Continuing on my mission to try all the classic designs (this time loafers) I decided to combine two of my wishes . First to make a pink pair of shoes out of the same fabric as my pink tailored jacket and secondly to copy a pair of pointy loafers.
My inspiration was this:
The result was this:
I made mine a little pointier that the original but I like it.
The pattern was fairly straightforward. A variation of the ballet flat. I probably could have just adjusted a prior flat pattern but decided to draw on the last. (This is like draping a block in shoe terms)
I think the sole on on this pair came out great probably the best so far. I used the teardrop heel I had seen in one of Sveta's tutorials
I experimented a little and tried to make counters of texon board. Texon board is a special resin infused cardboard that's used in shoemaking for the insoles. I could have skived the edges a little bit more before molding to thin the edges a little but I am satisfied with the results. Next time I might try leather board.
This was my first time really working with fabric instead of leather and it came out ok. It was the first time I tried using goatskin and that was okay but it was a little thin and wrinkly and the reinforcement I used shredded under the lasting pressure. But this shoe is my best work so far save for the lining finishing