So, your superhero (or villain) wears gloves? You went to the local Salvation Army and yoinked the gloves from someone's old prom dress, but the color and/or fabric doesn't quite match the rest of your get-up. Plus, those gloves are too snug at the cuff; your hero (or villain) wears flared gloves, but you can't find them anywhere in the stores.
Here's your answer!
Follow this simple tutorial and you can add flared gloves to your costume in the color and fabric of your choice.
This tutorial assumes a basic knowledge of sewing and at least a familiarity with the terminology and techniques employed. I recommend you read through the entire tutorial first to determine exactly what tools and materials you will need to acquire before you begin the work.
MATERIALS (AT A GLANCE)
Tissue or tracing paper
Fabric and matching thread
Ultra-firm double-sided fusible interfacing
Those old prom dress gloves you found didn't fit the bill, but you were on the right track! You need a baseline from which to begin and there's no need to completely reinvent the wheel if you don't have to. Pick up the sewing pattern VOGUE V8311. You will be concentrating on VIEW D because it utilizes FRONT and BACK pattern pieces. The problem with VIEW D is that they're not flared and, if your gloves need to extend to your forearm, they're not long enough. Let's fix that.
Locate pattern pieces 10 (FRONT) and 12 (BACK) on the pattern sheets. No need to cut them out. Pin a piece of tissue paper to the pattern sheet and trace the upper portions including the markings from the fingertips to the wrist (for the FRONT piece, this is just below the APPLY ELASTIC mark).
This is where it gets slightly more complicated. The lower portion of the pattern is all up to you; you're going to have to design this part off the cuff (did I just say that?). It depends on the length you need as well as the exact shape of your gloves' flare. Use a pencil to iron out the design and, when finished, redraw the final lines with a pen.
Figure 1 shows the original Vogue piece 10 (FRONT). Figure 2 shows the modified FRONT pattern piece that I used for this tutorial. Figure 3 shows the modified BACK pattern piece. Note the triangular shapes in the interior of the lower portion of the patterns. These are marking lines not cutting lines (see Figures 5 and 6).
Pin another piece of tissue paper over the triangular shape of your own pattern and trace it to make another pattern piece, as shown in Figure 4. If both of your triangles' dimensions are identical, you only need to make one pattern piece.
Using your own FRONT and BACK pattern pieces instead of the Vogue pieces 10 and 12, mark and cut your fabric. Don't forget pieces 9 and 11 (they need no modifications). Figures 5 and 6 show my FRONT and BACK pieces after I've marked and cut them.
Follow the Vogue instructions for GLOVES D from STEP 1 to STEP 12, skipping STEPS 2, 9, 10, and 11.
Using your triangular-shaped pattern, cut 2 pieces of interfacing and 2 pieces of fabric. DO NOT cut the fabric exactly to the pattern. Leave yourself a generous allowance around the edge (see Figure 7).
Place interfacing within the marking lines to the wrong side of FRONT and BACK. Lay fabric piece over interfacing to cover it completely (there should be excess overhang). Pin the entire sandwich together. Figure 7 shows placement of the interfacing to the wrong side of FRONT piece (left), and the placement of interfacing with fabric cover to the wrong side of BACK piece (right).
Steam press to bond.
Trim excess fabric clean to edge of bonded interfacing. Figure 8 shows the wrong side of FRONT piece after pressing and after trimming (left), and the wrong side of BACK piece after pressing and before trimming (right).
After trimming, resume following the Vogue instructions STEPS 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, and 19 (skip STEP 17).
There you have it! Your gloves are finished!
It is possible that some of the interfacing will come loose while you are turning the gloves inside-out, but it will re-bond when you press.
Figure 9 shows my completed glove using this pattern with a stretch-knit fabric. Figure 10 shows a glove using the same pattern with a microsuede fabric.
TIP: If any of your stitches run through the interfacing itself (hem, STEP 18), use a size 14 or higher needle. Smaller needles may bend.
TRICK: I found sewing in the gussets (the darts between the fingers) to be more difficult if you follow the instruction to the letter and wait to do it until STEP 15 when the FRONT and BACK are already sewn together. Instead, I "pre-sew" the gussets to the fingers of the BACK piece prior to bonding the interfacing (you can see I've done this if you look closely at the fingers of the BACK piece in Figure 7), then finish sewing them in after sewing FRONT and BACK together in STEP 13.
I hope this tutorial is helpful and welcome your comments and experiences using it.
Good luck and happy hero-ing!