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Costume Party: The Musketeers, Part 6

The boots-- they totally finish the outfit, don't you think?  And really, it is not too hard to make your own.

Materials needed:

Pair of ballet flats that fit your little Musketeer
3 yards of gold shoes laces trim
satin scraps to match (optional)
scraps of Peltex extra stiff interfacing
(you will need a yard for the hat-- scraps from that work just fine)
a pair of old knee high socks
approximately 30 gold eyelets and tools to set
at LEAST 1 roll of Duck tape in matching color (I have found them at Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, etc.)

And you are going to need your little Musketeer for part of the construction process

Getting Started:

First we are going to make the cuff of the boot.  This made using the Peltex interfacing.  You need two pieces that look like this:

The inner curve should measure about 2 inches short of your child's calf circumference.  It should be about 4 inches wide.

This needs to be covered with fabric.  I used double-sided fusible interfacing, ironed satin on both sides according to the directions on the interfacing then used my rolled hem edge to finish the two sides and the outside curve.  You need to leave a little extra fabric on the inner curve, about an inch or two.  If you would rather, you can also just use your Duck tape to cover the cuffs. Again, just make sure that you leave a little extra tape on the inner curve, like so:

Now we are ready to start constructing the boot.  You will need your little Musketeer in a standing position.  First put on the flats.

If your flats have a little strap like ours, cut it off first.

Next, put the sock OVER the shoe, up to a few inches below the knee.

Tape the cuff on to the top of the sock, as shown in the picture:

Use the excess from the inner curve to tape it to the sock.  It will fold down after you finish the boot. 

Start covering the rest of the sock with the Duck tape.  Use short pieces, about 10 inches.  It's just like wrapping an ankle, if you have ever done that before.

Make sure you cover the entire sock.  You will also want to add at least one extra layer.  The more layers you have, the sturdier the boot.

When you are satisfied with your taping, cut the boot off.  Of course you will want to do this with extreme caution.  I suggest you use surgical scissors, like these:

They will of course be the safest way.  Cut straight down the front from the top of the boot to the edge of the ballet flat.

Now we are going to finish all the exposed edges.  Tape the inside top edge where the cuff attaches to the boot.  (I also sew one line across in the same place to secure the cuff.  My needle gets a little sticky from the tape, but otherwise, it works great!)

Put a strip along each cut edge as well. 

And just about there!  Now we are adding eyelets.

Measure along the cut edges of the boot, marking where you want the eyelets.  I usually have about 7 per side, 14 per boot, 28 total. 

Using your little eyelet tool, put holes in each of your marks.  Insert the eyelets.

Add your gold lacing and you are all set to go.

I will hopefully have the hat tutorial up by next week.  Fingers crossed. . .


applesofgold said...

Genius. That is what you are. I never would have figured this one out by myself. This will be an awesome addition to the costumes. I'm working on shirring the corsets...I made the first one over the weekend....I guess I need practice since mine turned out all funny. Did I mention that my kids are WAY excited to wear this for Halloween this year? After each piece is made, they end up wearing it the end of the day.

Beth Lemon said...

This is the most hilariously genius thing I have ever seen. I can't wait to do this (next year!!!).

Thanks for making my day.

The Sewing Dork said...

I never would have thought of that either! Now I know where to go next time I need white or pink or orange or blue boots!

Mike and Shayla said...

I am loving these costume posts, thanks for sharing your great ideas.

Can you post a close-up picture of the finished boot, on a foot?

Natalie said...

Pure awesomeness! I love these and want some for me!! Maybe white go-go type boots?!

my mudda' calls me jack said...

any opinion on spray painting duck tape?????
Loving all these posts. I have 4 girls and we had been planning on doing this since last year and I'm so happy that I don't have to do any serious creative brain work! You are a genius!

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Awesome, my daughter and her friend are always playing barbie musketeers.

Casey Marie said...

LOVE this idea! I will be trying this one with my girls, maybe even make myself a pair, ;)
~Casey Marie said...

These are WAY too cool!!! Love it so much. I made a full super hero costume for my toddler once out of duct tape (and a less elaborate matching one for myself). It was so fun! Have you seen the hairbands and jewelry people make, too? You really can do anything with duct tape!

Here's the costume if you want to see it:


fhelessons said...

Love these! What a great idea!

Bella@artclubblog said...

Hilarious! Very clever though :)

Em said...

Love it! Can you post a finished close-up of the boots..

Jessica Kuts said...

A finished close-up of the boots would be fantastic! I was wondering how much duct tape would have to be used for a pair of adult boots ?

Lynn Donachie said...

I used very nearly 2 rolls (20 yd each) for an adult pair, right to my knees.

Shirpha Ortiz said...

How about the bottom part?

holly2013 said...

Im doing this now, but they look really stripey from where the tape over laps, is there any way to fix it?

Nancy said...

Thank you so much! I just made a shorter version of these for my teenage daughter who is going as an elf!

One suggestion: We had a hard time getting the surgical scissors in to cut off the boot without causing her discomfort. For the second boot, we slide a fat marker in between her skin and the sock. We removed it when it was time to cut. It left just the right amount of extra space for the scissors.
She wears about a size 10 shoes and we definitely needed 2 rolls of duck tape.

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

This is an answer to my prayers. I'm a Cosplayer...on a budget, and I just can't afford a new pair of boots for every costume I make. All I did differently is add fabric over the duct tape, it makes them look REAL! Like real boots that I bought at the store! Thanks so much! Love this!

twelvedaysold said...

Hey! I wanted to thank you for this great tutorial (I stumbled upon it on Pinterest, it was perfect!). I made wrestling boots with them. Here's the link if you're curious, and thanks again for posting this tute!

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Well aren't you a clever clogs :)

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Star said...

Found this on Pinterest...Thank you! I'm thinking the heck with the kids...I need a pair. =D

messychristian said...

Not sure you got my last comment...Would you sell the musketeer costume in pink? Or make one? I can make the boots but don't know how to sew. My daughter saw the costume and loves it! She is a size 4/5. Thank you!


Judy Smith said...

What about the soles? do you leave the sock open there because that would be too slick on our floors. How can we fix this issue? I love the idea and the timing is perfect since I found it on Pinterest pre Halloween 2013.

Jasmin Clinger said...

Love it! Did it for both my girls fir their superhero and villain Halloween and bday party costumes. Cheap and easy! Thanks for sharing!

Jasmin Clinger said...

Love it! Did it for both my girls fir their superhero and villain Halloween and bday party costumes. Cheap and easy! Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Brewer said...

Hahahahahaaaaaa. I needed to make boot covers for a cosplay //Eren Jager from Attack on Titan//. I originally planned fabric. Now. >8D I can just make the boots!!!!

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KSiragusa said...

THANK YOU FOR SHARING!! Such a clever idea and this completed my child's Halloween costume!!

Mama Bear said...

I attempted your idea with tennis shoes: Epic Fail!! I linked your blog to mine, though, so I thought I'd pass it along! It is a great idea, will try again someday, following your instructions!

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