Nov 15 2007
Having made a pair of thumbless mittens for my youngest girl, I of course have to make a pair for my oldest girl, just with thumbs. This is a natural progression for me as a tailor too I feel, since these mittens have a more complicated pattern. These mittens will have stommach fur lining and outer fur on the outside. The palm will be bare to allow a better grip. for that I will use buckskin.
Making the pattern is the most difficult part of tailoring in my opinion. One rule I learned from the last pair of mittens I made: Making it big and roomy is better then aiming for the perfect fit and going a little too small. Since I’m very much a novice in this, I’ll probably end up going a little over the top on the size this time.
Making the pattern is probably the hardest thing of it all (seems so yet at least). Write around your hand and add at least 1,5 cm extra around your hand for sewing and because your hand is not in 2D. The left pattern is for the back of the hand, middle is for the front, but inside, the right one is devided (because the lower portion will be with fur and the upper without), the lower pattern is the thumb cover. For more details and excellent descriptions of the processes I recommend “Secrets of Eskimo Skin Sewing” by Edna Wilder.
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