Scroll to go see reverse progress ➡️➡️ Spent a bit of time last night and this morning working on Geralt's boots. The pain with boots is that they're nearly impossible to make from scratch without a lot of expensive cobbling tools, and covering them can often look inauthentic if you're not careful. Despite this, the latter option was my only real route, so starting with some black leather riding boots I bought some very thin (~0.6mm) leather, patterned out the panels by stretching material around the boot and marking where necessary, and then starting to add the stitch detailing prior to glueing them in place.
Couple of interesting points. Firstly, I opted to purely sew the detailing onto the panel and then glue it in place (leather glue between two pieces of leather is very reliable) rather than use the top stitching to secure things in place as I didn't want to upset the structural integrity of the boot; and secondly, the front panel I actually glued in place first and dyed afterwards as the wetness caused by the dye, as well as using the topstitch along the bottom edge to draw in tension, meant that I was able to get a much better fit around the toe as well as the main creases where intended (some will smooth out later). I need to add the topstitch to the front panel tonight (had to be done last so it didn't get dyed), then add the splints, and weather, but other than that these are close to being done.
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