Archive for May, 2011

Handmade Colorful Sandals

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Handmade colorful sandals just in time for summer!

Handmade Colorful Sandals

I love flip flops and sandals in general so it is only natural that I have all kinds of ideas for different designs.  Many of my designs feature braids of some description.

The 5-braid strap on the yellow and black sandals was fun to construct and the wider strap provides additional comfort. The toe piece is also a narrow traditional 3-braid.

The natural-looking sandals are a leather that was stamped with a basket weave pattern. Initially, I was worried that the pattern would feel uncomfortable on a person’s foot but it’s actually quite nice. There are no sharp indentations on the leather so even though you can feel the basket weave pattern, it is very smooth.  The stamped pattern did provide difficulties when sewing the upper sandal vamp piece as the material was not smooth on the underside.  This caused the material to have a tendency to bunch up and curl when I would attempt to sew the varying groove thicknesses in a straight line.  I am still working on ideas to correct this going forward without adding unnecessary thickness to the piece.

The blue and brown braided flip flops are the same pattern from my previous post about the first flip flops that I made seen here (and still wear ALL the time) but with slight variations to the pattern and the placement of the straps.

These are just a few of my simpler designs.  I am working on many more that include beading, jewels, and/or other fun accessories that add just the right amount of flair.

Little Miss Sunshine

Friday, May 13th, 2011
Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

Yes, it’s more baby shoes!!!

One of my best childhood friends is having a little girl and she has been so encouraging to me about my shoe empire aspirations so of course I had to show my appreciation for her support.  At first I was a little bummed that I did not have any pink material to use, but then again mommy is not much of a girly girl, yellow *is* my favorite color, and it’s just so bright and cheery.  The shimmery yellow ribbon that I found was the icing on the cake.

Taped lasts

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

What patterns will become of these?

Taped lasts (top view)

Taped lasts (top view)

Taped lasts

Taped lasts

The possibilities are endless. . .

Any suggestions?