Inventing a Wardrobe versus Reinventing One!!
There are certainly times in life where I can go INTO my closet [yes in our teeny-tiny 600 square foot flat we do have the luxury of a walk-in….], and feel as if I am looking at a bunch of rags… Feeling like my colourful rags don’t inspire me at all… We also have the wonderfully-cursed luxury of being newly weds!! Which means we are rich in passion and broke in finances… So, it is either time to become a nudist and leave the closet door shut for a while; only entering back into it once I have forgotten about all of the lovely pieces hanging in there, which will no longer be called “rags” in my mind, but “splendid garments”… OR it is time to get creative!!
Pregnant in Heels- When you still want sexy, just minus the pain….
My girlfriend watches Bravo all the time, and Pregnant in Heels with Rosie Pope happens to be a favourite show of hers. Now- reinventing clothes is one thing… you can cut, stich, pin, dye, add on, take off, ect… But Pregnant in Heels got me thinking about… well, HIGH HEELS!! When you get knocked up [or for the more PC crowd… “given the gift of life”] your body expands from every angle, or so I’ve observed… Never actually going through the process myself. But this means going out and buying all new clothes [obviously], AND shoes because your feet get HUGE!! And I may not know about “the gift of life”… but I do know about life’s other gifts- SHOES AND ACCESSORIES!! And Jimmy Choo’s don’t look so cute in a size 11…. Plus, you’re already forking out so much money on your new baby [the kid, not the shoes] that you wouldn’t be able to afford Choo’s anyways!! Which makes us come full circle to most women being linked by the longing for better/newer high heels, but with no means of purchasing them…
So my gift to you ladies, which was gift to me by Green Wedding Shoes- yet again, is the DIY instructions for reinventing boring shoes into a brand new pair of heels that are JUST what you wanted!!
Step 1: First you will need to cut the ribbon. You will need the following:
• Two strips: 8 inches, Two strips: 7 inches, Two strips: 4 ¼ inches, Two strips: 2 ½ inches
Step 2: Put the 4 ¼ inch and 2 ½ inch strip to the side for now.
Step 3: Hot glue the two ends of each 8 inch and 7 inch strip together, so that you have four hoops. Stand each hoop up, so you can look through it. Put a dot of hot glue on the inside middle of each hoop, and push the top and bottom together so it makes a symmetrical eight shape.
Step 4: Take the 4 ¼ inch strips and cut small triangles out of all four ends.
Step 5: Make two stacks. Each stack should have the 4 ¼ inch flat ribbon at the bottom, with a larger hoop in the middle and the smaller hoop on top. Put a small glue dot in the middle of the ribbons to keep them together.
Step 6: Wrap your 2 ½ in ribbon around the middle of your stack and glue it together at the bottom to make a really easy and pretty bow.
Step 7: Cut two nickel sized circles out of felt, and hot glue the felt circles onto the flat tops of the shoe clips. Apply glue to the bottom of the bow and glue your bow to the felt on the shoe clip.
Tada! Now you are done, and you can clip your shoe clip to the front, side or heel of any flats or heel!
Or perhaps you are a women who prefers the trills and frills of a “petally” flower, giving your heels some cute dimension!!
Step 1: Print the template provided and trace the outline of the template on your fabric until you have 20 traced flowers. Cut out your flowers.
Step 2: Divide the 20 petals into two stacks of 10. Intentionally stagger each flower on top of one another in it’s stack.
Step 3: Thread your needle and stitch an ‘X’ in the center of one of your stacks of flowers.
Step 4: Fold your stack in half from top to bottom, and put in a few stitches around the fold so the fold will hold. Fold your stack again, so that it is now ¼ of it’s original size. Stitch 4-6 stitches along the open fold, so it securely remains folded. Once your done with this step you can kind of manipulate the way the petals lay and fold out by hand. Repeat these instructions for the second flower.
Step 5: Cut two nickel sized circles out of felt, and hot glue the felt circles onto the flat tops of the shoe clips. Apply glue to the bottom of the fabric flower and glue your flower to the felt on the shoe clip. Your flower probably has a pretty pointy corner from where you’ve folded it twice, so you’ll want to push the flower down very hard on the felt. This will help it open up, look more full and lay flatter.
You are done and can clip your shoe clip to the front, side or heel of any flats or high heels!
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Have fun reinventing your shoe collection ladies- and this is a good trick to keep in mind for brides as well!! If you are looking for some places to cut costs, designing your own heels is not only more meaningful and spot on for what you would want your heels [or flats] to look like, but you can go to Ross or Marshals and pick out a cute cut, but more or less pain-jane heel and dress it up all for under $30!! Most brides spend over $100 on heels, so and extra $70 in another part of the budget would look pretty nice!!
P.S. And for all of you who say the DIY Rope Words post, here is my sweet little welcome sign in our front door way underneath our chalkboard :] sweet and simple- just what I wanted!!