sunnuntai 30. joulukuuta 2012

C. 1790 shoes

Since most of my recent 18th century dresses, both finished and unfinished, are from late 1780's or early 1790's, I thought it would be a good idea to make new shoes to go with them. These have lower heels with slightly triangular bottom shape and pointier toes. They are buckle-less and have a low vamp. The uppers are made from silk, lined with linen and bound with silk grosgrain ribbon. The soles and heel cover are made from leather. They are hand sewn with strong linen thread and decorated with pleated silk ribbon. The heels are carved from wood by my husband. I wore them in the pictures with my stockings and garters.









The shoes have been practically finished since September, but it took me three months to trim them. I'm not a fan of the pleated ribbon frill, but it is the kind of trim that you see in all portraits and most surviving late century shoes, so I'm sticking with it. The shoes before trimming:




Construction:

They are turned shoes and constructed basically the same way as my first pair.
Unfortunately I took only two pictures of the process this time.

The finished uppers.


Uppers sewn to outsole.


After that shoes were turned, the insole sewn in together with heel cover, the heel put in place and then outsole sewn to heel cover.

18 kommenttia:

  1. They look fantastic, as do the stockings and garters! May I say in what I hope is an utterly not creepy way that you have lovely legs!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you!

      And thank you for the other compliment too! I feel so weird seeing my legs in pictures because I'm so used to having them covered by long skirts. :)

      Poista
  2. Amazing! The shoes look like being taken from a museum's display. Wish I would finally be brave enough to literally dip my feet into shoe making, too. (But my first attempt compared to your skills makes me feel slightly intimidated)
    Sigh...if only you could give workshops on this :)

    Sabine

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you very much! But I have to admit that I don't have much skills myself yet either. Making these was an agony on many occasions. But we all learn by doing and I hope my next pair is going to be a less of a struggle. :)

      Poista
  3. Absolutely stunning!!! I love them! The silk is lovely and I think the trim is perfect. Truly beautiful!!! And the fact that your husband can make your heels is fabulous. WOW!!!

    Best,
    Quinn

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you! And yes, I'm so grateful to my husband for helping me. :)

      Poista
  4. I love them! I am so jealous. I love the stockings and the shift as well.

    VastaaPoista
  5. It's gorgeous like always! I wish I could do the same...you're so talented!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you!

      And maybe you should try one day. It's challenging, but all in all, still pretty simple and possible to learn by doing.

      Poista
  6. I'll just repeat what the others said: Stunning! I absolutely love the shoes (and the stockings and garters are lovely too!)

    VastaaPoista
  7. Everyone else has said it---Just magnificent! You have done a phenomenal job. I love the stockings and garters as well. Well done, you!
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

    VastaaPoista
  8. Oh my gosh they are great! I love the shape!

    And p.s. you have been given the One Lovely Blog award for your beautiful blog and photos! Thanks for sharing the loveliness :)

    Sorry it's taken me a couple days to let you know! Cheers!

    http://dressedintime.blogspot.com/2013/01/one-lovely-blog-award.html?m=1

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you!

      And thank you so much for the award! You are so right to remember to give credit to the people behind the camera. I couldn't have done this without my husband.

      Poista