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Topic: Ruby Slipper Replication: sequins → fabric → shoes?  (Read 3023 times)
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« on: June 26, 2011 09:24:54 PM »

*modified for clarification*

I am making a pair of ruby slippers as close to replica as possible, and so I want to hand-sew individual sequins onto the shoes. (Ordering the original flat 3/16" deep red, translucent sequins for accuracy :3) The original pairs were made with a sequin overlay, and as far as I know it's easier to attach the fabric first and then sew the sequins directly onto it instead of sewing the sequins onto the fabric before attaching it to the shoes.

I was hoping someone could tell me the easiest way to attach fabric to shoes for this purpose? This is my first attempt at this and I am going into this quite clueless. All Google searches I've attempted looking for tutorials on this have come up with nothing, and I think it might be because I'm not sure how to word it so that it understands. Tongue

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

~Ruby
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011 05:07:16 PM »

Here is more information about how the shoes are made:

http://rainbowz.deltacomm.com/rubyslipperfanclub/smithsonian.html

It looks as if the sequins were sewn to the georgette and then that fabric attached to the silk-covered shoes -not sure if glued on or sewn.  From the descriptions it doesn't look like the sequins were sewn directly to the shoes.

http://rainbowz.deltacomm.com/rubyslipperfanclub/blueprint.gif
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011 05:14:09 PM »

More:

http://www.schrumstudios.com/rubyslippers.htm

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2011 02:37:31 PM »

Thank you for the links, but I've already seen these sites (as well as the Schrum Studios. That's where I'm already gonna order my sequins Cheesy). My question was not really how the originals were made. I've already determined the shoes have a sequin overlay. But some ruby slipper fans have suggested it is easier to sew the sequins directly on a fabric canvas that is put on the shoe in advance, instead of doing the sequin overlay before attaching it the shoes.

So my question is: HOW do I effectively attach fabric to the shoes? I've never done that before.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011 03:41:44 PM »

And here I thought I was being so helpful!   Cheesy

Looks like people glue fabric to shoes, but if you did, you would not be able to sew to it.

Gluing fabric to shoe tutorial:  http://www.essortment.com/cover-shoes-fabric-45715.html

Maybe the slippers fans can tell you how best to do it!
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2011 03:52:38 PM »

Here's another tutorial on covering shoes with fabric:  http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/redesigned_shoes

This one seems to  use glue on just the top inside and the bottom of the shoe where the fabric goes under the sole, so you would still be able to sew into the fabric.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2011 10:25:34 PM »

Here's another tutorial on covering shoes with fabric:  http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/redesigned_shoes

This one seems to  use glue on just the top inside and the bottom of the shoe where the fabric goes under the sole, so you would still be able to sew into the fabric.

Now *this* is what I was looking for!!!!! Cheesy Thank you so much, this is actually incredibly helpful!!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2011 03:32:10 PM »

Hooray!  Cheesy

 I hope you'll be able to take pics of the process and show us your project!   Smiley
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