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The next event I'll be attending is a Regency outing to the Fort Worth Symphony's Beethoven concert.  It's in about a week.  And since it wouldn't feel like a real event if I didn't heap tons of work on myself at the last minute, I figured I'd better make myself a pair of fancy evening gloves.

I started with Kwik Sew #2326, which is designed for stretchy fabrics.  My fabric is an off-white suedecloth and has a negligible amount of stretch.So, I did a LOT of slashing and spreading.  I also lengthened the fingers to match my actual fingers and allowed extra room at the glove top for my 'generous' biceps.
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A lot of surviving gloves have embroidery.  I have a love/hate relationship with my embroidery machine, but if there's ever a time to get over yourself and just do it that time is when you need embroidered gloves!
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My first hurdle came right away - literally my first seam.  I'd slashed and spread everything except the thumb!  Finger-sized thumbs just aren't gonna cut it.
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Back to the cutting room for some slashing and spreading.  Oh, and more embroidery.
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That's better!
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From there it was a combination of tedious machine and hand sewing.  Seam allowances for gloves is 1/8" and that takes extra concentration.  I set the thumbs into the glove body by hand because that really is just easier, if more time consuming.  I have a special foot that helps get a true 1/8" seam allowance (in theory) but it does require you to sew 'backwards' with the edge of the fabric along the left side of the presser foot.
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Still, I did have some issues that will need to be corrected before an actual wearing.
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I think they'll be good enough for an evening event in low lighting.  One glove down, one to go!
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