Tuesday, June 28, 2011

McQueen inspiration

When I went to see the McQueen exhibition in May, 
I saw a pair of sandals that got me right into DIY mode.

I knew I had a pair of creamy sandals (bought ages ago) that were right for the job.

left picture took by me at the exhibition - right one from the book 




All I needed were two rosary necklaces 
(and the will power to argue with the streets vendors in Canal St.).


a pair of strappy sandals
two rosaries
strong upholstery thread - needle - pliers
total time required: 30 minutes
haggling with the street vendor: 40 minutes


--> HOW TO:

* buy a rosary that will be slightly longer than the circumference than your sandals
* remove the clasps with pliers
* start sewing few small stitches where you want the cross to hang down
* go all the way around - because there is an elasticized side, i left the stitches very loose on that side and the chain too
* stitch all the way around until the two sides connect 

Dear Alexander McQueen, may you R.I.P.  

xox, d.


26 comments:

  1. Your sandals turned out beautifully!

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  2. now, why did you have to argue with the street vendor?
    Anna

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  3. he asked for 25$ each for the rosaries. 40 minutes later, 25$ for both. he's still making lot of money on these :)

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  4. Wow... the shoes look great.

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  5. these look fantastic D!! I loooove!
    xoxoxo
    Lia

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  6. Oh, so cute! Good job. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Look fantastic!

    www.wangsfactory.blogspot.com

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  8. che belli! belli i rosari e anche il modello dei sandali che hai scelto mi piace!
    eh la contrattazione fa parte dell'esperienza dei mercati!
    A volte è divertente altre un po' meno, il trucco è sempre quello, non far mai capire al venditore quanto vuoi comprare quello che vende!

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  9. Well as a devout Catholic, I have to say that I just don't get it! If you are not Catholic, then why would you want a rosary on your shoes and if you are Catholic, you would not put one on your shoes. So I don't get it...?
    Carrie

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  10. @Carrie: i am catholic, but rosary bought on the side of the street is just a piece of junk jewelry. I liked the look, didn't want to make some sort of religious point.
    crosses are widely used in fashion, that's it.

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  11. Rosaries are no longer use as a religious items, but more as a fashion statement.

    Don't forget to link this tutorial at
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/06/2011-4th-of-july-celebration-menu-from.html
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  12. People use rosaries as religious items every single day. I do know that they are used in fashion, I just have never understood why, really! Thanks anyway for the reply.

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  13. As a Ctholic I don't like the cross almost heating the floor, or your pretty sandals. I understand you're not Catholic, well...I don't get it, hon. It'll be as if I been Catholic I would put a star of David in my shoes, almost heating the floor! Lol!

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  14. Rosarys will always be a religious items for Catholics... they're not a fashion statement, in no means!! FABBY

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  15. wonderful... love what you did here and such great inspiration.

    thanks!

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  16. This whole idea is horrible...why don't you use some other necklace rather than degrading a Rosary. Shame on you! It doesn't matter where it is from, a Rosary is a Rosary is a Rosary.

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  17. Fantastic! :) Worth the arguing huh?

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  18. Gorgeous! Very beautifully done. And I'm glad the art of haggling is alive and well in NYC! :)

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  19. Sorry, but I also struggle with finding this appealing. The problem for me is a crucifix at one's feet where it can be stepped. Catholic or not, it seems disrespectful.

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  20. taste is a personal thing, I like them and wear them :)

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  21. The shoes look fantastic! Great work!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  22. Wow! You really come up with the cutest things! Love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week as well!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  23. I pinned these.
    http://pinterest.com/smregenold/pins/

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  24. Can't believe there is controversy over this. Some people take themselves and objects too seriously. Love the sandals, they are cute and creative.

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    1. thank you Anna. I couldn't believed it either. It actually got much longer on my emails !
      thanks for stopping by!!! D.

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