It’s common knowledge that certain items are simply not available in small towns. Instead of traveling to a large city to look for one specific item sometimes it can be made at home. Formal gloves are one thing that falls into this category. They’re difficult to find in most towns but fairly simple to make.
The type of fabric you choose is of the utmost importance. The fabric must look elegant and be stretchy too. White or black is the norm at a formal affair but gloves can also be pastel colors or metallic colors to match the gown. Stretchy fabrics such as lycra are perfect because the fabric has a classy look that gives. Stretchy lace is sometimes acceptable as long as the lace doesn’t resemble lingerie designs. Choose an elasticized thread that matches the glove fabric as closely as possible.
Gloves need to stretch in every direction to fit fingers and arms equally. When cutting stretch fabrics fold the cloth, right sides together, and draw the pattern. Do not draw the pattern straight up and down or straight across. Instead, the pattern should be cut at an angle somewhere between vertical and horizontal.
The pattern can be first cut from a piece of newspaper. Lay the hand and arm as flat as possible on the paper. Outstretch the fingers and thumb. The thumb doesn’t have to be stretched as far as it will go. This will leave too much slack in the material in the curve of the thumb. For long gloves use marker to draw from beside the elbow down to the wrist. Leave a half-inch space between the arm and the drawing.
Continue around the fingers making sure to draw about a half-inch above the tip of each finger. Continue on around past the thumb and up to the inside of the elbow. For gloves that will be scrunched to the wrist draw from three inches below the elbow. For gloves that will simply slide up to the wrist begin the drawing at three inches above the wrist.
After you’ve cut two pieces for each hand you’re ready to begin sewing. Sew from edge of armhole mid-arm. For short gloves sew from armhole to just a couple of inches down on the hand. Stop and remove from machine. Sew a hem into the armhole opening. Turn under a half-inch then once again. Stitch. Pick up where you left the arm or wrist seam, back-tacking first, and continue down and around the fingers. After sewing the fingers and before turning the glove make small snips from the edge to the stitches, around each finger.
The snips should go from the base of each finger, around the top of the finger, and down to the bottom of the finger, every inch and a half. Now trim very close to the stitches. You should still be able to see tiny snips in the fabric around each finger and thumb. This helps to shape the finger holes when you put on the glove. If you have an over-lock machine that you are using for the gloves simply sew around each finger and leave out the snips. Use stretch nylon thread for the needle of the over-lock.
To add elastic at the wrist of a pair of gloves do so directly after the hem. Lay the elastic along the underneath hem edge. Pull elastic slightly while sewing all the way across the wrist of the glove. Back-tack and then sew the remainder of the seam.To add elastic