Pattern making

Share secrets, compare techniques, discuss the merits of materials--eg. veg vs. chrome--and above all, seek knowledge.
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:34 am
Full Name: anna sempere

Re: Pattern making

#1351 Post by ansesi » Sat May 02, 2015 10:54 am

Hi dw,

Can you please send me the pdf?. I am new in the forum and I cannot sent private messages, or I couldn't find how to. Find my dropbox details in the below quote.

Thanks in advance and happy shoemaking!

ansesi » Fri May 01, 2015 4:13 am wrote:Hi there,

Do you still have the pdf of the Patrick's book?. I am shoemaker in Barcelona and would like to have it. Perhaps you can put it on the dropbox cloud and share it with me. My dropbox user is

Thanks in advance.

Kind Regards,


quote="vonallentx » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:15 pm"]I have a scan of the Patrick book. It's hi-res, pdf format. About 10.5 MB when zipped. If anyone is interested, let me know.

Posts: 7
Joined: Mon May 12, 2014 8:14 pm
Full Name: John Deyali

Re: Pattern making

#1352 Post by dub » Tue May 19, 2015 7:02 am

I want to use the neat software Romango made for generating patterns with the Koleff method,

I already have the Koleff Last Designing Manual, for making wooden lasts based on foot measurments.

However, there is also the Koleff Shoe and Boot Designing Manual, for making patterns from lasts.

Can I use the Tim Skyrme book instead, if I want to use the Romango software? I read Skyrme learned from Koleff, is his patterning method the same, the "geometric method"?

The Skyrme's book seems like the better book if I can only afford one.

I'm sure I should rather get both books, but I'm poor, so I have to pinch every penny.

Posts: 137
Joined: Fri Jan 29, 1999 10:00 am
Full Name: Bruce Graham

Re: Pattern making

#1353 Post by hidesmith » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:44 am

I am finding myself in a position where I have created the upper patterns, but need to create the patterns in every size. I passed on Karl Kropf's last turning lathe, last blanks and scaling machine package years ago (and have kicked myself ever since), but I think that, now, I would welcome an opportunity to purchase such a machine, should the opportunity present itself - unless there's another way that I'm unaware of. Any ideas?

Posts: 1021
Joined: Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:00 am
Full Name: Paul Krause
Location: Prescott, Arizona, USA
Been Liked: 3 times

Re: Pattern making

#1354 Post by paul » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:48 pm

George Koleff's Shoe &Boot Desgning Manual has pattern grading methods in Part E.
I know of some who have used it.
I hope this helps.

Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:01 pm
Full Name: Maya Miel

Re: Pattern making

#1355 Post by mmiel » Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:28 am

Hi all,
I've got a chelsea boot pattern drawn up on the last, but have got some questions regarding lining techniques and I'd love some guidance. I'd like to line the whole boot in shearling, and am wondering how much (if any) extra allowance I might need to make to the outer pattern to accommodate the added thickness against the last. Has anyone got experience with such a thick lining? I'm thinking if need be I could trim the nap rather short for the forepart of the boot to minimize bulk, but my main concern is for the top of the boot, where I anticipate the most extreme distortions from the extra material.

Post Reply