The inspiration came from this pair of Fortuny shoes. Unfortunately I've not been able to find out anything about them.
|Brocade Fortuny shoes with metal buckles|
To make my clips, I started with some jewellery findings, snipped off the loops, and filed down the raw edges.
|Jewellery findings, before and after|
I have some fabric which I am planning to use for a later Historical Sew Monthly challenge, which has a blue warp and a metallic silver weft. I cut narrow strips of this, and frayed one long edge so that the blue threads would show. The strip was then gathered to make a rosette. I had planned to use grey satin under the finding, but I decided that it was too much of a contrast with the outer frill, so used a scrap of the blue/silver fabric instead.
|With the grey satin backing (left) and without|
For the backs I cut circles the same size as the finding out of thin card, and covered them with the grey satin. Then I sewed on the shoe clip. Finally I sewed the finding, frill and back together.
|The finished clips, front and back|
I may trim the edges of the shoes at some point, to make them more like the Fortuny pair, but for now here they are with the clips on.
|The clips in use|
The small print:
The Challenge: Accessorize
Fabric: Satin, and unknown fabric with metal thread – all synthetic
Pattern: My own
Year: Early twentieth century?
Notions: Jewellery findings, shoe clips
How historically accurate is it? Not at all. This is just trying to get the look, and not at all accurate.
Hours to complete: Two
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: Findings £1.50 everything else from stash or already bought for another project.