Leather Baby Mocassins & Dalton Trousers

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Hi lovelies!

I haven’t sewn a lot lately, being still in post-move (and now almost pre-move) mode but I’ve finally managed to photograph some makes I made almost 2-3 months ago! Anyone else knows these problems?

Well, anyway, I wanted to share one of these makes, a more recent one, that I made without using my sewing machine sitting in my parents’ garden.

My little 1-year-old niece was staying with us and about to start walking by herself. To help with walking attempts we thought about making her some soft, non-slippery shoes. They turned out really nice and she actually loves them! Now, two weeks later, she is walking by herself and even brings mummy her mocassins in the morning for her to put them on.leather baby mocassins bythisblogisnotforyou.com

The Pattern:

It took a while to find a pattern that was simple but not too plain. Eventually we settled for fringed mocassins, the pattern was free and the website includes helpful step-by-step instructions with pictures. You find the download link in the first paragraph of the tutorial.

I cut out one shoe and glued it together using special leather/bookbindung glue. It turned out way too small, so I altered the pattern a bit by adding a bit more seam allowance (using a well-fitting sandal as reference).

leather baby mocassins bythisblogisnotforyou.comConstruction:

The mocassins came together quite easily; the pattern really is straight-forward. It did not have my machine with me and from experience, sewing leather on my machine isn’t fun at all.

The shoes are small and fiddly anyway so I thought handsewing would be best. I really enjoy it anyway, although it’s a bit of a different story with leather.

I used a wooden block, a nail and hammer to make tiny holes along the stitching line which didn’t take too long and really made the whole handsewing process much, much easier.

I added a tiny bit of embellishment by using the hammer and nail to punch some tiny dots into the front fringe, which I think looks quite lovely. leather baby mocassins bythisblogisnotforyou.com

The little munchkin loves her new mocassins (worn here with her pair of Dalton trousers) which makes up for all blisters and sore fingers! I made two pairs of Dalton trousers, which is a lovely pattern from La Maison Victor magazine. I took 30 mins to make each one and they look too cute!

La Maison Victor Dalton Traousers by thisblogisnotforyou.comLa Maison Victor Dalton Traousers by thisblogisnotforyou.comRecognised the fabric from my Hepburn Dress?La Maison Victor Dalton Traousers by thisblogisnotforyou.comLa Maison Victor Dalton Traousers by thisblogisnotforyou.comLa Maison Victor Dalton Traousers by thisblogisnotforyou.com

They are made from cotton and jersey. The trousers consist of just three pattern pieces plus the jersey waistband and cuffs. They look super comfortable!

leather baby mocassins by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I always find it super rewarding to sew for others! If I had more time and money, I might even do it more regularly! 😀



Happy sewing!


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4 thoughts on “Leather Baby Mocassins & Dalton Trousers

  1. Aww, Charlie! I love the shoes AND pants! Sorry I’m so late to get over and tell you. I hope you’re getting settled in…or preparing to…anyhow I hope you are staying as stress free as possible during all the changes. From experience; it’s hard!! Especially with a sewing habit.

    1. Thanks, Amy!! Yeah, I’m still trying to get used to it, especially since we’re moving again pretty soon (hopefully for good this time). Really looking forward to setting up a proper sewing space again!

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