How to start learning shoemaking
I discussed several times on this blog about the basic set of shoemaking tools that you need (as a beginner)to have to get started learning shoemaking. We also mentioned alternative tools Like dremel drill that can replace many professional shoemaking tools. This will help you to get started without collecting all needed shoemaking tools( and I’m glad to see many of you practice it).
But I never talked with you HOW to start learning shoemaking and this is one of the most common questions that you ask yourself and asked me.
Actually, this is the first question you need to ask yourself. Because there is so many different footwear types and you really don’t know where to start learning shoemaking.
Is there a certain order in shoemaking learning or it is not important which type to start from? Well, there is !
To get better and faster result in your shoemaking progress there is a specific way to start learning shoemaking.
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Flat ballet shoes is your starting point in shoemaking
In my courses the first shoe type that my students ( if they are beginners, of course) must learn is Flat Ballet Shoes.
Why? Because, it is the best way to get started learning shoemaking.
Because first thing that you will need to learn and understand in shoemaking is pattern making. The rules of flat ballet shoes construction is the most basic rules of pattern construction of all other footwear types.
– Primary rules on which Flat Ballets construction is based, will help you to understand better and in easier way all other footwear types (classical and nonclassical):
It will be much easy to make pumps, Oxford and Derby shoes, sandals, T-straps, Slingback pumps, Penny loafers, Moccasins , boots and many other shoes ,your shoes
– With flat ballet shoes you will understand the importance of each anatomical line( joint line, height of the top heel point, central line, side line) and how it may influence on comfort of your shoes.
Creating correct anatomical lines are important for all other shoe types as well and by already knowing the roots of each line from flat ballets will make you learning experience and progress much faster and easier.
From Basic to Advanced
You just can’t jump ahead!
Another reason why flat ballet shoes is the first shoes you need to make is, that it is easier to follow all shoemaking steps:
Pattern making – is simple curved line ( throat line – check the post “Pretty Ballerinas Pattern Making and What Makes Them Pretty?!” )
Here you can practice with minor cutting ,sewing before you will move on to more complicated types and so on.
One classic flat ballet shoes – endless variety of flats
The secret of pattern making is, that it’s enough to know one flat ballet shoes pattern construction to create variety of ballets designs.
Start Learning Shoemaking The Right Way
There is right order how to learn shoemaking, what tools you really need as a beginner and what you really need to focus on. You went through few of those elements in this and previous posts, but if you want to get the full picture and start learning shoemaking, join me on my Shoemaking Webinar:
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