But, I digress. Charlotte Olympia's Kitty Flats are, well, flat, as are my inspired-bys. As I said before, my personal preference for cats on clothing (or shoes) tends toward cute, not realistic. So here is my take on kitty cat flats!
|Walnut makes a reluctant display stand.|
I began by sketching a cute cat on a post-it. Here is an approximation of my sketch, since that post-it has been thrown into the trash and had curry dumped on it (not because it was bad, but because I cleared the table for lunch, then ate my lunch and scraped the leftover bits into the trash).
|I just mentally removed the forehead and cheeks and chin.|
Then I used my white fabric pencil to sketch the face onto the front of the shoe. My design is a lot simpler than the original, so I didn't feel the need to do a pencil transfer. And face it, I rarely do pencil transfers regardless of the complexity of the design, mostly because I can't be bothered to draw a design twice. Anyway, it wouldn't really have mattered since the shoe is so plush it barely showed even when directly drawn on.
|Dawww look at that smile! Oh, you can't see it? Yeah, me neither.|
After that, it was simply a matter of stitching the faces on with my metallic gold Coats and Clark thread, doubled up, in my nondescript hand-sewing needle. I didn't have a thimble, so I ended up using leather scraps (gosh, those leather pants have been worth every penny!) to help push and pull the needle through the tough shoe material. If only I took up guitar in college when I had the time, my fingertips would be nicely callused by now! Actually, it wouldn't have mattered since they would be on the wrong hand. Anyway, here I am all crazy-azn-cat-ladied out!
|I saved over $700, and I don't have to worry that my flats will creep up on me and stomp me to death in my sleep!|