Our newest ‘Get Inspired’ project is here! We collaborated with the lovely @sowsstudio - a London based embroidery studio who take on bespoke projects across art, homeware, fashion and events 🌟

Kate from our team took the lead with this project! She used the embroidered fabric to create some flat Mary Jane shoes with a slightly squared toe.

To begin the project, Kate built up a flat last using Milliput to get the toe shape ✨

She then traced the Mary Jane pattern onto the embroidered fabric and the lining before stitching these together. 


Once the upper and the lining were stitched together, Kate added in a toe puff stiffener at the front of the shoe and a counter stiffener at the heel. The stiffeners are used to hold the shape of the shoe. 

Kate also added a black leather tab to the strap of the Mary Jane for a little extra detail and to tie in with the black resin soling. For this shoe, Kate used a 2mm thick black resin sole and built up a slight heel tip. 

I love the addition of little details like this, I think it totally elevates the look of the shoe! Another way to change the look of a Mary Jane is to change the shape of the buckle or use a statement buckle! You can get really creative here, but just make sure the buckle fits on the strap of your Mary Jane. 

I am absolutely OBSESSED with how these turned out 😍

Watch the making process below: 


If you are feeling inspired to make a pair for yourself, here’s a list of the all of components that we used 😉:

  1. Mary Jane shoemaking pattern
  2. Toe puff stiffeners
  3. Counter stiffeners
  4. 2mm black resin soling
  5. Buckles
  6. Leather / fabric of your choice

You may find it easier to purchase a component kit rather than the separate components.

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If you are wanting to dive a little deeper into the world of home shoemaking, my online Footwear Masterclass is one of the most popular shoemaking courses in the world!! 🌍 (Casual brag! lol)
The course covers how to make shoes from scratch including heels, flats, boots, sneakers, sandals, and more. The thing that really sets this course apart from others is that it's specifically designed for total beginners and requires very little in the way of tools & equipment, there's even a bonus module on how to start your own shoe brand. To make getting started even easier, the course comes with a FREE Shoemaking Starter Kit, delivered to your door, anywhere in the world! 🌍
Happy Shoemaking, Amanda xx

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