finally! i finally made something i've been dying to make for many weeks, especially when it was so cold and snowing. monster mitts! i have included some inspiration pictures to guide you along with my thought process...
first, this image from balenciaga pre-fall 2009.
second there were these from rachel comey:
i was all set to buy them from bird, but they only had pink left. this is also how i was originally going to construct mine. find a pair of elbow length black mittens and sew fur on top. easier said than done, when spring merchandise is proliferating stores right now. no appropriate mittens to be found.
then there was marni fall 2009. solidifying my desire for monster mittens even more. and i noticed the leather thumb. this got me thinking. how about a slip on mitten that will fit over my long leather gloves? perfect and painfully easy to construct.
buy some 4-way stretch interlock jersey. trace around glove until top of thumb hole.
cut out shape leaving a seam allowance on all ends. also cut out a piece that will fit from the bottom of the thumb hole to the end of the fur length.
buy the best faux fur you can find in an appropriate glove length (as long as you want)
trace the shape of the mitt, and extend the lines to the bottom of the fur.
when you cut out your fur shape be sure to do it in such a way as to not cut through the long bits of the fur. slide the bottom blade of your scissors closely to the scrim/backing of the fur.
finish the edges of your stretch jersey pieces and sew onto your fur part. flip right side out.
slide your glove through the mitten.
tada! instant monster mitt!
i have lots of fur, jersey, and i also bought some fleece, so i'm going to make a version 2 that are proper mitts (more cleanly finished, lined/insulated) so i can wear them without the leather gloves.
i'm so happy i finally made these, and i hope it stays on the cold side so i can wear them soon!