Would a pair of shoes modeled and styled off a pair of Gucci shoes, but at 2% of the price still feel as great?
If you are anything like me, you will spend a lot of time (maybe a little too much time) on Pinterest. I have been inspired by a gorgeous pair of shoes that I saw on Pinterest the other week, by Gucci. Now I am not normally that much of a shoe person (I have a size 11 foot, so I am happy when I don’t have to wear the boxes instead of the shoes), but these shoes just spoke to me. I looked up the shoes on a couple of different sites, and found out that the shoes are available for purchase for only $875.
By pure chance, on the same week I was at my local big box retailer (K-mart), and I saw this gorgeous pair of slides that looked remarkably similar in original style to the Gucci ones. Wonder of Wonders – they also fit on my feet! So I just had to purchase two pair to make the most of this magical occurrence. I however paid the princely sum of $15 per pair for my mules.
This is my 3rd or 4th item that I have been embellishing with the use of the By Any Other Name Designs.
The next thing I had to think about was exactly what design, and how I am going to embroider these. I didn’t want to pull the shoes apart and then embroider the leather, I might as well just go to a cobbler and have a pair made for me. I also didn’t want to embroider right onto the shoe, as on such a delicate part of the foot, the embroidery could easily rub. When I looked into the Gucci shoes a little more, I could easily tell that these shoes had appliques attached to the shoe after manufacture.
So with imitation being the sincerest form of flattery – I have embroidered my chosen design (again the rose from the by any other name collection that I am so in love with at the present time) onto fine netting or tulle that matches the colour of the shoe.
When you are embroidering with fine netting or tulle, you need to remember to use a wash away stabiliser (I love WetAway, because it comes away so easily, and rinses clean) underneath the tulle. I also like to use two layers of the netting or tulle, just to give the design a little more stability.
One of the most important things to remember with embroidery on shoes is that as you stitch the design, you need to mirror the design for the second shoe, or else you will have weird looking shoes. To do this, on most machines these days (and for the past 15 years), you can simply flip the design in the hoop, and stitch out the second copy.
Once the design is embroidered, trim closely around the design, and remove all of the excess wash away stabiliser, my gently immersing the design in warm water. You want the stabiliser to be gone, however you want to keep as much of the “starchiness” of the stabiliser in the design, to assist in forming it around the shoe.
Whilst the design is still wet, place it on the shoe, and “mold” it around the shape of the shoe, as you are planning on attaching it. Leaving it to dry on the shoe will ensure that the design is in the correct shape as you adhere it.
Once the design is completely dry, remove it from the shoe, and using a strong clear drying glue, glue the design onto the shoe surface.
Allow the glue to dry, and you have your own pair of designer shoes, for a fraction of the price.
I have been so happy with my first pair of shoes, that I have customised a second pair – and I am receiving so many compliments on the shoes, they are a wonderful conversation starter.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and that it will inspire you to create your own one off designer creations.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.