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:


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.