Woa, crack out the sunnies! So, my second pair of sneakers. Bit bright, eh?!
Pattern, drafted it myself. I’ve written a little tutorial on how I made my pattern, coming soon.
Fabric; cherry red cotton corduroy, bias binding; a red small-print floral. Both these fabrics from my mother’s stash when she did a clean out a while back. Black bias binding that goes around the bottom edge; made from some quilting cotton from my stash. Black eyelets from Spotlight, black shoelaces from Coles. Inners; cut from an old yoga mat, stabiliser cut from thin cork (old placemats), rubber soles (matting from Bunnings). Glue is all-purpose PVA from Bunnings.
Construction; stitched the uppers together first, stitched them to a corduroy “sole” with a wide border (above). Padding: glued corduroy to bottom of the yoga matting inners cut to fit, trimmed off the edges. Glued the shoe upper to the padding, wrapping the wide border down and under, snipping around corners, glueing it underneath. Glued a thin cork sole cut to fit underneath. Black bias binding, folded and pressed upper edge, left lower edge wide and raw. Glued folded top edge of binding around the bottom edge and folded under, snipping around corners and glued the excess width underneath the cork. Last thing; cut and trimmed the black rubber sole to fit, glued it underneath. (below)
As far as the construction of these ones goes, I’m satisfied. They’re tough, and will hold together just fine, and they work. Meh, *shrug* All in all, they’re ok, and not a fail.
However, my materials; yoga matting is not an ideal inner sole, really. It’s been good to play with, for learning purposes; but I think it’s time I shopped around for something more sturdy and hardwearing. And I’ve discovered it won’t glue properly to anything other than fabric.
Anyway, here’s the thing; I reeeeeeally want to move onto some of my better materials, like my precious small stash of leather, for instance. My ultimate goal is to make leather shoes for winter. These last two pairs of shoes have actually been but mere trials. And tribulations…? debatable!