My shoes are finished and I finally got to try them on. They fit beautifully! I can’t wear them home though, because I want to take good pictures in my lightbox before I wear them. This episode of successful shoemaking is brought to you by Steven Lowe and Dominic Casey of Lastmaker House (www.lastmakerhouse.com) and the Bonney and Wills School of Shoemaking. (www.shoemaking.com)
LOOK, EVERYONE! Arnold is wearing my boots and there’s a photo!
This is my second pair of shoes, now on the last. Today I’ll inseam them and also attach rhinestones in each of the little holes that are around the lacing area. These shoes make me think of a tuxedo.
My second pair of shoes. Yes, those are rhinestones.
My very first hand stitched sole. I’ll clean it up, and I have many little refinements to learn, but I’m proud of them! I plan to spend my evening whining about how tired I am, and then sew the next one tomorrow. It’s a size 6 and it took me two hours, so I’m kinda slow.
I was able to figure out the/a technique for using curved needles for inseaming, and I’m very pleased with the final outcome.
This is the first shoe I inseamed.
Class is over for the day at 5pm, and I finished at 4:59. Then I swept the floor, because that is what good students do.
The only “correct” way to inseam is the way that works best for you, and OH how I’m missing my fishing line bristles! But I am a student now, and I will soldier on.