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Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm obsessed

This summer I've been experimenting with all sorts of things for my class at the Be You Be Beautiful
event this September for Dressing Your Truth members (the whole online course is now only $100 instead of $300 if you've heard me talk about it in the past - SUPER great deal and totally worth every penny.  It's life changing - seriously).  I have done TONS of research and found some really cool products to use for changing shoe colors and painting designs on T-shirts, etc.  It's been fun, but I'm totally obsessed!! 

Here is a shoe that I refashioned because I don't love the rope detail on the wedge heel.  I've done it before on another pair with a cork look to the heels and it turned out really well, so I thought I'd experiment with this pair.  


Spread Mod Podge all over on the rope part.  I used a bristle brush on this pair, but I usually use a foam brush if the heel is smooth. 

On the first shoe I did, the fabric wasn't sticking so I used the E-6000 glue, but for the second one, I decided to be more patient to see if the Mod Podge was all I would need and it was!  Just wait for a few minutes until it gets tacky.  Make sure you stretch the fabric over the shoe so you don't get bubbles and the fabric stays nice and tight.

I cut the fabric about 1/4" longer on the top so I could fold it over and have a nice edge along the top of the shoe.  Just add more mod podge to seal it down. 
 Then just trim the fabric around the bottom of the shoe and spread a layer of Mod Podge to seal the fabric and you're all finished!  I noticed on this pair that you can see the rope texture through the fabric, so make sure you have a fabric with a pattern on it to help hide it more. 

 I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, and it's fun to have a unique shoe unlike anyone else's!

Here's a "before" picture of the first pair I did.  I tried giving the cork part a silver wash with paint, but I didn't like how it looked so I brainstormed and decided to cover it in fabric.  I also cut off some straps because they were too angular and strappy.  I did a few to the bottom shoe and did even more for the finished shoe.   I like the way it turned out. 


  I added trim to the top and bottom of this pair since the fabric edges were starting to fray (notice the bottom shoe where I don't have the top trim done yet).


 Here are some that I did for my niece, painting over the cork part with Angelus paints and making them more her type (by the way, the cork paint comes off just by prepping them with acetone and you're left with white).

This pair is for me since I love purple! I never could stay in the lines when I painted as a child!

I found these at the thrift store and bought them so I could experiment with the special shoe paints I bought.  They have been really amazing, and stay on the shoes really well.  They are a game changer for sure.   I want to show the class that you can get really creative when it comes to your shoes and make a statement instead of just having everything be the same color.  Color blocking on shoes is really in right now.


The paints that I used to paint the shoes were Angelus Leather Paint (which I'm obsessed with), or for the metallic ones I used  Lumiere paint by Jacquard.

This is just a small sampling of the shoes I've experimented with this summer, but I'm sure there will be many more to come!!!

3 comments:

Aimee Jongejan said...

Since you've used the paints, I was wondering if you could recommend what colors fit the Type 2 chroma card? Is there somewhere I can see the paints in person? I have a gorgeous pair of red patent leather kitten heals that were pre-DYT days and I'd love to make them maybe a dusty pink or purple. And my boots from last year were conac brown and black and I'd love to refashion them into a chocolate brown and gray but I can't figure out which colors would work best with the chroma card. Thanks!!

Mama McKinley said...

Aimee, if you go to the Club Night that I did on Refashioning you will see a link to the Refashioning Your Wardrobe Notes just below the video. Click on that and on the last page I've listed what type each color is.

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