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Building Birds, Part 5

April 19th, 2011
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Here we are, close to the finish line with our birds!  When last we left off, I was patterning out the tail piece.  Now, we build!

I stitch the pieces cut from the tail pattern together.

Before I add any feathers or embellishment, I pin it to the dress form to make sure it doesn’t need any adjustments.

It is important for me to ensure that the center back seam falls on the center back line all the way down the tail.

Now that I know everything lines up as it should, I decorate the tail piece with the same technique I used on the front.

Then, I connect the backs to the front….

…and add a zipper to the back seam!

The dancers will come in for fittings at the end of this week in order for me to make sure everything fits just right.  After all, no body is exactly the same shape as a dress form and a few things may need to be tweaked for a perfect fit.  We will then make the final adjustments and send our ladies on their way to the stage.

Join me next week when I unveil the birds of The Magic Flute!

 

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