Thrift Store Thursday: Dorothy Frock & Ruby Slippers

October 21, 2010

My friend Abi found this adorable blue and white gingham frock at a consignment sale and thought it would make for a good "Dorothy" costume for little Eloise. (See before below).

All I did was make the sleeves shorter and removed a pink flower trim down the front.

For the "ruby slippers" I took some black size 3 Mary Jane's I found for $1.50 at the Community Aid store (see below for before) yesterday and bought some red glitter. Now, I didn't buy the traditional dust glitter. I made sure to go to Michael's and bought the large hexagon shaped red glitter that really POPS!I spray painted them with red spray paint and immediately after sprinkled the red glitter all over the shoes. I then sprayed a final clear coat to seal everything in and let it dry overnight.

I loved the way they looked so much that I made a pair for myself. So sparkly!And if you're wondering....yes....they shed. I think this could be remedied by dusting them off rigorously after they dry and respraying them with red glitter spray paint which you can also buy at Michaels (rather than the red paint so you don't make the glitter opaque). Then immediately re-dusting red glitter over the spots that are starting to show. Do it over and over until you don't have any patches showing after you rigorously dust them.


22 {comments}:

Bird R. said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute, I kind of want to make myself some sparkly shoes

Tara @ Tara Being Tara said... Best Blogger Tips

Too cute! What a great find... that's an adorable costume. I'm with Bird, I want some sparkly shoes too!!

Lauralee St. Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable!

TheAL said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable and well put together! :-)

Rose and Ivy said... Best Blogger Tips

She is one beautiful baby! Lovely outfit too

Darci said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohmygoodness, Eloise is so cute! I want my own sparkly shoes now, too. :)

Erika said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable

Erika said... Best Blogger Tips

so adorable

SweetsNinja said... Best Blogger Tips

what a great idea! this is so adorable!

MJ said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute!!

THE DE SOUSA FAMILY said... Best Blogger Tips

so adorable and cute.

Monique said... Best Blogger Tips

Too cute! I still have my silver sparkly shoes from the 70's. I just can't bring myself to throw them out.

Monique said... Best Blogger Tips

Too cute! I still have my silver sparkly shoes from the 70's. I just can't throw them out!

Ana said... Best Blogger Tips

This entire post is so cute. I love the costume!

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips

How smart you are!!!

Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

oh i love it! i am from kansas and am therefore quite partial to dorothy costumes :)

i am a beginning sewer and i must say that your blog is a great inspiration to keep at it.

Ophelia.K said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea and it's so lovely. I want a pair for the coming holiday!

Merynne said... Best Blogger Tips

Brilliant! The dress looks great... I have to admit that sometimes I still don't see the potential in items when I'm actually there looking at thrift stuff. ;)

As for the shoes... we have used decoupage on them before, but not over glitter. Might be worth a shot? Or perhaps just a clear spray sealant to finish it off... Okay, those are my thoughts, just in case you were wondering. ;)

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Merynne,
I did try ModPodge but it made the glitter really dark and it didn't sparkle like it had before:(

Ultimately, it is probably going to shed at least a little unless you decoupage but it did take away that extra 'bling':)

It's a toss up.

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the glitter shoes! I've been thinking of making something similar using this tutorial
http://freshlypicked.blogspot.com/2010/10/refashion-hatties-boots-diy-glitter.html

GingerLand said... Best Blogger Tips

What I'm desperate to know is how you got your sidewalk bricks yellow? Is that a trick of photoshop, or sidewalk chalk? What a perfect finishing touch!

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

GingerLand,
It's TOTALLY Photoshop! All I did was use the lasso tool to select the bricks. Then I went to "Hue/Saturation" and I selected ONLY the reds. Then I slid the hue, saturation and lightness bars around to get just the right shade. DONE! Photoshop is magic.

 
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