Gloves make for an interesting addition to a catsuit, and are the most detailed piece in these instructions.
The current page describes the best compromise I've found between the utterly trivial 'draw around your hand' gloves which are just nasty, and the classic glove pattern which works with everything up to and including leather. Classic gloves involve a lot of fiddling around with the fingers and take almost as long as a whole suit to make.
What to do
There aren't any real measurements for the glove: just draw around your hand.
Plot your measurements
- Place your hand on some tissue paper with your fingers spread wide and evenly, with your first finger in line with the side of your arm, and the back edge of your thumb as straight as you can make it.
- Draw around your hand including your thumb and a short way along your arm, then lift your hand from the paper.
- Use a ruler to continue the line of your forefinger into the line of your arm. This is the fold line, and is red in the top photo.
- Your thumb will bulge out over this line, tapering rapidly. Slide your ruler along, in parallel with the fold line. Just before the base knuckle of your thumb (about where it's as wide as the first two bits of your forefinger are long), mark on the thumb's outline (green) and the corresponding points on the fold line (two blue lines).
- Put your forefinger back where you drew around it, then slide it down alongside the fold line (red) until its tip is in line with the top thumb mark (blue). Draw around its top half, then turn your finger around until its tip is in line with the bottom thumb mark (blue) and draw around it again to make an oval.
- Draw a line (pale blue, lower picture), parallel with the fold line, to cut this oval in half.
- Cut off the thumb piece at the fold line, and slide it so the marks on the thumb outline are aligned with the top and bottom of the oval. Copy the oval onto the thumb piece (pinky purple area, lower picture).
- Straighten up the back edge of the thumb piece - this is another fold line (red, lower picture).
- Now add a 3mm-5mm border (blue, lower picture) around the outline you've drawn, the thumb piece, and within the oval. Don't add any border to the fold lines.
- At the bases of the fingers, round the V shapes into U shapes. You'll need to experiment with this - it's a combination of making the borders narrower and shortening the Vs a little, but too much of either makes for tight gloves at the base of the fingers, or fingers which are a little too short.
- Copy these hand outlines to new pieces of tissue paper, one for each glove.
The trick here is to cut the glove out after it's sewn. I tend to leave a blob of fabric at the end of my sleeves, ready for when I want to add the gloves.
- Lay your sleeve piece right sides together.
- Pin the copied pattern to the end of your sleeve, with pins at the end of each finger, at the base of the fingers, and at the sides of the hand. (Obviously the fold line goes on the fabric's fold.)
- Sew through the pattern border (blue, lower picture) on a conventional sewing machine, using a normal non-stretch stitch. Make sure the presser foot is at its lightest, so it wrinkles and catches the paper as little as possible (that's normally a control at the end of the machine, not the dial near where you thread the thread through).
- Carefully use scissors to cut the oval out of only the palm side of the glove, then remove the sewn-on pattern. (Don't cut it out of the back side of the glove too!)
- Sew along the main seam of the thumb, until you reach the start of the oval halves (purply).
- Sew the thumb to the palm around the oval.
- Trim around the fingers, removing excess fabric. Trim close to the sewing, but don't trim into it. Cut as close as you dare to the Vs of the fingers - perhaps use a craft knife for best control.