cream knit fabric (for the swan head & neck) [satin is pictured but I changed my mind]
-nude knit fabric (for 'bodysuit')
- felt (black and orange for face & beak)
- elastic for waistband
tools: serger, sewing machine, glue gun, needle & thread
So i cut out a strip of muslin for the poufy skirt (length of about 16")
and I was thinking of using layers of tulle underneath to create volume but I definitely have more muslin than tulle.... so I decided to use layers of gathered muslin to make it pouffy!
I made 3 tiers of muslin at decreasing lengths & used the thick elastic waistband to gather them.
Lots of volume! :)
Then finally I just put the outer layer onto the elastic to make a super pouffy skirt!
I just figured it would help keep it big with the weight of the feathers on it... but it doesn't matter too much! Make the pouf skirt however you want
Then cut out the shape of the swan neck & head from the white knit fabric.
I serged the edges together & left the base of the neck open
Then I stuffed the neck with that plush cotton stuff, making sure to keep the stuffing VERY loose & airy around the neck area (where YOUR neck will be, not the swan's) so that it bends easily. So now you've got this hilarious phallic thingy, haha
Then cut these sorta shapes out from the felt!
Start with the black eye part... Then glue on the lower beak & then upper beak!
YES! Just stun 'em with your love glue-gunnin' ! :)
Now stitch your swan neck onto the top of the skirt! Neck meet body!
Now my LEAST favourite part... Hand tacking the feather boas to the dress!
... I tried to do that for a bit and then I tried to do some tacking with the industrial machine, and that was difficult as well but seemed to work okay.
Basically 2 boas went around the skirt portion & one was used to cover the base of the neck.
So here's the ridiculous pile of the feathery mass!
At this point, the dress is completed! But Bjork also wore a full body nude unitard covered in little rhinestones...
I decided to create a cute little nude crop top instead & skipped the rhinestones so I'd have something more wearable for later
& some nude leggings to match! lol
And that's it! My entire costume all together :D
Funny thing is that I don't even know what my plans are yet!
I basically made everything up as I went along, so I hope it makes sense & helps!
My dad couldn't stop laughing at it & my mom asked if it was something Lady Gaga wore. Awesome. hahah
Next week on tutorial tuesday... maybe we'll get a chance to work on Samantha's costume :)
NOTE: this dress was a one-off piece & has already sold on etsy! I appreciate all the offers but we are out of materials to recreate this dress ♥