I bought my dress a fortnight ago and I really love it! I love the colour which is a deep midnight blue. So next I needed the shoes and bag. I used to love shopping. Now I really don't like it at all. I walked Adelaide and went online too, to get shoes to match my dress. It was a waste of time and shoe leather. There is blue/navy everywhere in clothes but apparently no one thought to do the same in accessories!
In the end I resolved to get a favourite shoe of mine, that I love but also I know won't kill me. Also a bag the size I want. I could get both in any colour as I would colour change them myself.
So here they are.... the bag was $10!
Step one is you use methylated spirits to wash down the area to be painted. Then I use sticky tape to mask areas to be protected. This setting up makes it easy.
You want to do several thin coats rather than one thick one. I get a set of fine paint brushes as the one they provide you is thick and messy.
So here is the result with my dress in the middle...
To get the colour right I mixed navy blue with some black as the navy wasn't dark enough. I messed around until I found a pretty much exact match.
I'm pretty happy! Also excited. This dress is probably the nicest dress I have ever had!
This stuff is useful and I'm telling you as it can save you money. Firstly you can get spray or paint. I get paint unless I want plain black. This way you can get any colour in the world by mixing colours. Seriously you can match anything. The easiest thing of all is to colour change to your original colour. This sounds mad but if you have a black shoe with a scuffed heel or scratch, black colour change will fix it. You can remove a stripe by painting over it. Suede is fabulous. You can revive suede shoes or boots by repainting them the original colour and they will look new. Then when dry use waterproofing. It is like having new boots/shoes! Get some fine brushes for touch ups and just touch up the scratch mark. It is wonderful. Then clean your shoes up and polish them. You will be thrilled.
Another use is making over some shoes you never wear. Even if you then wear them once with a special outfit you have saved money.
While on the subject I really love suede. Suede shampoo is the best stuff ever. If you have boots or shoes in suede have a clean and then waterproof session once a year for amazing results.
Generally shoe repairers sell colours and will advise and which colours to mix for the colour you want. Getting other repairs done if needed can save you a fortune. It certainly applies to good quality footwear. They are worth looking after.
With sneakers etc. I remember trying to clean white back to white. And a tooth brush and cleaner will often get things looking pretty good. But failing cleaning white try white colour change paint to re whiten impossible areas. They too will look like new again. Sometimes these sneaky tricks can be a big saver.