So anyway I spent some time recently making three different pairs of shoes. I went looking through my old shoe patterns and couldn't find the one I was looking for - the basic ballet flat - I know I threw out a couple of versions of shoe patterns a while ago, but I didn't think these were one of the ones I chucked, but they must have been.
OK so it was back to the drawing board. I drafted a new pattern and made a muslin. I wore the muslin (without any sole or finishing) for a day to see how they went and decided I needed them to be a bit more cut out at the top. So I cut them down, then took them apart to make a new pattern and made a second pair.
These were made out of a basic quilting cotton, with two layers of craft foam inside the bottom. I tried putting some clear elastic inside the shoe around the top to keep them on more but I didn't get it tight enough, so rather than taken them all apart I just added some decorative FOE around the top.
I wore them like that for a day to check the fit and when I was happy enough with them I finished them off by gluing some of my 1mm thick soling material to the bottom.
I really like these, they're comfortable and cute, but possibly a bit too thin in the sole region. Great for running around in the backyard, but not so good for standing on burning hot concrete or walking rocky paths.
|It looks like I need to go back and trim down that left hand sole it's hanging off a bit.|
A green leather for the sides and a light blue leather for the heel.
I lined the inside of it with grey suede
and finished them off with a rubber material that I bought last year.
I'm not happy with these at all. The heels are way too low and the shoes are over all too tight - I'm guessing it's just that there is less stretch in these materials than in the original denim shoes. I will still wear them, but they're not great.
This time I did the right thing and waited for some real sole materials to arrive. I bought this 4.5mm thick rubber sole material off etsy. Thankfully it arrived within two days and I could finish these off.
I have to say I love this sole material. It works so much better than the store bought rubber and makes the shoes look much more "real". I will definitely be buying more of this. I only bought one sheet to start with just to try it out. I will be able to get a second pair of shoes out of this sheet, but then I'll have to go back and get some more - probably in black this time.
So this final pair of shoes is definitely the best, but I think I can do a little bit better even. They're a bit....podgy....around the heel and I think that I want to cut out the front a little further.
I have another couple of pairs of shoes in mind that I will hopefully make soon. stay tuned!