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To be clear: this are only the basics of the foot measurements. To learn it properly needs a good teacher and quite a lot of practice.The infamous “trial and error” is a very bad idea in this case..
Step 1: we create an outline. Hold the pencil perpendicular to the ground.


Step 2:

Hold the pencil 45 degrees to the ground and draw another line. There are devices for this, but a couple of percent off will not change the result significantly.

step 3:

measure the girths at least: ball, instep and the waist. You can add the short heel measurement and the toes.

These should be enough to check the last – although not good for feet with deformities and special cases.

Good luck!

April 1-2-3 Footwear pattern-making course – based on your votes and demand.

The course will be an intense hands-on type, where the students will create the most basic patterns, then at least 1-2 of their own designs. These are the models we learn:

  • ballet flat
  • pump
  • court shoe
  • derby
  • wholecut
  • high heel sandal
  • own patterns

The course will be held in our brand new store-workshop location: 125 West Duffy Street, Savannah, Georgia

max. number of students: 4 (means if you want to come, register ASAP)

The course costs: 990 USD

All materials will be supported, including tools, tapes, patterns papers, rulers, etc. The students will receive a detailed tutorial for each patterns with illustrations.

please send your inquiry:

Thank you to all those that voted in the recent poll. We closed the poll effective today. Based on the results Marcell will be offering to teach his next class in pattern making April 1-3, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia!  Please contact to sign up. Space will be very limited. More details (e.g. cost, description, venue, etc) can be found at his official course website:

Thank you again to all those that voted. Please contact us if you have any additional suggestions. Marcell (and I look) forward to your feedback!


Hey Shoes & Craft Readers,

Marcell will be offering some classes at his workshop here in Savannah, Georgia and we want your opinion. What class would you like Marcell to teach next? If you have other suggestions, please message us!! We look forward to hearing from you!

– Emily

POLL CLOSED – No more voting at this time

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Emily – my only apprentice – is really active on my blog recently. It is actually good. I am a lazy blogger. Looking through the calendar, what WordPress provides – I post recently once in a month… in a good case. Well.

Luckily I have Emily here. You can learn all the detail from her posting – a little bit of coloring here and there, but more or less what happens. This is not a classic apprenticeship. She is actually more than that. I never realized, that my workshop is not well organized. I don’t spend enough time there, being a full time teacher. My time is hardly enough to run in, make my orders and run back home to my family, in a good case to dinner. Sometimes go back after my little son goes sleeping and do a bit more work. Things has changed since Emily arrived. She very respectfully reorganized the workshop, cleaned the shelves, interviewed me (more like forced me to tell) what do I use, or as she asked: “will you use this in the next three month?”. Then when I admitted that I don’t think so, she sent them to storage. A lot of boxes.

She reorganized my patterns too. I guess that makes sense. I had at least 3 different systems, depending on the time of the order, it was the high time to put them together in nice manila folders, labels (she is obsessed with labels. She actually bought a labeler machine), and organizer boxes.

About her work: “not hopeless” as I say. In reality, she is getting better and better. She is definitely not the typical Am… student, who only hears the”great” from the sentence, which is starts with a sugarcoating, like  “great job, but… “, Emily actually listens to the rest of it too. Positively. Even her skills are not enough for many steps – like with the super hard JR stiffeners. In those situation the elves jump in and do the skiving in the night. (I was always wondering if this is the explanation for the legend?), but her first shoe actually not that bad – making a pointy toe for the first cemented shoe is not bad at all. (Sorry I am not gonna use, great and other superlatives – I try to keep those for special times).

We have fun beside working hard. That is how a workshop should be. A fun, creative space, where people can work hard and they feel good and want to go back the next day. Every workshop should have an Emily.

Please note: I will be away for 2-3 weeks and figured I should get a 2nd post in before I vanished. I am not trying to inundate everyone with my ramblings… 

In my prior post I forgot to add the most important part! MM gave me “three rules of blogging” on his blog. As you read these “rules” remember the person (i.e. MM) said this to me with a straight face, stern voice and was sharpening a rather large knife at that very moment. The rules are:

1. “Do not destroy my reputation.”

2. “Do not destroy my reputation.”

3. “Do not destroy my reputation.”

Pretty simple, right? I hope to honor these rules to the best of my ability… Now let’s get started…

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Hi Shoes & Craft Readers!

I will be honest. This is terrifying to be on the other side of this blog. I have read Marcell’s blog for several years now and could not fathom I would be writing on his blog (or any blog)- EVER! I am more of the reader-type (i.e. lurker) not the posting-type. In fact, I joined social media late in life. Like really, really late. I finally succumb to joining Facebook in 10/2014! I am still hopeful to keep in contact by snail mail and telephone… Call me old fashioned.

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