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Honestly, this picture encouraged me to stop going on Tumblr and go back to studying for my tax midterm that’s occurring in 5 hours.
Look: these boots are very, very simple. Actually sewing them together is no problem once you’ve got it drafted.
It is, essentially, a sock. A sock with a fancy cuff, with a sole glued to the bottom. It is also zipper-free. You are going to make a sock that fits over a shoe, and you are going to use a knife to peel off the edges of the sole, tuck the fabric under, and then glue the soles back in place so you have a nice, clean edge.
You will need:
- Spandex fabric in whatever color you need.
- Extra spandex fabric with the same amount of stretch for drafting your pattern.
- Pattern paper.
- A pair of ballet flats (or whatever shoe type you need.) Make sure you get the right “shape”; Supergirl’s boots, for example, have a pointed toe, and look out for sole color; we usually just go with black because anything else will get dirty/paint will chip. You also want to find one with an easily removed sole; as a general rule, the cheaper the shoe, the easier time you’ll have with it. We usually spend about $5 tops on our flats, haha. If you’re trying to do heels, be very, very cautious; if you damage the structural integrity of the shoe, you might be in some trouble when you need to walk on them. You also want to make sure they are as basic as possible; remove any bows and whatever possible.
- An exacto knife.
- Hot glue
- Usual sewing implements; pins, scissors, rulers, whatever.
You can draft it yourself easily: take your scrap fabric and wrap it around your leg as I’ve pictured above in the pink, and pin it along the back. You want to make it snug, but not so snug that you can’t get your foot out of it either. POINT YOUR TOE WHILE YOU DO THIS. Additionally, wear the shoe while you pin it around your foot; it’ll need to fit over the shoe in the end anyway. Don’t worry about the bottom of your foot; it’s easier if you make the curve under your heel snug, and the front of your toes, but you’re not going to be closing off the bottom.
When you have it pinned neatly and evenly, trim the edges down. Leave enough excess for seam allowance along the back, and enough for tucking on the bottom. (Tucking into the sole, that is.) Take it off your foot and you should have some weird shape (like a mirrored version of the pattern I have pictured above.)
Now: if you trace that onto pattern paper and smooth out any raggedness you may have made in cutting, you have your basic pattern. Then all you have to do is alter the top of the pattern: a /\ point for Wonder Woman, a V for Supergirl, etc. Because we’re making Supergirl, here, you’ll want it to be in two pieces, as shown in the pattern above. Wherever you cut to change the design, be sure that you add seam allowance (as you can see on our bottom pattern.) Also make sure that the top edge of your sock is snug enough to your calf that you won’t have to constantly bend to fix them.
I’ve taken pictures of my and Christine’s patterns. Obviously, if you don’t want a seam down the front, you need to cut the fabric on a fold. You will need four of the top cuff and two of the “sock”; the top cuff is two-layered so it’s got a clean top!
Sew all the cuffs: in the last picture, that’s what they should look like. First, sew them all at the back seam. Then layer them together to sew the top seam, so that when you fold them right-side out, you have finished cuffs as pictured. Topstitch whatever you want.
Sew the sock’s back seam.
Sew the cuff to the sock. Be very careful about the corners, so that they are sharp. Again, topstitch whatever works.
Use the exacto-knife to separate the shoe from the sole. Don’t take the whole sole off — you don’t want to pop it out of alignment, or compromise TOO much of the shoe’s integrity. You just need enough opened that you can tuck the bottom edge of your sock into the space between.
Once your whole sock is finished, it’s time for the crazy part: put it on, with your shoe. Then, with the help of a friend or with the acknowledgement that your spine will hurt trying to do it to yourself, start putting the bottom edge of the sock under the edge of the sole, and gluing in place. We have found hot glue works best because it hardens/sets fast: anything else and you may be stuck sitting there wearing your shoes for HOURS trying not to ruin your work.
Now you have boots.
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Disneyland with Stephen was so much fun! Take me there again on a sunny day~
I actually look good in this type of frame. -puts on xmas wish list-
Victoria’s Secret Angels Lip Sync [to] “Beauty and a Beat”
UGH, they’re gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the show on tv!
Meet the boyfriend.
I haven’t been posting a lot of personal things lately because of school and the lack of excitement in my everyday life.
To cut it short, classes have been alright except for one and I didn’t get the internship that I wanted. But I know what I fucked up on so let’s hope for the better for next year’s recruitment. My new housemates are fucking adorbs and Eva and Vivian are still the same: sweet and crazy, respectively (Just kidding, Vivian).
ANYWHO. On to the main subject; Stephen Fok.
That’s right. That’s his last name. Doesn’t faze me. I met Stephen when I was a freshman in high school while he was a junior. We met at a Key Club/Interact community service event. He tried to throw me into a trash can, but not really. Jokes aside, we had a thing for each other at the same time, but didn’t tell it to each other until years later. I didn’t try to ask him out or anything because I thought he was too cool for me. I was just a little innocent freshman and I bet he had a girlfriend at the time and I wouldn’t think he’d want to be friends with me. Funny enough, he was too chicken shit to ask me out because he thought our mutual friend was my boyfriend (and what a coincidence, that mutual friend became my boyfriend 2 years later. Long story.)
Years past, we met again at a friend’s birthday party. I was in the middle of an interesting summer, hooking up with a co-worker and he wasn’t seeing anyone. The co-worker thing wasn’t working out and I drunkingly told Stephen I had a crush on him years ago when we met in Key Club. Stephen didn’t understand the information I told him until 2 days later and he told me he had a crush on me too at the same time and asked me out. I wasn’t really sure with him because we just met (again) and I was sort of giving up on relationships and finding a decent guy after 2 fall outs. But I was willing to go out with him because I like hanging out with people and he seemed like he would be down to do anything extreme, like taking a road trip to LA just to get sweets at a bakery or sky-diving, which we did.
Sky-diving as a first date was a blast, but what really hit off was our second date at La Fondue. A guy never took me out to a fancy restaurant and I missed having the door opened for me. I really enjoyed his company and the way he paid attention to me and the way he looked at me. Another date and we made it official.
We’re going to LA this winter break and I’m so excited. I never went on vacation with a boyfriend before and it’s just going to be the two of us. I can’t wait to go to Disneyland and Universal Studios and take tons of pictures with him.
It’s been almost 3 months since we got together and I love him with every fiber in me. I love the way he makes me feel loved everyday. I appreciate that he doesn’t give up on me when I have my moments where I blow up out of nowhere. I appreciate that he’s willing to drive down to Santa Cruz every chance he gets to see me even on my busy days. I love the way it feels to be in his arms when we sleep together. I’m a happy girl again. He makes me smile.
I can’t wait to create memories and adventure with him. He’s a keeper, for sure.