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« on: July 13, 2011 07:23:52 PM »

Hey guys, I'm currently wanting to modify a pair of leather boots for a costume I'm making. At the moment they are knee high leather boots (although the leather is really thin) with a zipper. I have fat calves, so the zipper only comes up to just above my ankle, haha, and won't go any further. I don't care much though because I need to modify them a fair bit to match the costume.

What I'm thinking is that I want to leave the zip up (maybe sew across the top so it won't unzip?), cut them down the front and insert adjustable velcro straps horizontally all the way up, if that makes sense. The kind of velco straps I'm thinking of are like the ones on little kids shoes, if that helps. I have the velcro, and I bought some faux leather stuff to use as a tongue (I think that will be necessary, otherwise you'll be able to see my legs through the gaps in the velcro) but I just wanted to see if anyone had any advice or tips for me before I take the plunge and cut into them! I've never worked on shoes at all before, but I'm cautiously optimistic, haha.

And one other thing, will my sewing machine be able to handle sewing the velcro onto the boots? It's some crappy Brother machine, like a beginner machine, and is frankly quite terrible, and I don't want to break it or snap needles or anything.

Thanks in advance!
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