This is the pattern making and construction for a basic, midcalf-high slouchy boot, altering the original pattern from a side zipper to a back zipper. I will be able to use this pattern as a building block for my two pairs of boots in my collection.
First, I pulled the pieces I would be using and/or altering to make the basic boot.
First, I altered the back heel pattern, splitting it down the middle to accomodate the back zipper. I added a 3/8″ seam allowance after tracing off and splitting the pattern.
Next, I altered the back inside leg pattern. I took out the elastic pieces at the top, as well as altered the seams so the zipper goes in the back seam.
Next, I altered the lining to remove the zipper from the inside of the leg and move it to the back. I cut out the area of the zipper and joined the pattern by gluing it down to another piece of oaktag, bringing the seams together and then blending them. I then added the seam allowance to the back for the zipper.
These were the last of the pattern alterations. I then cut out and sewed up the sample boot, incorporating the new zipper, eliminating the elastic, and using the altered lining.
Next, I lasted the boot after it was sewn, though only a partial lasting for the sample.
Finally, the sample is finished, shown next to the last. I will try to figure out how to make my pictures appropriately oriented for next time!