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Making thigh high boots - The cheats way

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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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This is damn amazing, thank you thank you thank you! Yayoi Takatsuki + Mami Futami Emote - Glomp/Hug Komari hugs Rin [V5] Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Huggy heart) [V6] 
moonlitblackcat's avatar
would these work for thigh high boots you want over pants or leggings?
LolaInProgress's avatar
Hmm tight legging yes, pants will distort them to the shape of the pants
moonlitblackcat's avatar
neato. also tips on keeping the boots up? my stockings always like to slide down to my ankles
nuukh123's avatar
use double sided tape!
eliza-boo's avatar
Thank you! Very helpful!
CoolKiddIce's avatar
Hatsune miku cosplay here I come!
Adrenalin-Jess's avatar
Where did you find your stockings? Or at least, which type of stocking would you recommend?
LolaInProgress's avatar
Personally I like thigh highs with some rubbed inside them for sticking to bare skin, but most work either way, I just get them off eBay!
MayJasmine's avatar
This is EXACTLY the kind of tutorial I needed for the boots! I was having such a problem thinking of how to make them cosplay thigh high boots... thank you so much for this!

I would just like to ask though, would you recommend a latex finish for it or would it affect the elasticity and efficiency of the stockings? Either way I just considered it to go an extra mile to get the thigh high boots to look shinier and more rubbery. Thank you for your time and tutorial!
LolaInProgress's avatar
Do you mean like dip the finally product in latex or something? Thats not something I've done before I'm afraid!
MayJasmine's avatar
Oh, I see! I feel a little iffy because I'm thinking it may just ruin the elasticity of the stockings. In any case stockings on their own look pretty good! Thanks for replying. :D
TheBandGeekAlchemist's avatar
I love this idea!! How well does it work for walking though? I'm hecka clumsy and feel like I'd slip around a lot on non carpeted floors in these. Any suggestions on adding traction?
LolaInProgress's avatar
I sometimes buy shoe grips off eBay and glue them on. If i don't have those I put dots of hot glue not he sole, works like a Grip. I find the traction generally fine but like, I wouldn't go running in them!
epochalys's avatar
super helpful! planning to do a costume of mettaton from undertale and this saved me about $99 on boots XD
tessa4393's avatar
What spray glue would you recommend to use?
LolaInProgress's avatar
Honestly it doesn't make much difference :D I just use whatever i have around!
Tabitha-De-La-Kitty's avatar
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.

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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 
LolaInProgress's avatar
No reason why not! Let me know how you go!
temarisgiantfan101's avatar
would you be able to do this with platform shoes?
LolaInProgress's avatar
Ive never tried tbh. Depends on the platform i suspect 
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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? 
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. :)
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