Have I mentioned (recently) my addiction to velvet?
I bought some shoes at the thrift store a while back with the intention of remaking them into 18th century-style shoes. They’re not perfect, but they had a decent heel shape and were my size. Last night I finally got around to tackling that small-but-n0t-so-small project.
Here’s the before – not too shabby, actually. They almost worked as they were. I had an idea of removing and saving the lace appliqués because they were fairly nice, but they were glued on pretty solidly and I had to hack them off.
First step was to remove the heel cap and the under part of the shoe.
I was a little too enthusiastic and I tore one of them (oops!) Not unsalvageable, though.
The underside of the shoe with its skin removed.
I traced a rough pattern out of some muslin and then cut it out of my red velvet. My original plan was to redo the shoes in a more neutral color – I was thinking a white brocade or something pretty similar to how they started out – and that way I could simply switch out the ribbon to make them match any outfit. I found to my dismay that I didn’t have anything in my stash that would suit… but I did still have most of the red velvet dress I previously cut up for my Dark Odette costume, and once it caught my eye, it refused to let go.
I used some scraps of denim as well to reinforce the tongue and the side tabs.
And… covered! To be honest, up close, they’re not as pretty as I’d like. The perils of using hot glue. Instead of covering the heels with fabric (I couldn’t figure out how to remove the heel and it was past midnight so I didn’t want to risk making a bunch of noise) I painted them with black fabric paint, which unfortunately gives them a plasticky look close up. But from a distance it doesn’t look horrible.
I used a buttload of glue to get the bottom shoe piece reattached, and spent a good hour fighting with the heel caps to get them back on. I imagine the process would have been a lot better with the aid of a hammer.
Here they are plain as they come, before grommeting. They’re not actually as big and bulky as they look, they just make my ankles look tremendously skinny.
Turned out I had left my grommet tool at my mum’s, so I had to stop over there today to get the grommets put in. Ta-da! I tied them with some white ribbon and I love the color combo, but I love even more the idea that I can use any color ribbon I want to tie them to whatever outfit I’m wearing! And let’s be honest – red velvet shoes are so fabulous that it doesn’t even matter if they don’t match my dress, right?
My goal for tomorrow is to get the hat to match my blue round gown done. The trim on that dress is still in progress. I may have the whole outfit finished this week. 😀