keskiviikko 21. syyskuuta 2011

C. 1770's shoes

The shoes are made of white duchess silk satin and lined with soft leather. The insole and outer sole are both leather. They are hand sewn with linen thread.


After first wearing:




The construction:

(I apologize my possible lack of professional / correct terms. I hope I can be understood regardless.)

I have wanted high heeled 18th century shoes as long as I've been interested 18th century clothing. However I never found anyone who would be willing to make well over two inch heels professionally. And so I had the idea of making a pair.

I was aiming to achieve the heeled silk slipper look that I adore as opposed to a sturdy, more utilitarian shoes. I'm quite happy with them, although there's of course always something I want to improve for my next pair (high italian heel, pink and black like the ones in Bata shoe museum). After all this truly was a learning process. The hardest part was having no-one to ask advice from or help with the pattern or anything, but I survived. And the shoes seem do their job well. They are surprisingly comfortable and they haven't deformed in use. Not that I have gotten to wear them a lot yet, but I've been testing them on several evenings out of curiosity.
First came the heels. My husband carved them from a dried block of wood for me. In this picture they are almost in their finished shape.


The first thing that needs to be sewn are the uppers. I decided to line them in soft leather instead of my first choice linen. It made them act less like a sock and more like a shoe. 


Then I sewed the front part of the outer sole inside out.


Next came the insole. It was sewn to the rest of the uppers and heel cover simultaneously after the shoes were turned right side out.


Then I fitted the wooden heel inside the cover and determined the final shape of the outer sole.


After that the heel was secured by stitching it to the sole.



And then they were finished.


14 kommenttia:

  1. Fabulous! And you even make the process look easy - I'm sure it wasn't! Now if only my husband could carve wooden heels!

    VastaaPoista
  2. Thank you!
    I was really lucky to get my husband to help. I originally planned to carve them myself, but the result would have most likely been a pair of lot less identical heels. :)

    VastaaPoista
  3. What an amazing blog! you make some of the best costumes I've seen :)

    I've been planning to make my own 18th century shoes for some time and wanted to ask what kind of wood you used for the heels?

    VastaaPoista
  4. Thank you very much!

    I used a piece of cut down old apple tree, but I've heard that beech and oak would work well too.

    VastaaPoista
  5. Fabulous! I am inspired! They look wonderful! I've been toying around with carving a pair of heels - similar to your pair but with more of a flair to the heel. I don't know how I'll go covering them but it's worth a try! I will see if the local wood carvers association has some beech or oak. Thankyou!!!

    VastaaPoista
  6. Thank you!

    If there is a lot flair in the heel, fabric might not work well for covering the heel, but leather will for sure and would look great too! Good luck with the project!

    VastaaPoista
  7. Great! They look wonderful and i would like to have a pair too (:
    Maybe you can do a Step by Step for Stupidpeople like me next time :D

    VastaaPoista
  8. Thank you!

    I'll be making a new pair in a few months and I'll try to take more pictures and make more detailed report on the construction.

    VastaaPoista
  9. Oh my! Oh my goodness! I absolutely adore these shoes and want to make a pair for myself too. Thank you for showing that it's possible! You are a true master craftswoman.

    VastaaPoista
  10. Gorgeous shoes, love that you made them just going right ahead like that. You look very well in that 18th century style, it really suits you.

    VastaaPoista
  11. How did you take measurements for the pattern? And how did you make the pattern up? I really like the shoes!

    VastaaPoista
  12. My goodness, you're talented. Amazing work! The shoes are beautiful. I'd be interested to know how you went about creating the pattern. Did you use existing shoes, or start from scratch?

    VastaaPoista