The In-progress shoes:
|The 'finished' painted shoes!|
So I read through American Duchess shoe painting tutorial here, ordered my supplies (leather paint from AmericanDuchess.com and also from Amazon.com, and petersham ribbon from The Sewing Place), as well as a pair of imperfect 'Pemberley' shoes on sale, and got to work. I had originally planned to make these as a second part to my July HSM Accessorize challenge this summer, but I ran out of time in July to get these done, and also opted not to make shoes for my late 1790's open gown, but instead to make them for Pumpkin Tea. I went all crazy mixing up and painting them with a muted, autumn-y shade of ORANGE, yay!
First, I cleaned my shoes with leather cleaner/preparer (to remove factory finish following American Duchess tutorial), lightly wiping them with paper towel.
|Imperfect American Duchess 'Pemberley' shoes - ready to paint|
|Taping up the bottom first|
|Taping the Inside of the shoes|
|Painting the first layer|
|In progress painting|
In future, I'm planning on adding some petersham ribbon trim, and also a protective coat, so I'll post more when they are complete:
I'm really excited about the somewhat finished shoes: I wore them this past Saturday for the 9th Annual Pumpkin Tea, and I loved the way they went with my outfit!