I've made progress during this time, but waited to get things decent for a logic continuum.
Without further due: Last time I made little changes to the lasts and sent a shoe for Niina to be tried, and she gave the ok. So now, all I had to do was to draw the patterns for the third time :) Well, it's the charm 'innit?
After the base-pattern, I cut all the pieces out and used them to cut the leathers for the uppers.
So they're all leather. Inside and outside. Just the way I like it.
A little peek, ladies & gents?
|All the pieces. The base-pattern is in the middle.|
|The base is used to "cut out" all the necessary individual pieces.|
|My choice of materials:|
(From the left) Black Patent leather, Cream Nubuck, Black Suede, Black nappa leather (thin, for lining), White supporting cloth.
|My choice of tools:|
(From the left) Punching awl, silver grease pen (for erasable markings), clicker's knife (clicker=leather cutter person), two sharpening sticks with grit 600 and 1200 glued to them. Used to sharpen the knife.
|The blade has to be like a razor. Period.|
|And after a few hours, here's all the pieces ready for sewing.|
In a shoe factory, the clicker is an actual separate profession. After years of cutting leather, one learns to be fast, has a precise cut, learns to avoid faults in the leather and above all is economic. These are qualities that I'm not too strong in. Yet. Hence the long consumption of time. A pro would've done this in about 15 minutes
Next up sewing.