Our friend Saphonda Gold, one of the most utterly glamorous ladies we know and one of the enduring inspirations for Fuzzy's site, gave us a tip about how to make gloves. She herself always wears the long many-button variety, and seems to have an endless supply to match whatever smashing outfit she has on.
The main trick is to use lycra. Lycra and cotton is OK for a more ladylike effect than our favorite metallic lycra/nylon blends, but what you're aiming for is high stretch. The lady puts her hand/entire arm on some pattern paper and traces at least the outline of her hand. She measures her arm at strategic places all the way around, and makes sure that the arm part of her glove is about half her arm measurement (the objective not being a tourniquet).
Then she slaps the pattern on the fabric, and feeds the whole thing through the serger, going slowly at the steep curves of fingertips and between fingers. Only then does she cut out the extra fabric, aiming for a mere 1/4" seam allowance. In a pinch, she zigzags with a regular machine instead of serging (wide zigzag, short stitches). Voila!
Now these gloves are obviously not going to last forever. But they certainely will last through at least one wild evening. Enjoy...
First published: 18 jul 02
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