While I am blooming late, I am so excited to finally share fashion content created by yours truly. Originally I had planned for more how-to posts, however it seemed absolutely necessary to just write what seemed natural, my feelings, troubles, etc. I hope that if you have followed my blog to this point you are little more enticed to care about this DIY, and you understand me better or you may just have gotten the extra push to stop reading this blog.
I went to San Juan about a month ago. The trip was wayyy too short, as are most vacations. I planned to create a bunch of things for this trip, and to post how-to's on it all here. I ended up making just a few accessories, most of which were created five hours before my flight to San Juan. These shoes I did create earlier on and I love them so much. IRL I still haven't worn them. I know, shame. For the purposes of this post, let's just say I have worn them.
Anticipating my trip, I spent an excessive amount of time thrifting. Obsessed with deals as I regularly have good luck in finding them, I rarely pay regular price. I'm the proud hand-me-down queen, which is ironic as I'm the eldest of my siblings. One lucky night I found these rare birds at one of my favorite thrift stores. I know at first glance they look pretty old, and not in a great way, but they were in great condition. When I looked at them, I saw good bones and a perfect structure to sew on cool embellishments.
Flexing my geriatric shoes. Punny? Maybe?
I began creating my creature shoes by picking a handful of embellishments. I am particularly obsessed with tassels, specifically upholstery ones (they are typically thicker and more lush). So I grabbed a pair of tassels, some upholstery trim, and a pom pom garland. You can find all of these pretty much at any craft store. If you are feeling crafty you can even make the embellishments, there are a ton of tassel making tutorials floating around on Pinterest.
My creative process is pretty much trial and error. However, I do start with a rough sketch in my head, which involves less details and more of an overall emotion, rhythm, or feeling. I'm a feels kind of person.
More posturing, trying to figure out what I like best. I love this baubly trim!
Getting much closer to my end goal, except the puff balls are starting to look more like eyes, not my intended goal.
Too many ideas competing. Editing is important.
Stick pins work perfectly for staging ideas with this project. I made sure to try on the shoes a few times to see how the additions moved. Trying on the shoes also gives you a chance to evaluate proportions.
Once I found my overall rhythm, I attached everything with needle and thread. The shoes I picked were perfect for sewing on embellishments, which was a huge determinant when I was considering buying them. Consider the material of the shoes if you plan to replicate this DIY. Depending on the embellishments you choose you can substitute needle and thread with glue. I would use a glue like E6000.
I hope this DIY was easy to follow, I am guilty of rambling sometimes. I encourage you to modify and let this be the starting point of new project. People always seem so amazed when I tell them I made something. Many times, the idea isn't that complicated. People fear making things, but oftentimes it's not as bad as they think. You can do this too.
Let me know in the comments below if you try out this DIY. I can't wait to share more of these with you guys. Until next time, I will be planning out an actual outfit to wear these fuzzy ball shoes with.