About 12 years ago I bought a fantastic yet very complicated pattern for shell gloves. And I’ve finally made them!!! It’s a mixture of relief, rapture, disbelief, adrenalin rush and blind panic all rolled into one. Don’t believe me – just check out the photo of the pattern pieces!!
The gloves are designed to be used as a weatherproof shell for your gloves. I have a pair of the mitten styles which I bought when I first started cross-country skiing. Plus, I reverse engineered a pair for DH). They are great, but I find the mittens cumbersome. The glove style of this pattern sounded perfect. Especially this part of the description – “Unlike ‘2 dimensional’ overmitts that are flat and awkward, these are sculpted to fit the hand comfortably in a slightly curved finger position”. See all those curvy pattern pieces on the left of the photo? They are the finger gussets. The three shapes in the centre of the photo form the thumb, complete with a bend. Scary, no?
Here are the finished gloves. It’s hard to capture their true shape, but ‘sculptured’ is a very fitting description. How they came up with the pattern, I have no idea. The pattern instructions are excellent. I plodded through, trying to be as accurate with the 3/16″ (4.5mm) seam allowance as I could. Magically, all the notches lined up. It all worked wonderfully.
The fit is great. I can get them over my favourite ski gloves – not too tight or too loose. Awesome!!!! I’ve sewn the small based on the sizing table ( hand width & length). The pattern handles XS to XL ( length 6 1/4″ to 8 3/8″).
Goretex shell, tought tec palm. They cost me $5 to make ( give or take some grey hairs). An equivalent pair that I saw in Melbourne recently was around the $240 mark.
I took some photos of the construction process. The instructions are very well done and easy to follow. The stitching needs to be very accurate, and is s-l-o-w at times, but all the notches line up amazingly well.
The hardest part is step 2, when the three thumb pieces are joined. I’ve sewn a small so the curves were quite tight and the ToughTec doesn’t bend well.
The scariest is the second last – stitching a 1″ buttonhole on the finished glove. Just hold your breath and hope that the buttonhole doesn’t goof up and ruin the whole thing!