Hello and welcome to Second Skin Blog! If you want to make your own clothes, shoes and accessories you are in the right place.
I started to make my own clothes and shoes more than 10 years ago out of a longing for a handmade, not mass-produced wardrobe.
I didn’t want to settle for what was available anymore or bump into someone who wore the same dress as I. Creating my second skin has become my passion.
This passion has led me to explore and practice many crafts, learning something new all the time. In the past I have posted tutorials and articles about all these different endeviours but over time it became clear that most people coming to my blog were interested in shoemaking and leather crafts in general. So that is what I will focus on from now on (I’m writing this in 2020).
Clicking on the images below will open the corresponding posts.
Discover the little-known craft of shoemaking! Making your own sandals is a great way to start with shoemaking. They are relatively easy to make, once you know the basic techniques. I wrote an e-book on sandal making which describes everything you need to know to become the maker of beautiful sandals.
Over the years of writing this blog a lot of people asked me for a tutorial on how to make shoes and boots so I wrote my second book Handcraft your own shoes and boots – A step -by step guide to making artisan all-leather shoes and boots at home. In this pdf eBook you will find all the information you need to make high quality footwear at home.
Find tutorials, tips and inspiration here on making bags and leather jewellery.