on becoming a cobbler

In a sudden fit of productivity Friday night, I made four pairs of baby shoes (this is what happens when you move to a new town, have no friends, and your husband is studying for the bar exam).

First up, these:
Very much inspired by this Flickr set - the most beautiful baby shoes I have ever laid eyes on. They were meant for a boy, but ended up quite girlie.

So I made a replacement pair, using the ever-reliable Stardust Shoes pattern:


And then I decided Oscar needed a pair:

And while I was at it, I thought I may as well make another pair to have on hand in case I ever have friends again (do I sound lonely yet?) and get to go to a baby shower:

Shoes ... love making them. On a scale of 1 to 10, how tacky would it be to make these in a womens size 8 1/2? Because I think they look comfy.

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35 comments:

Cheryl said...

These are all insanely adorable but I especially heart the first pair. What a lucky boy!

Eva said...

soo cute! I would totally wear these in an adult's size :)

Vanssmomc said...

I would also wear these, for starters, they are very cute and I only wish I had a young one who needed some shoes. Oscar is so lucky to have you as a Mom, he must be the best dressed child on the block!!

Katy said...

They are some fab shoes... i have thought about making those in adult slipper size too! They do look very comfy!

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said...

You should totally make them in adult size and line them in some super soft and cuddly baby fabric or flannel! They'd be awesome in the winter! And I've been wanting to make these for my little boy. Its cute to see them on another, which by the way, I can't believe he's pulling himself up already! He is soo cute!

The Coxes said...

Jill,

I feel ya! We moved to a new town about 8 months ago and as a new mom I have felt very lonely. I love your shoes! I tried the stardust pattern and the shoes ended up to small for my little man. Maybe I need to try again now.

Suzy D. said...

love making shoes too! quick and adorble! I love Oscar's black and white ones

Mommy Mac said...

K, so I have no clue how my sweet bloggy fingers clicked and ended up finding your blog, but they did.

And then I sat yesterday afternoon just a readin' and a readin' you.

And then I made you one of my favorites just like that.

Dundee.

A new town? Lonely. Poor sister.

Just wait until the first set of mama eyes is laid on those totally hip homemade shoes...you're gonna have friends galore just for the shoe gifts!

I have never even considered making handmade shoes...dangit.

Now my boys and niece are way past the handmade shoe stage...dangit.

I guess I could make them slippers, huh?

Just so glad I found you.

Now you perk up and don't be lonely anymore, ya hear me?! I made you my favorite...ALREADY!!!

.mac :)

Natasha said...

My oh my, moving to a new town with a baby has got to be TOUGH. We moved to DC 3 years ago and I didn't know a soul, without a doubt the hardest thing I've ever had to do! Although you have an advantage...Oscar! Once I had Sam last year it made it so much easier to make friends, join a My Gym or similar baby/mommy class type of activity would be my advice.

Hang in there, at least you have your crafting to keep you busy!

Jenny said...

CUTE shoes!!! If you lived in Michigan I'd be your friend and since our boys are the same age Oscar would have a friend too :)
Check out your local library to see if they have "baby story times"---it's free and a good way to meet moms and kids.

lisa said...

I love the denim and the pattern on the bottom of Oscars. I think I have see shoes like the first pair made for adults on Etsy. I can’t remember where. I agree, and at the least you would have some really cool slippers!

Nicole said...

You always have the cutest fabrics. Take it from someone who has moved half way across the country recently, friends will come (especially with your talents). I have been thinking about making these as slippers for myself - I think as a hospital gift for myself when number three comes this winter.

Scott & Malarie said...

I love the shoes... and I am feeling the same loneliness as you are!! Just moved and my husband is buying a dental practice and never home! No friends, no family, just me, my house and crafts!! I hope that you find some friends soon!! I'll pray for you as well!
malarie

Valerie said...

I have been making those for my son and had the same feeling "wouldnt these be great for me"!! My only question is how do you make them bigger cause the only pattern I found is for 0-6 months??

Lauren said...

Those shoes in the first picture are so adorable! I love the variation with the cutout and the button.

Tracy said...

Oh my gosh, those are the cutest shoes I've ever seen. How about we pretend that we are best friends and I am sending you a belated invitation to my baby shower (That was about a year ago) and I'll happily accept your gift! No? Ok, well how about you just show the rest of us how to make those?

Katie said...

Jill, where in SoCal are you, if you don't mind my asking? I'm a fellow crafter mom in Laguna Hills, if that's close at all...

Wendy said...

So cute! I really want to try making those, I love baby shoes but they grow out of them so fast, I cant see buying a bunch. I'm not much of a sewer, pretty beginner, are they easy?

Jill said...

Wendy, the stardust shoes pattern is pretty easy - give it a try! It might not make sense at first, but trust me, if you follow all the steps, it comes together in the end. :)

I skip the interfacing because I like the shoes to be extra soft.

Jill said...

Wendy - I'm not so far south as you. I'm up in Santa Barbara (that's still considered southern California, right?)

Rose said...

I'll be your friend! And I'd even let you make me some of those shoes in a women's size 8 lol Very cute, thanks for the link to that free pattern, I paid for one that wasn't as good as the free one!

Brie said...

Umm - can we say tutorial in the works?? How about a mommy sized slipper!

Always love to read your blog!

Brie

Lindsey Doby said...

oh my goodness you are so talented! i will move to cali and be your friend if you would only make me a pair of super girly newborn ones with rosebuds on them! I am due with a girl in nov and would love to have your talent! those shoes just look too challenging for me- i am a straight line seamstress right now :) btw, i love your blog and am so happy mr blue eyes must be getting a little easier since you are posting more!

Meg said...

I still do not feel comfortable with you living in CA. You belong closer to FloVally. And I have full confidence that you could bust those out in an 8.5 and that, while they may be a cross between tacky and Peter Pan, you could rock them. Do it Rockapella.

e.c said...

in a heart beat I'd wear the first ones. I'd even cut out some soles to wear out and about.

Oscar's shoesies are to die for. You're so talented!


Making new friends sucks...mostly cause it can take so blasted long. Hang in there! :)

Katie said...

Yes, Santa Barbara is definitely still Southern California, but you're right--we aren't close. Too bad! I hope you meet some great mama friends soon. If you've found a good church, I'm sure that will help. I'm sure there are some local moms groups too.... Can you tell I'm sympathetic to your loneliness? Many of us have been there!

The Leonards said...

I am sure you get this a lot but I love your blog! I have been following it for awhile and love love all of your ideas! I am pregnant with my third kid right now and once I find out the sex I plan on making him/her some shoes! I understand about not seeing your husband too, mine is studying for the bar as well! Only a week and half to go and then the long wait for the results (CA is 4 months!).

Annette said...

Adorable shoes!!

Are there any MOMS Clubs or MOPS close to you? I was hesitant at first, but have gotten to be friendly with several women...not quite friends yet...but close.

BreAnna said...

Jill, I miss you like crazy. It sort of sucks to be out of NYC huh? Let's just move back :o) We drove through Santa Barbara last week on our way to Neverland and I thought about you, and Oz and missed you both, in fact I could get teary just thinking about it (I guess midnight and blogging dont mix :o) One day it will feel like home again being away from the city....right :o(

Kayla said...

So I really wish either you lived here or I live there because I need a crafting buddy...not to mention a MOTIVATED crafting buddy! AND I've got a little girl a few months younger than Oscar so the kiddos could play & become buddies too!

Lindsey said...

Hi Jill! I am new to your blog having just linked to it today from Ucreate. I am loving it!

These little shoes are adorable. You are very inspiring! And best of luck to your husband on the bar exam. Been there, done that with my own husband.

Thanks for a great blog! I can't wait to keep reading.

Lindsey
San Diego, CA

Eric and Shandi Ditlevsen said...

Jill I absolutely love your website and will be making some shoes soon for my sister-in-law and for myself! I just had a quick question...where did you get the pattern for the first paid of shoes!?!?! I would really like to try both! If you could direct me in the right direction that would be great! :)

SHANDI
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Eric and Shandi Ditlevsen said...

I meant to say first pair of shoes! LOL! Sorry! Also I made it sound like they were for me, but I'm having a girl...my first in June and my sister in law is having her first girl in about 3 weeks. I should read what I comment, before I submit it! I did this time, so hopefully it makes more sense!

Jill said...

Hi Shandi -

I made up the pattern for the first pair of shoes myself, but they didn't turn out very wearable, so I didn't keep it. Sorry I can't be of more help!

Annette said...

definitely make them in a size 8 1/2! too cute!