Sunday, April 29, 2012

Shoe Refashion

I thrifted these shoes some time ago. They are very very comfortable with the perfect size heel for me. Plus its hard to find size 10's used in good condition. But I never wore them because I don't really like the look. I only have one for the before pic because I'd already started working on the other shoe before I remembered to take a before pic. Shoe before refashion Inspiration: Somewhere on the internet I saw some heels with realistic pansies fabric on them. I really like them and they were very expensive. Can't find them now of course. I looked at tutorials on how to glue fabric on shoes. Here is one. Tho next time I will do it more like this one from Burda. I love the idea of making a plain cloth pattern and then having a perfect fit including being able to sew a small hem for the bottom where the fabric meets the sole. Unfortunately I couldn't find my tacky removable spray adhesive, so I just winged it making patterns from tissue then newspaper. Shoe before and vamp pattern Once I had a pattern for the fronts, I more or less centered a pansy on the toe. I also chose to cut more or less on the bias, not sure what difference that made here. BTW, label your patterns. You can flip them over and you have the pattern for the other shoe. When I glued with Aleen's Fabric Fushion I used a brush mostly but occassionally my fingers. First I brushed it on the shoe on the front of the vamp, except near the sole where I planned to turn the fabric under. I glued the Pansy down first working out and up so at least the pansy was smooth and complete, turning clipped fabric to the inside. Glueing the pansy on toe first I did turn the fabric under about 1/4 inch where it meets the sole. If I do another pair, I think I will make the fabric pattern first. But I'm still happy with how they turned out. Refashioned shoes Refashioned pansy shoes I think I will probably spray them with Krylon crystal clear (stuffing the shoe with paper so the spray doesn't go inside.) But I haven't totally decided yet. Pansy fabric shoe refashion I can't wait to wear them! What do you think? TFL Kathy ps I also posted at the Refashion Coop (tho a shorter post). But if you like refashioning check it out! there are so many talented people there. I have linked up to Restyled Sunday, Sunday Showoff at Twigg Studios, Marchia's "Minutes for Me" Linky Party and Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove. Check out the fabulous projects there!

14 comments:

  1. Oh my, these are absolutely fantastic!

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  2. Ooooh, awesome! I hardly see shoe refashions that convince me, but this is definitely one!

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  3. Oh that's lovely! Love the fabric you've used. :-)

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  4. ooh, I wear 10s and I've only ever found 1 pair of shoes in the thrift store! This is a brilliant idea. I think you could also pleat or ruche the fabric a little bit over the toe, something I've seen on flats.

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    1. Hi Nice to hear from you. I've somehow lost track of your blog since you had to make changes.
      Kathy

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  6. Really cool shoes!
    Thanks for linking up at the Minutes for Me Linky Party! Perfect share!

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  7. What a wonderful project. You are as creative as you've ever been. Nice to reconnect with you!

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  8. I just seen this looking at some older posts and how smart you are to have done this
    they look perfect , guess you had a certain outfit in mind to wear the, with?

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  9. Actually no. You mean purple pansies don't go with everything? Actually I'm thinking with black. Either pants or skirt, or everything. I would love some purple or green pants to wear them with but don't have any.
    Kathy

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  10. Wow! They look absolutely gorgeous! I can picture 'em with so many pretty dresses. ;)

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  11. Wow! those shoes are soooo cool--what a makeover! Comfort plus beauty, what more can one ask for?
    best, nadia

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  12. I love your choice of fabric covering and the shoes too. They're my favorite type of heel. And don't you know, purple pansies are the new neutral, so they'll go with anything!

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  13. These are so cute! I never would have thought that you could cover shoes with fabric. Well you sure did it and with such pizazz! The pansy fabric is perfect.

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