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Pattern Making – This week’s Monday Mission

toe trouble bubbles

This week I returned to my luxury slipper prototype and discussed the challenges I had while making them. I had toe trouble!

It was a challenge to get my leather lasted (that is what we call stretching the leather over the last in shoe speak) properly around the toe. One reason – I was not using an upper pattern for the particular last, so the upper pattern piece did not fit properly.

I showed how when using felted knit fabric, the perfect pattern was not as crucial as when using leather.

Then I showed you how to make a pattern. And finally explained how to grade (this is what we call creating each size variation in shoe speak) that pattern. The last I am work on is a 7 1/2. That pattern will need to be graded to accomodate any other size and the last will need to modified to accommodate any other size.

Watch the process. And do join me for next week’s Monday Mission. You never know what you’ll see.
-until next time XOA