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« on: December 03, 2011 08:55:37 AM »

Another pair of shoes for one of my many costumes.  I didn't want to post it in the costumes section since it really is all about the shoes ;-)

I made these by taking a base pair of leather shoes from eBay and ripping the sole from the bottom and removing the heel tip.  I then recovered them in silk to match my dress and glued the sole back on and hammered the heel tip back in place.  They were then decorated with pleated velvet trim, rhinestones, a cameo (which I also added "jewelry" to), and vintage silver lace.  These were my first pair of "reconstructed" shoes and I LOVE them.  They really add the finishing touch to my costume and are quite comfy too.  They aren't historically accurate 100%, but they have the feel of the era.

They started out as these bargain shoes from eBay...

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The Whole Costume...
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011 09:24:29 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011 10:56:08 AM »

Love them!!

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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011 01:05:09 PM »

So gorgeous! Love these!

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011 01:55:04 PM »

Oh! This shoes are ADORABLE! Wow, good job! The recovering is so nice, I would never know that they are recovered! good job!

« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2011 05:31:47 PM »

These are absolutely fabulous! And maybe it's because I never really considered re-covering a heel, but I never thought about removing the heel tip to properly recover the heel. That's wonderful advice and now I'm going to hunt down some shoes......I'm thinking I need some leopard heels.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2011 06:01:28 PM »

These are stunning! I especially love how you added 'jewelry' to the cameo too haha

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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2011 06:29:37 PM »

OMG you look gorgeous, that costume's amazing. I so want to make shoes like that now, not for a costume or anything, just to wear around the hosue lol.

« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2011 06:08:00 AM »

Wow!  they look fantastic!  I really love the bow on the front of them!

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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2011 10:20:32 AM »

Thanks everyone!  I had so much fun making them too, though I had one heck a glue high when I was done (forgot to open a window).  I have another 18th century gown, more court styled, planned for next year - so there will be another pair of shoes in the future. 
Covering them was interesting, but not hard.  I started with the heel first, covered it and hammered the heel tip back in place (it was only pegged in, so it was easy to remove thankfully).  I then started covering the body of the shoe at the toe area going with the bias of the fabric so that I could shift/shape the fabric better to the shoe form.  I glued along the bottoms of the shoes and shaped it as I went, keeping the fabric smooth.  I then glued the top sections, pulling the fabric taught as I went and using binder clips to hold in place.  I let this dry for several hours, removed the binder clips, and then epoxied the sole back in place.  I wanted to be sure these were not falling apart anytime in the soon.  I folded the raw edges of the fabric to the inside of the shoe, trimmed it close to the edge, and covered them in silk satin ribbon for a more finished look. 
There are some spots where the glue leaked through the fabric and stained it, but not terribly so.  I was using my fingers with an epoxy type glue to smooth it out and make it tacky before setting the fabric on top, some spots weren't dry enough though, so they showed through the fabric.
I can't wait to make the pair for next year's costume.  I see lots of pink, lace, feathers, and more rhinestones in my future.

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