I found these shoes at a Goodwill, for $6.00; I really wanted some blue shoes to go with my blue Miette Sweater (my very first knitted sweater, it’s kind of a big deal, imjustsayin).
When I spotted these, I was pretty much like “SOLD”, if I could figure out how to turn them blue. (I mean, c’mon. Blue suede shoes? I think YES.) So I googled around about painting shoes and dying shoes, and working with suede, and not getting weird crunchy shoes, etc. I finally happened across Megan Nielson’s attempt at dying suede shoes, and this finally convinced me to give it a try.
So I ran out and got me some Rit in “Evening Blue”, or “Azul Noche” which has gotta be the laziest, most literal translation of a color I’ve ever seen.
I spread out paper to work on, and balled up more to fill the shoe, just so I wouldn’t end up with unnecessarily splotchy insides.
Cause I’m fancy.
We happen to have a gianormous box of plastic gloves, thanks to my ninja-at-giving-things-to-us Gramma. She once stuffed a coffee pot she gave us full of lemons, so that we would take them all unawares. Seriously, guys. NINJA GRAMMA.
I cut one of our sponges in half. (See above Re: Fancy). This was a magnificent applicator, actually, because if I got too much liquid and it gooshed out all over the place, well looky here! I have a sponge in my hand to mop it back up with!
In fact, with the gold contrast, you might be thinking, ‘Hmm, Kristi, those are looking kinda…Green Bay-ish…’.
The Cambie I mentioned in my FBA post. This was supposed to be a picture of me in my beautiful dress (with amazing green shoes), but SOME DOG had to come be all fabulous and steal the spotlight. I don’t mind. It can only improve my pictures, really. I made that sweater! This is my blue Miette! Tardis-colored, even. Know what else?
I made that skirt! It’s my second Charlotte skirt, by By Hand London. (My first was in their sewalong roundup, which was my first-ever foray into sewing with the online community. Obvs it was fun, or this blog wouldn’t be here.) The blue sweater + yellow skirt = green shoes sums up nicely what we learned in Kristi’s Kindergarten today, doesn’t it, class?