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post #241 of 371
A fun (for me) bit of closing today, ironing out some kinks in a pattern. Pretty dodgy leather, fine for a sample though, if it makes it to that stage.



Skived a little bit, and then closed.



This will have a side lace, because why not



Whole cut lining is probably for the best, just bagged the bag of some dicey old lining and got ready to block it down



When it's dry I can finish closing.



It's all quite crudely done in the scheme of things, haven't taken too much time on it because that's not the point of the exercise, but I thought it might be a nice step by step at least.
post #242 of 371
One piece upper...nice! I like the length of the "toe cap." And it's nicely centered, too...of course.

I wonder about the lining...hard to see if there's a seam at the back. There doesn't appear to be enough "extra" for seamless. And the back looks to be already shaped to the back of the last..."pinched" at the top as who should say.

??

Or is that just the photo? Is that one big flat piece of lining?
post #243 of 371
I zipped the back up, there wasn't enough there to even attempt anything other - pulled this piece of gristle out from the "that could be useful one day" box. There won't be much lasting allowance here!
post #244 of 371
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Originally Posted by ntempleman View Post

I zipped the back up, there wasn't enough there to even attempt anything other - pulled this piece of gristle out from the "that could be useful one day" box. There won't be much lasting allowance here!

+1

I understand. I was just trying to visualize the pattern if you were making it seamless. (It didn't look anything like mine)

I make most of my own (personal) shoes out of offcuts and gristle. nod[1].gif

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Edited by DWFII - 3/10/16 at 9:14am
post #245 of 371
There wasn't enough to even bother making a pattern - just sliced the top, fed the back through the machine, gave it a drink and hoped for the best!
post #246 of 371
Okay, finished closing the upper, forgot to take too many pictures, though I did get this fabulous shot of some beading getting skived.



And folded



Then I was too busy concentrating until it was finished





Turned out OK all things considered, learned what I needed to so that's a victory I'll claim.
post #247 of 371
Insole blocked.



It's a pretty horrific piece of leather, so it doesn't look like much i'm afraid but it'll do the job for a kind of sample.



Almost ready to go

post #248 of 371


Lasted and ready to welt. I regret not using a better piece of leather now, because it's cracked a little bit where I ran out of talent while lasting the toe. Oh well.

post #249 of 371
Have a Highland Park...we learn from everything but most esp. from mistakes. It could have been worse...it could have been for a customer.

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post #250 of 371
Thread Starter 
My Norwegians, a little further along.




post #251 of 371
They are a wonderful juxtaposition of refinement and agriculture. The pronounced ridge of the apron is very effective.
post #252 of 371
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They are a wonderful juxtaposition of refinement and agriculture. The pronounced ridge of the apron is very effective.

I originally asked for a simple raised lake, but Nicholas suggested the split raised lake because of the pebble grain leather. Really good choice, I think.
post #253 of 371
Something similar, but not:

post #254 of 371
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Something similar, but not: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I really like those. Is the last chunkier on those, or is that just the impression I get from how the apron has been designed?

Kind of gives me an idea for a more casual boot.
post #255 of 371
It's not especially chunky, but the Norwegian welt adds quite a bit of visual depth as well as the short apron/lake.
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