This week we continue to talk about making a collection or your creative approach to making your own shoes.
As the design is a most common way to approach a collection, in this post we will talk about making your collection through the pattern.
Pattern making isn’t mechanical work or at least it doesn’t have to be. Pattern making is a creative process which can help you to create your collection or a single pair, differently.
I showed this approach in my Footwear Design Course in the much broad way of creative methods and now I will demonstrate it in most simple way possible.
How to create shoe models combinations
First, let’s take an Idea or a theme for our shoes. For example, Men’s wear as an inspiration for my women shoes. We are talking about collars, suit components etc.
Now, knowing what I want to do I will show you how I can use a simple pump shoe model and change it to my needs.
You will make a basic pump shoe pattern and make sure it is correct.
Although you are working with a pump shoe model, you can change this model using your knowledge of creating other models and to integrate it into pump shoe pattern. For example, I will take derby shoe model and it’s elements and I will integrate it into pump shoes considering my theme/ idea.
You see what I got here, it’s not the pump shoes or neither a derby shoes, it’s a combination of both:
– Here I used the highest critical point of pump shoes to create element A.
– Element B, it’s the most basic element of Derby shoes.
To make a collection you will probably want to make a wide range of design variations, so let’s look at the boot.
You can create a boot element ( that will give your shoes the look of a boot) on pumps pattern, using the main characteristics of boot model.
Here we got a pump-boot:
– An element is a part of boot pattern construction
– B element is a pump shoe pattern.
I can go on with those examples, combining pump shoes with sandals, moccasins, oxfords and so on, but the important thing here is to understand your creative possibilities to make a collection or a shoe using pattern making as a creative source.
Do you know what you want to make and how will you do it?
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