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Pumps for circumstance...

Added May 25, 2010

by bussey

***, Italy






I received a beautiful gift: an original 1961 blue wedding dress – pure silk lace for the sheath dress, and silk shantung for the light coat (overdress? I don’t know the right term). After fitting it to my size (not my work really, I am a novice seamstress and it is too precious…), I had a little idea: why not make matching shoes with the scraps?
You can see my “before” shoes. A lot of knots with lace and shantung tiny stripes (not hemmed), two long double stripes in shantung, a bit of handstitching to secure it and they’re done! I like them… and I can easily “undress” them to restore the former state because I did not use glue….
Thanks to Lex and her Valentino’s knock-off for inspiration (

Material Notes

silk scraps, leather shoes




Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage

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    Jun 1, 2010, 07.11 AMby irmchen

    Oh – thank you for sharing this! I need some shoes which fit to the light green Nadia#2 dress which I am currently sewing for my daughter. I am going to pimp up her black shoes like this… may be it works and I save the money for new shoes!

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      Jun 2, 2010, 06.30 AMby bussey

      You are welcome! Only I advise to handstitch much more the longer stripes, as I founded they tended to move when I walked… and maybe you’d better choose shoes in a shade nearer to light green, as the original colour is however to be seen… but I am longing to see them when they are ready!!

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    May 26, 2010, 04.10 AMby nessys

    This is a very cute idea – and that dress is lovely! You lucky thing to receive such a lovely gift like that!

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      May 27, 2010, 06.09 AMby bussey

      Yes, I am indeed!

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