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24 Oct 2007 - 04:28552
How do you make boots?
As above??? I cant get my head how you can make a pattern for a solid shoe which wont fall apart???


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24 Oct 2007 - 04:49553
I am sure Delusional and Angelphie will be able to give us a good guide on this.

I have no idea myself, beyond the fact that it involves "boot covers". Which you wear over a normal shoe.

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25 Oct 2007 - 19:11589
I pretty much made a pair of boots for my Jack Sparrow costume but it wasn't super easy. I bought a pair of really cheap shoes, cut the sole off, drafted a pattern for the top part, cut it, interfaced it and sewed it to the sole (this was the worst bit) with a curved needle. Like Mark says, it's usually best to start with an existing shoe; I didn't put heel supports in my boots and as a result they tend to fall down and bunch at the heels. There are some boot cover tutorials on the web. Best way to do it, if you can afford it, is to permanently stick the cover to the base shoe. It means you can't use the shoe for anything else but it gives the closest fit.


27 Oct 2007 - 02:18621
Bootcovers are definitely easier than working from scratch, and covers will almost always be suitable. Yes, you can make your own shoes completely from scratch if you're very keen, but there's rarely any need to. For nearly every possibility out there, you can start with an existing pair of shoes and go from there.

Techniques for bootcovers depend on whether you want them to be removable or not, the style of shoe you're covering and the style of shoe you want to create, so there's a whole load of options out there.

These sites cover a range of ideas:
http://www.sarcasm-hime.net/bootcovers-tutorial.html
http://www.limitbreakcosplay.com/FAQ_BootCovers.htm

As Odangochan mentioned, permanent covers are best, and also a lot easier since you can just glue/sew/tack fabric directly to the shoe, and that's what I prefer to do. I've only made one set of removable covers and it was a lot more hassle.

As well as covers, remember you can chop boots into different shapes, paint them, glue bits and pieces on, even temporarily pin decorations to them if you don't want to permanently adapt the shoes... so no end of possibilities.



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