Recently the Adult Beginner was asked, “any tips on sewing the elastic to soft ballet slippers?”
Now, Gentle Reader, the Adult Beginner has never actually had to perform this particular stunt, having been lucky enough to stumble into a pair of Bloch slippers at my slipper fitting. Which are pre-sewn. Which suits my lazy butt.
But why should inexperience stop me from answering? I sew, dammit! I got this!
Tips on Sewing Elastic To Slippers
Slippers, all elastariffic.
First, pin the elastic. You will be sewing, either by machine or hand, through the stitches that are already there. Zoom in and look at ’em. Mustn’t sew above these stitches, or you might catch the cord elastic inside the channel. Don’t wanna do that. Where to place the elastic? Well, about an inch back from that halfway seam. Give er take.
Note! I am using lime green grosgrain ribbon to make it easier for you to see! You must use elastic! Like the little bit there in the picture!
Sew. Put shoe on with elastic at outside of foot. Why? Because it’s easier to see and mark this on the inside of your foot, that’s why. Bring the elastic around to the inside. Stretch it a little. Just enough to hold your shoe on smoothly, not enough to leave a mark. Too tight could bother your tendons and stuff. You’ve got enough bother, you don’t need that.
See those stitches again? Mark a line on the elastic even with the stitches. Take shoe off, cut off excess elastic. My Blochs have about 3/8″ seam allowance and they’re holding up fine, so, you know, maybe go with 3/8″ seam allowance. You can melt the edges, don’t to have to though, the Blochs are just a raw edge and doing fine. Wish I knew metric. Sorry guys. Pin elastic, sew, this time probably easier by hand although a pro like the Adult Beginner could totally machine that mofo.
And if you wanna get real fancy you can do it this way instead, by wrapping under the arch and then back over, then sewing just like the other. The idea here is getting the shoe to hug your arch. Do you want this? Maybe. Or maybe the full-soled non-huggy shoe makes you work harder toward developing an arch. Who knows? It’s your prerogative.