I've been wanting to make some little cloth shoes for ages now - I always planned on making some for Cheriese when she was a baby, just another one of those things that I never got around to making. Thankfully I found a pattern that goes beyond the 3 month old size I had found previously, and actually ended up buying three different ones from this etsy shop: ithinksewdotcom. I bought the mary jane, button boot and baby ballet shoe patterns. I finally had an afternoon to myself the other day and managed to get the mary jane pattern traced off, cut out and pinned and as of yesterday afternoon I had a pair sewed up and on my little miss's feet!
I couldn't decide from the variations in the pattern which style to use, there is just the standard mary jane style bar strap, one with it elasticised, another way to have the whole opening elasticised or to have just ribbon ties, which is what I decided to go for.
Overall the size is pretty good, I did the largest 12-18 month old size. I did have a bit of trouble working out from the photos what part was supposed to be sewed to each piece, but kind of got there in the end - still think I made mine up a bit differently but they appear to work. I used some microsuede type fabric I found in the furnishings department of spotlight to make them a bit sturdier in the sole. I think next time I might try a different interfacing, I would like them to be a bit stiffer. I can't wait to try the button boot pattern next, perfect accessory to a nice wintery outfit!
Before I go, I have to add this photo of my little miss! It's so hard to get her too look at me when I get my camera out these days.