I'm sure everyone remembers this dress!
It's the Carpatina Tudor Dress that I did a review of here for those who missed that! I'm also sure everyone remembers how frustrated I was about the lack of shoes. So before I left for vacation I decided to try and make my own. And after a lot of research and a lot of trial and error this is what I came up with:
Jade says but wait!! She got new shoes too!
Here is a better picture of the two pairs I originally made for you all:
While I was doing research however I noticed that there really wasn't a tutorial on how to do this. Not for larger dolls anyway. I saw a bunch of tutorials on how to make shoes for human feet and two videos on how to make them for BJD dolls and I'm going to share the best one I could find with you here in just a second.
Maybe it was because I was specifically looking for how to do flats? I'm not sure why I couldn't find anything else but because I couldn't I decided to do a tutorial for you today. It is going to be in three parts because, while making the shoes it surprisingly easy, the instructions are a bit long winded and I wanted to make sure there were plenty of pictures. That being said, if I am unclear or confusing at any point please tell me and I will do my best to clarify. Now on with Part One: Making Your Pattern!
For this part you are going to need:
- Card stock or some sort of stiff paper (I used a postcard and later on a bit of brown paper bag)
- Tissue paper
- Fine tipped marker or pen
- A doll/doll foot
Step 2: Place the foot flat on top of your card stock and trace around it.
You should get something like this:
Step 3: Draw the insole/shape of your shoe. At this point they are the same thing.
|Note: Here I traced around the original foot outline with black marker so you can see Step 3 a little better.|
*edited because I'm a moron and typed two instead of toe. omg me!
Step 4: Once you are satisfied with the shape of your shoe carefully cut it out.
video (which also does a pretty good job of showing you what we will be doing but has no real instructions.) you can use this as the actual insole of your shoe. I prefer to keep this as a template and use craft foam for my insoles but we will get to that in Part 2! Really it's up to you though.
Next we're going to work on creating a template for the upper of the shoe.
Step 2: Wrap the foot tightly in several layers of tissue paper.
Here is the Kohanna's foot wrapped in about three layers. Just add layers until you're satisfied that everything is covered.
Step 3: Cover the tissue paper in tape. (optional)
Step 4: Draw your upper on the tissue paper/tape.
Step 5: Draw around the bottom edge of the foot.
In the end you'll get something that looks like this.
Step 6: Cut down the back of the tissue paper template and remove from the doll's foot.
Step 7: Cut around the top and bottom lines.
Step 8: Trace the template onto a second piece of card stock or paper.
Then take your insole template and place it on top of new upper template. Do they match fairly well?
Step 9: Cut out your new template.
Step 10: Check for symmetry.
And finally Step 11: Check your templates one last time.
You should have a two piece final template now!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. This is my first tutorial so again, please let me know if you guys need anything clarified and I will do my best. Part 2 will be up in a couple of days and will be about fabric choices, cutting out your fabric and decorating your shoe! Part 3 will be up a couple of days after that and cover shoe construction. I'm sorry I had to break it up but this would have been way too long otherwise! Till next time!