Mass Production Feels Good
October 15, 2012
Over the last few weeks I've been really cutting into my leather stash. Since I made my first pair of baby shoes five years ago, I've collected a sizable leather collection. Most of it has come from thrifted coats, skirts, pants, etc, but I've also bought scraps and even a whole piece from a tannery in Salt Lake when we used to live there.
After making all those leather masks last month, I thought I would just keep going with the mass production of leather items. I have made a few pairs of these little leather moccasins for gifts and for my own baby girl, but each time I've had to make some adjustments to my pattern. I decided to just make a few more pairs to work out the kinks. And then once my pattern went together properly, I just decided to stockpile a few pairs while I was at it.
The result was 9 pairs of shoes in a week. Now I just need to get a few of those wrapped up and mailed off to some babies! Oh, and clean out my sewing machine. Sewing with leather, and suede in particular, is very dirty.
Even though it can be a little bit tedious to make the same thing over and over, there is something very satisfying about making a pile of shoes. And making a few pairs at a time make the whole process much faster. It's also a bit of a relief to have a few baby gifts ready to go in case I don't have time to make or find something for a baby shower. I seem to go to a lot of baby showers these days, so I don't think my little pile of shoes will last long at all.
Oh, and in case you are wondering if I'm ever going to make or show you anything other than leather masks or baby shoes ever again, I actually made a little top for Baby Girl that I just need to take a picture of. I love how it came out and I'm excited to show it off.