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My Adventures in (DIY) Shoemaking -- Part 24

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Here is my latest pair of shoes, made on my soft chisel-toe last. This pair is in a navy blue calfskin, which I purchased some years ago in Northampton, England. The style is an austerity brogue. The shoes feature a beveled waist, but not a fiddleback sole. Just to try it, I did a mirror-polished sole after staining the soles a matching dark blue. I also did the sole edges in dark blue, rather than the standard black.

I am pretty pleased with the way these turned out, although, as always, there are things that could be better — my pattern was a bit off, the tip of the wing-cap is perhaps too far forward, and my stitching was a bit wonky at points, as my sewing machine needed a bit of adjustment.

Still, not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

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Originally Posted by shoefan View Post

Here is my latest pair of shoes, made on my soft chisel-toe last. This pair is in a navy blue calfskin, which I purchased some years ago in Northampton, England. The style is an austerity brogue. The shoes feature a beveled waist, but not a fiddleback sole. Just to try it, I did a mirror-polished sole after staining the soles a matching dark blue. I also did the sole edges in dark blue, rather than the standard black.

I am pretty pleased with the way these turned out, although, as always, there are things that could be better — my pattern was a bit off, the tip of the wing-cap is perhaps too far forward, and my stitching was a bit wonky at points, as my sewing machine needed a bit of adjustment.

Still, not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

DSC00918_zps0729c4f4.jpg

DSC00895_zpsc89b7118.jpg

DSC00912_2_zpsae251093.jpg

DSC00929_zps4d467a41.jpg

Very good. Your wheeling technique will also needs some practice. Obviously there is a way to do it in one go.
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Are you kidding me? You Mae your own shoes? That's fucking awesome! I love them!

I see this is part #24, let me do a little search for the other parts, is there one in concrete I need to look for to see all the inputs needed?
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Beautiful. Nice work!

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Very good. Your wheeling technique will also needs some practice. Obviously there is a way to do it in one go.
This is true. The sides look pretty good, but I tend to make 'little babies' around the toe. I'm not sure if it's my technique or my fudge wheel, or both.
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Truly spectacular, you're very talented.
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Originally Posted by Betelgeuse View Post

Are you kidding me? You Mae your own shoes? That's fucking awesome! I love them!

I see this is part #24, let me do a little search for the other parts, is there one in concrete I need to look for to see all the inputs needed?

Here is the previous pair: http://www.styleforum.net/t/387488/my-adventures-in-diy-shoemaking-part-23

In general, each pair I posted also shows a link to the prior pair.
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Here is the previous pair: http://www.styleforum.net/t/387488/my-adventures-in-diy-shoemaking-part-23

In general, each pair I posted also shows a link to the prior pair.

 

Yup. Yesterday I saw almost all of your collection. Very impressive. I would like to try to make one myself but it looks like it will take me a lot of time to make a first decent pair, since I have none existant sewing skills among other skills needed. :lol:

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