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« on: December 13, 2004 05:24:28 AM »

Somewhere around here (hey, I'm not done moving yet) I have a sewing and mending book from the wartime 1940s which shows how to make lightweight shoes (espadrilles, slippers, that sort of thing).  Any interest?
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2004 07:08:38 AM »

i'd love to know how to make espadrilles.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2004 01:46:26 PM »

me too Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2004 04:22:46 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2004 07:55:54 PM »

OK.  Lemme dig it up and I'll do a few scans.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2004 06:10:32 AM »

I would love to see the slipper pattern!!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2005 06:28:41 AM »

this is just what i was looking for! if you ever find that pattern, please post it!
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2005 02:29:35 PM »

Please? I mean, now that I know such things exist I may go insane.  Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2005 10:19:28 AM »

Good news, folks, I have found the book!  It is The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing, edited by Frances Blondin and printed 1946.  Now to get the scanner in working order.  (I've taken digital photos of the pages, but as you might imagine they haven't turned out very well.)

The patterns are for simple espadrille sandals, traveling slippers, and open-toed evening sandals.  There's a great chapter in this book called "Bag of Tricks" that shows how to make a number of accessories.

I haven't meant to be such a tease--really should have found this book before offering to post directions.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2005 08:30:00 PM »

OK, first come the traveling slippers.





Material:
Percale or chintz, plain and printed--1/4 yd. of each; denim or drill cloth--1/4 yd.; cotton batting or scraps of heavy woolen fabric--1/4 yd.; percale bias trim in contrasting color--2 yds.; elastic (3/8" wide)--1/2 yd.

Directions for cutting:
Sole--3 pieces, pattern no. VII, 1 denim, 1 plain percale, 1 cotton batting.
Top--3 pieces, pattern no. VIII, 1 plain percale, 1 printed percale, 1 cotton batting (or several thicknesses of woolen fabric).
Ties--2 pieces, each 2" by 12", printed percale.

Directions for making:

1. Place batting (or woolen) between denim and percale pieces of sole (No. Vii), and between plain and print pieces of top (No. VIII), right sides of fabric out.

2. Baste layers together and machine quilt.  To machine quilt, mark off diamond shapes by marking lines about 3/4" apart to cover piece.  Machine stitch along these lines (see slipper illustration).

3. Bind edges of both pieces with bias trim.

4. Top stitch another piece of bias trim over binding just applied around rounded edge of top piece on printed side, turning under 1/2" at each end.

5. Baste top to upper side (percale) of sole, matching center fronts.

6. Whipstitch free edge of bias trim to under (denim) side of sole.

7. Fold 2" by 12" strips in half lengthwise (right side inside).

8. Stitch edges together along 12" side.

9. Turn strips, insert 8" of elastic in each and whip ends of elastic to ends of strip. Turn under ends of strip and whip to slipper top at each side of center notch.
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