I've had these little beauties for nearly three years now. I had a pair before exactly the same. I learnt my lesson from not getting them re heeled regularly and had to buy a second pair.
The heel is a comfortable height and the slight curve at the front of the boot elongates my calf when paired with dresses, which with the neutral colour of the leather can be paired with almost anything I like. It is just I am a little bored with how plain they have become.
I want to jazz them up because I haven't worn them for that exact reason, that they are so plain. In an earlier post I gave away the fact that I used a plaited belt, as the left over strip was made into my belt bracelet.
I found these belts for 99p in a charity shop, and immediately set about trying to decide what to do with them, until it dawned on me that the plaited leather would be perfect for giving my boots that little extra detail they needed.
I rejected the darker tan leather belt, as sometimes leather can look a little too plastic and that was not the look I was wanting. However I found in my stash of trimmings, and fancied pairing it with this braid, which is a perfect nod to the lavish brocaded theme emerging on the catwalk at the moment.
I started off by cutting the belt to strips to the right length for wrapping around the boot, allowing a slight dip towards the heel.
The most difficult part of cutting the plaited belt was ensuring that the plait did not unravel.
The way I managed to prevent this was by wrapping some masking tape around the belt then cutting in the middle of the tape. This meant both cut ends were temporarily secured with the masking tape so they would not unravel.
I then used running stitch back and forwards to secure the ends, allowing me to remove the masking tape, giving me a neat end to the strip as above.
I then wrapped the braid around the boot, using a smidgen of glue, i pinned and using running stitch secured the two ends together.
The belt was a little too thick to pass through the existing loops on the boots. So I made sure the strap would stay in the exact place I wanted it to by stitching through the belt, and through the seam line on the boot. easy and effective, now the strap stays where you want it and will not swing around while waling.
However before stitching in place I ensured the joined edges where hidden by the buckled strap, so the joins would not show. See below in the side view picture. There is nothing worse than seeing the joins of something, and as I learnt in millinery what is hidden can not be seen.
I then cut the brocade into lengths that would be long enough to loop around my boot but still slightly sag at an angle. Using the strap loops I threaded the brocade through them, then pinned the two edges together, using a running stitch I firmly attached each end.
Here you can see i have hidden the sewn edges under the buckle strap.
A nice simple and easy way of breathing life back into a well loved pair of boots.
They could probably do with a bit of leather care now, but at the moment I'm loving the scuffed up short cowboy look, paired with a beautiful floaty white dress while the weather is nearly reaching 30 degrees out there in London Town.
cardboard roll from kitchen towel
1. Take your egg or eggs that you will be using, soft boil your eggs then eat them.
2. Wash your eggs out thoroughly before you start to paint them.
3. Paint your egg with a white acrylic paint. The acrylic paint will create a water tight layer. Giving your egg a nice clean white base layer will mean any colour you paint on top will be bright and colourful.
4. Cut your kitchen roll tube in half, and then half again.
5. Paint your kitchen roll the colour you would like your cress heads body to be.
6. Paint an egg head with the face of your choice.
7. Add any fine details, with a thin permanent marker.
8. Rip up some kitchen towel, and place inside the head.
9. Plant your seeds on top of the kitchen towel, water well and leave on a sunny window sill.
Why not try out lots of different characters. these little heads take no time to grow and within a week you will see fab results.
Well i ate my dippy egg breakfast and put the seeds in my cress head clowns today. Ill keep you up dated with the progress through the week. Expect to see the MAKEme up tomorrow.
This little leather bracelet was made from a piece of left over plaited belt, i had used to customise my short cowboy boots
To get the measurements for your bracelet, wrap a tape measure around your wrist comfortably twice. Then minus 2 and a 1/2 cm from the final measurement.
NB if you do not own a tape measure, wrap something flexible around your wrist as before. Mark the point were the loose end touches the overlap of the item you are using. Unwrap from your wrist then measure from point to point against a ruler to convert to cm.
As i am using a plaited belt i have taped the cut ends after cutting the strip, so the plait does not unravel.
Using running stitch , sew backwards and forwards across the plaited ends to keep them from unraveling.
Cut a strip of fabric double the width of your the bracelet strap you are using, then add 1/2 cm for seam allowance. Then cut a length of 8cm, fold in half and cut.
Fold these two strips in half length wise then iron flat.
Sew down the edge and one end, on both strips.
With a knitting needle, pencil or pen, use the blunt end to push the fabric right side out. Iron flat.
I've used a stud popper tool to attach the poppers to each of the fabric ends. However most packs contain a tool to use to attach these fastenings.
Attach the male popper attachment to one strip, carefully line up the strips to centralise where you should attach the female attachment to the remaining strip.
Slip one of the fabric ends over the braclets end. Tuck in raw edges
Using running stich sew neatly back and forwards to attach firmly
Repeat on other side.
this is a really nice simple way of creating something useful out of something that had lost its purpose to me. instead of becoming rubbish it has become two new useful objects to me. In another blog I will show you how the other length of belt revitalised a pair of boots that
Having graduated in Costume design from Wimbledon school of art, London, in 2001.