Would you like to make your own shoes?
This is the second in a series of patterns from Atelier Louise that will teach you how to make your own shoes at home. The simple style of the Brighton Sandals has only three straps, including the ankle strap which is secured by a button stud, making this a great project for beginning shoemakers.
Each pattern in this series builds on the knowledge and skills developed in previous patterns and introduces new techniques, styles, materials and/or tools to help you develop your shoemaking skills. In this pattern you will learn how to:
- sew leather using a sewing machine
- punch holes and cut slots in your straps
- skive the ends of your straps
- attach a button stud
Containing full-colour photographs and written instructions, the downloadable pattern book will guide you step-by-step through the process of making your very own pair of sandals, using techniques, tools and materials that have been adapted for successful shoemaking at home.
The pattern book is presented as a downloadable PDF so you can follow along with the instructions on your computer or tablet. You will only need to print the three pages that contain the pattern pieces for your size. Just be sure to print them at 'actual size'/100% and check that the grey square measures exactly 25mm x 25mm (1inch x 1inch) to ensure that your pattern has printed correctly.
- Strap upper: 1.5mm (1/16in) thick leather or faux leather - 28x30cm (11x12in)
- Strap lining: 1-1.5mm (1/16in) thick leather or faux leather - 30x36cm (12x14 1/8in)
- Insole: 3mm (1/8in) thick veg tanned leather (belly or shoulder cut) - 22x28cm (8 3/4x11in)
- Sole: 3mm resin soling - 23x38cm (9x15in)
- Other: contact cement, double sided tape, thread (polyester or nylon), masking tape, sand paper, beeswax, 2 button studs (the screw in type)
mask or respirator suitable for fumes protection, silver pen or chinagraph pencil, utility knife, rotary punch, edge slicker or bone folder, hammer, cutting mat, sewing machine (with a leather needle installed), glueing brush, hairdryer or heat gun
Optional tools: leather scissors, edge beveler, safety beveler and glass surface, flat head screwdriver
You can find more information about the materials and tools you'll need to make your sandals, including where you can get them, at my website: www.atelierlouise.com.au
* This pattern is for personal use only.
* The pricing is in US dollars.