Glove Making

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G'day

I'm thinking ahead to winter and although I don't need gloves (or other
heavy winter clothes where I live) I sometimes need them when I travel
to colder areas, hence my reason for making a sherpa/suede hooded jacket
and this idea has progressed to making gloves from some (hopefully)
scraps/leftovers.

The pattern for the jacket is KwikSew #3259.

Has anyone made gloves?  any special tips?  I'm assuming mittens would
be simpler but I've never worn mittens and think they might be too
restrictive?  The sherpa/suede was an off-season bargain and is black on
both sides, but the price was right and seeing I won't get to wear it
too often I wasn't prepared to break the bank on this project, just for
the sake of colour.  My preference would have been natural coloured
sherpa with caramel suede.

I've googled and found this site and it seems to have lots of helpful
info but knowing some of you live in cold climates I thought that maybe
someone has made gloves at some time?

http://www.glove.org/default.php

I'm guessing that I might need to 'shave' the fleece from the seam
allowance so they won't be too bulky??

Any ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks
Bronwyn ;-)



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Another site I just read is this one which has some great info.  Think
I'll make the gloves by hand as I feel that would be easier?  But still
looking forward to any tips...thanks!

http://vintagesewing.info/1950s/50-hmg/hmg-toc.html

Bronwyn ;-)


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Dear Bronwyn,

Thanks for the glovemaking website--I've bookmarked it.  But for your
purposes, I'm not sure these patterns and instructions are going to
work.  Your sherpa is quite thick, and although you can make gloves
from it, these patterns are for fitted gloves.  You'd have to find a
way to adjust for the hair side.

And you're right about sewing.  It's actually easier to sew gloves by
hand; the tiny pieces are next to impossible to get under the foot of
a sewing machine.

If I remember correctly, I was taught to use two sewing needles.  I
can't remember why, and I haven't attempted a pair of gloves in many
years--I wait for the sales at the end of the season, and buy them.

Teri


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I have made too many fleece gloves to count using The Green Pepper
pattern number F790 "Polar Paws". These gloves are completely sewn by
machine and fit nicely. I've used these for gifts for several years
and everyone always asks me to make them some more.

While sewing gloves is not a beginner's project, it is actually not as
intimidating as one might think. The pattern looks nothing like a
glove and it is amazing to see how a glove develops from the strange
looking pieces of fabric. Accurate cutting and seaming is essential.
Seam allowances are only 1/8 inch so there is no room for error. The
stitch length must be very short so unsewing is nearly impossible. It
is a good idea to make a practice glove from scrap fabric to get the
feel of it. Take every step slowly and you will be rewarded with a
nice pair (or more) of gloves that actually fit your hands.
Barbee
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Bronwyn,
I have no clue about how to make gloves but I have to say that if you
are planing on something to use just for warmth, not driving or handling
little things, like camera settings you will find that mittens are
warmer. A glove made out of Sherpa may also interfere with things like
your camera settings since they are thick.
Just something to think about.
BTW, DS loves his light panels
Juno

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I was given a pair of these for Xmas, and I must say, they are pretty
nifty!!
<http://apparel.drleonards.com/Apparel/Hats-Gloves/Convertible-Mittens-Mens/56770.cfm
--
Joanne
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<http://apparel.drleonards.com/Apparel/Hats-Gloves/Convertible-Mittens-Mens/56770.cfm

I bought a pair of those for my father.  He walked several miles
a day into his mid 80s, no matter what the weather.  He wouldn't
wear gloves, thought they interfered with his tactile sense, so
these were prefect.

Beverly



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Start with some practice gloves and work up to the sherpa.  I'm assuming the
sherpa has no stretch.  If it does, that will make things easier.  

Do you have some polar fleece scraps?  For polar fleece gloves (and I make a
TON of those, the kids lose them with great regularity!  lol) I don't even
use a pattern.  I trace around my hand, with my fingers slightly spread
(enough to get the pen in there, but not enough to reach over an octave on
the piano) on a piece of paper.  Add 1/4" seam allowance to that.  Figure
how far up your wrist you want the glove to go,and add seam allowance
accordingly.  You can either make the glove tight to your wrist (the PF
will stretch) or you can add elastic to the wrist when the front and back
are still separate.  Anything you want to add, like darts to shape the back
of the glove, do while it's still 2 pieces. Then stitch around, hem and
viola.  A glove!  It's also easier with those to sometimes not cut out each
finger beforehand.  Just mark the stitching lines and sew, then trim.  I
suggest a few pair of those first before you cut the sherpa, and if you
have black polar fleece, it will coordinate.  ;)  

Now, Kwik Sew 3390 is a hat, bag and mittens designed for sherpa.  I know
you said you'd rather have gloves.  You might look at
www.thegreenpepper.com  They have some glove patterns.  Oh!  Maybe you
could find a link to a glove pattern on Penny's site?  I'm sure she would
know of one.  :)  

HTH

Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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Make mittens to go over a set of driving gloves.  The mittens are easier to make
and will better protect hands from cold when worn over driving gloves.

I grew up in the cold north and now live in the warm south.  I still find use
for mittens over gloves when the rare serious cold hit here.


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G'day

Thanks for all your help so far....I've lived on the coast for the last
21 years and don't need gloves here, nor warm coats/jackets/hats in
winter so I'm way out of touch with these things now.

Teri....had forgotten about using two needles, although might have
remembered that once I got started.  I used to make leather shoulder and
handbags and used two needles with waxed thread, so thanks for the
reminder.

Barbee....thanks for the pattern number.  I've just googled and
discovered this pattern sold recently on eBay, so I might keep an eye
out for another listing, or get one direct from Green Pepper.

Juno....you are right!  I was thinking about my camera and that's one of
the reasons I was swaying towards gloves and not mittens, but still knew
I'd be taking gloves on and off.  Pleased DS loved his light panels.

Joanne....WOW!!!  These are just fantastic!!  they give the best of both
worlds, don't they?  They are definitely what I will make!! Thanks ;-)

Beverly....I can see why. There's a pattern for these (#529) on the
Green Pepper site.

Sharon....The sherpa has some stretch but not as much as polar fleece on
it's own because the suede (poly) bonded backing acts as a stabiliser.
Yes, I have some PF scraps and will use that for the trial pair,
although they will probably need to be made a little smaller to allow
for stretch in the PF.

The more I look at these convertible mittens I can see they would also
be great for my 2 x DGD's, as well as DS (also a photographer) and DDIL.
  So guess what they will all get for the winter for our motor racing
trips?  LOL

Thanks to everyone for your help.....if I hadn't asked I would never
have known about the convertible mittens.  They will suit my purpose
well as I can still get to all the buttons on my cameras and lenses and
not having to worry about dropping a glove, because the mitten part
flips over.  Just super!!

Bronwyn ;-)



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My cousin who lives in Orlando found the ones she sent me at Target.
They're chenille, as is the matching scarf and headband.
--
Joanne
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Not sure that's going to help Bronwyn...IIRC s/he lives in
Australia.  But then again, maybe Target has made it's way to
.au?  ;-]

Beverly



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According to the label, they were "Made in China."  So......

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Joanne
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Target has had stores here for many years and they are in most larger
towns/cities.

Must have missed a message because you mentioned 'he'.....sometimes they
don't all come through, so I apologise for not replying to you.

Bronwyn ;-)

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In that case, maybe they will stock the convertible mittens
Joanne wrote about.  ;-)

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No need to apologize.  And I wrote "s/he" because I don't know
anyone named "Bronwyn" and therefore I'm not sure of your gender.

Beverly, female, in case anyone wonders....



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They probably would have the convertible mittens, but I like a challenge
and have never made gloves in the past so now's the time to try.

Aha....thought I'd missed a post.  My name only has a female version.
Thanks for the clarification because I know that Beverly can be both
male and female.  LOL

Bronwyn ;-)


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