Tonight in my haute couture embellishments class taught by Kenneth D. King we learned how to attach ostrich feathers to garments. First, you cut the little individual plumes (called flues) off the feather. Take 4-5 flues and line up so that ends are even. Lay flue group pointing down and stitch over flues once or twice 1/4 inch from top. Then bend the flues so that they are doubled over stitching and stitch again. Repeat as needed. Tip: Flue groups should be sewn on like hair on a wig—randomly, with much more at the top and much less underneath. The top group of flues should be sewn pointing up, then bent down.
Sewing Feathers June 12, 2009