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« on: March 04, 2010 01:08:25 AM »

Ok first of all:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Faded-Glory-Women-s-Sylvia-Boots/11964356
here are the boots I'm working with. I'm going to post a better picture later but wanted to get this posted before I forgot about it and ran out of time to make changes.

Back story: I'm going to Megacon March 12th as Batgirl. I have numerous Batgirl costumes as I dress up as her almost as often as I do zombies or Triana Orpheus (which is quite often). I was determined to make this year's Batgirl better than any other and still do it 90% handmade. So far my unitard, gloves, and mask have all failed me. I will not give up though!

I'm going to spray paint these boots yellow but here's the issue. I have very muscular calves. Disproportionally so.
I went up 1.5 sizes in the boots and still they're too tight around the widest part of my leg. So in my frustration, I cut open the back
until they would fit and ended up cutting a little less than halfway down.

I'm tempted to just say screw it and leave the gap there but I thought I'd see if any craftster people had a better idea for what to do with the gap. Should I sew a panel of stretchy fabric in there? Really wide elastic maybe? I don't have the right kind of punch to be able to do laces unfortunately but I'm open to any suggestion cuz I'm really stumped.

Thanks in advance! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2010 06:14:47 AM »

My biggest temptation would be to tell you to see if you can find some fabric to cover the whole boot (spandex would be thin enough to cover the boot without hiding the shape of the boot). Unless your cape (does Batgirl have a cape? I can't even remember) goes down to that area, it's going to be hard to hide, depending on how wide it gets at the top (if it's only a matter of a half inch, no one's really going to notice, of course). If the gap is small, you could just use a needle and some strong thread to hold it together in the back (mostly so it doesn't flap). You could even imitate laces with it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2010 11:20:54 PM »

Thanks Muria! Now I feel silly because boot covers didn't even occur to me. The gap when I put the boots on is about 1.5-2" so I'll definately try covering up the whole boot, I bet it'll look a lot better than spraypaint too. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2010 06:35:04 AM »

I'd be interested in seeing pictures, if you get a chance to take some.  Smiley
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