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Fashion takes a walk on the Wylde side…
Christmas is coming, some geese are getting fat – even if noone’s wallet is – and the festive rituals are in full swing. To be fair, they have been for a month, already, so nothing hot off the press there, as such. In my opinion, it’s a mixed blessing. The freezing outside weather conditions add to the sense of coziness indoors and, with my home town being in the heart of historic England, the atmospheric darkness turns the scenery into an otherworldly fairyland bathed in incandescent flecks of light. I don’t mind that it’s the festival of mindless consumerism, for most of us, or that it entails weeks of trawling the manic shops to buy people things they don’t need (That said, for a real Nightmare Before Christmas, beyond anything Jack Skellington and pals could have dreamt up, look no further than the bedlam of Oxford Street!) However, when it comes to Christmas music – I’m talking music of the post-modern, non-religious persuasion, here – I remain of the bah humbug school of thought. Completely.

I have to say, this nation’s a funny lot when it comes to odd yearly traditions. “Awww, it’s so Christmassy…” they coo over the same novelty Christmas records, that were far from bearable to begin with, played year in and year out, ” it really gets you in the festive mood!” I’m still congratulating myself on getting this far and being able to avoid hearing Slade’s “Merry Christmas” so far this year, and all the other trite and embarrassing songs of the season (”Fairytale of New York” excepted)

I was always one to laugh in the face of conformity, when it came to things I didn’t see the point of. I’m going to take a similar angle of self-indulgence for this entry. My blog has, thus far, been predominantly mainstream and trend-led , but rather than covering what’s hot right now, I chose to copy something just ’cause I love it, and, I would say that it’s quite the perfect gift, but, be warned, there’s a serious risk of it turning out so fabulous, you’ll want to keep it for yourself! Hanging onto all that remains of the tough chic trend of this past year, I give you…. Thomas Wylde’s serpent boots – a Chic Cheat tribute

Posted by Charley H. from Peterborough, England, United Kingdom • Published See Charley H.'s 22 projects »
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  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 1
    Step 1

    If your boots are too wide, you may want to pin them together at the back so that they fit more tightly. Mark the points out with your gel pen.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut a diagonal line 1cm long from either side of the line.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold the leather back on itself where your demarcations from your gel pen are.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pin it in place and pin the zip to it. Glue the zip in place at the bottom and sew in the rest of the zip with the zip open.

    Remove pins. If your zip is too long and you need to cut it, make sure you bend it, fold it over and glue it in place at the top of your boots.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 5
    Step 5

    Print out 2 copies of the shape on the left, so that it covers the length of an A4 – or, you can sketch out your own design, if you like.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut out the serpent shapes with your scalpel and pin them to the front of your boots about 2cm from the top.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 7
    Step 7

    Draw around them with your gel pen. Take the paper stencils off.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stitch your silver beads sparingly in a dotted line around the edge of the snake’s head. Then stitch on your gold beads in a dotted line around the outside and in “scale” patterns like the ones on the original. You might want to print out an image of the TW boots to get some inspiration and authenticity.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew your oxidised silver beads on, dot them around sparingly so that they don’t clash with the gold and so as to give the boots a quirky, individual twist.

  • How to make a boot. Your Loyal And Faithful Serpent - Step 10
    Step 10

    Finally, if you want to add your kilt straps, pin them so that the buckle crosses the zip, 11cm down from and parallel to the top of the boots. Sew in place with a regular sewing machine foot.

    Wipe off the gel pen marks with make-up removal wipes, which, I find, work best.

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