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First off, let me say that there are a lot of Goth blogging ladies out there with amazing seamstress skills… I am not one of them! This tutorial is for the rest of us. 🙂
I lightened all of the photos up a bit so you can hopefully see what is going on.
|Final Product, Short Version|
I had this old pair of stretchy pants that were a bit too snug for my current tastes. Plus I had splashed a bit of bleach on them long ago while cleaning the bathroom, and I was tired of trying to color in the bleach spot with Sharpies. However, I totally love the pinstripe-ish textured fabric, so I thought these would make nice, almost corporate arm warmers. NOTE: The pants must be made of stretchy fabric for this to work!
|Pants with Legs Cut Off|
First, I measured the length of my arm from mid-bicep to just below the wrist. I cut both legs off of the pants at that length. The plan is to use the existing hem as the top part of the glove, so I only have to finish the bottom edge.
|Pinned and Ready to Sew|
Next, I measured around my bicep and around the wrist, then pinned the pant legs (inside out) at those widths, leaving a little bit of wiggle room. I added a couple of extra pins along the diagonal line between the two end pins. You can use a fabric marking pencil and a ruler to create a perfect line, if you wish.
|Edges Trimmed; Ready to Finish|
Next, I sewed a straight stitch down the pin line. Then I trimmed the excess, leaving about 1/2”. I like to bevel the edges a bit so the corners don’t show when I’m all done.
|With Edges Finished Using Zigzag;
Glove on Right is Turned Right-Side Out
Finally, I ran a zigzag stitch down the raw edge, then another zigzag around the raw wrist edge. If you want to make them extra clean, you can do a folded hem around the wrist, but I find this difficult to achieve with such a tiny opening.
The final product: a free pair of arm warmers that are almost nice enough to wear even to the office. They can be worn long, or fold the wrist part under a couple of inches to make them shorter.
You could even make the rest of the pants into shorts, of so inclined!
|Final Product, Long Version|