Capital Shoes, Anyone?

September 14th, 2012 by Kelly 6 Comments

Is it just me, or are there wild, crazy, completely over-the-top (but somehow awesome) shoes everywhere? (Think Capital City from Hunger Games).  I was shopping around the sale section of Go Jane, and seriously every other pair of shoes, I was like – “Oh my gosh these would be perfect for an Effie Trinket Costume!

Tell me these heels wouldn’t be great with Effie’s debut outfit:

Effie Trinket ShoesEffie Trinket from Hunger Games

Tell me you see it!

Now check out the other “Effie” shoes I found all over the web (Go Jane, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21):

Effie Trinket Heels

Capital City Hunger Games Shoes

Effie Turquoise HeelsHunger Games Heels

Effie Heels

Is anyone being Effie Trinket for Halloween this year? If so, I would love love love to see your costume!

6 Responses

  1. Kati says:

    Hey there! I found your site while looking for some Effie inspiration, actually. I’ve got a lot of the bits down, but I just can’t figure out how to do the sleeves! I’m doing the turquoise outfit (which it seems is your fave too), and I have a dress I’d like to temporarily add the puff sleeves to. Problem is, I’m not much of a seamstress. Any ideas?

  2. Kelly says:

    Hi Kati!

    It’s hard to give advice without actually seeing the dress, but here’s what I think I would do:

    Find a fabric that matches the best you can. Then, use a pattern like this one: http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/sleeve.htm to make two sleeves. Notice that there is a section for making puffy sleeves. You’ll want to make yours even larger than the ones in the picture, because Effie’s sleeves are sooo dramatic. Also, Effie’s dress is short-sleeved, so you’ll have to adjust for that. And here is another tutorial, which shows how the sleeve needs to be gathered and a cuff sewn on. http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-puffed-sleeves.html

    Now because you want the sleeve attachments to be temporary, you’ll want to somehow finish the edge which would normally attach to the arm holes of the dress. I would probably use an elastic band for that part. Then you can just pull the sleeves onto your shoulders unattached, or if you’re worried about them sliding down, you could sew a piece of strap or elastic between them (across your back) and then put the dress on over. Obviously that would only work if your starting dress has no sleeves.

    Hope that helps! I would love to see a picture of your costume!

  3. Holly says:

    Hey, I was wondering if you had any links to the bottom shoes, I have fallen in love with them
    thanks :)

  4. Kelly says:

    Hi Holly! Those shoes were on http://www.gojane.com. Unfortunately the cream ones look to be sold out, but they have some in black and some in red:

    http://www.gojane.com/59069-shoes-ruffled-buckle-trim-heel.html

    Or if you’re feeling really wild, they have them in leopard print, and a blue and pink watercolor:

    http://www.gojane.com/59070-shoes-ruffled-animal-print-heel.html
    http://www.gojane.com/73442-shoes-watercolor-ruffle-heel.html

    Thanks for checking out my blog!

  5. Shireen says:

    I was wondering if you had the link to the Orange shoes!!! I am trying to find some crazy orange shoes for a cheap price and am having a difficult time. Thanks!!

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