Hope I'm posting this in the right place.
I've just gotten into roller derby, training right now. I recieved some cash from family to go out and buy a nice pair of speed skates, and on top of that I got some toe guards.
Within two practices the traditional guard was so loose I could push it to the side, and the thought of ruining my skates drove me to thinking all hours of the night to come up with a custom pattern.
I know there are a lot of designs out there, but I wanted to make one that only had one layer of leather under the toestop to make sure it doesn't unscrew.
Anywho... here's a pic of what I have so far, with a side-by-side comparison.
Top view of both skates.
Side-by-side comparison of coverage. Derby girls skid a lot on their toes when falling/getting up/etc. and it's not just on the toe!
Just showing the underside with only one layer of leather, connected up to the side of the guard, so there's no way this thing is slipping anywhere!
I've never worked on leather/suede before, and this was a pain in my side!!!
Any suggestions as to thread/needles would be most appreciated. I used the singer brand needles on my machine and they were horrible.