How to Make Fancy Dress Gloves for Ladies

Fancy dress gloves are worn on very special occasions.
Fancy dress gloves are worn on very special occasions. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Throughout the first part of the 20th century, ladies formal attire required gloves to complete the outfit. For special occasions, long, white gloves were worn up to the elbow and slightly higher for added elegance. In modern day, it is difficult to find anyone outside of the British royal family who still adheres to this dress code. It is therefore extremely difficult to purchase a pair of fancy dress gloves. However, with some basic sewing skills, making a pair at home can be accomplished in just a few hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • 1/2 yard white stretch fabric
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors

Smooth one sheet of tissue paper on a flat surface. Lay your right hand flat on the paper with fingers and thumb spread apart as wide as possible.

Trace around the outline of your hand. Remove your hand from the paper. Add another pencil line, 1/8 inch around the outside outline of the hand for seam allowance.

Measure your arm for the length of the glove, starting at the tip of the middle finger and extending up the arm toward the elbow. Make note of the desired length for the finished glove. Extend the sides of the outline of the hand so the length matches the measurement for the finished glove taken in Step 3, plus one inch. Draw a horizontal line connecting the two vertical side lines at the bottom edge.

Lay the fabric flat on the work surface. Fold the fabric in half, with the right sides together and the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Lay the pattern on the fabric and pin into place. Do not yet cut the fabric.

Stitch through both thicknesses of the fabric and the tissue paper. Stitch along the inner line first drawn in Step 2. Start stitching at the bottom edge of one of the gloves, all the way up the sides, around each finger and down the other side to the bottom edge on the other side.

Cut around the outline of the glove, about 1/8 inch outside the stitching line. Turn the glove inside out and try it on. Make note of any areas on the glove that don't fit snugly enough. Turn back to the wrong side and increase the seam allowance on any spots on the glove that need adjustment.

Remove the tissue paper by tearing it away from the stitching. Turn over 1/2 inch at the bottom edge of the glove, toward the inside, then turn over another 1/2 inch so the raw edges are inside and pin. Stitch in place. Repeat Steps 1 through 7 for the left glove.

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