The idea for this refashion had been knocking around in my head for a few weeks. Then, one day we were getting ready for a day out when I realised that I NEEDED a pair of ankle boots to go with my outfit! Chop, chop, sew, sew and, 20 minutes later, I had my ankle boots. See how those slim-fitting pants sit nicely over the boots in the bottom, right picture.
It was so easy to make these. I simply drew a line on the boots at the height I wanted, made sure the zip was undone to BELOW this line and cut around the boots with scissors, zip and all. Next I got some foldover elastic (but a strip of lycra would also work) folded it in half lengthwise and zig-zag stitched it around the top edge of the boots, leaving a short length (about 1cm) at the ends. This extra length was folded over to the inside and stitched in place to neaten the edges and prevent the zip-pull coming off at the top. I used a strong needle and the sewing was a breeze, no problem getting through the leather.
Done! A forgotten pair of boots given new life.