Naturally, I saw and fell in love with these boots from Anthropologie a while back.
Alas, knowing they would costs approximately 1 1/2 months worth of groceries, I knew it would have to become a DIY. So, here’s to giving your old boots new life that’s completely removable. Two looks from one pair!
Spiffy Boot Spats DIY.
- Pair of boots
- 1/2 yard tweed or wool type fabric *this is for upper calf height boots, may need more or less
- 1/2 yard ribbed knit fabric (really just 18″ by 6″, but you need the width to stretch sideways so 1/2 yard) *depends on height of your boots
- 1 yard velcro
- Tailors chalk or marker
- Bobbles – if you feel like adding some extra design goodies. I kept mine simple
- 1 yard of muslin – you may need to make two trials to get the fit right
Using fat quarter size piece of muslin, drape the shape of your boot. Depending on the shape you may need to fold over around the top of the ankle and pinch in above the top foot bone area.
Mine lapped over at the ankle, which I plan to turn into a seam. And I will add another seam down the center top. I also turned down the fabric about 1″ inside of the boot to allow for tucking in.
Mark your shapes with tailors chalk or fabric marker. Note: I left out about 2″ of the inside seam to insert a knit piece for a snugger fit. If your fabric has stretch, you can eliminate this feature and skip to the velcro bit.
Lay your pieces out on paper and create your pattern pieces – Smooth out lines where necessary and measure seams to make sure they fit each other
*Sew up a test pair in muslin to double-check your fit.
Cut out fabric pieces.
Sew up your seams, depending on your design.
Cut out 18″ (depends on the height of your boots) by 3″ of your knit fabric. Sew on front side of spat. You may have access, which you can trim down before hemming.
Attach velcro on inside of knit and outside of main fabric for overlap.
Hem top and bottom.
Attach to boot by tucking the 1″ extra at the top and the velcro-ing the inner seam shut.