Michelle Obama Inspired | DIY Sequin Balenciaga Boots
Hello everyone! I was asked if I could recreate the most talked about Balenciaga boots worn by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Surely I couldn’t pass up the challenge so let’s see if I could do them justice. We’re gonna jump right in! These pumps are actually an old pair I DIYed a while back so never mind the flaws. I chose to reuse them for this project because the style is similar to the Balenciagas. And I like that they were partially faux suede so the adhesive might bond better since I’ll be gluing fabric to fabric. I started by placing a piece of elastic around my thigh where I wanted the top of the boot to sit. Since my thighs rub a little when I walk I didn’t want to risk damaging the sequins so I went a little lower. From there I measured the circumference of the elastic and made a note of it for later. As for the boot height, with my heels on I measured from the floor to the top of the boot. I laid out a piece of paper a couple inches larger than my measurements then taking one of the heels I placed it on one end of the paper and traced around it. Next I measured the width of the shoe pattern to locate the center point. Then using my boot height measurement I drew a line from the base of the shoe pattern upwards. Now from the top of the toe box
I drew another line running parallel to the center. For the width of the boot shaft I divided my thigh measurement in half then deducted a couple inches since I’d be using a stretch fabric. To complete the boot pattern I drew a line to meet the heel. Now all that was left was to do a little shaping up and get rid of unwanted lines. You can stop here if you don’t mind the seam down the front of the boot but I took it a step further because I wanted mine to have one seam much like the Balenciaga. What I did was remove the toe box then positioned it under the boot making sure it was in a straight line with the center front before taping it on. I then secured them to a strip of paper to blend them together. I know it looks really weird but this is how I was able to cut the boot on the fold. Now the fun begins. As you can see I already cut out one boot. A couple things to check for when laying out the sequin fabric and that’s the direction your sequins are laying and the stretch of the fabric. Mine didn’t run in a particular direction so I just made sure the fabric stretched along the width of the boot, since it didn’t have a four-way stretch. With my fabric folded in half with wrong sides together I placed my pattern along the fold leaving a couple extra inches at the bottom. To cut the pattern I used a couple weights to keep it in place. When cutting the bottom make sure to tack on those extra inches so you’ll have something to grab on to when fitting. Speaking of which, it was time for the first fit. To do that I took a few safety pins and loosely pinned along the side then sandwiched the shoes between the fabric before pinning the bottom. Taking another handful of pins I adjusted the fit making sure it was snug all the way down. At the knee I made sure it wasn’t too tight where I couldn’t bend my knees comfortably. Once I got down to the shoe I finished pinning the seam then pinned around the heel as best as I could. I then gave it a once-over before removing it. Afterwards I refined the heel a little more by cutting the corner just a bit without cutting into the allowance. I then removed the shoe and it was ready to be sewn. Well not quite. I needed to turn the fabric inside out first so I remove the safety pin from one side of the fabric to do so. Or you could try marking around the pins on the wrong side then remove them. To prevent the fabric from shifting while sewing I basted the seam following the pins. Just to quickly demonstrate I was able to sew over the sequins without having to remove them from the allowance. Using a universal needle, I sewed slowly following the basting thread. One reason why I didn’t have any issues sewing over them is because my sequins didn’t overlap. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been so lucky. So yeah that’s definitely something you want to look out for when buying sequins fabric, especially if you’re inexperienced like me. Even though I didn’t need to remove sequins to sew the seam I did have to remove the ones around the heel after so I could turn it back on the right side. It was just a small area so it didn’t take long and most of them were already loose. For the rest I just went in with my small scissors and clip the threads holding them. Using the boot pattern I cut a piece of lining only for the shaft. I didn’t feel it was necessary to cut the whole pattern since the bottom part would be glued onto the shoe. Seeing that the lining was see-through I placed it on top of the boot and traced the allowance following the basting thread. After sewing the lining as well I removed all the basting threads. With right sides facing, I pinned and sewed the top edges together starting at the side seams. Now that they were attached, I turned the lining over onto the boot. To keep it in place, I tacked it along the seam allowance at the top and areas around the bottom. One last thing I needed to do before turning the boots on the right side and that was to add the elastic. I went ahead and fit the elastic around my thigh to see how much I’d need then cut and join the ends. Next I sectioned both the elastic and the top edge in four equal parts, then matched each section together starting with the seams. Using a small zig-zag stitch, I sewed them in place by working in sections pulling the elastic as I go along. At last I could turn it back on the right side. The heel took a little extra time to turn but I guided it through with the help of a safety pin. All right now it was time to get a little messy so I popped on some gloves, grab some handy-dandy safety pins rubber bands and the infamous E6000 glue. As for my shoe I stuffed it with a water bottle to imitate my foot and to retain its shape while gluing. Next I gave it a dry run by placing the shoe inside the cover with the heel first. After the shoe was completely covered I wrapped a twist tie above the bottle cap to use as a guide when gluing. With that in place I started gluing from the heel working my way towards front. To do that I grabbed the base of the heel then peeled back the cover. Working in sections, I quickly applied the glue onto the heel. Afterwards I pulled the cover over making sure the seam was centered down the back. Once the heel was in place, I applied glue to the rest of the shoe before pulling on the cover. After the shoe was fully covered I quickly pinned the bottom pieces together then made sure everything was laying smoothly. I then wrapped a couple rubber bands around it to keep it all in place while it dries. And voila! it just needed a little fine-tuning and it was ready to rock. Taking my scissor I trimmed the excess from the heel cap. I did the same for the sole leaving about a quarter-inch hanging over the sides. Going in with my tweezers I ran it along the edge of the outsole just enough to lift it where I could tuck the raw edges under. After tucking the edges under the outsole I went in with my glue once more to seal it back up. For this I added a tip to get a little bit more control and to get in the groove Once that was done I added a few small
clamps to hold it in place until it dries. I also added some glue to the heel cap to polish it off. That was pretty much it! The only other thing I did because I couldn’t help myself was to fill in a few bald areas with some glue, along with a pile of sequins I had laying around. That wraps it up for today’s video. Let me know in the comments what you think, and if I should include the boot pattern below. Thanks so much for watching! Make sure to subscribe if you haven’t already and I’ll see you next time Bye!