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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Elastic strapped ballet flats

I need to wear an insert inside my shoes, and found the lack of a strap across the instep in ballet flats made them unwearable.
Then I saw some RTW ones with an elastic strap across, and decided today to do something similar to mine to make them more wearable.
Here they are with beige elastic added to the shoe. I must admit it was quite fiddly to stitch on and doesn't look great if you look too closely, but with some brute force and a zipper foot I now have 3 wearable pairs of shoes which is fabulous.
I may also dye some plain white cotton socks with Dylon's Pebble Beige to wear with them, as this works quite well as a 'close to nude' colour for me.
I have two black pairs and a red pair which will get black elastic and be worn with black socks, but not today as i have some other projects to complete first.
These look quite good with pants which come down over the foot which is how I plan to wear them.
The animal print ones in particularly look good with my tan wool pants, and since both of these have previously been hard to style this is great!


BeaJay said...

What a great idea! I may have to "borrow" it.

SewRuthie said...

BeaJay you are welcome. It seems to work best with quite soft cheap shoes!

L said...

Aw Ruthie, what a super idea!! I don't wear ballet flats because of the lack of sole support and how it feels across the top. This just might be the right solution! Thanks for sharing.

RhondaBuss said...

What a cute idea. I can even see some wild elastic prints in a future pair of shoes ;)

Joy said...

Great idea! That's the wonderful thing about sewing ... it makes you start thinking you can do ANYTHING! A very useful concept.