Making sample shoes


Some sample shoes made testing out the pattern(s) and the new old Singer sewing machine.

Showing all the pieces to the espadrille: Sole, back piece and vamp.
Testing out the 14 ounce canvas; How does it feel tight around your foot, and how many layers can I stitch? Quite a lot as I found out, but it doesn’t necessarily make the shoe nicer to wear; lumps under the foot are not acceptable!

Trying the sewing machine on different materials; industrial felt (up to 3 layers) plus suede soles, using a leather needle of course.

A note on using ‘found’ materials; it may have invisible hard bits your needle will break/bend on! Check and squeeze between thumb and forefinger first.


And then you get to try them on! The best part if you ask me.

I’d have liked more layers under foot, but unfortunately 3 layers high was the machines limit…This can be remedied with making a cushy insert. (also handy as this can be washed or replaced) Don’t forget to include the inserts’ thickness measurement in your pattern!


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