Friday, September 3, 2010

Antebellum Baby Shoes

Asa is ready for his first pair of shoes due to the cooler weather we've been enjoying. We are attending an auction tomorrow and I wanted to be assured that his little toes were adequately warm, so I made these shoes this afternoon. They are a proper shape for the Civil War era but the pattern is a modern one that several reenacting Moms have adapted, it can be found here.
They were cut from the bottom of a brown wool blanket that the boys use, they are unlined and the edges are stitched with embroidery floss. I *think* the embroidery is period appropriate but I'm not positive (Sarah Jane, do you know?). The main difference between the inspiration pattern and these are the squared off toe, modern shoes have rounded toes but shoes in the 1860s have square toes. I squared the toe portion of the sole and then cut the toe portion of the "upper" to match. The hardest part was getting the pattern tweaked to where I liked how it looked, the actual sewing can be completed in a jiffy. I'd like to make him a silk quilted pair so these served as my test run and will be his "everyday" shoes.

5 comments:

  1. The shoes are great, but I just LOVE those chubby legs! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Those are just *too* cute!! I am pretty sure blanket stitch is correct. I've seen it on a smoking cap I wanted to recreate for David. They are certainly adorable and what adorable feet to go into them!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. These little shoes are darling. What baby wouldn't enjoy these!!

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  4. These are just perfect to keep little toes nice and toasty!

    Blessings,

    M.

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  5. Paris,
    How beautiful! The shoes and the toesies!

    I think I am going to make a pair for my granddaughter to wear around the house. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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