Wednesday, October 23, 2013

First Fingerless Prototype

Even though it seems like they breed in the night extrapolating into endless piles of left over bits that threaten to overwhelm and devour us, scraps are a wonderful thing. I can't keep every remant - it's just not possible - but I do recycle, pass along, and keep as much as I can toward my goal of zero waste sewing.




Yesterday, I used the remnants from the Vogue 8666 dress to sew the first fingerless prototype. The pattern above is a rough draft drawn from measuring the purchased gloves. It has issues BUT...




... the finished pieces are somewhat reminiscent of the starting point. These ones are lightweight. The kind of fingerless glove you might wear in a cold office while typing.




This particular pattern is drafted with the seam toward the back, centered down the middle of the thumb. As a design element, it moves the seam from a visible to a less visible position and simplifies construction. However, it also makes it hard to achieve a better fitting glove and places a bulky lump along the thumb and palm. As you can see, the gloves are slimmer fitting over the finger tips, baggy over the wrist, and slimmer through the arm. I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't even notice but I don't like the fit especially...




... from the front where there is a lot of bulk between the thumb and fingers. It's exactly the same bulk that I didn't like in the original purchased gloves as you can see...




... more clearly in this picture without the distraction of the print. I'm working on the second prototype that will - hopefully - have less bulk and a better fit even though I've now veered away from the original inspiration. That's okay. The point of a starting point is starting. I'm working toward a pattern that can be easily drafted in a step-by-step format so hands of all sizes can have fingerless gloves. I'm probably re-inventing the wheel since fingerless gloves are certainly nothing new... but... I like doing this kind of thing.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - unanswered "ignorant" prayers (as in not knowing better)

7 comments:

  1. Ahhh!! Thanks Myrna, now I know what I'll do with the lovely merino wool sweater that was accidentally shrunk a few months ago! I could use a pair of fingerless gloves this morning, it's cold in my office. Off to plug in the kettle...

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    1. Fabulous. Send me a picture please.

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  2. Sounds like a fun project Myrna...looking forward to seeing your journey with it

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    1. I'm detouring into couch cushions this morning but have the third prototype ready to take forward. I want to test my "theory" on different sizes.

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  3. oooh love it! Share the pattern when your done.....Pretty please:)

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    1. LOL - we'll see what I put together. The second prototype changes the shape significantly.

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  4. When I read the headline, I thought sewing without any fingers. I'm glad that my interpretation is incorrect. :)

    I'm looking forward to seeing how the project progresses.

    Rose in SV

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.