Footwear Refash

Do you see that woman scratching her head and silently mouthing “what was I thinking?”. That is me. Like that time that I found those awesome wedges on sale, 60% off. They came in two colour schemes: black/navy/blue and black/brown/red. In a misguided attempt to add variety to the colours in my wardrobe (since most of my clothes are in the blue family), I decided to go with the black/brown/red colour combo. Just so NOTHING in my closet coordinates with the colours of the wedges. Makes sense, no?

IMG_1262In the last year I wore them twice. I am not the kind of person who will get rid of a perfectly good pair of shoes. I despise this consumer culture that most of us live in, I do not understand the whole phenomenon of disposable clothing (and footwear). Unfortunately, I do fall into the shoe trap once in a while. But anyhoo…

What’s a girl to do?

Snowy day + ugly coloured sneakers + 3 black sharpies = Footwear that has more potential

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Obligatory cat shot, because cats make everything cooler…

Work in progress:

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And finally:

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I quite like these now, I am sure I’ll be wearing them more often, as soon as the snow melts…

A Sweater, A Princess, and Second Chances.

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Once upon a time there was a cute sweater. It was snug, but not too snug, and it was such a colour that when you saw it, you tasted raspberries in your mouth. The sweater belonged to the fair-ish Princess, who wore it few times, enjoying herself immensely. One day, the evil stepmother* carelessly threw the sweater into the wash and then into the dryer on HOT! The Princess shed tears, as the lovely sweater barely covered her belly anymore. It was a pitiful sight, the Princess tugging on it trying to make it fit, but to no avail. Many years have passed (like, almost five) and the Princess acquired the skill of sewing. Even though the sweater was languishing in the darkest bowels of her closet, she never forgot the shrunken treasure.

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She was stricken with a bout of inspiration. She cut off the ribbing at the bottom, cut off most of the sleeves, added a black band and pink button to each sleeve, and a half-circle skirt to where the ribbing used to be.  The Princess’ heart was overflowing with joy, she was eagerly awaiting being re-united with her lovely, lovely sweater, now getting reincarnated as a high-waisted, MIDI dress. But an evil spirit possessed the Princess’ shears, and also poked her in the elbow as she was shortening the hem. Oops, there was nothing else to do but to carry on, the Princess apparently now had a high-waisted MINI dress, which she finished with a rolled hem on her serger. From the extra fabric that she salvaged from the hem she made a belt, which totally did not show in the pictures, and a cute bow, which she attached to the centre of the neckline. The Princess cherished her new dress, proudly wore it in her backyard while taking pictures. Afterwards, she edited her nipples out of the photos, as it was sooooooo darn cold outside, and it showed in the pictures. But her and the dress had a great time, and they lived happily ever after.

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THE END

*The “evil stepmother” was actually a helpful and well-meaning Prince, but some names got changed to protect people’s identities.