Tie back boots by Big Little // pattern tested

I pattern tested for Lisa Spearman of Big Little recently. You might have already seen the first sneaky peek of my test version on Instagram. It’s exciting to report that the pattern is now ready to go and it’s available in the Big Little Etsy shop until Sunday with a discount if you use the code: BOOTS.

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It was an utterly out of season make for me (38 degrees Celcius days are the norm for us right now) but I still jumped at the chance to be a tester for these. All I could think of was my stash of glorious little wool and cashmere scraps that are too small to do anything useful with, but far too good to throw away. These little slippers make the perfect scrapbust for those particular fabrics.

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My test version was made using Italian wool coating (used here) and pink wool double crepe (seen here, and here, and here). I used denim for the soles and lined them with cashmere (remnants from my Dior coat) for the inner sole and beautiful Italian brushed cotton shirting (leftover from here). I felted all my wool and cashmere in the washing machine and dryer first. Lisa advises on how to do this but it is pretty common sense. Just think hot, hot, hot, until the fabric fibres are so tight and thick that the fabric won’t stretch anymore.

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I had to hide these boots from Miss Three. She was trying to wear them everywhere and I was feeling hot just looking at her. I’ll definitely be making these boots for Miss Five and Miss Seven next. In fact, I think they would make the perfect (and seasonally appropriate) Christmas stocking fillers for those of us in the Northern hemisphere.

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3 thoughts on “Tie back boots by Big Little // pattern tested

    1. Hahaha! Sarah, once I would have agreed that 7 degrees was cold, now I chuckle. We had down to minus 18 deg celcius over winter. And the foolish foreigners that we were, went away over the new year without leaving our heating on low so it was pretty much that cold when we arrived back…at midnight…with three kids, ice in the sink and a busted pipe in the garage. Meanwhile, my Gold Coast parents complain of the “cold” winter when it drops below 20. I do confess though, that air con and heating is awesome here, so I’ve been more comfortable here than any Sydney winter. Snuggle up!

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