Natty Janes shoes

natty jane shoes sewn by craftiness is not optional

My sweet blog friend Delia just came out with her first pattern-the Natty Jane baby shoe pattern!

It’s fantastic.

the end.

natty jane shoes sewn by craftiness is not optional

haha just kidding! well, it IS fantastic, but you know me, I like to ramble along for quite awhile before I finally cut myself off, for all of your sakes.

You’re welcome for that, by the way.

She did an amazing job with this pattern…it’s meant to be used with leather and leather-like materials, and produces quite a professional looking shoe!Β  I sewed up a size 3, which fits Ava great, with a little wiggle room.

I just ordered some faux leather online in some bright colors and I can’t wait to get them and sew up more. I tell ya, when I get bit by an awesome pattern, I can’t stop.

natty jane shoes sewn by craftiness is not optional

I sacrificed an old fake leather bag for this pair of shoes, and added the toe thingy option and regular strap with snaps. These might just be my favorite, if I was ever able to pick one. (shh don’t tell the others!)


natty jane shoes sewn by craftiness is not optional

Her instructions and tips were flawless and I thoroughly enjoyed sewing these up! they are cute from any angle, right?

The spots where my sewing looks wonky is from forgetting to lengthen my stitch. That really helped. Listen to Delia when you sew these up. She is wise in all things leather sewing-related. (and much more of course)

natty jane shoes sewn by craftiness is not optional

I made these charcoal and yellow leather NJ’s (with ankle strap-LOVE this option too *crooked back piece yikes!) with the rest of the leather I got awhile back with Stef-I made these moccs from that piece also!

These pics are better at showing the true color-kind of buttercream but with slight neon undertones. It looks different in different lights too! They fit fine BTW, just Ava had twisted her foot funny and I didn’t notice until editing the pics. gulp.

natty jane shoes sewn by craftiness is not optional

I found that it was easier sewing with the fake leather than the real stuff (the yellow)…but with a walking foot it worked out fine-it helped that this leather didn’t stick much to my foot. I tried another pair with some thinner leather and it twisted up and stretched so much while sewing that I scrapped that pair. Just my observations πŸ™‚

natty jane shoes sewn by craftiness is not optional

I used her tip to purchase leather bags from the thrift store for materials, so I picked up a grey bag to also sacrifice to the greater good of shoe making, and lined it in pink wool felt.

grey and pink natty janes sewn by craftiness is not optional

They coordinated perfectly with Ava’s old Geranium dress.

(which she has almost grown out of-I’m just having a hard time packing this one up cause I love it so.)

grey and pink natty janes sewn by craftiness is not optional

grey and pink natty janes sewn by craftiness is not optional

Get the pattern here!

Disclosure: I received a free pattern for this review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I think Delia is theΒ no matter what.

natty jane shoes sewn by craftiness is not optional

natty janes collage


  1. Oh no, no I have to have another babygirl. They are so so so cute!

  2. This post sums up what I had said regarding following along with you although my girls are big now. 1.) Great sewing. Love the toe capped shoes and the grey ones with that dress! 2.) Adorable model. 3.) Your funny commentary and personality. I joked with Steph (your bud) whether this stuff I save to my computer will be around in 15-20 years for grand children sewing.

  3. these pics are sooooo frikin cute!!!!

  4. Sara Speight says

    My girls (same ages as your 2 big girls) are too big to sew these shoes for now – but they are so cute and very professionally made!

  5. Your daughter is darling and those shoes are perfect. I love both the straps!

  6. Those are adorable!

  7. ARGH just stop! They’re way too cute!

  8. Ok! Ive been thinking about having another baby….now Ive just decided I DO need another one just so i can make those super cute shoes!!

  9. These are adorable! Very, very adorable.

  10. Love these! Question: where did you order your faux leather online?

  11. Those shoes were already adorable, and then you had to go and stick Ava in them! I just can’t bear the cuteness!

  12. Hey Jess! Wow that sounds funny since that’s me too. I LOVE your patterns and sewing and everything you do! You are amazing gal. I bought the dress pattern,Olivia I think it’s named? I have 4 daughters!!! and two of them are beyond size 8. I sewed two outfits (keep meaning to send pics, sorry) in the size 5 and I loved it! AWesome job on the pattern. I want to size it up to a girls 12-16, as well as many of the other patterns you showcase from other designers. They are so adorable and as your girls grow bigger you will find that the clothing choices, well, suck. I was just wondering if you had suggestions/tips on how to size up the typical size 8 girls pattern to the larger end of the girls sizes. Thanks!

    Jess too

    • Thanks! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the Olivia! I haven’t sewn for older girls at all, so I am probably not the person to ask about sizing! πŸ™‚ maybe there are some tutorials out there in blogland? Good luck!!

  13. Adorable shoes, but your baby is just stunning. And all of your children have those pinchable cheeks too!

  14. These are adorable! Saving this for when there’s a little girl in my life to make them for.

  15. I didn’t know that you had done a review…sorry I missed this. Love love every pair andyour sweet model Ava! Thank you for the awesome review! You are so sweet!

  16. Okay. That’s IT. I have to have one more baby! These are the cutest! Also: you crack me up… “Toe thingy” and “”. You are hilar….

  17. Oooh, love love love these. Every pair. Almost makes me wish I were having a girl just so I’d have an excuse to make some! πŸ™‚

  18. Hi there πŸ™‚ First of all, as everyone said, your daughter is stinking adorable! Her cheeks are just amazing πŸ™‚ Second of all, I love the shoes you made for her! I have a 9 month old baby girl and hope to make her a couple pairs in the near future! Just wondering, how thick or thin should the pleather or leather be? Is the link below similar to what you bought? I’m a total newbie when it comes to sewing with these materials and just need a baseline for where to start, if you wouldn’t mind sharing. Have a great weekend!

    • Hi elise! It’s hard to tell from a picture, but the stuff I sewed with was fairly pliable. I tried to use some really thin leather which didn’t work well. I hope this helps! Sorry it probably didn’t. πŸ˜‰

  19. I found that using lamb leather was the easiest to sew since it is very thin and soft leather. The walking foot makes all of the difference in the world. I love how your shoes turned out. About to sew a few pairs of my little girl.


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