My new black chemise dress is pretty simple, so I wanted something more over-the-top for the accessories. I bought these vintage shoes on Etsy earlier this year, and while they were already a fairly decent faux-18th c. style, I thought they could still look better. So I found an example of some buckle-less late 18th c. shoes and used this as my design inspiration. I cut off the bow and the fake tongue piece on my shoes and then box pleated some ribbon to cover the modern looking gimp trim. Then I just added my own satin bows to match the new ribbon trim and they were done! Although they are still way more theatrical than authentic, I think they look a little less 1980's-ish this way. I could probably press the box pleats to make the trim look a little more like the inspiration shoes, but I kind of like them being a bit silly and frilly. Plus, they remind me of some of the fabulous shoes from the movie Marie Antoinette.
Welcome to my project blog! I am an artist and seamstress who is obsessed with fashion history. I tend to focus on the Renaissance through the mid-20th century styles, but I sometimes dabble in fantasy costuming and modern sewing as well.