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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Pattern Making for Bespoke Shoes London - Day 5 (last day)

The last day of the Pattern Making for Bespoke Shoes course and the students worked hard to complete their Derby linings by the end  of the day.

The secret to well fitting linings? Slotting...
making small slits in the pattern to allow the layers of leather to sit and to be stitched smoothly together.

The following sequence shows a student slotting the lining pattern for a Derby brogue in order to avoid bulk and add strength when the upper is sewn together (closed).

Et voila! The Derby lining...and upper!

The time flew and they were ready for a glass of bubbly and cake by 5.30pm to celebrate their hard work. Thank you to a wonderful group and to Fiona for teaching the invaluable foundations of good pattern making.That's all for now until next week, when the Intensive Shoemaking course will be under way. Until then happy shoemaking!

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