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Like A Glove

It would seem that there is nothing in this world that irritates me more than when I put something on and it doesn’t fit properly. So I expect to have to make alterations to most pieces of clothing that I buy and most of the time I do have to. I understand that this lack of ‘fit’ is due to trend and mass production. There is one thing however that I expect to still fit like a glove, and that would be a glove.

Every new pair of gloves that I pull onto my hands leaves a lot to be desired, most fingers are too short, nine times out of ten all different sizes and nothing fits right. Thus I do not own a single new glove. Inevitably I fall back to my vintage collection. I love the way they fit, the way they feel and the way they make my hands look. I am not dressed to leave my house in the mornings without a pair on even in the summer. The only downside to vintage gloves is how difficult it is to find a leather pair that are larger than a 6 3/4 and in good enough condition to wear.

Out of this frustration I decided that my only course of action was to teach myself to make gloves the right way with proper fitting. This way at very least I could have a leather pair that fit like a glove should. I started with lace gauntlets, something simple I thought, with no fingers. It took some work to draft a successful pattern and then teach my fingers how to hold the fabric. With great pleasure I now make them for the shop.

As it turns out, they are incredibly difficult to photograph. It’s no surprise that Meaghan managed to find a way to make them look good.

There are far more colours than just these three and they are all available at the shop in two sizes. We will be listing them on our etsy site shortly.



Something More Obscure

I want to make gloves.

Since I started my apprenticeship with Meaghan nine months ago, we joked that I would find something more obscure than making hats for a living. I knew she was right the first time she said “I bet you do.”

It started with her asking me to make lace gauntlets for the shop. With a lot of swearing, frustration, stabbing myself with pins, and finally elation at some success. I think I might have figured it out. On Wednesday, we will see.

My frustration inspired me to search for the right kind of sewing machine. A small cylinder free arm industrial machine is the best thing I have found new. From Reliable, it has a price tag of $2500. From the questionable asian company the minimum order is 500. The first is unlikely, I have student loans to pay. The second is a no, I don’t have a factory to fill. Singer doesn’t make them anymore. Brother, Janome, Husqvarna Viking and Pafaff don’t either. This leaves me to search for a used machine which is something I prefer anyway, but I figured I would start with the more obvious places to look.

So off I go, to continue my search for the right machine.


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