Recently I've been sewing cosplays for a future event, and realised, "Hey, if I take photos whilst I make this, I can post a tutorial!" Radical idea, huh? ;)
So after a long (long long long) break, you lovely readers of Unfortunately Oh are getting a new DIY! Thanks to everyone who stuck with the blog (and doubly thanks to everyone who followed me over to Doing A Thing, where I post about books, chocolate, cafes and...doing things!)
Without further ado, here it is: How To Make Boot Covers (or spats. Or even gaiters. I don't know. I'm going to keep calling them 'boot covers').
This is a great method for fancy dress or cosplay, to make existing footwear more appropriate to the costume. Plus, it doesn't damage your boots :) It's especially good if modifying cheap footwear isn't an option due to your shoe size or medical conditions that restrict the sorts of footwear you're able to wear.
For the pattern:
- Your boots/shoes
- (If applicable) the trousers you'll wear the boots over
- Cling film (plastic wrap!)
- Sticky tape or packing tape
- Marker pen
- A friend to help (optional)
For the boot covers:
- Pattern (see above!)
- Zip for each cover*
- Matching thread
- Elastic (approx 1/2" wide)
- Dressmakers pen/pencil/chalk
- Dressmaking pins
- Sewing machine (or a needle for hand-sewing and lots of patience)
* Either open or closed-ended zips, dependent on how long you intend the boot covers to be. In the past I've used open-ended ones the length of the covers, but this time I used shorter ones as I was making over-the-knee covers and didn't think I'd find zips that long!
Note: This is a LONG tutorial, though it's relatively easy to make these. So I've put in headings:
You can click these to skip to the necessary section :)