Firstly we want to wish all of our US and Canadian friends and followers a very happy Thanksgiving for yesterday, 27th November; and to our Japanese followers a happy Labour Thanksgiving Day for 23rd November.
You may be too well ensconced in festivities to actually read this until next week, but we want you to know we're thinking of you and hope that the harvest is good.
- leather to match the boots
- nothing protruding from the gaiters that would catch on brambles
- muted colour palette
- no shiny metal surfaces
- a strap under the boot that could be adjusted and replaced
With a little tweaking, we were soon ready to turn the sketches into a 3-D design.
|Making a paper pattern in 3-D|
We first made a mock up in Kraft paper (which reminded me of making a toile in fashion school). I've always enjoyed working in 3-D rather than flat, and seem to get better results more quickly this way.
|Considering the fastenings|
|A canvas mock up for fittings|
Finally the gaiters were made in the chosen leather.
The finished gaiters have:
- Adjustable studs on either end of the waist straps
- Buckle straps which tuck into stitched channels to keep the boot surface smooth
- Antiqued hardware
- Burnished edges for durability and waterproofing
|Sam Browne post for adjustment|
That's it from us for November. Until next week, when we'll be in the first week of December, happy shoe making!