I am a week away from going on maternity leave, and in the midst of winding up at work, I wanted to make sure I finished off these boots for Mr B. I had previously made him these boots in black which he wears all the time and I thought that he might like them in this lovely brown too. The poor fellow has been waiting a while for these - I started them in February and they have pretty much been relegated to the back burner since then!
Punching the toecap.
Here's a post I did about folding the edges of the upper pieces ready for stitching. You can see that the silver pen line was a marker for the two rows of decorative stitching.
While these uppers were waiting for me to get around to lasting them, they got splattered with hydraulics oil when a nearby machine had a rather messy malfunction. Luckily the leather coped ok and there was no need to start all over again.
I burnished the brogue holes and decorative stitching with a darker shade of shoe polish and added a hard-wearing top-piece to the heel and a thin layer of rubber to the leather soles for ease of future repair.
Thankyou to JJ for trimming the soles while I was busy doing some 'proper' work.
Mr B is happy with the result. I am quite pleased with them too.
(and they only took most of a year to complete!)