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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Sandals to Fashion Boots on: April 06, 2014 07:03:57 PM
It's been a while since I posted a new pair of boots, so I thought I'd share these with you. I made them for the Goodwill Re-Design Competition, but since I didn't make the cut I decided to post them here for the rest of the world to see.

They started out life as a pair of cork-soled Seychelles sandals, which I purchased at Goodwill for $10. (I usually go for the $4.97 shoes, but these were a special project.)

They're made from upholstery vinyl purchased at Jo-Ann fabrics, which I fell in love with and thought they would make super boots. The vinyl is a bit hard to sew, due to all the raised bumps, but I feel the overall effect was worth it. The boots have an outside zipper, which was a fairly hot item this season. They come up slightly above the knee, and have a contrasting brown leather-look strap and top snap across the zipper, as well as the welt around the sole. (Also out of upholstery vinyl.) The circular buckle also was from the original sandals, just reused on the boots. The seams are topstitched in brown, and the zipper tape is dark brown to match. Here is another view, showing better where the knee bend is:

The addition of the brass upholstery tacks to the welt was a last-minute addition, a touch suggested by a fashion designer friend.

I'll probably post a few more pair I've worked on during the past year or so. I've been teaching a class on how to make them at our local Jo-Ann store, so perhaps I can share some boots that my students have made.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Check out these high-fashion boots - from scratch! on: January 21, 2009 02:55:21 PM
I came upon a method of turning an ordinary pair of women's wooden or plastic-soled clogs, slides or sandals into fashion or costume boots. Here's a picture of a pair of ever-so-slightly above the knee boots using black upholstery vinyl for the uppers:

The above boots were made on a pair of plastic slides I picked up at our local Goodwill. I've made boots that cost under $10 for the materials, no lie! The most expensive parts on these black vinyl boots were the zippers.
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hi from PA Dutch Country on: January 19, 2009 04:33:09 PM
I just found out about crafster a few days ago, but I should have known about it for years!

Although my biggest time spender happens to be in model trains, for years I have been involved in sewing projects, and some really wierd ones at that. But from the looks of it, from the forums I perused, I'm not the only one. I found lots of people who do the same things! Yay!

I started out learning to sew (on my own, by the way (I hate abbreviations)) with doing the leather and vinyl upholstery on my vintage British sports cars (E-Type Jag, TR-3, MG-A) since I couldn't afford to have them done professionally. That led to someone asking me if I could make leather and vinyl clothes for them (a dance troupe) and my friend's daughter who wanted me to make some boots for her. (I did, from dashboard vinyl left over from my Jaguar.)

Well, being an engineer, I was intrigued by making things, and I never stopped. A good engineer never stops; we just keep trying to improve. I'm not an engineer anymore; I gave it up to become a teacher, so in my spare time I used my sewing skills to create costumes. So, I thought this would be a good place to share my skills on the unique things I have created over the past years.

Anybody who wants to know about sewing with leather or vinyl, just about any project you can think of, drop a PM. I'm writing a tutorial about making your own fashion and costume boots at home, and I'll probably do others, as time permits.

Get aut! (That's how you say 'that's incredible' in PA Dutchy)
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Anybody ever tried re-covering heels? on: January 18, 2009 05:04:55 AM
I have a pair of high-heeled shoes, brand new, but when they were stored, something attacked the heels, like a fungus or something nasty, and the black patent vinyl covering on them just sort of flaked off. The rest of the shoe was left unharmed. I do costumes, mainly for dancers and retro parties, stuff like that, and since these shoes are brand new, never worn (except for one picture when they were new), I thought it would be a waste to get rid of them. I thought about scraping everything off and just painting them, but I do have some lightweight black patent vinyl that matches the shoes.

Any thoughts on the matter or advice, if you've done it?
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