This past week I made something that I never dreamed normal people (like me) could sew. Baby shoes! Sure sometimes you see those crazy talented sewing ladies on their blog whipping up a cute pair of ballet slippers from an old purse. I’m just not one of those people who looks at an old leather purse and magically makes a pair of baby shoes. I can however read a pattern pretty well if it is well written. Simplicity 2278 was a dream to sew. I made ViewA in a size medium. It’s a good thing Elijah was a little boy and not a little girl or I think I would have stayed up late sewing him shoes instead of studying. ;)
I had some leftover fabric (small scraps really) from sewing a Simplicity 2295 tote bag and just used the leftover fabric. I cut the pieces out without worrying too much about grain lines. This seemed to work well. I cut a size medium but really don’t know what size these would correspond to in regular shoe sizes.
I did not use any Jiffy Grip like the pattern calls for. I didn’t have any and I live far away from a fabric store. The baby won’t be walking in these shoes so I don’t think it matters. (They are not made for walking.) Instead I just used regular fabric. You could easily make the soles out of the same material as the rest of the shoe. For a neat contrasting look I used a coordinating fabric instead for the bottom of the shoes. I would recommend sewing step 10 (sewing the sole) with a seam allowance of 3/8 instead of 1/4. It seems like the sole would fit in the shoe better this way.
I was amazed at how simple these shoes were to sew. Really if you sew you must try to make a pair of these shoes for the next baby shower you attend. I would recommend sewing either a size medium or large the first time around. I haven’t sewn the small size but it just sounds difficult to make a teeny tiny shoe. :)
The pattern also includes a pattern for an adult size shoe/house slipper which is kind of neat I guess. I never thought about making myself a pair of slippers but I guess it could happen. It would be really cute to sew a mom and baby matching slippers. I would recommend using Jiffy Grip if you make the adult size slippers. There are a total of 5 different baby shoes in this pattern. I’m hoping to try to make the little boots View B for a friend’s baby sometime this fall. They would look absolutely adorable in John Deere fabric. This pattern contains shoes that a little boy could also wear. I am sure that I will be making it often for baby gifts.