Before we begin sewing ribbons and elastics
on your newly bought pointe shoes, you must
Fold your ballet pointe shoes up properly after each class or
rehearsal, winding the ribbons around each shoe.
Take the Pointe shoes out of your dance bag as soon as
you get home, don't forget! (Important)
Place the shoes somewhere so that they can dry
out, but not in the oven. Yes, it has been known
to put Pointe shoes in the oven to dry.
One dancer who was in a professional ballet company forgot her toe shoes
when she went out to buy groceries. When she came back to her smoking
appartment, not only were her ribbons and elastics burned, her toe shoes
looked like burned pieces of wood stumps. Lucky for her the fire department
Drying the shoes allows the glue inside the shoes
to harden again. You didn't know that there is glue
inside the ballet pointe shoes? That is the
technical aspect of what and how the shoes are made.
If you can, purchase two pair at a time. Rotate
wearing them. The ballet pointe shoes will last longer as the
glue in the shoes harden after each time your child
wears them in class or rehearsal.
Feetfirst should always be not forgotten
in regard to your child's feet when taking
care of her pointe shoes.
Dry shoes in an oven (already mentioned)
or in a microwave, unless you want to have cooked,
baked or roasted shoes for a snack.
Use any kind of chemicals to clean the pointe shoes and/or ribbons, or elastics.
Before you start sewing ribbons, make sure you have:
Thread (white or Pink), Sewing Needle,
1. Your ribbon usually comes in one long piece. Cut it onto
four equal lengths before sewing ribbons on to your shoes.
2. Take the shoe and find the side seams. Measure 1/2 inch
in back of this seam. Mark it with the pencil.
3. Take the end of one ribbon and fold it over by about 3/4
of an inch. Fold it over again. Now the cut edge is
inside of the fold and will not fray.
4. Place this folded part of the ribbon on the inside of
the shoe, where you marked it, shiny side facing out.
5. Using needle and thread sew the ribbon into the shoe.
Make sure you sew small stitches all the way around the
4 edges of the ribbon, making a rectangle. If you know
how to cross stitch, this is even better.
6. Repeat the process of sewing ribbons on the other side of the shoe.
Do second ballet pointe shoe.
As you become more experienced sewing ribbons on Ballet Pointe Shoes you may
decide to alter the placement of your ribbons. Some
dancers like them further back. If you do this, look at
your foot on pointe. Do you see the side of the shoe
gaping at the instep? If yes. your ribbons are too far
back. Always remember that sewing ribbons on pointe shoes provide an important
function by holding the shoe in place at the instep.
To keep pointe shoe ribbons from wrinkling
Fold the part that covers the heel in, and fold the sides of the shoe on top of that
and wrap the ribbons tightly around the shoe. That should do it!
There are different techniques to sewing ribbons on to pointe shoes.
One web Site will tell you, My Way, the other Their Way. Which
one to choose?
Let us go here for sewing ribbons.
You need: 1/2 yard of pink elastic (You can find it at
your local fabric or craft store if it is not provided
with the Pointe Shoes). Obtain a 1/2 inch width of elastic.
The primary purpose of the elastics is to keep the heel
of the shoe from slipping off your foot. These should be
placed at the heel of the shoe and not across the instep.
How to Measure and Sew:
1. Find the seam that runs down the heel of the shoe. Place
one end of the elastic inside of the shoe just to one
side of the back seam. Sew it in.
2. Put the shoe on. Stretch the elastic over and around
your ankle until the two ends meet on either side of
the back seam. Test the tightness by doing a demi-plie
(French for knee bend) and some up and down movements
with your ankle. The elastic should feel tight but not
strangling your ankle. This is your desired length.
3. Cut the elastic to the desired length. Measure the second
elastic to an equal length.
4. Finish sewing the other end of the first elastic on the
other side of the back seam. Make sure you have not
twisted the elastic by mistake. Your finished elastic
now looks like a large loop at the end of the shoe.
Now do the other ballet pointe shoe.
HINT Record the elastic length so that you don't
have to repeat the measuring process every time you sew
your Pointe Shoes.
Now that we have covered some, I repeat, some of the workings,
problems(?) how-to of the pointe shoe, do not think
for a moment that now I know all about pointe shoes.
There is much more information to be had about pointe shoes.
And there are many other people who have written about the
various aspects of these fantastically made shoes.
Do you remember who developed the first ballet pointe shoe?
Hint. Italian ballet master named, who? Filippo Taglioni.
The father of the great 19th century ballerina Maria Taglioni.
Thanks to both of them we now have the Ballet Pointe
Shoe that is worn by thousands and thousands of dancers
who are famous, not so famous, future famous and by your
child who will some day become famous, no doubt.
This is not the all and end all of information given here
about pointe shoes. As I said, there are many people
who have written and expressed their opinions on the
Who, What, Where, and When about the shoes. Still, there
are some FAQ that can be included here.
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pointe shoes or just dancers, famous dancers, search on...
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