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Making thigh high boots - The cheats way by LolaInProgress Making thigh high boots - The cheats way by LolaInProgress
After years of promising how to do this tutorial I finally got around to it!

Sorry I'm so damn lazy guys.

Anyway I hope its easy enough to follow!


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tessa4393 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What spray glue would you recommend to use?
Tabitha-De-La-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tut but I kinda don't understand it, what do you mean by removing the shoe? And by
doing this does this mean the stocking's won't be annoying (sagging down every 5 minutes)
Honestly, I might just do this so I don't have to pull them up like 1000 times a day...

Also when you get to the heel part do you cut a hole in the stockings so they go through the high-heel
and then glue it? Wouldn't that just rip as time goes on? Also how does putting on felt, then the
stocking itself going to make grip any better? It just doesn't make logical sense to me...can you
please explain a few things as the tutorial isn't that easy for me to understand.

Mostly-Fanart Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think that this tutorial might work on flats as well as high heels? I don't feel comfortable wearing heels and flats are my next best option 
temarisgiantfan101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student Artist
would you be able to do this with platform shoes?
Wantsomeginger Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student General Artist
So, Okay. What if your character has kind of a pirate boot fold over thing. At the top of the boot, it folds over? (I'm doing Evangelyne from Wakfu, her costume from season 2) It folds over at the top and theres a X cross of thread on top. I know I'm using yarn for that, would I just use felt to make it look folded over? or get super long tights and fold those over? 
AWESOMEPANCAKES Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student General Artist
As someone who sews as a hobby, here's my suggestion. I don't know this Evangeline character, but I recognize the description of the boot detail you want. I'm actually planning to do a similar thing for my own boots when I cosplay Orphaner Dualscar from Homestuck (although his boots will only go up to my knees, the principle for the fold-over is the same).

Cut a piece of fabric in the correct color and width (to get the width, measure around your leg where the fold-over will start, preferably while wearing your stocking boots so you can measure right around the top of them—measure both legs, as they could be slightly different in circumference). Add a little seam allowance to the width if your fold-over will be a solid piece or if you'll need to hem it, so you'll have room to do that bit of sewing.

Next, figure out how long your fold-over needs to be—then cut your fabric to the right size. It should be that measurement plus seam allowance (enough for one side if it's a material that doesn't need hemming, like felt, and enough for two if the material does need to be hemmed, like cotton weaves). If your fold-over needs hemming, you might want to do that first so it's easier to do. (A long stocking is hell to drag around a sewing machine.)

*If you need to hem your fold-overs' open sides, do it now!

Now, gently (without moving your stocking) push the fold-over material down under the stocking's upper edge by your seam allowance amount. Leave it sticking up for now! Carefully (so you don't stab yourself) safety pin it in place; about one every inch/2.5cm, because stockings like to de-stretch when you take them off. (I say use safety pins because normal pins are very easy to lose if you knock them out taking off the stockings.)

*If you need to sew your fold-over into a solid ring of fabric, now is when you do that!

Once the fold-overs are pinned (and sewn/hemmed) and you've removed them, sew two lines of thread along the overlap of fold-over and stocking. One just next to the very edge of the stocking top, and one just a teensy bit further away. The double lines of stitching will keep it more secure. If you have room and/or you're not sure if it'll be secure enough, I might even run another line of thread along. More than three probably isn't necessary, though.

Now that the fold-overs are sewn in (but still sticking up) gently fold them down how they'll be for the cosplay. Tack them down with the teeniest stitches you can right below the top edge just to keep them folded down, in a thread color as close to the color of the fold-over material as you can get. (That's the thread color you would hopefully use for the whole process, but if nowhere else, use it here!) From there, you can add any necessary extra details (your X-thread, for example, or a lace trim if that were applicable... whatever it happens to be!).

And because you measured around your thigh, which is thicker than your calf (unless something is very strange), there should be no problem getting the fold-over that high up your leg. :) I, personally, would want to use some sort of invisible/flesh-toned garters for something like this; you might want to keep that in mind, because if your fold-overs are heavy, they will slid down your leg and you'll have to hike them up all the time. (A hook-and-eye set-up hidden underneath the fold-over, even attached to the seam allowance part of it, might be a good idea to attach them unobtrusively.)

I hope this helps! Let me know if you need any more explanation. :)
ElvenPrincessMiayln Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
To make these a little more "convention friendly", could you use flats instead of heels?
kimlasca Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
can the stocking parts be painted over with something to give a leather-y texture :? 
Nofacenicole Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
You could try coating it in latex, maybe texturing it so it looks more like leather than rubber. While i haven't tried this yet, I've heard it's an easy way to make latex clothing for cosplay.
It is messy and quite an effort though. You have to cover yourself in Vaseline before starting so the latex doesn't stick to you, then wear the item you're intending to coat, then carefully apply even coats of liquid latex being careful to not accidentally put in any imperfections(making sure each coating is completely dry before applying the next and it helps to apply something like talcum or baby powder between each coat, as well as after the final coat if you don't want that very shiny look). You have to wear the item the whole time it's drying(recommended to wait at least 30 minuets between each coat, with an hour being preferable, as well as waiting at least an hour after the final coat before you can remove the item you're coating) and you have to be careful not to move or position yourself in a way that will warp or stretch the latex in a way that will effect the final product. 
Finf Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
This is genius! I was going to spend weeks trawling the internet and spending way too much money on boots that aren't quite right, but now i don't have to, thanks!
Submerged08 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful. Though I'm looking for boots that aren't skintight. :'c
But these might have to do. ;^;
IceQueen987 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015

I'm going to be doing Unhappy Refrain Miku and holy CRAP I needed this (I have large feet so... yeah...)
leannetran Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is genius!! Thank you so much!
toutcool Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Ty for the tuto is interesting
RoxelsGirl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this possible without high heels?
spazymisfit Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Thank you so much for this. I'm a basic sewer so this helps me bypass sewing all together
pondkid Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I plan to use this to make Satsuki's boots from Kill La Kill!
Thank you so much, otherwise it would have been super expensive ^u^
Shunhades Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the information. I've been wanting to make a simple pair of thigh high boots, and your tutorial is very informative. 8>
principemonamour Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist
the most useful tutorial i've seen in ages!! Thank you so much
AgracianaMerry Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful to know how to do Miku's or even other type of characters thigh-high boots or heels. I just have one question, do you know a tutorial about how to do Anon&Kanon's shoes tutorial?? Their footwear is really a bit complicated to do if you don't know how to start. XD
uzuki-jin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Thank you! this will be very helpfully for an upcoming cosplay (female Team Rocket grunt).
amanda0220 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
now i can do my snk boots XD
TheUmagineer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow, this is really neat! Thanks for sharing!
ALazyAns Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi!! I rly luv your tutorial and plan on using it rly soon!!
But i was wondering if putting the felt on the bottom of the shoe actually make the shoes grip properly. I'm just a tad skeptical on that...
And if it starts to rain, is there anything special to worry about?

Thx!! U've been a fantastic help!! xD
AndromedaRising Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Me too, I feel like it would get really slippery and dangerous, perhaps you could use a puffy fabric glue/paint to create tread? or even not cover the bottom part that carries weight?
jjinjajia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student General Artist
What about when you have to wash the boots, though? :O Like, when it gets dirty and stuff.
nat0003 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
can you put laces on the boots?
chi-chan14 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist
considering its stockings and such; no there would be no way to add laces
manami-jeagerjaques Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
just finished one pair, cant wait to do the latex pair :D thank you for this awesome tutorial
LeKawaiiPotatoArtist Featured By Owner Edited Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will this make good Satsuki boots? 
Any advise?
here's what I'm aiming for.…
silver-bluewind Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, so is the stocking removable from the shoe (even with glue)? Or am I gonna have to sacrifice a pair of stockings/heels?
chi-chan14 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist
they wouldnt be removable from the shoe
LolaInProgress Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Sacrifice i'm afraid! I have a pair of heels that i use again and again in this way.
LPScat334 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Um, sorry to bother you, but do you know how to make knee-high heeled combat boots? If you don't, do you know a place that can show how to make them? If you can, it would be much appreciated.
Bansini Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe you'll find something useful! :')
LPScat334 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Thank you~!
Bansini Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome! :heart:
KawaiiKissable Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY HELL! I LOVE THIS! You earned yourself a watcher my friend, this is amazing!!
BleuumScarlett Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought about doing that for my Lenalee cosplay, she has very "skinny" boots too x). But I was planning to wear flat shoes. Do you think it'll work as well? There won't be holes in the stocking, but that also means no glue point like you did on the heels... Maybe i could put glue directly on the shoes so the stocking are attached there, and then with the felt like you did in the tutorial...
LolaInProgress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
If it was me i'd stick the stocking over the shoe, cut a tiny hole anyway to put the glue in, then cover the sole with felt :D 
BleuumScarlett Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok thanks! :D 
drewdrewstar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i found thsi while surfing through cosplay help blogs and wow this will be hella helpful for my houka cosplay
LolaInProgress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I'm glad!
BlackHeartRock Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Question: The character I am considering doing has an odd pointed shape winging upward from the top here is a picture. How would I go about doing that - or would this technique only work with straight topped boots?
LolaInProgress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Hmm this does only really work for straight top....though if you where careful and made that top detail from a light material you could perhaps sew it to the top of a stocking and use sock glue to hold it in place?
Beatrix-White Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very very helpful Thankyou :la:
LolaInProgress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
OatmealDreams Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What do you mean by "make the first hole where the heel is stretching"?
I'm sorry if this is a silly question!!
LolaInProgress Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
No problem, my wording sucks ahaha. When you pull the stocking over the heel, the stocking will be very streched out at the tip of the heel. Cut a hole where the heel meets the stocking.

Does that make sense?
OatmealDreams Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes!! Thank you very much!
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