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Two levels of trivial here: plain flat hand pattern, and flat hand with in-set thumb.

Both of these patterns are easier to sew if you pin the pattern to the fabric and sew through the pattern before you cut the cloth. (I hadn't found that out when I took the blue pictures.)

Make sure that the Vs at the base of your fingers are Us, so you can cut down to within 1mm of the seam. (I hadn't found that out when I made the gold glove. Also, the gold glove is inside-out because I wasn't paying attention.)

  1. Draw around your hand with your fingers spread evenly, about 30 degrees between forefinger and little finger. If you're making this part of a sleeve and want to cut on a fold, make sure your little finger or your index finger is in line with your arm (your little finger if you want the thumb to be part of the glove, or your first finger if you're using an in-set thumb).
  2. Taking a second piece of tissue paper, draw around the outline with a 3mm-5mm border. Make the V between the fingers into a U so you can cut to within 1mm of the eventual seam. Make another one of these.
  3. If you're making an in-set thumb:
    • Where the thumb crosses the index finger/arm line (ignore the web of the thumb), draw a losenge immediately below the forefinger based on the forefinger's shape.
    • Copy half of this losenge to the outline of your thumb, attaching it to your thumb's web and the base of your thumb.
    • Fold some paper in half, and draw around this outline of your thumb with the lower edge of your thumb on the fold, adding a 3mm-5mm border as before.
  4. Pin the tissue paper to the cloth without cutting the cloth, pinning in the fingertips, the bases of each finger, and at the base of the palm.
  5. Sew through the border you drew. You should be able to do this with a straight stitch, but if you want to use a tiny zig-zag like 1mmx1mm, it won't hurt. Use a walking foot or a rolling foot. Lift the foot frequently around the fingers to adjust the alignment as you work around corners.
  6. Start and end the sewing with about nine back-stitches.
  7. Peel off the tissue paper and trim within a few mm of the seams, to 1mm of the Vs between the fingers, taking care not to cut into it.
  8. If you're using an in-set thumb, cut out the losenge, slide the thumb into the glove and pin its edge into place generously before sewing. (It's easier with the thumb inside, otherwise it gets in the way.)
  9. Invert the glove and try it on. If it's too loose along a finger, turn it back and sew just inside the seam. Do not trim this.

The fit in the pictures here isn't very good, as you see. It would look better if it were a little tighter, but this pattern will never be as snug as the complex pattern (although with the separate thumb piece, it gets better). The blue glove has a little too much along the little finger side of the palm because I was in a hurry. Sorry.

It's much easier to navigate complex curves like this with a conventional sewing machine than an overlocker.


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