Opera Gloves

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#1 thelonelycloud on 8 months ago

Hello! I'm working on my first real cosplay (Princess Peach) and I need some help with one of her accessories. Does anyone have a good tutorial for making the elbow length opera gloves that peach wears, or do you know where I could find a good sewing pattern for the gloves?

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

#2 DlGlT on 8 months ago

Are you planning to compete in this costume? If no, then I strongly suggest you buy a premade pair and alter them if needed. Gloves are HARD and stretch fabric isn't the most friendly.

A few tutorials just in case...
[url]http://khaoskostumes.com/2013/01/30/how-to-make-a-plugsuit-side-tutorial-skin-tight-gloves/[/url]

[url]https://www.deviantart.com/silver-fyre/art/How-to-make-easy-gloves-474251538[/url]

[url]https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7397[/url]

#3 CapsuleCorp on 8 months ago

Kwik Sew used to have a decent stretch glove pattern, I don't know if it's still in print though.

Seconding DIGIT though - unless you need the gloves a certain color that doesn't exist, or a certain size that off-the-rack clothing doesn't come in, strongly suggest buying over making. Gloves are a pain in the goddamn ass and even the Kwik Sew pattern, while easy to follow, often results in bulky fingers and skewed seams even when you're carefully laying out the pattern on your fabric. Gloves are a nightmare and even as a professional I avoid scratch-making them unless there is no way around it, which usually only results from a color problem or a sizing problem. If it's a sizing problem, using a pattern won't really help much because they're "one size fits most" so if you're bigger or smaller than "most" you're going to have to do a lot of experimenting to get the size right.

#4 thelonelycloud on 8 months ago

[QUOTE=DlGlT;5068135]Are you planning to compete in this costume? If no, then I strongly suggest you buy a premade pair and alter them if needed. Gloves are HARD and stretch fabric isn't the most friendly.

A few tutorials just in case...
[url]http://khaoskostumes.com/2013/01/30/how-to-make-a-plugsuit-side-tutorial-skin-tight-gloves/[/url]

[url]https://www.deviantart.com/silver-fyre/art/How-to-make-easy-gloves-474251538[/url]

[url]https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7397[/url][/QUOTE]

I'm not planning on competing, but I'll still look into buying. Guess it's time to start browsing bridal gloves!

#5 DlGlT on 8 months ago

Just look up opera gloves. Depending on which Peach you're doing you'll want elbow length or shoulder length.

#6 thelonelycloud on 8 months ago

[QUOTE=DlGlT;5068139]Just look up opera gloves. Depending on which Peach you're doing you'll want elbow length or shoulder length.[/QUOTE]

It's elbow length for me!

#7 Penlowe on 8 months ago

*technically* you are looking for Elbow gloves, Opera indicates a length that goes above the elbow. Not that a lot of people wear gloves to the opera any more... [url]https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/225767/wearing-gloves-glove-lengths[/url]

Check Etsy & Ebay for vintage gloves. There are a lot of really good ones out there, not terribly expensive.

#8 nathancarter on 8 months ago

Halloween stores (Spirit, etc) will have long gloves in a variety of colors. They're inexpensive and will get beat-up quickly if you're running around a con, but they're a great starting point. And, if you decide to sew your own gloves, you can take them apart and use them as a pattern.

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