My Adventure in DIY bespoke shoemaking

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by fullb, May 21, 2009.

  1. axe

    axe Senior member

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    Quel travail superbe, surtout pour une première fois! On voit toutefois que vous Ã[​IMG]tiez dÃ[​IMG]jà un connaisseur de fines chaussures [​IMG]
     


  2. rwjones

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    What kind of equipment did you need to buy? And do you remember how much it all cost? Did you buy it new or used?
     


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    Stunning, splendid work, my compliments.

    Did you make wooden lasts?
     


  4. sygyzy

    sygyzy Senior member

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    Simply amazing! Great job. Please keep us updated.
     


  5. fullb

    fullb Senior member

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    Stunning, splendid work, my compliments.

    Did you make wooden lasts?


    Thank you

    No i used a pair of wooden last but there were too small so make them exactly fitting to my feet shape i covered them with layers of cork and i shaped them.
    So it is really bespoke.
     


  6. fullb

    fullb Senior member

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    What kind of equipment did you need to buy? And do you remember how much it all cost? Did you buy it new or used?

    There is an article dedicated to the tools you need on the blog.
    I mainly bought used tool on ebay.
    For tools on French ebay there is a link on the blog.
    For US and UK ebay type cobbler tools in the search window, you will find many.
     


  7. FlaneurNYC

    FlaneurNYC Senior member

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    I echo the general "Awesome job!" sentiment.

    How did you sew all this? Do you have an industrial sewing machine or a special machine? Or is it all done by hand?
     


  8. fullb

    fullb Senior member

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    I echo the general "Awesome job!" sentiment.

    How did you sew all this? Do you have an industrial sewing machine or a special machine? Or is it all done by hand?


    The upper was sew with a traditional sewing machine and it was a bit tough.

    The welted and the sole was made by hand

    this is a video of the making of the welted

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  9. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    Thank you.
    Yes indeed, actually my influence was a mix in between Corthay Arca and Prince of Wales Derby from Dimitri Gomez and G&G for the sole


    Fullb- you obviously have a great talent that is coveted here. You should go with this and make shoes full time.
     


  10. gdl203

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    C'est assez impressionant.... chapeau!
     


  11. Nexus6

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    fullb,
    Your work is superb.
    You may well have the hands of a future master.
    You have studied and prepared well.
    I congratulate you on your creations,
    as they are truly works of art.
    What a wonderful first effort. [​IMG]

    Salut!
    Votre travail est superbe.
    Vous pouvez bien avoir les mains d'un futur maÃ[​IMG]tre.
    Vous avez Ã[​IMG]tudiÃ[​IMG] et avez prÃ[​IMG]parÃ[​IMG] bien.
    Je vous fÃ[​IMG]licite sur vos crÃ[​IMG]ations,
    car elles sont vraiment des travaux d'art.
    Quel premier effort merveilleux. [​IMG]
     


  12. delirium

    delirium Senior member

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    wow great work. time to brush on my french, so i can attempt to read this.

    votre travail est un inspiration. je voudrais essayer fabriquer d'un soulier.
     


  13. fullb

    fullb Senior member

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    Thanks a lot for all the kind comments

    And thanks a lot to do it in French.

    I am very pleased to hearing from such welcoming people.
     


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    So my adventure in do it yourself handmade started few month ago but not with shoes.
    I wanted something to tidy up my shoes.
    I always liked the trunks from the beginning of the 20th century, so that was my inspiration.

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    The base is wooden made, the outside is synthetic leather (that was far too expensive to use leather to cover it all and i didn't want to spoiled it for a first try) and solid brass.
    It is 47,24" tall, 29,52" wide and 13,78" deep, i can tidy up 12 pairs of shoes.
    I plan to make a cover with 2 doors to put 6 more pairs and 4 drawers for socks, ties and belts.
     


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