Wednesday, January 25, 2012

princess jasmine arabian shoe tutorial

Shoes I'm making the covers for.
My daughter loves Aladdin and really wants to have an Aladdin birthday party next month. She'll be three and I can hardly believe it. How better to celebrate than with a Princess Jasmine costume. We are also going to a Princess Tea Party this Saturday and I wanted to have the costume finished for the party. Unfortunately, we don't have gold sparkle shoes for her. The ones she has are pink. With a little gold silk left over from the costume, I thought I'd take a shot at making Arabian shoe covers for her to match the costume. Well, it turned out fabulous!

It's a messy tutorial and I don't have a photo with the costume yet, but I assure you, Charlotte LOVED the shoes!!

First I took the gold silk and folded over the edges so the fabric doesn't fray. After sewing one side, I laid it over the shoe and measured how far over the fabric would lay and then stitched up the other edge.

add interfacing
Since I wanted the shoes to have a pointed toe and silk frays a lot, I added interfacing to both pieces (one for each shoe).









stich edge to create point
Next I stitched one end closed and used a pinking shears to trim the edge. Don't forget to snip the corners on a diagonal so you get a nice point!

Here's a (bad) picture of the form so far. It's laid over the shoe, so you can see the point. We are getting ready to add elastic on the bottom and cut out an opening for the foot.

I didn't do this next step scientifically. If you have a better way of getting the hole cut, then go for it! I marked with a pin where the elastic part of the pink shoe was. I want the gold fabric to cover most of the elastic. Then I drew a line with fabric marker where I am going to cut. I left a small margin, maybe 1/4" or less, so that I could fold down the edge and stitch. Here's one shoe finished and one shoe getting ready to be cut. Good luck!

Fold over the edge where you cut and pin down. This is where you're happy we have interfacing to keep down the frayed edges. Clip the corners and stitch down.
Flip the shoe over, add the gold fabric cover and measure to add elastic to the bottom. I've added elastic to the toe and the back of the shoe.


add elastic to hold down the gold cover


Creating the back of the shoe isn't hard. I vaguely measured how long the fabric needed to be when the form was on the shoe. Next I stitched the raw edges together just like when we made the point. However, we don't want a point on the back of the shoe. Turn the gold form inside out and place back on the shoe. Then I took the point and smushed it down and pinned it. We are going to make a straight stitch vertical on the seam to hold down the flap.



Here's a photo of the completed back of the shoe turned right side out.


add elastic to the back of the shoe as well

 Finished shoes! I think I'm going to add some bling to the top toe part. Let your imagination fly!

princess jasmine costume

2 comments:

L.A. Yasiji said...

How was the point formed?
Everything else is pretty clear and seems simple enough, but the point is the most important thing.
Could you please share that tidbit?

L.A. Yasiji said...

How was the point formed?
Everything else is pretty clear and seems simple enough, but the point is the most important thing.
Could you please share that tidbit?

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