These Mary Janes have been on my to-craft list since I received the patterns several months ago.
So when I found out I was having a gal, I got on it. And then I got to thinking...
Umm, I practically NEVER put shoes on Elliott before she started walking. Well, my sister-in-law bought some of the cutest shoes ever (mostly from Old Navy) and those made it onto the kid. But for the most part, shoes were totally overrated for her skinny little tootsies, especially given the fact that she was born in the summer in Florida (just like baby # 2 will be).
So, I sent these to a friend who's having a baby girl in a few weeks. You know her as Jessica of Sew Homegrown. (Yes, Jessica, they were originally intended for my kiddo--I'm admitting it!)
I mean, why keep something I'm probably not going to put on my kid? Maybe, just maybe, someone else will use them. Or not. And that's obviously fine, too.
As for the pattern, it was extremely well-written and even included pictures to help explain things. As tedious as these little buggers were to make, they were pretty simple because of the good instructions. Will I be making more? Sure! The pattern came from Crochet Dreamz. I won the pattern as part of the Maybe Matilda Crochet-Along a few short months ago.
I learned some lessons in blocking shaped crochet items with these Mary Janes. Here are some good tips on "blocking" if you're interested in making your crochet items just a bit more crisp and professional. I used a crumpled plastic bag for shaping these teeny shoes.
Blocking turned out to make these go from looking very homemade to looking very crisp--like handmade stuff from an expensive kids boutique. So, yeah, worth the little bit of extra effort.