A few weeks ago I came across a "send in for pattern" ad in one of my 1940s craft magazines. Having been on the lookout for some cute slippers (natural fibers? Made in U.S.? Not insanely expensive?), the pattern caught me eye, and luckily I found the same patterns for sale on Ebay!
This weekend I went to Fabric Depot and got some wool felt, embroidery floss, and satin rope. If you ever go to Portland and you love sewing, you have to go to Fabric Depot. They have an extensive 30s feedsack selection, as well as a Civil War collection, but some of the prints look so 40s I may get a few yards for a dress next time I go.
I really like the way they turned out. I embellished them, used contrast pieces, and a blanket stitch, but those were my only alterations to the original pattern. It's also worth noting, if anyone is going to make these, that the sizing is a little off. I cut out and made one slipper in my size (I'm a 7, which is marked as large), but they were too big, so I went down to a medium and they fit much better.
There are two other slipper patters included, and I'm thinking in the summer a playsuit and matching shoes would be ideal.
Thought Sam was a little too impressed with my new footwear making skills, and said he really doesn't see any point to buying new clothes, I can just make everything....Dug myself into that hole....