Friday, March 24, 2023

Fancy Friday: Sporty Pinks and Greys; Art Project Complete: Pink Freedom Fluevogs

Hello, my friends! Happy Fancy Friday - I hope you all get your fancy on! I've got a quick outfit to show you and it just so happens to feature my arted-up Fluevogs, all finished! Wrap up below.

I built this outfit around this new-to-me Adidas jacket. 

  • Blazer - Adidas, thrifted; purchased here for $19.95
  • Pink shirt - Denver Hayes, consignment; last seen here in January with black and white
  • Black sweater/tank - INC, thrifted; last worn here in October 2022
  • Skirt - Eliza Faulkner, consignment; first seen here in February with faux fur
  • Shoes - Freedom Suki, Fluevog, early 00s, thrifted; last worn here in June 2022 with pink and pattern

I riffed on the preppy vibe of it, and did a collared shirt, vest and tie. 
Menswear on the top, femme on the bottom. This was a really comfy outfit for a busy Friday.

I had a lot of positive reactions from my colleagues. 
A lot of "ooh!"s.

The skirt is a comfy thick fleece. 
The hem popped, so I did a quick staple at my desk. KLASSY. I'll sew it eventually.

Done up. The lapels don't like to lay flat, so I might tack them down with a quick stitch.
The skirt has excellent pockets.

My sleeveless coat is perfect for this time of year. 

It was sunny, windy and rainy. 
Whatever! It's Friday! 

The Muppety boa was snuggly warm as I walked home in the cold wind. 

  • Fur boa - thrifted
  • Gloves - consignment

The stuff: 
The shoes turned out really cool. I'm very happy with them.

Maximal bling: 
Did you spot the crystal necklace? It's on top of the tie knot. 

  • Tie - Escada by Margaretha Ley, vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Necklace - Alain, vintage 1950s, gift from Alison
  • Bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Steel/crystal bracelet - Juicy Couture, consignment
  • Anneke & Lars ring - vintage mall
  • Silver/onyx ring - Tocara, vintage fair
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Pink shoe clips - came with these pink shoes
  • Zipper rose - Victoria & Albert Museum gift shop, London

The tie says "Has a Love Letter Won Your Heart." 

Art Project: Pink Freedom Fluevogs

I finally got around to finishing my "Pink Freedom" Fluevogs this week, go, me! I previously showed progress pics here, and started working on them here

I did wear them twice as is, since I first thrifted them here in February 2022 for $9.95 (yes, you read that right!). 

This was the first, and not entirely successful, outfit, in February 2022. 
The only things I've kept are the shoes and the velvet skirt. 

I was much happier with this more summery outfit, in June 2022.
It did make me realize I can use a pink shoe like this in my wardrobe. 

Here's a reminder of what they looked like when I bought them. 
I'm wearing those rosette shoe-clips on my blazer today! I figured out quickly that they were removeable - they were not originally included with the shoes. 

And here's how they turned out!
Such a funky pattern! 

This is where I'd gotten to on my last update.
The most nerve-wracking part of drawing on clothes and shoes is the drawing part. What if I fork it up? And of course, I made many "mistakes" when I drew the lines, the concentric circles and the Vs.

Cool, eh?
Letting go of the wee errors is all part of the process. No one will notice. 

Each of the circles took around 30 minutes to do, and there are 14 per shoe, so 14 hours in colouring alone. Add in another 2-ish hours for the planning, drawing the lines, circles and Vs, and all of the touch-ups. 
I coloured over the white lacing, making it all black. I also planned my colouring to cover any dings, scuffs and scrapes. You can't see them now unless you're looking for them.

I signed one shoe, "S. Lastname" and "Pink Freedom, 2023" on the other. 
And there you go, all ready to wear. 

Another look at them. My coworker said, "You could sell those!" but once you do the math - what IS my time worth? 
This was a fun and relatively quick project, though - I liked doing this pattern and happily add it to my arsenal of tricks for future projects. 

Tools: Staedtler permanent black markers; Tombow art pen (alcohol-based). 

Next up: Back to L's Blue Oyster Cult Jacket! 

Have a great weekend, my friends! May all your skies be blue.


  1. Those Vogs are sooo good! I hope you've tagged JohnF so he can copy the 'Sheila'. All the best from Australia.

  2. OMG, they turned out AMAZING! Good for you!

  3. First of all, fabulous outfits. I love how you wear maxi and midi skirts. Secondly, I really enjoyed your DIY. I sometimes do DIY projects with my shoes as well.

    1. Thanks, Ivana, I really liked this outfit. Cool! I would love to see your DIYs!

  4. Oh Sheila, I want to wear this outfit. So fabulous, I'm loving everything about it. How you wear the necklace, the amazing shoes, the tie! Fantastic. It's so attractive to wear something feminine and something men. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Thank you, Nancy! I liked this outfit a lot - it helps when I do my planning.

  5. The shoes with your art work are amazing. Lise

  6. I could comment on your outfit but OH MY I’d rather swoon over the fantastic salvaging of plain pink Fluevogs to awesome intricately patterned zesty Fluevogs! I have thoroughly appreciated each and every one of your clothing or accessories art projects, and these join the ranks of Amazing Art by Sheila!

    What a grand way to step into the weekend. :)
    Cheers, Laurie

    1. Lol, no problem, Laurie, ha ha! I'm so glad you enjoyed the shoes!

  7. I do appreciate a pink and grey combo, and I absolutely love your outfit. Continuing the preppy vibe with the shirt, tie and vest was a fantastic idea. As is the Klassy method of emergency stapling popped hems, a method, I must add, I've often used myself :-)
    The real stars of this post, however, are your arted-up Fluevogs! I really have no words for the awesome job you did on them!
    Have an excellent weekend, Sheila, and may your skies be bluer than ours (which are not!) xxx

    1. Thanks, Ann! I like preppy once in a while. Ha, glad it's not just me - but I did stitch the hem properly over the weekend!

      Aw, thank you so much.

  8. I love the way these shoes turned out Sheila! You did a wonderful job with them. I really like the outfit too, perfect way to wear that blazer and pink and grey always look so good together :)

    1. Thanks, Mica, I am really happy with them and how they turned out.

  9. Holy crow Sheila, the shoes are SPECTACULAR! I love the pattern you chose, and you did a supremely professional job. Sorry I've been absent on the blog commenting, work is bonkers busy and I can't bear to look at a computer screen after I get home.

    1. Wow, thanks, Shelley! No worries, my dear - I totally get it. Good to see you! Thanks for all the comments!

  10. Such an artist you are! Your creativity and patience are inspiring.

  11. Those shoes are absolutely incredible, Sheila, I love what you've done with them. I think this is your best leather transformation yet!
    Your pink and grey combo is lovely. xxx

    1. Thanks, Vix! I am really happy with how they turned out.

  12. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, they are amazing! You are so clever!!! I love what you did with them and this lovely 'cool uniform' outfit!x


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