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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

New York Pattern Making for Bespoke shoes - Day 1

Our 2015 trans-Atlantic courses kicked off this week with four students from Brazil, Chicago and San Francisco eager to get their heads around the conundrums of bespoke pattern making. 

Today, under Jesse's watchful eye and precise instruction, the group did tape forme patterns and a set of drapes (to test their abilities). Then they started working on their first Derby pattern - alongside much talk of the difference between Derby and Oxford shoes - and tomorrow will be Derby patterns all day long.

Shoemaking enthusiasts that they are (or just gluttons for punishment) they are all staying on for another fortnight when James and I will take them through every one of the 200+ steps in hand sewn shoemaking. 

Until tomorrow's Derby update, happy shoemaking!

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