Maybe I'm crazy but I want to make long fancy special occasion gloves sometime. In fact, this started at the thrift store where I found a pair of plain white elbow length vintage gloves for about $4.
I don't know what it is about gloves and me lately!!
Cross my doing bead and sequin work on knit gloves for the past couple years, and the jeweled eggs I'm making more recently and you get...
Jeweled, silk flowered, laced and embellished formal gloves?
Right now there are 3 gloves on my website:
Red White and Blue Baby!
Princess Alert Mittens
I did a search on Etsy for fancy white gloves, such as for wedding, graduation, quinceanera, etc. And there isn't alot out there. Mostly those fingerless lace arm thingys, and vintage pairs. Hmmm, is this a good sign as perhaps an unfufilled market area?
Anyway, the big problem I'm thinking is how to get a reliable supply of plain elbow length (or perhaps midi length) gloves. I love the vintage, but obviously this avenue is not reliable, NOR inexpensive. Sheesh.
I looked into wholesale especially at the LA garment district. The supply is not exactly great quality, mostly stretch polyester. And I am not sure I want to do the Made in China thing.
Soooo. The next idea is to make them myself. Good in concept, harder to execute. I am a reasonably experienced seamstress. There are two basic ways to sew gloves. One really easy, one more detailed and time intensive.
This style has the thumb in the palm area and gussets at the fingers. Best for cotton, satin, and fabrics with a small stretch.
This style has the thumb on the side. Easy peasy. Best for knit, lycra, and 2 way stretch fabric I presume.
My goal is to use fabric with some weight such as a cotton/spandex mix. Or maybe full on lycra. Heavy weight lycra is not cheap. Anyway, the material must be substantial enough to hold sewn on flowers, crystals and decorations. I don't want alot of puckering at the fingers or thumb either.
But I don't want to become frustrated with a hard sewing job. The labor needs to be small enough so the end price is about $50/pair.
So which do you prefer?