So after two years, I am FINALLY back in the new and improved shoemaking shop/school with my favorite teacher, and I am making a pair of wedge boots from scratch.
Even though I struggled with some pattern drafting weirdness today, being here reminds me why I love shoemaking so much. Nothing makes me as happy as developing and workshopping designs, working through a pattern’s complications, selecting leathers, the terror of “one chance to get it right” sewing, lasting (I absolutely ADORE lasting), and collaborating with a group.
I promise I’m taking lots of photos for all of you, and will post some process pics when I have the boot pattern done. See, the pattern is taking a while because I chose a last with a beautiful toe shape and a 5” heel rise, and many basic patterning rules have to be adjusted to account for the intense angle of the foot. A lot of these quirks could probably be solved in obvious ways if I had more experience to fall back on, but as it is, I am struggling a bit. Yet I don’t mind the struggle. It forced me to create a whole number of different techniques to account for these quirks in the pattern. None of them worked, but I enjoyed the creative problem solving nonetheless.
I’m off to bed, but I promise there will be more shoemaking fun soon!
7 months ago - read more...
Guess who’s back in the workshop, making boots? Stay tuned for many more photos and process pics.
7 months ago
Hooray, a photo has surfaced of my number with Ifn Whendy last night! This moment right here marked my return to the stage after ten+ years. I have a lot to learn, but it still felt good.
8 months ago