Hello and welcome to my stop on the Twig and Tale Cosy Toes blog tour, with so many incredible footwear patterns available in the Twig and Tale shop including the newly released adult Tie Backs, this is guaranteed to be an exciting tour full of lots of different designs and ideas.
I was thrilled to discover that Twig and Tale were extending the size range of the popular tie back boots to fit adults; I have been a big fan of the children’s boots, a very straightforward and rewarding sew with a professional finish, for a long time. The development of the pattern has also seen developments to the instructions in the form of a full video tutorial making the pattern even more accessible to all levels of sewing experience.
My inspiration behind my boots was my husband, my soul mate, with whom I’ve recently celebrated a significant anniversary with. The tie back boot pattern is suitable for both women and men and covers ladies sizes 5-12 and mens sizes 8.5-15, so is perfect for couples – hubby and me – sets; with very few patterns available for men’s footwear this is somewhat of an unusual and exciting opportunity. I decided to create a ‘union’ in the form of footwear by upcycling our clothing to create each others boots – we would literally be each others ‘sole’ mates! I felt this would serve t+o create a sense of closeness to each other when we were apart; I could see this concept working so well for other relationships and not just couples, using your own or grandparents clothing to create first boots for newborns for example, or upcycling the clothing of distant or absent relatives to form boots to bridge the distance.
The tie back boots, both adult and child, are a fully lined boot meaning there are no exposed raw seams, not only does this give the boots a highly professional finish but it also makes them much more comfortable. For my outer boot I choose to upcycle old jeans. Jeans are one of my most favourite things to upcycle as denim is very easy to work with and also jeans tend to have more interesting features like exposed stitching and stitching patterns and patch pockets which I love to incorporate in my projects to add extra interesting details without any extra work for me! I’m very envious of my husband’s boots as the patch pockets on my old jeans were the perfect size for the front toe pieces of his boots – how perfect is that little pocket for a handwarmer mini heat pad!?!
The belt loops off my husbands jeans were the perfect size and length for the tabs on my boots saving me a job but also adding a decorative feature to my boots.
For my lining I used brushed cotton shirts.
The pattern itself, like all Twig and Tale patterns, gives detailed guidance and ideas about upcycling clothing for these boots, this includes a guide to felting woollen sweaters. Since the boots can be made with a wide range of different materials – albeit giving a slightly different look depending on the material chosen – you will find you have plenty of options when it comes to upcycling.
The pattern has two boot height options; I choose regular height but there is an option for a longer boot, sizing wise my husband measured an 11.5 and I measured a 7, although this is true to our ‘real world’ sizing, I would always recommend checking measurements. To get a more accurate measurement place you heel against a solid wall and stand straight before measuring, I found it easier to stand on a piece of paper and mark a line at the end of my foot and measure that – this was particularly helpful when measuring myself. The pattern does advice that this boot has a generous fit and that should you want a tighter fit to go down. The fit of my boots enabled me to wear the boots with thicker woollen socks on.
In terms of fabric usage, my size 7 boots only required half of my husband’s jeans for my outer boot, my husband’s boots required the majority of my jeans.
In the past, I have used several slipper patterns from a range of designers, one of the things I love about this pattern in particular compared to many others is the seam allowance included in the pattern. At the Twig and Tale standard 3/8th inch (1 cm), I find this seam allowance so much easier to work with, and much more forgiving, than some of the much smaller seam allowances I have encountered in other patterns. This is one of the reasons I think this pattern is as suitable for novice sewers as it is for more experienced ones. The other reason I consider this pattern suitable for all levels of sewer is the tutorial, with full colour pictures and non-technical language, it is very easy to follow. The accompanying video tutorial also supports more visual learners.
Construction was very straightforward. In most cases, when sewing with fabrics made of natural materials I would use a sharp needle, for these boots I opted to use a denim needle for the outer boot because of my use of original jeans features making the boots thicker in parts – denim needles are angled to reduce tension when going through layers – this worked fine.
My husband and I were very pleased with our boots. Our worn jean fabric gives the boot a slightly more slouchier appearance than you would achieve with ‘new’ denim or wool. I really love how the irregular fading and original jean features add interesting details to the boots.
The adult tie back boots pattern is on sale until Midnight (pst) Friday 9th June 2017, the price is already discounted on the site so no code is needed. As part of the Cosy Toes tour you can save an additional 15% of the adult tie back boots pattern, and any other footwear pattern, using the code COSYTOES.
Be sure to stopover at the other Blog Tour hosts to discover the entire range of Twig and Tale footwear patterns.