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1  Want to reconstruct some shoes, but I have no inspiration! HELP! PIC OBESE in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by Miss Juliette on: March 16, 2007 11:14:56 PM
So. I cleaned out my closet today. (GASP!) and I found two BEAUTIFUL pairs of shoes that have details that I absolutely hate. A pair of black velvet heels, and a pair of black leather heeled sandals. And before you ask, yes. I did take pictures of my shoes sitting on the side of the bathtub.  Grin

I want to reconstruct these desperately! But, alas, I am inspiration-less. So, I turn to you lovely ladies and boys of craftster to help me! (As I said, this is pic obese. ^^; )

My first pair is the velvet heels. The shoes themselves are velvet, the heel is satin! SO pretty! They're only about 3" high, but it's the lowest set of heels I own, and you always need a set of relatively low heels.

Now for my issue with the damn things. You can see they have this ugly little pearl detail. It looks okay in the photos, but in real life these fake little pears are hideous. >>;

Also, these shoes give me toe clevage, which I hate.

The back of the shoes are black velvet, and I kinda want to leave this alone. It's in good quality. The front of the shoes is my problem.

You can see in the above pic there's a ribbon that goes around the back of the shoe, down to the sole, seperating the toe of the shoe from the rest of it. If it's possible, I want to tear only this front velvet, ugly little pearls included, off.

Any ideas are appreciated. ^^

My next set is the black leather heeled sandals. The lines of this shoe are gorgeous.

They stay on with these annoying little leather ties which cut into my skin mercilessly. And the inside of the sole where your foot goes is leather, so when it gets hot outside (and I live in Vegas. We're talking HOT HOT HOT.) my foot slides forward and half out of the shoe. It hurts!

The front of the shoe looks really really cool.

The top is pretty bad ass itself, with the crossing of the ties and all. ^^

Unfortunately, as you can see in the pics, the ties and such are sewn in under the insole, so I can't just tear that off to add different straps. I'll have to exacto knife them off or something, but then I have no idea how to re-attach them.

Also, they're a little worn in the front, so if that makes a difference, there it is.

I'm so confused. Help me out guys! ; ;

(Edited because i kan speel gud. ><)
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2  I feel like Audrey Hepburn! ^^ in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss Juliette on: October 13, 2006 01:41:35 PM
So I get a phone call at 7am (grr...><) from my mother saying she has a surprise for me. Yay! Surprise!

It turns out to be this...floor length, interlock knit absolutely shapeless dress that she calls "sophisticated." (She claims I need more sophistication in my wardrobe because I'm dating "an older man". He's oly 24. *rolls eyes*) I swear to GOD this thing looked worse than the dress Jeffery made for Darlene on Project Runway.

It had these 3 or 4 inch slits at the bottom:

BUT. It did have one thing going for it. This cute little opening in the back. ^^

Well, says I. I need to make this thing wearable. After all, every woman needs a little black dress, right? (Don't get me wrong...I have 5 of the things...^^;; ) There's no such thing as too many little black dresses.

So I chopped the hem off by almost 24 inches, and took in the ruler-straight sides to hug what little curves I possess. And I wound up with this:

Here's a shot to attempt to show said curvy sides:

(it isn't lopsided, I swear. It's the damn webcam. ><)

I like it muuuuuch more now. ^__________^ I think with a cute belt and some heels...oh yea. *nodnods* Comments are love!

(Please excuse crappy pictures. I'm in the middle of moving to a new house and the only thing resembling a camera I have is my webcam.)

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3  First time posting a recon! (T-Shirt Surgery...lol) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss Juliette on: October 03, 2006 09:24:02 PM
I got bored between packing (bought to my first house!) and waiting for my boy to get home, so I attacked my sleeping shirt collection and found a "Fantastic Four" promo shirt from Best Buy about this size:

See? It's so huge I can't even fit it all in the webcam piccy thing. >_<

So, after about an hour I turned it into this cute little thing!

^ Front View

^ Another front view that shows the length

^ Back

The back has this little...pleat thing in the middle because for some reason, the back part of the fabic was longer than the front. (And I cut them out at the same time too...odd...)

Definitely not my first recon, but my first time posting something I made. ^_^ Let me know what you think!
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