Regular readers of this blog may have noticed by now my love for all things Chloé related. The Autumn/Winter 09-10 collection was certainly a favourite of the season, all those dreamy dresses and of course….the shoes. If like me you can’t afford new shoes in general let alone those of the Chloé variety, then there really is only one other option…a DIY!
Now as much as I love the two-tone wedged ankle boot (seen here and here) I opted for inspiration from the trusty bow variety. Both of the above can be purchased from Browns. I attempted to make my own version using a pair of suede Zara sandals and handmade velvet bows.
What I used: a pair of black suede Zara sandals (from a couple of seasons ago), velvet ribbon and all the necessary equipment to turn the ribbon into bows, pictured below.
Sewing tip: the lighter is used to seal the ends of the ribbon to stop them from fraying. A quick swish of the flame and the ends melt, although be warned this doesn’t work on all types of ribbon!
Seeing as I am currently a little pom pom loco, I just had to make a pom pom version! I used different fabric to the last pom poms I showed you. I think I may have found the ideal fabric. It’s silky to touch, has a nice stretch so it’s all bouncy and squishy and the colour is a delicious nude peach.
and for those days when you do not wish to appear as though you have some sea sponge attached to your shoe, there is the luxurious black silk jersey version….
Apart from re-working looks from the catwalk, I’ve also been working more on some of my own ideas. Here are a few sneak shots of near completed pom pom necklaces, along with views of my trusty work area/sofa.
above: fabric, rope and brass necklaces / shoe clips
below: fabric, cotton rope and copper chain paired with a vintage blue dress
I did have more creations to post about but I’ll save them for the next time. Hope you liked what I’ve shown you so far and have a lovely evening. I’ll be spending mine designing packaging for my Etsy shop!
source: catwalk images via Vogue.co.uk / Chloe shoes via Browns / personal photographs