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Friday, 28 July 2017

Summer Pattern Making for Bespoke Shoes course

Class set up and ready for action

Welcome back good shoe folk. After a week in lovely sunny Lisbon, I am back in the fray as James has a well-earned break before the Intensive Shoemaking course kicks off on Monday. This week it's all about brown paper, masking tape, lasts and patterns on the Pattern Making for Bespoke Shoes course under the calm, watchful eye of Fiona Campbell.

We're always delighted to see students get bitten by the shoemaking bug, so it was lovely to welcome three evening class students onto the pattern course this summer; Ardavan, Derrek and Frankey. 

Pattern tools at the ready

Fiona gets Femi, Ardavan, Derrek, Travers, Elizabeth and Frankey under way 

Students can bring their own lasts to work on
They started with a simple pump or court shoe pattern....


A simple pump pattern on a ladies last
  
...which can easily be converted into a slipper pattern as the same principles apply

Ladies last and a court / pump pattern and slipper pattern

Then they moved on to a classic Oxford shoe...


Last taped, Oxford shoe contour lines drawn on and inside and outside sections

The full monty...a brogued Oxford with wingcap, counter and medallion

The Oxford standard with lasting allowance and pieces marked

The inside and outside quarters to accommodate differing ankle bone heights

Ardavan checking that the facings match


Oxford pattern finished

Positive and negative space

Next up was a brogue Derby...

Femi drawing on the Derby design...


and checking the balance
Travers and Fiona reviewing style lines on the Derby 



Elizabeth sketching on her style lines

Femi, Ardavan, Derrek and Fiona getting to grips with the Derby

The week has flown and it's hard to believe they only have an afternoon left, after a well-earned break this lunchtime at the Dickens Museum. No doubt there'll be a host of questions about adapting all they have learnt to their own designs. We can't wait to see the results. 

Until next week, when we welcome back Femi and Elizabeth for the Intensive Shoemaking Course, happy shoemaking!