Introduction To Pattern Cutting For Footwear

Amanda Overs Wednesday, 1 September 2021

This 25 minute practical lesson is led by Amanda Overs, Director and Founder of I Can Make Shoes, a business that provides support and technical skills in developing and designing your own shoes at home or as a fashion business.

In this lesson, Amanda explains what a shoe last is, and then takes you through the steps in taping up your last and designing on it, before showing you how to create a full pattern for a heeled court shoe - knowledge that can be easily transferred to other styles.

Please note, if you are listening to this as an audio file, there will be sections of silence as this is where Amanda is showcasing particular techniques.

Find more Masterclasses from I Can Make Shoes at: https://icanmakeshoes.com/


In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to design and make a heeled court shoe pattern from start to finish
  • What a paper pattern for a shoe looks like, and how it differs to a garment
  • What a 'last' is and why it is important to shoe design
  • How to tape up a last ready to design anything you like based on the last shape
  • Considerations for detail and style lines for your shoe design, particularly how these can affect manufacturing
  • Taking your design off the last and translating this on paper, including how and where you should add seam allowance

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