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Your Wardrobe Unlock'd: The costume maker's companion
by Aunt Ellen, 2/6/1948

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Fold a 15 inch square of paper through the center and place the left hand on it about two inches from the top, with fold and index finger in line. Fingers should not be spread apart, but help fairly close together. With a pencil, run a line around tips of fingers and along outer of little finger side of hand.

Make a penciled dot at base of fingers - there will be three dots. Make another dot to mark the joint at base of thumb. With a ruler, draw straight lines connecting the dots with their corresponding points at tips of fingers.

Keeping the pattern folded, make pin pricks through both sides at the three dots, thus marking what will become the back of the glove. Make pencil dots exactly a half inch below the pin pricks and draw lines between fingers to correspond with palm side. Make three more dots a half inch below the ends of lines; these will mark the beginning of the conventional lines of tucking or stitching, called silking.

Draw a straight line from the middle dot 2 1/4 inches toward the cuff. Draw lines from each side dot, the same length, but converging slightly toward the center line. Many makers of fabric gloves like to draw a faint line diagonal or in true bias to the center silking line, to act as a guide in laying pattern bias.

A half inch from the center fold, trace the opening for the thumb (see illustration), given inside the thumb piece; the curve is to be placed at marking of thumb joint and the A-B slash runs parallel to fold. For a larger size opening for thumb, increase the curve beginning about ¾ of an inch below the point marked B and extend around to D. Cut out this opening and slash between fingers.

It is to be noted that the slashes are longer for the back than for the palm, to conform to the actual shape of the hand. The fourchettes are to be placed to correspond, the longer point on top or back of hand.

Cut two hands, two thumbs and twelve fourchettes or finger pieces (pattern given).

Cut half of all pieces in reverse. Sew pairs of fourchettes between fingers. Sew two fourchettes together at diagonal end, right sides together. Pin, seam inside, starting at this seam outward - and point on back of glove - to end of finger. The fourchettes will be too long for shorter fingers and should be trimmed to correct length after stitching. Make 1/8 inch seams on outside of glove. Fold thumb together matching A, B, C and D; sew thumb into glove. Slash hand from A to B, thumb B to C. If inside seams are desired, add 1/8 inch to pattern. Trim seams before turning.

The glove may become a shortie or longer, as desired. Glove lengths are measured in "button lengths," allowing about one inch per button above the base of the thumb seam. Add desired stitching or trim for finishing.


If you do not have a glover's sewing machine then I highly suggest that you make them by hand. You can also use any of the following either as the closing or decorative stitch:

  • A Running or stab stitch is the simplest and is the most
  • Whipstitch
  • Round stitch
  • Triple stitch
  • Flat stitch
  • Saddle stitch
  • Knotted Blanket stitch
  • Cobbler stitch


Fabric glove and some leathers, if sold as washable, may be laundered successfully in the home, if properly done. Squeeze rich, luke-warm soap suds through gloves, do not rub. Rinse thoroughly and roll in towel to remove any excess moisture. Lay on flat surface and shape gloves gently. Dry away from heat Sometimes dark or bright colored gloves streak; this can usually be prevented by absorbing all the moisture with paper towels or cloths, until almost dry. Draw an outline of wool gloves or mitts before washing and follow same procedure as for fabric gloves. Pin or shape to outline and dry in airy place.

Pigskin gloves that are washable, are best washed on the hands, rinse in clean, warm soap suds. Roll in towel to absorb excess moisture, then place on hands to shape and partially dry. Remove, place on flat surface and allow to dry in an airy place away from heat. Rub the gloves as they dry to prevent any stiffness. After gloves have dried, place on hand for final shaping.


Take a look at this page for an idea.

This is the Second of four patterns that I will be posting here. I will also post which books I actually find and where they can be purchased. I will also list new books as I and you find them. Let me know and I will list them and please send a comment about them


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