November 22, 2006
Adicolor by Fairground
Thank goodness, the owner was a super-patient and nice person, so I had lots of time to work on it.
The first thing I did was to paint the white parts a warm white. Then to cover up a botched acrylic paint / removal job, I also whitewashed the affected parts. I didn’t want it to look too pale, so I painted the lace eyelets a bright tomato red.
Next, I drafted every single piece of the shoe (see picture) on paper. Then I tested them out on scrap cloth. This was the part that took up most of the “forever” cos jimmy kept throwing away the pieces. Between him and the maid, they got thrown away twice, which meant I had to do some pieces n number of times to get the fit right. I still don’t understand how it works drafting a non-flat object. It was pure trial-and-error. Too long here: snip snip, too short here: draft again.
When they fit perfectly, I cut the shapes out from my precious fabric collection. They are a mix of stripes and floral and woven dots.
Sticking the fabric panels to the shoe was easy, but doing it perfectly meant that I got really sore fingers, especially since I have a habit of leaving everything to the last minute.
Lastly I decided that it needed the original adicolor branding on it, so I embroidered it where it was on the original shoes. Even my mom was impressed!
I decided it needed two looks— casual and dressy. The dressy one come with red satin ribbons and baby diamante buckles. Casual was with the original plain white laces.
When it was completed, about four months later, I sheepishly and very apolegetically handed it back. Both of us were really happy with it!
About 15 minutes after the meeting, I got an sms: How do I wash the shoes?
Ah well, you gotta wear them like Jimmy Choos.Posted by Karen at November 22, 2006 06:40 AM in craft/diy