How to Adjust T+T Footwear to Fit a High Instep

How to Adjust T+T Footwear to Fit a High Instep

Does your little one have particularly chubby little feet, or perhaps a high instep?  If so, here's how to adjust the Wayfarer Shoe, Flower Boots and Tie Back Boot patterns to get a perfect fit.  

Materials:

  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pattern pieces (print the size which best fits child's foot length)

Measure child's foot

Using a measuring tape, measure child's instep from the floor, over the highest part of the foot, and to the floor on the other side.  

Add 2cm to this measurement (to account for seam allowances and ease).  This will be your Adjusted Instep Measurement.  

 

Adjusting the Wayfarer Shoes

1.  Measure along the top of the Toe Pattern Piece.  

Subtract this measurement from your Adjusted Instep Measurement to calculate the amount to add to the Toe Pattern Piece.  For example:

  • Adjusted Instep Measurement (from Step 1) = 14cm
  • Toe Pattern Piece Measurement = 12cm
  • Amount to add to pattern = 2cm

2.  Mark the centre of the Toe Pattern Piece and cut a straight line as far as the stitching line.  

Crease the seam allowance to create a "hinge" and gently pull the sides of the pattern apart until the gap in the centre equals the amount to add (calculated in step 2).  

Tape the pattern piece to scrap paper to secure.

Cut and sew the shoes as described in the Wayfarer Shoes tutorial.  

 

Adjusting Tie Back Boots/Flower Boots

The boots require one additional step.

1.  Measure across the top of the Toe Pattern Piece, as described above.  Follow the instructions for adjusting the Toe Piece as written for the Wayfarer Shoes above.  Note that the Tie Back Boots/Flower Boots Toe Pattern Piece looks slightly different.  

2.  Make a diagonal cut in the Heel Pattern Piece from the curve at the bottom to the stitching line at the top of the boot.  Again, crease the seam allowance to create a "hinge" and pull the sides of the pattern apart until the gap is half the amount that you added to the Toe Pattern Piece.  This piece is cut on the fold, so it will be doubled when you cut out the pattern piece.  

Tape the pattern piece to scrap paper to secure and blend the line to make a smooth curve.

Cut and sew the boots as described in the Tie Back Boots/Flower Boots tutorial.  

We hope these simple modifications will help you to create footwear to fit little feet of all shapes and sizes!  Remember that it's always a good idea to make a muslin first before cutting your treasured fabric.

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