I really love Amy Winehouse! She is my music angel and also my inspiration when it comes to fashion. She carried her wardrobe and wore those ballet flats with confidence. Thosse gorgeous flats with skinny sole look so comfy, I need those in my life! Look at her flats.
I’ve got no idea where I can buy them here in the USA. Hmnn.. So, I told and promised myself that I will have them by hook or by crook! Call them flats, slippers or shoes; I call my project, Amy flats. Let me share you how I made these Amy-Winehouse-Inspired-Flats.
For this tutorial, I am making size 7-7.5 (US shoe size) Amy flats. I chose ponte knit with contrasting colors of fabric, thread and even red pen for you to see what is happening on pictures below. There are only two pattern pieces namely, sole and upper part.
The key to get the perfect fit is the kind of fabric you will use. I used an old t-shirt for my very first flats for testing. For this tutorial, I use fabric for both sole and upper part of my Amy Flats.
You may also use non-slip fabric (Thanks to a friend who gave me some of her non-slip fabric. Bless her heart) for the sole BUT make sure to use very stretchy fabric for the upper part of the flats. And the seam allowance will become 0.5cm instead of 1cm.
If you’re size is around 8 or 8.5 (US shoe size), you will want to use 2way stretch fabric. If your feet are smaller than size 7.5 (US Shoe size), you will want to use less stretchy fabric for this project.
These are my Amy Flats using non-slip fabric and liverpool fabric.
Please join itsewcolorful fb group to get the pattern of Amy Flats. It will be easier for us to help each other if we are in one group.
Anyway, enough of the blah blah and let’s get started!
1. Cut the fabric and transfer the markings of the pattern pieces on fabric. You should have 8 pattern pieces, namely:
-2 main upper pattern pieces
-2 lining upper pattern pieces
-2 insole pattern pieces
-2 outer sole pattern pieces
2. Fold the upper pattern piece and sew the open ends together. Do the same step for the other upper pattern pieces.
3. Right sides together, sew the main and lining pattern pieces.
4. Clip the curve raw edge above the toebox and cut the excess fabric at the back seam.
5. Turn the right sides out, pin and topstitch the opening of the upper part together.
6. Right sides together, pin and sew the outer sole and outer upper part ( Pin and sew the lining upper part with them, too) of the flats. Here is the top and bottom view.
7. Fold and pin the upper part ( Those are lining upper part sides on picture below.) of slippers away from the raw edge of the sole to prevent wonky seams when you sew the slippers with the inner sole.
8. Go ahead pin the insole right side down on lining upper part of the slipper partially, like this.
This is the tricky part of sewing these slippers. You need to pull/push the upper back part of the slippers away from the edge of the sole while sewing them together.
9. Sew from the inseam of toebox very slowly going to the center back seam of the upper part. Once you reached the center back seam of the upper part, lock stitch it and remove the slipper from the machine.
10. Try to push the upper part of the slippers inside as much as you can and secure it with pins just like what you see in the picture below.
11. Start sewing from the center back seam of the slipper towards the toebox but leave an opening like so.
12. Trim the excess fabric except the opening areas.
13. From the opening, turn the slippers right sides out.
14. Handstitch the opening at insole.
14. You now have a pair of reversible Amy flats!
If you want to put ribbons on your flats, you may use ribbonette or store bought Strings.. I made self fabric string for this project.
You may use whichever fabric you love for the cute bows . I cut out 1″x11″ strips, folded, sewed, trim and turned the right sides out using a safety pin. ( You may hand stitch the ends of the strings or simply create a cute knot so they wont fray.)
Hand stitch the strings on slippers like so.
Here are my Amy flats!
Thank you for stopping by and taking your time to read this post.. I will be happy to see your Amy Flats. Happy sewing, everyone!