Save your money on leather, make shoes working with paper patterns [Video Tutorial]
How to make shoes working with paper patterns and save your money on leather is the topic of this post.
When you work on a new shoe, before you make the actual shoe, you must check it. It doesn't matter if you are a master shoemaker or a beginner, you must check if your shoe pattern is correct to not fall flat on your face. Although it's more common to make the shoe pattern check from leather, I strongly recommend to work with ordinary paper.
This is how I work and how I make my shoes, and this is how I teach it in all my shoemaking courses of the 1 Year Program.
Why? It will cut your work time, it will save your money and actually, it will be more accurate.
How to make shoes using paper pattern
Now, on the example of simple flat ballet shoes I will explain you how to make shoes using the paper, the ordinary paper A4.
Here is how I make simple flat ballet shoes:
1. This is the cardboard basic pattern of flat ballet shoes, which you need to check
2. Here is the exact copy of the cardboard basic pattern with all its lines from the ordinary A4 paper.
3. To make the paper pattern more flexible just crumpled it a little bit. This way it will be possible to last it on the last. Here is important not to overdo it, or it will tear up.
4. Here is the paper pattern lasted on the last. You see, it looks exactly like leather upper lasted on the last. This way you can easily check your pattern that is made from paper. This is how it must be done in shoemaking working with paper.
5. Observing how your paper pattern lays on the last you can easily understand if you need to make some corrections or not. Then you will make all those corrections on your original cardboard basic pattern.
The shoe pattern making is only the first stepof shoemakingand if you want to learn all other steps,you can read this post: "Beginners in Shoemaking Tools and Materials Definitive Guide 2023"
Now, to explain to you better I made for you a shoe making tutorial on how to check your basic pattern using an ordinary paper A4. Watch the video and share this shoemaking tutorial if it was useful for your shoemaking craft.