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Help with any pattern for dress gloves

texasmoonbeam | Posted in Patterns on


I am researching the construction of vintage style dress gloves to make in thin leather or stretch fabric.  Several books have instructions but I cannot locate patterns.  Back issues of Threads from Oct ’88 and Dec ’93 are no longer in print. Does anyone have any suggestions?  Embroidery and embellishment with buttons, braid or beading info would also be helpful.  I teach fashion design classes and have a custom design business, and the 70th anniversary of Dior’s New Look has been the impetus for my search.




  1. woodruff | | #1

    Here is a site with quite a few patterns for handstitched leather or stretch gloves, many with embellishment:

    ebay is one source of vintage glove patterns. You just do a search for that (but be advised that they are considered a valuable item, and the auctions start or finish high). There are also a lot of sites with instructions for drafting your own custom patterns, which you may have to do, anyhow:

    (clickable series of pages, including how to draft your own pattern)




  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Vogue 7949 is an accessories pattern with nine different styles of dress gloves.  Mine is about five years old; I don't know whether it is still in print.  I spent many hours trying to fit the oddly shaped and odd-sized pieces together into a pair of gloves and was completely frustrated--and finally understood why nice gloves cost are so expensive!

    If you can't find any other pattern, we can arrange a way to for me to mail you mine-- I would have to be very, very bored in order to attempt it again....

    1. texasmoonbeam | | #3

      Dear Teaf5,

         Thank you for your response.  I have not located Vogue pattern 7949 and would be very grateful if I could copy the patterns, if that would be practical.  Did you construct a pair?  Were the instructions very challanging? 


      1. Teaf5 | | #4

        I made a sample pair out of cotton knit and then attempted to do the same out of fleece.  The instructions are very visual and tedious, but not especially difficult unless you cannot mark the inside of each piece clearly (the problem with the fleece). 

        Part of my problem was trying to lengthen the many pattern pieces to fit my very long fingers (I need a men's large but narrow glove); part of my problem was attempting such a project just before the holiday rush.  I don't need to keep the pattern and will mail it to any address in the U.S.; overseas if it's not too expensive.

        I haven't figured out the private emails on this forum, but would follow directions so that you can give me an address to send the pattern.

  3. user-51823 | | #5

    pick the stitching out of some cheap gloves from a costume or budget bridal store.
    i made a pair of gloves once, using this method for a pattern. the gloves i used were vintage cotton, stained and ratty (or i would not have ruined them). the biggest difference between them and most modern gloves was that there was a separate pattern piecefor the thickness along the side of each finger, and they were a PAIN to sew. as i recall, i abandoned the project.

    recently, i "cheated" an above-the elbow glove look by buying cheap white wrist-length gloves and wearing them with a shirred tube of closely matching spandex. looked perfect.

    what is the style you are going for?

  4. Findadressmaker | | #6

    I have been "trying my hand" at making gloves using a vintage pattern over the past few weeks, and in fact, have blogged about it - (http://www.mimisasyouwish.blogspot.com ) I have found it to be quite careful and excruciatingly detailed work, but I've been loving the process. The pattern I am using is a vintage Vogue pattern from the 1940's or so.  I bought mine on Ebay a few years ago.  I would say that it is very important to find a good pattern, since I can't imagine trying to draft something this detailed without significant research.

    1. user-51823 | | #7

      wow- beautiful work, and great website!

      1. Findadressmaker | | #8


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