Friday, 24 November 2017

Summer espadrilles

There was so much more to learn from Prym's dvd instruction video for espadrilles.

I received this pack and have only just had the chance to go through it in more detail. There is a Prym YouTube video that is great to get your started.
I watched this video when I made my first pair of espadrilles last year.

This year I have more Prym espadrille tools and the Prym dvd gave me a lot more information about making better 'store bought' espadrilles.
The dvd runs through the full details of making these 3 classic espadrilles. The information in this dvd gives you so much more information to make great espadrilles!
These are the Prym tools I had to work with. I'm quite grateful to the lovely people at Prym for providing these tools to make more espadrilles.
This Espadrille tool kit saved my fingers. Last time I made espadrilles, the stitching stressed my fingers. This year I had this tool kit and sewing through the sole and shoe fabric was much easier. See, I can still type out this blog post with no pain.
These are the pieces I worked with. These peep toe espadrilles have a denim outer fabric and a bold print on the inside of the show.

The back heel is a pre made piece.
This is nothing flash but it does blend into the colour of the sole and I did pair this with the same coloured ribbon.
The dvd showed me the right way to line the sole.
I made sure the print on the inside of the shoe matched.


The level of detail in the dvd was so handy.
My next challenge was making sure the toe finish was balanced.
I decided to add crotchet floral lace in the same colour as the heel to balance the design.

I was feeling very unsure about my choices here. Was there too much detail on this espadrille?

You can see I chose to use dark navy stitching thread.
Here's where the heel and toe pieces are pinned to the espadrille sole.
The ribbon is sewn to the outside of the heel piece so that it doesn't rub against the back of the foot.


Did I mention these espadrilles are a gift to a friend?
I felt it was important to present the final shoes in a beautiful box.

Here are the final espadrilles ready to be boxed up.
Wrapped in pretty blue tissue.
These are a great gift.
Now I'm just showing these off.

This dvd has so much useful information and has certainly helped make these espadrilles great.

Thanks Prym for providing me with these new espadrille tools. You can purchase these from Minerva Craft and use the discount code 'maria' to get 10% off any Prym purchase.


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