How to Make Long-Sleeved Gloves

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Practical accessories like gloves are not only for winter. When created from formal fabrics like lace, satin and leather, gloves can be part of a fashion statement besides providing warmth. Whether you want a pair of evening gloves to go with your best frock or need to embellish a costume gown, you don't need to go shopping to get the most suitable pair. With a little smart sewing, you can create your own long-sleeved gloves at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Winter gloves
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • 1 yard stretch fabric
  • Thread
  • Home sewing machine
  • Fabric pencil
  • Cut apart a cheap winter glove all along the side seams to use as a hand pattern. Discard one side, and trace the other onto a sheet of paper.

  • Have a friend help you loosely trace the shape of your arm onto a sheet of paper. Trace from your wrist all the way to the middle of your upper arm.

  • Tape the arm drawing to the glove drawing, matching the wrists.

  • Add seam allowances of half an inch all around the tracing. At the fingers, overlap the seam allowances if necessary.

  • Cut along the seam allowance lines to get your glove pattern. Pin the pattern to a double layer of your stretch fabric, which can be lace or satin, so long as the material has at least a 2-way stretch.

  • Cut around the pattern to get two glove pieces. Pin and cut the pattern again to get glove pieces for your other arm.

  • Cut the glove pattern along the inside lines. Match the glove pattern to the glove pieces, and use a fabric pencil to mark the position of the fingers.

  • Sew each pair of glove pieces together at the sides, following the fabric pencil markings.

  • Test the fit of the glove on your arm. If the glove is too tight or too loose, tear out the side seams with a seam ripper and move the seam positions.

  • Zigzag stitch or serge the seam allowances, then trim them to 1/4 of an inch.

References

  • "The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing"; Creative Publishers International; 2009
  • Photo Credit Neil Lupin/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
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