– Black taffeta (not silk?).
– Black cotton.
Other Materials Used:
– Regular black thread.
– Dark gray embroidery floss.
Hand sewing, hand embroidery (herringbone, daisy, and feather stitches). The only machine sewing is the side seam on both lining and outer fabric.
I’ve made a pair of mitts before (see link above), and although I loved the fun design (I did not base it off any historical garments) the fit was unfortunately too tight. I made them on the bias, but for whatever reason, the taffeta fabric just fit much tighter than any mockups I’d made (mockups allowed plenty of room).
I decided to rework the pattern, and I made them much roomier. I also got rid of the turnback for this pair, but kept some embroidery designs that I’ve seen on many pairs of mitts (the three lines on the back of the hand). If I had more time, I would have embroidered something floral.
I’m still not too happy about these mitts — the fit is a little off for my tastes (I didn’t want to spend time with all the slits and other seamwork that many historical pairs have), and I wish I had done the embroidery a little differently.
I also still need to work on the pattern, especially the thumb piece. I still had some trouble setting the thumbs in, even though they were a little better this time.
I did like the effect of embroidery on the thumb seams. I think I will continue using that on the thumb seams.