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Judy Garland's ruby slippers project in July, 2017
27th Jun, 2017 at 4:11pm
 
It has been a long break but we are finally back at doing what we love doing. We will begin work on a new pair of ruby slippers in early July.

Before we do, we want to show you the heels that we use on our shoes. We made these wooden shoe heels so they are not available anywhere else. They are very hard to make because we're cutting solid wood into the correct curve shape of a heel.

These are an exact reproduction of the 1930's style wooden heels used on the "Witch's Shoes", the best pair of ruby slippers in size 5B worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

MGM made several pairs of ruby slippers, but the size 5B "Witch's Shoes" pair used in the Munchkinland scenes had slightly longer and thinner heels than other pairs so that the ruby slippers look a bit more "sexy".

We have perfected a process to create an exact copy of this particular type of heel so this is another area of our work that we're very good at making.



Exact reproduction wooden shoe heels on the original ruby slippers


Exact reproduction wooden shoe heels on the original ruby slippers

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Reply #1 - 28th Jun, 2017 at 7:27am
 
Below are two pictures of Judy Garland as Dorothy wearing the ruby slippers in the movie.

The first picture shoes her wearing the ruby slippers in Munchkinland when she arrives in Oz, and the second picture is when she wore the ruby slippers in the Witch's Castle where is being locked up.

These are two different pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy because you can kind of see the pair in Munchkinland has a slightly longer and thinner heels with pointy and slimmer toes, whereas the pair worn in the Witch's Castle has shorter and thicker heels.

We will be replicating a pair of hand-sewn ruby slippers using the same technique as the original ruby slippers that looks identical to the pair worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in Munchkinland, known as the "Witch's Shoes" because they have a hint of sexiness.



Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy


Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy






Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy

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Re: Judy Garland's ruby slippers project in July, 2017
Reply #2 - 28th Jun, 2017 at 12:40pm
 
Two Questions:

a.) How many hours of hand-sewing?

2.) Are the bows the same on the two different pairs of ruby red slippers?
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Reply #3 - 28th Jun, 2017 at 1:27pm
 
It's like asking how many hours to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. If you drive fast then you'll get there quickly.

It really depends on your sewing speed and how much perfection you want to put into your work. If you want to sew at a fast pace with sequins dangling loosely all over the place and just call it a pair of hand-sewn ruby slippers then you can do that in about 72 hours (3 days).

But if you want to sew slowly to focus on attention to detail like we do, and the sequins are neat and firm then it can take 3-4 weeks, if not longer.

The bows on each pair of original ruby slippers are a bit different because they are handmade, and more than one person made the original ruby slippers. The way one craftsperson works is different to the way another craftsperson works, but they have the same job and that is to make a hand-sewn pair of ruby slippers with bows from the materials supplied to them.
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Reply #4 - 28th Jun, 2017 at 3:14pm
 
This is a pair of hand-sewn bows that we will be using on this pair of ruby slippers. Every stones and beads are sewn firmly onto a red silk fabric to perfection with thin leather overlay.



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Reply #5 - 29th Jun, 2017 at 2:35pm
 
Our shoes have been made in Judy Garland's cute size 5B, and the shape matches the original ruby slippers known as "The Witch's Shoes".

Just like the original ruby slippers, our ruby slippers will be wearable after they are sequined. These designer quality shoes have already been coated with red enameled bottoms. The right shoe contains a heat embossed golden label that reads "Innes Shoe Co., Los Angeles, Pasadena, Hollywood", and "#7 Judy Garland" is written with a black fountain pen on both shoe.

This will be a hand-sewn pair of ruby slippers, crafted to look brand new. The sequining process will begin in early July. It has been about six weeks since we last worked on a pair of ruby slippers so we're excited to be back doing what we do best.



Judy Garland's size 5B leather and silk fabric overlay shoes


Judy Garland's size 5B leather and silk fabric overlay shoes

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Red glossy soles on Judy Garland's size 5B shoes


Red glossy soles on Judy Garland's size 5B shoes

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Reply #6 - 29th Jun, 2017 at 3:04pm
 
A labor of love, truly indeed. What kind of leather do you use?
Do you use magnifying device to see when sewing on the sequins?
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Reply #7 - 29th Jun, 2017 at 4:22pm
 
We use high quality Italian leather for the lining, insoles and soles.

I still have good eyesight, I don't wear glasses or use magnifying device. You always have to rest your eyes and fingers regularly when sewing the sequins onto the shoes otherwise you can do damage to yourself later in life.
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Reply #8 - 30th Jun, 2017 at 6:02am
 

  Did some research and your Ruby Red Slippers are the highest quality replicas made in the entire world. Congratulations are in order. Your attention to detail and authenticity is what makes these an "object de art". Excellent work Miss Saovaluck!
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Reply #9 - 30th Jun, 2017 at 6:52am
 
Thank you for your kind words, that is very nice of you.

That is the general thought of the public and top craftspeople around the world.

When people buy ruby slippers from us, they are buying from one of the most skillful artisans. I'm not in a position to say I am better than this person and that person in making ruby slippers, but people can look at my work and decide for themselves.
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Reply #10 - 30th Jun, 2017 at 12:13pm
 
Not kind words, just the truth. The quality is something I associate with Japanese meticulousness. Since you refuse to make shoes for men, could you make me a Tin Man Hat?
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Reply #11 - 30th Jun, 2017 at 3:28pm
 
I'm glad you like our previous creations. All of our ruby slippers are magical and they are made in dedication to Judy Garland.

Unfortunately I have never worked with tin or metal.
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Reply #12 - 3rd Jul, 2017 at 9:21am
 
We have started sewing the sequins directly onto the right shoe following the same technique as the original ruby slippers.



Sequining to perfection on the right shoe in the early stages


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Reply #13 - 3rd Jul, 2017 at 2:12pm
 
The bow is affixed first, then the sequins are hand-sewn from toe to heel?
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Reply #14 - 3rd Jul, 2017 at 3:23pm
 
The bows have been made, but they are not sewn onto the shoes until the very end, when we finish sequining the shoes. We just put it on there temporarily for photo purposes only to show how the shoe will look with the bow.

Yes, we always start sewing the sequins from the toe towards the back of the shoe and heel. It's a very long process because we want to make sure the sequins start and finish perfectly on the edge of the shoe.
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