Today I finally tried out this shoe tutorial that's been thumbtacked to my idea bulletin board for almost a year now. Thankfully, I have 4 preggers friends who get to profit from my procrastination, since my own baby is about 6 months too big.
It doesn't look like it in the pictures, but I used a royal purple cotton (gah! purple! I know! But they're not for me, they're not for me...) for the outside of the shoes and a cute coordinating flannel for the lining. You don't really end up seeing the lining because these shoes are so tiny, but I know it's there :)
This was my first experience sewing on leather and it worked great! I used a size 90/14 needle, lengthened my stitches, and it went through like butter. And no, that contrast stitching was not supposed to be a design element, but I didn't ever EVER think I would have a reason to own purple thread.
Be careful, these shoes are kinda addicting. The embellishment/fabric options are endless and did I mention they are SO tiny? Make sure you have people to give them to or get pregnant before you make a pair. If you plan to make them after a baby is born, they will outgrow them before you get around to it. Because they're tiny.