- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Ok, so this is my first time on here…
For anyone who wants their own custom shoes, I thought I’d show everyone how I made a pair of silver satin pumps into a blue version (and I say version, because obviously they’re not real) of Mnolo Blahnik “Swan” shoes (pictured below in white satin).
I’d seen these while searching on the internet for some “sparkly wedding shoes”. My whole wedding is based around crystals and ornate mirrors… but no one need to know about that, so I will continue on to my brainstorming.
When I found these, I thought to myself “OMG! NICEST… SHOES… EVER!!”, so I looked them up some more to see if they had any at a better price (as the originals are about $1295AUD, sheesh).
While looking them up on Google images, this bloody picture pops up:
Needless to say, I was pretty peeved that my awesome shoe idea had already been used… by freakin’ Bella Swan from Twilight! UGH! That almost put me off right away. But then I thought… maybe I could make them?? Then they’d be MY shoes… not hers… I did art in high school, how hard could it be?
Bloody hard that’s what.
So, I thought, maybe I could cut some venise lace appliqués and sew them back onto the shoe in a pattern “similar” to the original (as the below picture shows).
I bought the appliques, butchered them, then remembered that they needed shiny crystals all over them. So I searched and searched and searched for some swarovski crystals that didn’t cost me a fortune (as shipping to AUS usually costs an arm and a leg). I found what I needed at Dreamtimecreations.com and I was very satisfied with their customer service and I’d reccommend anyone wanting to do a DIY crystals project to buy from them… but anyway, back to the shoes…
When I first started attaching the teeny tiny swarovski crystals, i was sewing them by hand. The pictures below show from my first hour (first and second picture)… to the second… to the third…
Needless to say my face looked like this after I’d finished that first little bit.
And my neck felt like this:
I realized after that that I needed a faster way to get these things attached… GLUE… Of course! Damn, I am so bloody blonde! So, I got those done in three months (thank god I started planning this wedding a year before the actual day huh?).
Now it was on to finding the right shoes. I talked to many custom shoe-making places, but they all quoted about $300-600 on the shoes and I really just DON’T have that kind of money now that I’ve spent so much on crystals and glue… ahaha
Anyway, Christmas came and went and then there was boxing day. After walking around for about 5 hours in Brisbane city, I finally came across Zu shoes. They had a pair of ‘wedding-ish-looking’ shoes out the front (below). The price tag said $60. I though, yeah, that’s ok… but they’re silver… my mum suggested I get them dyed blue and I jumped at the chance. Went to take them to the front counter and the lady tells me they’re 50% off the sale price. WTF? I’ll buy two thanks! Now I had a pair that I could experiment on to see what would work and what wouldn’t.
For this next part, please keep in mind that I’m not really a girly girl (I live and work in a mining town), so I don’t know too much about the fashion industry or how things work. On we go…
The day after buying these, we took them to Mister Minit and asked the guy to dye them blue. Unfortunately, the little “S” symbols needed to be taken off with their ribbons – because really, they looked terrible with the other crystal appliqués – so there would be rips in the fabric where they used to be. Seeing as these were my ‘dummy’ pair, I really didn’t mind.
While the guy was doing the dying, my mother and I went into a fabric store to pick out fabric for her ‘mother of the bride’ dress. While perusing, I found a really nice blue satin and commented that I wished I could get the guy to dye them this colour. Then mum goes and says:
“Why don’t you just buy the fabric and take it to someone to re-cover your shoes”….
SERIOUSLY MUM?! You think to tell me this NOW??
The lady who works at the fabric store overhears my exclamation and wanders over to tell us that there’s a guy that they’ve been referring people to, to have their shoes re-covered for about 20 years. YES!! She gives me the number, I go to him the next day and he only charges me $65 to have this done… hells yes, I have the right shoes now:
I get home a couple of days later (I live 600km’s away from my parents) and frantically start glueing the suckers onto my shoes and LO and BEHOLD!! I am in love…
What do you guys think?