With an excellent theme envisioned by Steve Schock (Proff, CCS) I developed a full set of patterns and the finished boot.
There is a lot to know about lasts, this one was ordered for use as a boot last and as you can see does not provide any guidance above the ankle.
I carefully remove the tape from the outside and press it onto a sheet of paper. This is a tricky process because the tape will not lie flat and has to be coaxed and pulled in the correct places to get it to lie in a usable manner.
The 1st step is to start making "compensations" in the pattern so that the flat part will match the curved form as close as possible.
Above and below are the completely adjusted Master Forme and the Drape form, I make a "Drape," from tracing paper. The process of getting the Drape and the Master to work as well as possible takes me about 4 or 5 tries. Each time both the design and the Master are adjusted until each are beautiful.
This is only the 1st half of the pattern making process.
The next step is to create the patterns for all the pieces.This is done by 1st making an overall draft.
And yes to answer your question; this is done on computer in a production environment but the software is very expensive so no one but the big shops can justify it.
The next part of the process is called "Clicking." Clicking is the process of marking and cutting out the leather.
Next comes "Closing." Closing is the process of sewing all the parts together before Lasting.
post bed - wheel feed sewing machine the closing begins.
"Lasting" is the process of stretching the Closed upper over the Last.
This boot is of course a "Sample" and not the finished design, but represents what we can do right here in Detroit.