|Fenxi was not interested in his surrogate nephew.|
|Before, except that mine was Grade B.|
|After: I couldn't figure out a better way to attach the gears than just plain craft glue. Oh well, no one's going to be looking that closely.|
|It would've looked better in brown leather instead of black, but the point was not to go buy anything new.|
these shoes? Well, for $13.56 and a lot of time and really sore fingertips, I can haz a cuter version! Really, Charlotte Olympia, I really think that if you're going to ask people to pay $700+ for a pair of flats, the cat shouldn't be hideous and creepy. A couple of other bloggers out there have done their own DIY versions of this shoe, which, while slightly better than the original in that they're 1) much cheaper, and 2) not creepy, were still not quite what I was looking for. I wanted my cats to be fuzzy, have ears that didn't stick out, be a little more subtle, and face it, still cuter. I guess cute is in the eye of the beholder, but I love the look of ummm, more azn cats? I think what I'm looking for is the anime-inspired, super-deformed chibi cat. More nyan cat, less textbook Felis catus.
So after sketching out a face on the shoe front, I proceeded to start "embroidering." I use that term loosely, since I don't know any proper stitches and I wasn't even using proper embroidery thread, just some metallic gold Coats and Clark thread I already had. Even though it's a lot thinner, I like that the final result isn't so in your face, "THIS IS THE SHOE OF A CRAZY CAT LADY." I think.
|Everything is cuter when nose-less!|
|Walnut sat on my laptop the whole time I was embroidering.|
|Close-up! Look at my sketchy stitches!|
I've only finished the right shoe, but I think I'm going to give my fingers some time to recover, since I was pretty much stabbing randomly in the dark of the front of the shoe. Also, there's a lot of pressure to make the two faces more or less symmetrical, and I'm a terrible sewist when under pressure.
*The backing of the leather shed like crazy. Then the faux-suede shed like crazy.