Last week, I promised I would elaborate more on the shoes I made for my x-mas elf costumes. I used the free pattern and tutorial found here. The pattern is made of 3 pieces — sole, toe and heel — and you need to stick the toe and heel pieces to form the shoe itself. I went for the biggest size but I soon realized it would never be long enough for my elves and their shoe size 44 feet. I extended the pattern to the desired length using a classic slice & spread method, using the foot of a colleague with long feet as a template I then re-drafted the section around the ankles, as it got a bit distorted by the extending of the pattern. I did the same slice & spread treatment to the sole. Here is my final shoe pattern, ready to be cut:
I was using craft felt as a fabric, and I thought it wouldn’t be resistant enough for my elves to walk on it all evening. So I thought I’d use some leather scraps leftover from the tools roll project a while back.
Obviously, if you are sewing leather, make sure you are using the right needle!
Then it’s a question of assembling the shoes, which is quite straightforward:
- Sew the back heel seam.
- Align the heel notch on the sole with the back seam and sew the sole to the shoe on both sides, up to the notch on the toe section.
- Sew the remaining seam, closing the toe section and the top section of the shoe.
And ladies and gentlemen, we have an elf shoe!
To finish the shoes, I added some decorations that I glued in place with my glue gun. How you decorate your shoes is really up to you: ribbon, old x-mas decorations, bells. Use your imagination and creativity! And to make sure the toe section keeps its shape, I stuffed it with a bit of fiberfill (not shown on the picture below, however).
All in all, I think the pattern and tutorial I found were perfect for this project, and I highly recommend them if you want to make a similar piece of costume. It’s also ideal for Renaissance Faires or fairy tales costuming.