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Victoria has new shoes. 1860's style.

I'm a do-it-yourselfer junkie, apparently.

Victoria's new brown kid leather shoes with heavy leather soles and cotton lining.


I don't have fabric insoles -- just some cotton batting in preparation to lay fabric in, but I couldn't get that part done.  The glue just soaks through the fabric and because I didn't put insoles on before turning the shoe, well...now it's next to impossible.  Cotton batting alone won't hurt, though.  At least she has something soft against her foot.

I would like to add a little trim on the top, but may not have time for that.


My inspiration:  a number of period photos and a pattern for a lady's slipper in the 1860 Peterson's Magazine, which looked far too much like the miniature versions that young children wore:


I hope you are all doing well tonight.

14 comments:

Atlanta said...

These are the darlingest things!!! I've got to show these to Mom, she will love them!

Sarah A said...

They are lovely! So cute, an they look just like in original images.

Hillcresthome Prims said...

I LOVE those sweet shoes and the old black and white picture!!!

Thank you for your sweet post and I LOVE the name of your blog"A Day In 1862", LOVE IT!!!

Prim Blessings,
Tricia

Rachel B. said...

Amy, those look GREAT!! That's so ambitious of you!

Cynthia said...

How cute! You did a great job!

Best wishes :D

Annette Bethke said...

Very cute.

Mrs. G said...

Wow, Amy! Do you want to adopt Asa long enough to get him so nicely decked out? Amazing shoes. :-)

Amy said...

Thanks everyone! I'm dying to make more shoes now. There's just nothing like a cool and unusual project to try out. :) Victoria is wearing her shoes around this morning without complaint. Praise the Lord for that.

Mrs. G -- Haha! I'd love to! :) He'd be a joy to have around, I know it. Victoria would have so much fun playing with him.

B.K. said...

Wow, they look great!

"I'm a do-it-yourselfer junkie, apparently" ~ I would say so! :)

Jenny Lee said...

There are gorgeous! I'd love to see a how-to for these!

Mrs. G said...

Jenny Lee, I don't know that this is how Amy made her shoes but you could do them like I did here. Except out of leather that had bound edges. http://pastoralsymphonyfarm.blogspot.com/2010/09/antebellum-baby-shoes.html

Amy said...

Jenny Lee, if you have a small baby and are wanting to make first shoes (which don't usually have a heavy sole, you could make them like Mrs. G did. Basically you stitch the sole to the upper and turn them right side out.

For mine, because I used a 10oz leather for the sole, I had to punch all the holes into the edge of the sole, then stitch the upper on inside out from the interior of the sole (That was clear as mud, huh?). I do plan on doing a tutorial for them, but there are so many photos; I have to organize them! :)

-Amy

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

Perfection!!!!!

Kayla said...

Amy, those shoes are just darling, and even more so in person! It was lovely to meet you at Madisonville!

Kayla :-)