I’ve done three sandal making courses with The Shoe Camaraderie, and when she reduced the price of the DIY kits, I immediately bought one. Then I discovered that a friend, Katherine had bought the same kit (the Elodie sandal), so we thought we’d make them together, joined by Megan.
I can’t boast that we knocked them out super quickly! There was far too much chatting, eating and drinking going on, but three meetups later (and a bit of help from Mark) and we all have shoes!
We started out in quite relaxed fashion, full of hope and enthusiasm
Megan made much quicker progress than I did! I was really uncertain about having all that leather at the front of my foot, so fiddled around before committing.
Katherine was really good at fitting
Katherine looked particularly fetching in her sandals after she attached them to the soles. She made two pairs at once and these yellow ones are a copy of some rtw sandals that she had. I have the pattern now and can’t wait to make a pair myself.
so much sanding to do!
Of course it rained so we went inside and had food whilst we fiddled with shoes. That is not a tablecloth on the table; Mark put it on in case we got dangerous with glue!
We were fairly industrious at times
and then Mark joined the fray. I think he’d had other plans for the afternoon but took pity on us!
Megan was especially grubby by the end.
We spared Katherine the same fate by dressing her in my Marnie corset apron by Pattern Union. How fabulous do her yellow shoes look?
I have to say that I learned a lot doing these shoes by myself. I’ve done three workshops but it was much harder to make them without Lisa’s help. The lovely Megan Nielsen (of Megan Nielsen Patterns fame) told me that she’d had the same problem which made me feel much better. Plans are already being made for more shoes, so it’s not the end of this particular adventure!