From Shawl to Slipper

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I’ll not beat around the bush:  I love these slippers.  If the luxury fairy were to visit tomorrow and say “I’ll grant you one item that costs exactly $450,”  this is the item I’d choose.  They just seem to be the perfect fall shoe, and since I gave up heels long ago, I love flats that look polished, but that make for easy walking.

Several years ago I actually found a pair of Stubbs and Wootton slippers in a local thrift store.  Unfortunately, they were not my size, so I passed them along to someone who could wear and love them.  But I did really appreciate the craftsmanship that went into the shoes.  According to their site, the shoes are made in Spain.

If you visit the site, you will also see that these are made from antique paisley shawls.  You all know that I do not condone the cutting of perfectly good antique and vintage textiles.  I’m assuming that the company does not cut up shawls in perfect condition, as the cost would be prohibitive.   And ones with moth damage are quite common; in fact, I’ve never found one that did not have a scattering of holes.

After shawls faded from the fashion scene, many were cut up to make other garments.  In the 1920s coats had a real ethnic flair, and many shawls were  cut to make coats.  I especially love this one at 1860-1960.

I guess it is remarkable that any of these survived at all, but I have actually found two of them at my local Goodwill Clearance Center.  Neither is in great condition, one being cut, and the other having quite a few holes.  Still, the textiles are so beautiful, and I had the vague idea of making something from them.  I suppose I should find an old WWII era book that tells how to make your own shoes.  Or maybe find a slipper pattern  and at least have a pair to wear around the house.  My raw materials:


Posted by Sarsaparilla:

You found these two paisleys at Goodwill? I had given up on my Goodwill store, but maybe I ought to start snooping around there again. 

If you can make your own paisley slippers, I will be very very impressed!

Love that 1920’s coat that you found at 1860-1960. I would enjoy wearing it, even with holes…

Tuesday, October 19th 2010 @ 9:05 PM

Posted by KeLLy Ann:

oohhh, a Cocoon coat!?
How heavenly is that?
I too, am a big fan of slippers/mary janes. Especially around the house;
I can’t wait to see if you find a pattern. 

Tuesday, October 19th 2010 @ 10:00 PM

Posted by Em:

Simply beautiful–I have a soft spot for vintage paisley and still wear it regularly. The slippers sound divine. 

Wednesday, October 20th 2010 @ 5:36 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

I actually found them at the Goodwill Clearance, which is not a regular store. It’s like a warehouse where they sort donations. Anything they think will not sell in the stores is put into big bins and people can dig through them, looking for treasures at $1.10 a pound. All the fabric donated ends up here. Last week there was a feedsack feeding frenzy, as someone donated dozens and dozens of them, all neatly ironed and folded. 

There’s no telling what will show up there, but even I was surprised by the paisley. And these were not together; I found them months apart.

Wednesday, October 20th 2010 @ 10:33 AM

Posted by Couture Allure:

I found a pair of Stubbs and Wooten needlepoint shoes at my favorite thrift recently…in my size! They are incredibly comfortable, completely leather lined, and bright pink. I’ll wear them with jeans and a pink sweater this fall. 

Saturday, October 23rd 2010 @ 3:37 AM

Posted by Lizzie:

Jody, you are so lucky to have found that pair in your size! 

Saturday, October 30th 2010 @ 6:50 PM

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