Shoe Design and Pattern Making

November 21st, 2018 Jeff Mandel

This profile and pattern making workshop is part of a series of shoemaking workshops. Take all the workshops and learn how to make shoes from start to finish, or just the one(s) that interest you.

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This course is an introduction to shoe design and pattern making. You will learn the basics of drawing footwear designs and how to turn those designs into patterns. We’ll cover the names of shoe parts, elements of design and techniques for creating designs based on lasts. Patterns for the upper are based on the last itself. You will learn how to make profiles from lasts and create pattern templates from the profiles. We will draw and cut the patterns from paper. Cutting and sewing leather (known in the trade as clicking and closing) is covered in the Clicking and Closing workshop.

The techniques covered here are not only suitable for making your own shoes, they are in principle the standard methods used everywhere – from small shops like mine to large production factories. Please bring your own last if you have one, otherwise one will be provided.

Date(s): Sunday, February 10 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

ExIT Shoes (inside Union Station, Portland, OR)


    • Registration includes a $75 non-refundable deposit. Refund details.
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Total cost of workshop registration includes a non-refundable deposit of $75. If you are unable to attend, please contact me for a refund of the balance. It can take 9-14 business days for you to receive your refund.

You will receive confirmation when you have successfully registered. If you do not receive confirmation by email or have problems with the registration form, please contact me.