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A creation of a professional ruby slipper maker
20th Apr, 2015 at 5:24am
 
I'm feeling very motivated to sew a new pair of ruby slippers, but first things first, I will be making a pair of hand-sewn bows. I'm talking the highest quality bows handmade like the originals in 1939.

I got a piece of genuine leather and made it thinner (as were the original bows), then I carefully cut the leather into two shapes of a bow. The bottom of the bows is cut a bit more steeper than the top, and the ends of the bows is trimmed off slightly so they are not pointy, just like the originals.

What we don't want is plastic or cardboard bows on our Rolls-Royce ruby slippers otherwise they look cheap. The shape of the leather bows look basically the same, you can't really see much difference, so I'm pretty happy with the way they have been cut perfectly then I dye them red.

Now I need a high quality Lao silk fabric and of course all the tiny beads and stones with holes for sewing, so a good eyesight is a must in this field of work. I don't wear glasses yet by the way, hopefully I won't ever need to.




Leather to make the bows for Judy Garland's ruby slippers


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Re: A creation of a professional ruby slipper maker
Reply #1 - 23rd Apr, 2015 at 9:05am
 
Finished! A genuine reproduction pair of hand-sewn bows made exactly like the original bows on the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy.

It took me 4 days to make these two bows. All the beads and stones were sewn individually with a needle and thread by hand, the reason why the process was slow and difficult.

The rectangular glass stones is custom-made to match the originals with the large face cut and the "V" cuts on the sides, only two people in the world have them.

These bows are as high quality as you can get. I'm right up there with the very best in the world, if you don't have the skill and patience, you can't make something as beautiful and neat as the bows you're looking at.



Ruby slipper bows crafted like the originals


Ruby slipper bows crafted like the originals

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Re: A creation of a professional ruby slipper maker
Reply #2 - 23rd Apr, 2015 at 10:58am
 
Another look at these exquisite bows that Miss Garland herself would be very impressed.



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Re: A creation of a professional ruby slipper maker
Reply #3 - 27th Apr, 2015 at 10:48am
 
We made another pair of bows. They are the same size, same shape and using the same materials as the first pair.

These are not just any ordinary bows, they are high quality and hand-sewn to copy the original bows made for the ruby slippers.




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Reply #4 - 27th Apr, 2015 at 10:08pm
 
This is how the bows look on the shoes, very beautiful indeed. Adrian, the costume designer for The Wizard of Oz, decided to add leather bows to the ruby slippers to give them an extra spark and beauty.

Both of these custom-made shoes will be sequined in the future. We have another custom-made shoes that we plan to use for our next pair of ruby slippers.




Ruby slipper bows on two pairs of base shoes


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Re: A creation of a professional ruby slipper maker
Reply #5 - 8th May, 2015 at 3:37pm
 
When talking about ruby slipper bows, these are as good as they come. They are high quality and they are hand-sewn like the bows on the original ruby slippers. It's a long, hard work, but patience is a virtue.

We have made a lot of beautiful bows over the years, but obviously they have left us along with the ruby slippers to their new home, and these bows are what we currently have in stock. We will continue to make more bows, so we are very serious ruby slipper makers using the highest quality materials on hand.




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Re: A creation of a professional ruby slipper maker
Reply #6 - 15th May, 2015 at 10:30pm
 
This beautiful size 5B American dance shoes is perfect for our next pair of ruby slippers. It is custom made in Judy Garland's shoe size and accurate foot measurements. We always use high quality shoes with an identical shape to the original ruby slippers and this pair is no exception.

The shoes has a slim look about it, and the vintage wooden heels is long and thin when viewed from the side of the shoes and that's exactly what is required. Our general consensus is that if the shoes doesn't look like a 1930's style sexy dance shoes, then it's not the correct shape for a pair of ruby slippers.

We painted the soles glossy red. Some of the original ruby slippers have orange colored felt on the soles, while the best pairs have no felt but plain red paint. We never place felt on our ruby slippers because it covers the beauty and shine at the bottom of the shoes.




Judy Garland's size 5B 1930's style sexy dance shoes


Judy Garland's size 5B 1930's style sexy dance shoes

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Re: A creation of a professional ruby slipper maker
Reply #7 - 20th May, 2015 at 8:06pm
 
Sequining is underway and it looks very neat so far. Remember, every individual sequin is hand sewn with a regular straight needle onto the shoe so you need to know what you're doing in this long and slow process.

This pair of ruby slippers will be pricey when finished, but they're worth every penny crafted by a master of perfectionism. We pay a great deal of attention to every aspect of the ruby slipper making process. Our skill is a combination lots of practice and love of Judy Garland since childhood.




Work is underway with Judy Garland's ruby slippers


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Reply #8 - 22nd May, 2015 at 8:38pm
 
This side of the right shoe is nearly done and looks absolutely beautiful, what you would expect from a professional ruby slipper fashion designer. It's hard work even though we have made more hand-sewn ruby slippers than anyone in the the world.



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Reply #9 - 24th May, 2015 at 4:08am
 
The right shoe is looking simply gorgeous as the shiny red sequins slowly makes their way around the shoe. We want it to completely cover the shoe so that no fabric is visible.

The sequins we use is red metallic, and has a diameter of 4mm, which is the exact type and size on the original ruby slippers.




The making of the ruby slippers the same way as the originals


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Reply #10 - 27th May, 2015 at 8:44pm
 
Stunning beauty Judy Garland as Dorothy and her right shoe is almost done. Lots and lots of sewing to get this far.



The right shoe of Judy Garland's ruby slippers is slowly taking shape


The right shoe of Judy Garland's ruby slippers is slowly taking shape

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Reply #11 - 31st May, 2015 at 8:43pm
 
A master display of high quality ruby slipper making. One shoe is done and we are now at the halfway mark towards completion.

There's still many, many hours of sewing time ahead so your heart and mind needs to be constantly focused on the job.



The right shoe is done, this is ruby slipper re-creation at its best


The right shoe is done, this is ruby slipper re-creation at its best

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The right shoe is done, this is ruby slipper re-creation at its best

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Reply #12 - 4th Jun, 2015 at 9:09pm
 
There's still a lot of stitching to do on the left shoe, but Judy Garland's ruby slippers is looking hot. This pair will be one of the most accurate ruby slippers in the world using identical materials and shoes.



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Re: A creation of a professional ruby slipper maker
Reply #13 - 6th Jun, 2015 at 6:36pm
 
Roughly 4,600 individual sequins is carefully hand sewn with a regular needle onto a pair of shoes to form the "ruby slippers". You can imagine the difficulty and time-consuming nature of creating the most famous shoes in the world.

This pair of size 5B shoes looks so perfect. You can see the resemblance to the pair worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The ruby slippers she wore in close up shots has a more longer and thinner heels, and slim pointy toes than other pairs that she had on throughout the movie.



The original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy


The original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy







Sequining the ruby slippers is difficult and time-consuming


Sequining the ruby slippers is difficult and time-consuming

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Reply #14 - 7th Jun, 2015 at 10:45pm
 
Sequining on the medial side of the left shoe is nearly finished. After that we sequin the lateral side of the shoe and the heel.

You may notice the color difference on the ruby slippers. The first picture has a deeper red, and the second picture looks more brighter red, so the color of the sequins will appear different to the naked eye depending where you place the ruby slippers.

MGM Studios used a lot of artificial lighting on the set of The Wizard of Oz to keep the ruby slippers looking sparkling bright red. At no stage did they film Judy Garland wearing the ruby slippers outdoors, the entire filming took place indoors.



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