Susan Friday, December 3, 2010

If you don't have the cash to spend on some decent boots but you need some for a costume, consider this method.


The Boots:
Leather scraps
Contact Cement
Studs or other decorative items
For Spats:
Fabric  (or leather)
Matching Thread
Sewing machine
Pattern paper

Start with a standard pair of Wellies in your size - usually around $20 a pair, and they come in large sizes.
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Next, use your leather scraps to cover the toe and most of the foot of the boot. Use contact cement to apply the leather to the rubber. (Note: these have not been weather tested yet. Update will follow.) You can just cover them with one layer of leather, or add some decorative touches like I did here:

Next, you need to make Spats. There is an excellent tutorial on Threadbanger here:
Zoh Morrigan shows you how to make Spats!

I used her method for pattern making, but because I wanted to use Wool instead of leather, I made 2 of each piece so I could make a lining and have clean edges.

Once the spats were made, I marked the edges for button holes and applied buttons.

The buttons are a combination of gears and some wooden buttons that have Rub-n-Buff applied.

A final costume pic :


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