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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Covering shoes tutorial on: October 12, 2011 07:48:29 PM
On a different topic listing, someone asked about covering shoes. So I put this together for her.

These particular shoes are for the 1960's version of Robin (as in "Batman and..."). They have wings in the back of the shoe. So you'll need stiff fabric. My final fashion fabric was inexpensive Christmas velour.

First I made a mock up using a scrap of duck fabric. I lightly sprayed the back of the fabric along the straight edge with a spray adhesive. Let it dry a moment so that it will easily remove later when you need it to. I laid the straight edge along edge of the sole. Because of the curve, the straight edge will have to be trimmed to fit the sole. Lay the fabric over the vamp of the shoe and draw out the center front line. Do the same with the center back line as well.

Put the shoe on and draw out the final shape of the shoe: how high should the vamp go up your foot? Does it curve up in the back? At this point, just draw out the basic shoe shape. We'll add the wings later.

Peel off the pattern and trim it. Repeat the process with the other side of the shoe. Put the both on to make sure everything lines up pretty close.

Peel the patterns off and lay them on the fashion fabric. Add seam allowance to the top vamp, around the opening and in the center back. Then sketch out the wing in the back. Remember to have enough seam allowance there too. Trim the bottom up to the edge of the pattern. Cut out two lefts and two rights. Be careful if you have one-sided fabric to cut the two lefts (or rights) from both sides of the fabric.

The wings will need facing. Lay the piece out right side up on the wrong side of the fabric and cut out facing for each wing.

I reinforced the wings with interfacing, then stitched them - right sides together - to the main cover.
Then line up the center front and center back seams and stitch those. Fit the cover on to the shoe and make fitting adjustments as necessary. Turn down the seam allowance in the shoe opening and tack down.
Finally glue the cover along the edge of the sole using your favorite glue. Spray adhesive is a pain but it gives a nice smooth finish in the end. My wings needed a little tacking at the heel to make the stay up. Suede, like on the originals, would probably give a better stiffness. Have fun!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / got the fabric - need the idea! on: September 19, 2011 12:30:20 PM
I have a bolt of iridescent copper taffeta but I don't know what to do with it.

I make mainly period costumes, but have had a foray into fantasy items like The Queen of the Night, Autumn and the Snow Queen. I would like something fantastical.

Any ideas out there?

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Queen of the Night Costume w/ pix on: November 03, 2008 08:15:43 AM
I got started on this one really late even though I have been collecting material for it for the past two years. I found the purple fabric for $1/yd two years ago and most to the trimmings are from after Christmas sales. I didn't pay more than $5 for anything on the garment.

Most Queen of the Night costumes are based on Mozart's character from The Magic Flute. But I didn't want to go the way of panniers and such. I used a Vogue pattern as the base and did some changes like the sleeves, and added detail to the folds in the back. The photos aren't very good so you can't see that it wraps to one side, and cascades in fold down the back with the star net fabric spilling out between the folds.

These photos are from the final fitting. I never even got to wear it as I was sick on Halloween night. Well, that gives me a year to make some changes to it. What do you think?

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Autumn on: May 28, 2007 08:29:57 PM
Hi, folks.  This is my first post to this forum.   Sorry about the links to the pics - maybe I'll have enough posts for my next Halloween costume to get pics posted.
I made this costume for Halloween last fall, but didn't learn about Craftsters until November. I sheepishly admit that I am pretty proud of this one.  I purchased the fabric for $1.60 a yard for both the cape and the dress.  The expense came with the leaves.  I bought them at 90% sales from the craft stores, but it ran me more than I would have liked.

the pattern is a McCall's costume piece. Very disappointing.  I have to recut and alter it three times.  The cape I winged.

I stenciled maple leaved in a gradation of three colors on both the dress and the cape.  I also sprayed gold leaf silhouettes, but they didn't come out as well as I would have liked.

 then I hot melt glued ( a girl's best friend) all the leaves on.  The head wreath is one of those center pieces you can get around thanksgiving time, as are the arm pieces - candle holders.

I took an old plain mask, and glued the leftover leaves on it for the last touch.

I hope you like it.  I had a great time making it.  And I only wore it once.  Too bad.

Oh, and here is a really old costume I made for Mardi Gras many many years ago. I'm surprised I could still fit in it!  I bought a 90's green velvet jacket and purple skirt from the thrift store.  I added cheap beads to the skirt and shoulders, and found an old piece of lame hanging around.  I picked up the mask at a halloween store and added the beads and bows.  But the beads and bow are too heavy so the mask tilts to one side.  Lesson learned.

I hope you like seeing Autumn as much as I liked making it.
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