My Adventures in (DIY) Shoemaking -- Part 24

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  1. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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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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  2. meister

    meister Senior member

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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.
     


  3. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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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!
     


  5. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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    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.
     


  7. shoefan

    shoefan Senior member

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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.
     


  8. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    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. [​IMG]
     


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