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one shoe down, one to go

Well, it's one shoe at least.

1860s girl's gaiter shoe in cotton/silk blend stripe with duck lining.

A side view of the 1860s girl's gaiter. It's still a little big on her, and it was difficult to make it very fitted around her foot, so it's looser in some areas. Oh well.

Back view. And proof that you must preshrink any cottons BEFORE you cut them out. I was totally not thinking when I cut these out, and when I had to soak the shoe in the sole-sewing-on process...the lining shrunk and the outer fabric stayed put. Thus the annoying fold at the top of the shoe there.

10 comments:

Samantha B. said...

these are the most adorable thing i've ever seen!

Emily said...

I am totally amazed!!

Lindsey said...

These boots are lovely! I'm hoping to get around to making myself a pair of boots one day.

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

Amazing!!!!!! I am in awe.

Rachel B. said...

Whoops! My comment was registered as anonymous!

Sarah W said...

Beautiful! So lovely.

Cynthia Griffith said...

How darling! :)

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

The fold is not even noticeable- they are excellent!!!! Would you consider doing a tutorial on these with a pattern??

Amy said...

Thanks everyone! I'm so glad you all like them. I was lucky to find buttons that matched them perfectly.

Pamela - I do plan on a tutorial. I've been collecting loads of photos on this one in hopes of providing good shots. Some I'm going to have to re-take during the making of the second shoe, but I do plan on it.

I will provide a pattern with it...unfortunately, it'll have to be the size of these shoes, which are approximately a child's size 6 (about a 3 year old), because I haven't really figured out the logistics on sizing up or down yet. But, it'll be a start!

I hope to get a tutorial up within a couple of months after the event at the end of April. I know I won't have time until then.

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness they are wonderful! You are amazing!