Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Monday, 28 July 2014

Pattern Making for Bespoke Shoes course - London Day 1 - August 2014

The Education Space all set up and ready for this summer's
Pattern Making for Bespoke Shoes course.

What a lovely start to the course, welcoming old friends from previous courses and new shoe enthusiasts who will be taking on the intensive shoe making challenge next week and in October.

It was a busy first day. 

Fiona first took the group through the various parts of the last - looking at the pros and cons of wooden vs plastic lasts - and provided an overview of shoe making and the different styles of shoe.
The essential tools of pattern making
During the day, the group learned how to tape up their lasts...

The journey from the forme to the pattern for a court shoe
- How to draw a court (pump) shoe design onto the taped last

Tables covered in ' work in progress'
Drawing around the forme to create the standard
- How to take the forme from the last and create a mean forme

The finished pattern pieces
....before finally making the standard that the individual pattern pieces can be taken from.  

Quite a busy first day. Until tomorrow happy shoe making!

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