Been doing some sewing work for the sign shop where I'm the on-call seamstress, and have been trying to get that job done in spite of my Sewing Assistant's "help." Yep, he's at it again. I swear, I cannot put any fabric out to cut, sew, or alter in any way without him plunking himself into the middle of it.
|Now, exactly WHERE was that seam you wanted me to rip out for you?|
|Oh, wait.....I see it now - BANZAI!|
I can't post a picture of the finished product (fooey!), because it will belong to one of their clients who is doing a very proprietary product. Just know that it is coming out pretty darn cool looking. And Miriam, if you're reading this, all the cat hair will be gone before I bring it in (LOL!).
Speaking of the sign shop, here's a picture of where I work:
|Moi's Sewing Station!|
So somewhere along the line last night, while I was working on the >ahem< project, I got a bee in my bonnet about another project I've been dying to do for a couple of months. I used to sew handmade shoes for an Etsy shop owner in Long Beach, but since she doesn't call me any more to sew for her (Sad Face!), I decided to buy some patterns for women's shoes and try it myself, just for fun. Here's where I got the patterns:
I figured, for $15, I could make my own silliness and pay less that I would at, well, PayLess. Remember that friend I told you about that paid me for the mending by giving me a bag full of clothes? She unwittingly supplied the material for my first ever pair:
|Hey, Kim! You remember these pants?|
And now, through the magic of sewing wizardry:
|Wot da heck? Now they look like shoe!|
Okay, truth-in-advertising moment: this is about the third incarnation. There were several adjustments I had to make on the Shoeology patterns & instructions (and still, I have no quibble with the gal that sells them), but it was an experiment anyway so it's all good. These make completely lined shoes that are very soft (adjustment #1 - I need to interface both the fabric AND the lining to give it a little more body). If you sole them with suede, moccasin leather or vinyl, you end up with a pair of house shoes. A little hard to go outside and walk across any gravel. I'm planning to use a thicker leather sole to make a more outdoorsy type, and the folks at my local Tandy Leather Company are helping me figure that one out. The other adjustment I need to make is the toe box - this pattern would work very well for someone with wider, thicker feet. Alas, I have the polar opposite, and there is much too much shoe for the likes of me. Now comes more pattern alterations and a lot of experimentation. And tons more craft-weight interfacing. (Can you hear that? It's the good folks at Joanns Fabrics doing a cheer!)
Enough of the shoe magic for now. Back to the >ahem< project. Will post more shoe-y goodness later on.