Dritz Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

How to give imperfect feet a perfect fit.

If you haven’t tried making a pair of Dritz® Espadrilles because you’ve got hard-to-fit or narrow feet, don’t despair! We’ve got some great tips and techniques you can use to make sure those custom kicks fit just right. Take a look and learn more about sewing a perfect pair of espadrilles.  

Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

If you have difficult-to-fit feet, you might want to make a quick sample shoe from scrap fabric. Choose a fabric that is similar in weight to your fashion fabric. (We chose some random fabrics from our stash.) See how the shoe fits and then determine if any of the following methods will help it to fit better. Safety pin toe and heel together and use large blanket stitches to secure sample shoe to sole. Stitches can be easily removed and the sole reused to make your fashion shoe.


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

A loose or tight heel can be adjusted by changing the angle where the heel piece meets the toe. To fit the sole correctly, the heel must be pinned with a 5/8″ overlap at the sole, but the top edge can be pinned at more or less than 5/8″ to make the heel fit better.


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

For adult narrow feet, use the correct size sole but make the shoe top one size smaller. There will not be as much ease around the toes, but the shoe will fit tighter across the top of the foot and at the heel. Stretch fabric slightly to fit the sole.


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

For just a little tighter fit, add elastic at the heel and/or across top of foot. Our toddler patterns include this fitting method but it can also be done on kids and adult shoes. Elastic is applied to seam allowances after stitching and before trimming.


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

For heel: Cut a 3″ piece of 1/8″ elastic. Mark top heel seam allowance 2″ from center on each side. Stitch and trim like toe (see instructions below). Stitch 1/4″ from top edge before attaching the heel to toe.


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

For top of of foot: Cut a 2-1/2″ piece of 1/8″ elastic. Mark pattern center line at bottom edge of toe. Within seam allowance and directly next to stitching, mark 1-1/2″ from center on each side.


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

Pin ends of elastic at each mark, right next to stitching. Stitch over elastic with a narrow zigzag stitch while stretching elastic flat against fabric.


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

Trim seam allowances to 1/8″ without cutting elastic. Turn right side out and press. When attaching the toe to the heel, stitch 1/4″ from edge of toe without catching elastic. Pull fabric to flatten while stitching.


Dritz Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

For loose or baggy toes, fabric can be shrunk. Fill a large bowl with very hot water. Immerse fabric side of shoe in water for 2 minutes using tongs to hold shoe so only fabric is immersed. (It is okay to get jute soles wet, but they will take longer to dry.) Allow them to dry in the sun. Do not place in the dryer.


Dritz DIY Espadrilles: Fitting Tips

Our espadrille soles are for regular width feet. For wide feet, you may want to buy the next size up. Make a sample shoe. If it is too big, use one of the methods above for tightening up shoe, or cut shoe pieces a size larger than your sole size. Move the ease points down the sides of the toe to allow more room for your foot. Ease extra fabric around sole of shoe in other areas as needed.

If shoes are too tight, even with daily wear, wet the fabric and wear them while still wet. This will stretch the fabric, but may create some distortion in the shape of the fabric.

Making a shoe is a lot like fitting a dress. Once you have all the right adjustments made, you will have a shoe that fits properly and comfortably. Have you made a pair of Dritz® DIY Espadrilles yet? Got some fitting tips to share or questions to ask? Let us hear from you!

See more blog posts about Dritz® Espadrilles here, and check out our quick how-to video to see these great products in action!

 

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