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Millimeters Matter

Sunday, June 7, 2009
If any of you have called me in the last 3 months and asked "what are you doing?", chances are I would say sewing. What was I sewing you might ask? Shoe samples! I have lots of them - about 100 that are all different! Why do I have so many? Because millimeters matter! I didn't realize just how important a few millimeters make until I came up with a great idea one day to make my very own shoe pattern. I wanted something that was unique and original - something that was easy to sew, stylish, and a different look for a girl and boy. It had to be perfect! I got so close so many times to having something I liked.. but I didn't LOVE it! Now, I do.

It all started with some rough ideas and sketches on a piece of paper. I had to turn those ideas and images into something real - shapes and sizes. I laid a piece of tracing paper over the top of Caden's shoe, traced over it how I wanted my little shoes to look, cut out the pieces and transfered them to material and made my very first shoe sample. Countless hours later of sewing, dreaming, pondering, cutting, tracing, printing, getting my machine out and setting it up, making a mess of the whole house, dealing with kids, putting everything away and cleaning up all the scraps and threads... I finally have something I love.

UPDATE: So far they come in 0-6 month, and 6-12 month sizes... but after dreaming all night last night about making bigger sizes I just might go up to 18 months or even more.

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