Thursday, November 11, 2010

Leather shoes with buckles for the Baha Cat

I made leather shoes with buckles for the Baha Cat to go with the folk costume I'm making for the doll. The shoes I've seen in photos vary, but the common factor is black leather and gold colored buckles, so these should be close enough.

Here are the parts for the shoes. The insoles are made of one layer of cardboard covered with leather.

I started by attaching the toe part. As these shoes need to go over the wool socks I have knitted for the doll, the doll needed to have the socks on to make sure the shoes would be big enough.

These parts form the back and sides of the shoes. I attached the buckle first, so I was able to check before gluing anything that I could get the opposite strap into it. To see how to glue these parts in place, see this earlier blog post.

Here are the finished shoes.

Here are the shoes on the doll's feet.


camu said...

Your blog is very very very nice ^^
We can learn a lot about making shoes for dolls here, realy, you do a great job, they always end up looking like real-shoes and this is very awsome.

Wanna ask something, did we realy need a 'fake foot' to make shoes? I mean, we need make a model of the doll's feet to be able to make a shoe for that? If so, why?

Thanks for your attention and I realy like your job. ^^

Tarja said...

If you're only making a few pairs, getting all the stuff needed for making a foot last would be costly. However, if you're making many pairs, it is easier, if you don't need to handle the entire doll (the bigger the doll, the more convenient it is to have foot lasts). Also, using foot lasts helps to keep your doll's feet free of glue or paint stains (depending on what kind of shoes you're making).