Making Work Shoes WerkPosted: May 15, 2009
Statement necklaces, statement shoes, statement jackets- fashion has had more to say these past couple of seasons than ever before. Its as though mere hints and suggestions are decidedly off trend- if you want to say something sartorial you have to shout. With this in mind I’ve given my new shoes a voice. While I couldn’t add a staggeringly high sculptural heel I’ve done a bit of DIY.
I bought these new work shoes yesterday from Evans and at £15 they were a bit of a bargain but they’re a bit dull even by ballet flat standards- no glossy leather, no glitter- not even so much as a shoe string bow. So I raided my haberdashery cupboard, pulled out some ribbon and some trimmings that I had forgotten about and got to work. If you want to do something similar but don’t know where to start heres a quick tutorial. Hope it doesn’t sound patronising, to anyone. I know that not everyone knows how to sew so I’ve made it as simple as possible.
What you’ll need:
- Around 1.5m of 25mm/ 1″ ribbon
- A decorative centre piece for your rosette- you can use beads from a broken necklace, sequins, or large sew on flat beads like I’ve done. I got mine from MJ Trimmings.
- Needle and thread
Form your rosette by folding the ribbon over and under as shown in the pic, holding the centre and creating a circular shape as you go along.
You can make as many or as few loops as you like, I’ve done seven. Once you have done them and are happy with the size and position stitch the rosette in place through the centre. This doesn’t have to be super neat, you just want to make sure the loops don’t move so ensure that you stitch through every layer of ribbon.
Make a smaller rosette using the same method as before and stitch both rosettes together in the centre to hold them together securely.
Now sew your chosen centre embellishment to the centre of your rosette, covering your previous stitches. You won’t necessarily need to sew through all layers of ribbon, you can just stitch it to the top layer but ensure that its very secure. Once you have done this you’re ready to sew it to your shoe. If you want to make it removeable you can stitch one of these to the back.
One pair of shoes. Pimped.