Sunday, June 20, 2010

Super cute EASY baby shoes!!

I had this pattern a few weeks, because as usual, I was sure it was much harder than it turned out to be. So, the fabric and pattern sat there ignored…and what a mistake! These are absolutely the EASIEST shoes to put together. I followed the pattern dutifully, but I would definitely make some changes. Here is the link, so you can check it out yourself. Stardust Cloth Shoe Pattern.

Changes for next time:

  1. Even for my five-month old, these were much too big. I plan to scale the pattern to 75% and try again. They were big everywhere---length, height, elastic---everything.
  2. For the iron-on interfacing, I should have followed my gut…next time, I will cut the iron-on interfacing 3/8" smaller all the way around the edges; it will make sewing through the layers so much easier!
  3. Lastly, I would do layered trimming, instead of pinking the edges. I think it will lay flatter when turned inside-out.
Ideas for next time (and things I already changed):
  1. Since daughter isn't walking, I simply used muslin for the sole
  2. Also, to save on cute fabric, I did the lining with muslin (it doesn't show)
  3. For the top-stitching on the foot, I did a decorative stitch---I LOVE it, but I wish I would have done a bolder color
  4. I think I will do a pair completely in muslin, and do top-stitching in a decorative stitch…cheap, and I can have a variety of fun stitches and colors.
  5. Lastly…some embroidery on the front foot on a plain fabric would be ADORABLE!


Natalie said...

Great review! I'm glad to hear they were so easy. It is good to know about the sizing being big.

Natalie said...

Those are so cute! I totally need to make some. Thanks!