Merry Posted September 11, 2010 Report Share Posted September 11, 2010 Just for fun I thought you might like to hear about my visit with my DD to the local dancewear shop this morning. The main part of the shop is a room about 10x15ft including a counter and lots of stock, so really there is only room for about four customers before things get crowded. We arrived to see a queue of about five or six people outside the shop and maybe 12 people inside, so we waited on the end of the queue in the rain for about 20 minutes or so. Once inside the people in front of us were mainly getting ballet slippers and tap shoes and easier stuff that didn't need trying on so were served fairly quickly. The it was our turn; as he obviously remembered us from previous visits, the shopowner let us into the stockroom and left us completely to our own devices!! If we hadn't been in a hurry, because of the wait, I would have been rummaging in all the boxes! The room was only small like the shop, but the boxed extended to the ceiling, amybe 15 or 20ft high! Dau got some Katz ballet slippers (they are a UK brand, but a lot like Freed imho) and were able to get ballet socks the right colour (tasteful pale salmon pink) instead of just what we are usually offered (usually gaudy 'orangy' coral) , by going to the bottom of the stock box to stuff that had probably been there at least ten years. I wanted some split sole canvas slippers and that box contained either Sansha Pro or Grishko Performance. I had read a lot about both on this site and thought the Sansha would be better suited to my feet, but it turned out the other way and I came out with the Grishko Performance which I am very excited about, having worn Freed shoes 'forever'. I also love the colour of them as they are not too bright. Anyway, these shoes lead me to my question. Each crossover elastic is stitched at one end. I was going to stitch the free ends to the edge of the drawstring casing on the opposite side, as I've always done with single elastics, and was just musing at how much spare elastic there seemed to be compared with the 'just enough' on DD's pair I sewed first. Then it occurred to me that I had read somewhere here about sewing the two free ends together and taking the crossed elastic under the foot or under the shoe when putting them on. So, what's normal practise please, and are there advantages and/or disadvantages to any method? Quote Link to comment
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