I decided to participate in Historical Sew Monthly this year. The first challenge is "Procrastination – finish a garment you have been putting off finishing (a UFO or PHD) or make something you have been avoiding starting."
One thing I've been meaning to start for a very long time is making a a pair of my own shoes. I bought a copy of Every Lady Her Own Shoemaker years ago but I never got around it. The book has several patterns for side-laced boots, which I'm not too big a fan of, I'm far more interested in straight lasted slippers.
I first cut the sole pattern based on ELHOS. I just used the assorted leather scrap grab bag from Michaels, they are about $5 or less with coupon. Pick the thickest and stiffest pieces for the soles and use a good Exacto knife to cut them out.
(eBay will have a lot of liquidated ballet slippers for sale. If you want to do some more complicated decoration for the vamp you can buy canvas ballet slippers for only $2.98 shipped instead.)
Material: Leather ballet slippers, scraps of cowhide, scraps of silk and buckles.
Pattern: Every Lady Her Own Shoemaker's sole pattern
Notions: Embroidery floss, beeswax, little buckles
How historically accurate is it?The overall look is accurate enough. They have the right sole shapes, decorations, side seam, etc minus the lack of sharp square toe shape. I took a shortcut and used an existing shoe upper though. So I guess it's about 70% accurate?
Hours to complete: about 9
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: about $15
Oh and I created a tumblr page: chubbyclementine.tumblr.com