Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Shoe Tuesday, Shoes as Art?

Woah Nelly, two post in two days, and the third one this week?  Something must be up.  I've been wanting to write this post for the last couple of weeks, but haven't gotten around to it.  On a whim, about a month ago I bought a pair of shoes from ashburyskies.com.  These shoes were over the top ridiculous, but the thought of them made me happy.  I was super excited to get them two weeks ago, and on a Tuesday went to wear them.  I was so excited for shoe Tuesday, but then, I left for work.  I made it almost to the parking garage, when I realized that there was no way I could physically wear these shoes.
The heels were too high, and there was no give in them.  They made my ankles turn.  Dejectedly, I hobbled back home and put on some more sensible shoes.  Now, what to do with these lovely things?  They've been hanging out on my dresser, just chilling.  My coworkers have suggested that I bring them to work so I can sit there and stare at them during the day.  What do you think?

You may wonder what is so special about them, but you have yet to see the heels. 
Yes.  I spent a fairly significant sum on bambi shoes.  They're just so happy.  Here are some more shots of them.  What do you suppose I do with them?

The pictures in the background are part of my art collection.  The abstract was given to my husband by his father.  The one on the right is our art purchase from Brazil.  It's by an artist named Jaca.  We bought two of his lithographs, because his paintings are out of price range.  Hopefully all the artwork will get hung up this week.  Then our apartment will finally be fully in order.

Moving on, I started my next project today- V1419  I am late to the sewalong run by Meg from McCall's and Lauren from lladybird, but hopefully I can finish it before next week. 

Line Art 

I've decided on a couple of changes- first and foremost, I decided to line it.  The pattern calls for finishing all the seams with bias binding- which my fabric is a brocade that is printed only on one side.  The other side is bright white, so it would look weird.  I also reduced the flare in the sleeves by a four inches.  They'll still be plenty flare-y, but not as much as the original.  The other change (which I am debating as I look at the line drawing, was the move the welt pockets to seam pockets.  I think that might do the welts.  The repeating horizontal lines would be interesting.
Here is the fabric I am using.  One of the most interesting features are the button holes.  They are bound,  I spent most of the day figuring out how to make them with the lining.  I think I got it figured out.  Hopefully it will work out.  I am about 3/4ths of the way done with the first one.  What do you think?  Do you think it will work?  Of course the basting will go away.
 Well, it's past my bedtime, so I'll leave it here.  I am super excited for this jacket.  I have my fingers crossed that it turns out as cool as it looks in my mind.  Until next time happy sewing!


  1. I'd hove those shoes on display as proudly a a vase or a painting. They are awesome. You can at least wear them over Christmas to parties? So fab.

    1. You did just give me an idea. They match almost perfectly the party dress that I am making. I'll just have to find a fancy-ish party to go to.