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Topic: Amazing 1970s vintage psychedelic handsewn shoulder length green swirly gloves!  (Read 5181 times)
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« on: January 18, 2009 04:33:05 AM »

Yeah. Title says it..really..
I found some AMAZING f***ing fabric at the disaster relief thrift store for $1 and said YES YES YES! It was this spandex sort of fabric..not very much of it...perhaps 80 by 60 cm or something? Maybe less?
It sat there in my cupboard for ages and suddenly I realised I needed to make amazing gloves from it.

They're handsewn, and the pattern i made from a pair of wrist length leather gloves I have (Although since they were leather, they had a lot more gussets..I left the gussets out of these cause it's a devastatingly stretchy fabric) the machine probably would have gone crazy and eaten this fabric so I had to do it by hand.

so yeah..that's about it. They're pretty damned useless..but I think I needed something this crazy in my wardrobe.. I love them.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009 06:03:56 AM »

Lovely! I like 'em with the outfit as a whole as well Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009 06:31:59 AM »

those are awesome!

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009 08:32:43 AM »

love them!! i especially love the action shot - the mental pattern on the fabric really brings out the panic in the situation -  Shocked
do you use a pattern or just go for it? ive always fancied making gloves, but...i dunno....do you just draw round your fingers?? x

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009 08:53:58 AM »

Holy cow!  What a project! 
They're awesome!

Looks like a friend spontaneously combusted there though in the second pic - my sympathies..."and only the flipflops remained..."


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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2009 11:03:20 AM »

They are gorgeous!


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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2009 12:29:44 PM »

 Smileyvery cute!!!

« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2009 12:34:41 PM »

love them!! i especially love the action shot - the mental pattern on the fabric really brings out the panic in the situation -  Shocked
do you use a pattern or just go for it? ive always fancied making gloves, but...i dunno....do you just draw round your fingers?? x

There are a number of ways you can do it..I traced the basic shape off these leather gloves

tapered it a little at the wrist and then measured the widest point of my upper arm and then how long I wanted them to be and from the fingers I just cut a line 45cm long and angled up so the ends were 13 cm or something. That doesn't make sense. Whatever...the length of the gloves is the easy bit! Pretty much all gloves will need a separate piece for the thumb...which you sew into a hole that you chop in the palm - this allows for more movement of the thumb. I was using a highly stretchy fabric so each finger piece was only about as wide as my finger (not really any seam allowance), but if you are using leather or silk or something not so stretchy, you will probably have to make gussets for your fingers. Also, if you want to have gloves tapered at the wrist and are not using stretchy fabric, you will need to make the wrists button up so that you can undo them to get your hands in!
Here's a site that explains how - http://www.glove.org/
Of course, if you can find some gloves that fit you, you can carefully trace around each piece (difficult, since they're three dimensional) or unpick them and use the pieces as a pattern.
I hope that helps!
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2009 01:06:07 PM »

Effing cool! I love that fabric. Great job! Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2009 02:10:48 PM »

Awesome! I made gloves before, and what I did for the pattern was to use an old pair of gloves and cut them apart. Then I traced those onto a piece of heavy paper. And yes, I did sew them on a machine. That was tough, but I had a modified machine. By modified, I mean I put an old-fashioned crank handle on the wheel so I could sew one stitch at a time. That worked great for the bottom parts of the fingers. And believe it or not, the first pair of gloves I made were out of a stretchy rubber fabric. Not waterproof gloves, mind you, but it was just something I was determined to try. I'll have to dig them out and show you a picture, if I can get someone to model in them.

The last pairs I did were made without pinning the fabric together as I sewed. I used a fabric glue to just ever-so-slightly glue the pieces together at the joints, making the seams a bit oversized, then when they were sewn, cut off the glued part. Believe me, it worked! You have to experiment with these things.

By the way, I do costumes for 60's and 70's retro parties and shows, and you are so retro!

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