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.
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).
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.
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!
Recognised the fabric from my Hepburn Dress?
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!
I always find it super rewarding to sew for others! If I had more time and money, I might even do it more regularly! 😀
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