Claudia's Final Fantasy XII Fran Cosplay: Gloves

Total Time: 2 days | Total Price: $13.16 | Status: Completed

How I made this costume:

Gloves:
The gloves were one of the first things that I started on because they're so basic. When I was little I was taught how to sew by my mother. So when it came time to make these, I knew just what to do. I started by gathering supplies, taking my hand measurements, and creating a pattern. One thing that I knew that I wanted to do was to make perfect patterns using Photoshop, print them out, and transfer them to the fabric using white charcoal. This was not only going to save on physical supplies, because I could make alterations digitally, but it would also insure that my patterns were perfectly symmetrical when needed.

Starting in Photoshop I drew out the pattern with my Wacom that was based on Fran's gloves, but that would fit my measurements personally. Fran's not human, so she has very long metacarpals that posed a challenge for translation. I'm lucky that I have very thin hands as well, so it wasn't that much of a deviation. Using multiple game references in Photoshop is useful too because parts can be traced to help achieve precise proportions. However, I do find that even with the reference, my patterns are mostly free handed.

After the pattern's completed, I printed it, and cut it out using craft scissors. Then with a sharp white charcoal pencil I traced the lines on the backside of the paper pattern using a light box. I liked using a charcoal pencil because it gave me thin precise lines, instead of using a thick piece of chalk. The white charcoal will act like carbon paper when pressed onto the material. It's so important to place the pattern down properly and hold it very still when pressing it onto the material to transfer the lines over. Then I cut away all of the excess fabric with super sharp sewing shears, left a forth of an inch seam allowance with the exception of an inch on the bottom hem. I did this because I doubled up the hem on the bottom to create a thickness so that this bulk would help hold up the armor on the arms when worn. This doubled-up hem was simply rolled up, pinned, and first to be sewn. The other top hems followed and had to be carefully snipped open to allow for the tight curves, folded under precisely, pinned, and then sewn with the machine. After all of the hems were completed, the final two seams were pinned and sewn together.

When sewing spandex or any type of stretchy material, it's ideal to check the stitch length and tension before hand on a scrap piece of the same material. This will give the seams the right amount of stretch. Overall I had two seams, one between the thumb and the index finger and the other along the inside of the wrist. Lastly, to finish them off, I marked the inside of the left glove with white thread so that I could tell them apart. 

Useful Websites:
Drawing Straight in Photoshop
Placing a Pattern on Fabric
Basics of Using a Sewing Machine

Materials:
Tape Measure - Superior Tailoring Rule, 150 cm/60 in
Pre-owned
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Adobe Photoshop
Pre-owned
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Wacom Intuos3
Pre-owed
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Inkjet Printer - HP Photosmart 7200 Series
Pre-owned
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8.5"x11" White Print Paper - Hammermill Premium Multipurpose Paper 24 lb
Pre-owned
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Craft Scissors
Pre-owned
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Light Box - Artograph Light Tracer 10" x 12"
Pre-owed
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White Charcoal Pencil - General's Charcoal White 558
Pre-owned
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Sewing Scissors - Gold Handle 8" Knife Blade Gingher Shears
Pre-owned
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Straight Pins
Pre-owned
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Sewing Machine - 1950's New Home Metal Sewing Machine
Pre-owned
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Black Fabric - Black Sensua Solid Pattern 507, 83% Nylon 17%, 4-Way-Stretch Spandex
Purchased from Beverly’s
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Black Thread - Dual Duty XP All Purpose, 500 yds
Purchased from Pearl

Feel free to leave all comments and questions below.
♡ Claudia (AKA Fran)

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