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Lycra Glove Sewing Tutorial by ladythesta Lycra Glove Sewing Tutorial by ladythesta
Alright, I've been working my way through sewing my first Lycra bodysuit, also called a unitard. But I've been having to adapt various parts from a figure skating pattern.

The pattern included the body (obviously) and sleeves. But no legs, feet, or gloves. After hours of digging around online, I came to the conclusion that gloves were evil beings designed to cover one of the most complex parts of the human body.

So when light bulb went off in my head in a way to make these gloves, I decided to share it with everyone here! Now, I can't guarantee this'll work for everyone as this was actually my second, going on third, attempt at making these gloves. But each try gets better and I hope it at least gives others SOME ideas!

If you use this tutorial, please let me know! I want to see what you come up with! And please credit me if you link this anywhere (such as LJ communities, cosplay.com, ect.)

And feel free to ask me if you need clarification on anything! (or point out any spelling mistakes, I think I caught them all but you never know) Thank you!

Gloves Made with This Tutorial:
oneintheinfinite.deviantart.co… by oneintheinfinite
saiyuki-15.deviantart.com/art/… by RainOwls
seiryuu-san.deviantart.com/art… by Seiryuu-san
shaeeldera.deviantart.com/art/… by ShaeEldera
fav.me/d4enatt by NomesCosplay
akinanokita.deviantart.com/art… by Ari-Sera
i47.tinypic.com/312uyjr.jpg Chocola-chan
simplyyellow.deviantart.com/ar… by simplyyellow
adnarimification.deviantart.co… by Adnarimification
vanillaa.deviantart.com/art/Te… vanillaa
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:iconhueri:
hueri Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ABSOLUTELY GENIUS! Thank you!!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are most welcome!
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vanillaa Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I used this to make the gloves for my rocket grunt cosplay and they turned out perfect! Exactly the kind of gloves I wanted :D Here's a link to my cosplay vanillaa.deviantart.com/art/Te…
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those are some mighty fine gloves you got there! Thank you for sharing!!
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vanillaa Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
It's all thanks to your great tutorial :D Thank you for adding me to the list c: I also added the link to your tutorial on my picture!
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Chibi-MsHollowfox Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gonna help so much with my Spider-Man gloves
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please share pictures when you are done! I would love to see. ^^
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JackTheGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I might use this to help me tomorrow im going to make some gloves
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hope all went well!
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Tea-Tigress Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool! 
I was thinking of doing a cosplay of cheshire cat and I was wondering for the gloves do you know of anyway to add clay claws onto the  finger tips?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can poke holes in the sides of the claws before they are dry/cured and then when it comes time to attach them to the gloves, use a fabric glue to attach the bulk and then stitch threw the holes you already made to give it an extra anchor. You might need a friend to help with this because I think it would be best to have your hand in the glove at the time so you have the claw placement right and to prevent the two sides of the finger from being sewn/glued together.

Hope that helps!
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Tea-Tigress Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! Thanks for the info!
I might try that ^^
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome!
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kippie89 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Do you HAVE to use stretch fabric or is using something like a costume satin possible with this method?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You HAVE to have stretch in the fingers and wrist for this method to work. Other wise you would need to sew in gussets. Vogue has a nice pattern for gloves with gussets.
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Sid45ultra9292 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when you sewed it all up together did you use a machine or did you hand sew it?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Depending on the finger, I used both methods. For one of the gloves I was able to just machine stitch. For the other glove I had to hand stitch 2 of the fingers. It really depends on how much seam allowance you end up with. Fingers are tricky like that.
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Adnarimification Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Artist
I used your glove tutorial here: [link]

thanks for making this! It was very helpful!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Added to the list!
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sketchy-ketchup Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Just what I needed! I hope to try this sometime. :la:
It's awesome that you're still replying to these comments!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad my tutorial will be of help to you.

And I will always do my best to respond to every comment I get. ^^
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danlayton Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like this gloves tutorial - it's more simple than some I've seen :heart:
Question: do you think elbow length gloves would work using your methods?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't see why they wouldn't. You would just need to measure how long they would need to be from the wrist to the elbow, and trace your forearm. Let me know how they turn out!
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, this is helpful
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't wait to see what you create!
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I working on gloves for my black rock shooter cosplay :D
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooo! Send me pics when you are done. ^^
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sure thing :D
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badgirl842 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Thanks for the tutorial, it's really helpful! Quick question, though. I'm making a Robin (from the Teen Titans cartoon) costume for Halloween/random bouts of cosplaying, but the material I have is 100% preshrunk cotton. Would this fabric still work or is this tutorial purely for lyrca/dance spandex?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not a problem! And cotton won't stretch at all. So if you want fingers in your gloves, you will have to get a material that can stretch. You can (and I have) use cotton for wrist warmer type gloves that are fingerless. But you will have to make them tight enough that they won't fall off while being worn which will make them very difficult to get on and off in the first place.
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badgirl842 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
:( Damn. Well, I'll still use the spare fabric I have to test making the gloves, just to see how easy or difficult it is to actually do. But I'll have to bring the excess to the fabric store with me to be sure I pick up the same color green in the spandex. Thanks again for the information, I'll be sure to credit you when I put up the photos (they'll be on my other account, though, :iconboredomiau:, if you wanted to see the pics when I put them up).
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merryalycen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Did you hand sew or use a machine?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My first attempt I sewed by hand. But I ended up using a machine for the glove I ended up using for the costume
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merryalycen Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Awesome (I suck at hand sewing :X) I think I'll be using this tutorial when I revamp my Felicia Hardy cosplay!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can't wait to see pictures if you do!
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Shogunay Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to use this!!!!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Send me pictures when you are done!
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Shogunay Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will!!!
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Wicked-MSTH Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What fabric did you use to make the gloves?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dance spandex. Thinner then lycra and you can usually find it more readily then lycra in local fabric stores. At least thats the case at my local store
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Otakuvampire Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to try this. I attempted to make my own gloves on my own for a Miss martian from young justice cosplay and it lets just say in the end it became a big mess. I'm really looking foreward to trying this!!!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Send me pictures when they are done please? I would love to see!
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KartoffelPo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I realize this is a few years after the fact, but this tutorial just saved my butt for a costume I'm making.
And for that, I love you. <3
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ladythesta Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm very glad this tutorial was able to help you! Please send e pictures of the finished gloves. I would love to see!!
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Holly-Batali Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How much fabric did it take you to do this?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Honestly I'm not sure how much. I usually get about 1/2 a yard to give myself some play room, just in case.
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rmcardlevisuals Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
These are really awesome :) Do you think a similar method would work with cotton? I just tried a different method for gloves and it failed.
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not unless the cotton has a good amount of stretch to it. If the fabric doesn't stretch, with this method you won't get your fingers in side. You'd have to use a pattern that called for gussets.
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rmcardlevisuals Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for commenting back! Yeah I tried a pattern with gussets it was hard and I kept messing up :tears: Thank you!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The easiest thing I've found with gussets is hand sewing the seams on the fingers instead of machine sewing. Takes forever though and I'm still prone to mess up if I let myself get to frustrated or too over-confident. X3
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