So, now it's time to take a peek at pattern making and a mockup. Well, how on earth to make patterns to a 3D object? Well, there's a very handy technique, wherein the 3D shape is first copied and transformed into 2D, so that the pattern maker can start drawing any kind of design on a piece of cardboard. Eventually one'll have a full design and each necessary cardboard pattern piece ready to be used to cut the uppers and the lining from leather or cloth.
Let's see the phases:
|First the last is covered with ordinary masking tape, starting from the tip.|
|Until we get to this point, cut the sole area and the top off. Then necessary markings are made.|
|When properly applied, the tape comes off in two pieces; the inner and the outer, differentiated by a central line cut.|
|Ready to go! The base copy is drewn to cardboard with the wanted heel height. Now it's just your imagination needed! And maybe|
a ton of other useful knowledge before you start drawing ;)
|After doodling for a while, I came up with this. From here on it's easy to copy the pieces for the uppers on cardboard.|
|Ooops! I skipped again, sorry ;) After cutting the uppers, I sew them together, made an insole on the last and lasted (I'll explain this word on the next photo) the uppers.|
|Next I took out the staples and did some grinding. I cut a piece of EVA to be glued as an mockup outer sole. EVA is very light and durable, used commonly in orthopaedic shoe soles. It will wear out quickly so many kinds of rubbers are glued on it for|
|The EVA is then pressed with high pressure to attach the glued surfaces together. The excess sole is then grinded away with|
a grinding machine. I made it thinner too.
|So there it is: The mockup! With a mockup you'll see how the design and the last actually fit and work before using expensive|
leathers to make the actual shoe.
And that means next up is the fitting of the mockup.