1: Bjork Swan Dress – Materials , 2: Bjork Swan Dress – Making The Back, 3: Bjork Swan Dress – Making the Front, 4: Bjork Swan Dress – Making the Neck, 5: Bjork Swan Dress – Making the Head, 6 – Love It: Bjork Swan Dress
Who doesn’t love the infamous Bjork Swan Dress? I whipped up this dress a couple years ago and decided to take it out of the vault again for Halloween 2009. Since there were a few things I had to mend on the dress, I thought recreating how I made it in a photo tutorial might be handy for those who were interested in making it themselves.
You can also view the photos and instructions on my Flickr page.
So here we go…
Thrifted white skirt
Thrifted sheer curtains or light cotton
White feather boa x 2
White cotton fabric
Needle + White thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Hot glue gun
Two black buttons
1. The skirt/bottom: Take your thrifted white skirt and cut away any excess fabric so that it ends above the knee.
2. Cut long strips of sheer curtain material and sew it in layers horizontally on to the back fo your skirt. (I handsewed mine but you can also machine sew it.)
3. Cut the strips vertically to create small squares and to create a “feathered” or tiered effect. Sew on more small squares if you want to add more volume.
4. On the front of your skirt, handsew one end of the feather boa to bottom of your skirt.
5. Place your boa horizontally and wind it up the skirt, handsewing it in place to your skirt. Use a second boa if you need to.
6. The swan neck/head: Cut a 8″ x 35″ piece of white cotton fabric.
7. Line up the fabric so the long edges meet. Leave one end open and start sewing up the fabric. Round off the other end for the head.
8. If you have any sheer fabric left, cut up some squares and sew up the neck in a tiered effect.
9. Cut two black triangles from the black felt for the shadows around the eyes. Hot glue gun each piece on either side of the head. Attach the button eyes by hot glue gun or handsewing.
10. Create a cone out of the orange fabric. Hot glue gun or sew it to the tip of the head for the beak.
11. Stuff the neck/head area with polyester filling. Leave about 6″ from the bottom unstuffed. Sew across at this point. (You will tuck the remaining 6″ into your skirt later).
When you are ready to put wear your costume:
1. Put on your skin-coloured bodysuit.
2. Then put your skirt on: feathers in the front, sheer curtain material in the back. (There are no feathers in the back in case you want to sit down – the sheer curtain material won’t get crushed).
3. Wrap the swan neck around your neck and tuck in the unstuffed end of the neck into your skirt. With safety pins, secure the neck to the top of your skirt and to your jumpsuit. If you have the end of your feather boa still hanging, wrap it around and up the neck of your swan neck.
4. Put on your white (or in my case, black and comfortable) shoes.
You’re done and ready to go out in style!
p.s. You’ll notice in the photo my swan head is on my left side (Bjork’s had her swan head on her right side). Keeping it different I guess!