One of the many lessons that apparently has not fully sunk in yet due to my unrealistic optimism when I start a new project followed by my heart crushing sunkeness when there ultimately are issues is that 1st attempts are just that. . . .1st ATTEMPTS!
Some great examples include:
Making straps seems simple, right? WRONG! Straps are so freakin’ hard to make by hand. The material must be skived ultra thin (but without cutting or damaging the material) and then cemented and folded over to the center seam being careful to keep the material flat and not bunch or fold any of it. Again, seems simple right? Except that cement immediately bonds to itself upon contact so the second one side of that material touches another side that also has been cemented, it’s there to stay.
The blue in this picture is the blue painter’s tape that I used to secure to inner sole to the bottom of the Last. Typically, you would nail the inner sole to the Last to secure it in place but I had already lasted the cushion and liner leather to the sole and did not want to nail holes in the finished project. I came up with the brilliant idea of taping the finished inner sole to the last instead of nailing it. Unfortunately because it took several days to complete the shoes, the tape bonded to the leather. I had to use a dull blade just to get the shoe off the Last. Needless to say I will NOT be using that method again in the future.
Buckles are another one of those things that seem pretty straight-forward. . .and they are really. . .you’ve just got to remember to put them on right side up. I didn’t get a picture of them, but I originally had to cut one of the first buckles for my red croco gladiator sandals off and reattach it because I accidentally put it on whereby the underside was the side being buckled.
I could give many more examples, but I’m sure you get the point. Lesson learned: 1st attempts are just that. . . .1st attempts!