Monday, August 29, 2011

Gloves part 3

This next set I'm calling the "Bag Gloves" because they were in a large plastic bag and they were quite similar so I only took details of one pair.

These off-white gloves are almost identical to the black gloves in the first gloves post. They are somewhat thick kid leather, suede side out. They have the same detail on the back of the hand, all seam allowances on the outside, sewn by hand.

This says "B. Gould 40." I can only assume that 40 refers to the year she bought them.

In the bag, there were two other identical pairs - one had stiffened so I could not get them on.

There was another pair that was slightly longer and without the three rows of decorative stitching.

The size.

To me, this looks like "Gould, DENNEIR 16" but I'm probably wrong because that makes no sense.

Gloves part 2

Continuing on to what I call the "Box Gloves." These four pairs were in their own box:

With some useful advice!

Here is a white knit pair. The usual side seam is not present, but there is instead a flat felled seam going from between the little and ring fingers to the button.

Most seams are on the outside.

A bit of mending

This pair also has seams in the gussets between each finger.

Another view of a gusset seam.

The facing on the inside around the button hole. These stitching, as well as the flat felled seam and the whipstiches around the bottom appear to be done by hand, while the stitches around the fingers were probably done by machine.

Another knit pair. They were probably once white, but now they are quite dull. They are sewn entirely by machine.

The thumb is attachted with the main glove overlapping the thumb piece and the edges left to fray. The space between the two rows of stitching is uneven in several places.

There are no seams at all in the gusset.

The front and back of the glove fingers do not touch, so there is one continuous gusset running from the tip of the little finger to the tip of the index finger. The seam of the gusset and palm is turned in, while the seam of the gusset and back is like the thumb seam: the main overlapping the gusset.

A detail of the bow

You can just see a very faint blue "B," presumably for "Beatrice"

The inside of the glove, showing the piping along the bottom, with is self fabric cut perpendicular to the main part of the glove. You can also see the knot of the stitch holding down the decorative bow.

These gloves are very fine kid leather, with the leather side out, suede side in.

Like the black gloves there is decorative stitching along the back, this time in three double rows.

Thumb attachment is identical to the previous pair.

The backstitching on the side seam.

The gusset is in 6 pieces, with seams between each finger and the two main parts of the glove touching, cutting off the gusset.

Between the fingers.

There is a little stretching at the opening.

Another knit pair. Most of the stitching is done my machine.

This thumb is much simpler than the others. It is a rough oval, without the "zig-zag" that most gloves have along the webbing between the thumb and index finger.

There are several tiny runs in the knit.

These have one contiuous gusset.

There is a bit of elastic, a little over an inch long, on the inside of the wrist.

The interior of the side seam.

The interior of the rhinestone decoration. You can also see the whipstitching which is almost invisible from the outside.

Let me know if you want any more details - either photos or information.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Gloves Galore

Tucked away in our storage room I found a box full of vintage gloves! Some of them are labeled with my great-grandmother's name, Beatrice Blackmar Gould, others have no name, so they may belong to other family members, or they could all be BB's. There are quite a lot of gloves for just one person, but she was a very posh lady.

Let's take a look at them, starting with the Long Gloves (I've arbitrarily grouped the gloves for my sanity):

Black kid leather, with the suede side on the outside. There are some pintucks down the back - the leather is quite thick so it looks a bit like cording.

The usual thumb attachment.

All the seam allowances are on the outside and sewn by hand.

The leather gloves in this set have a small, vaguely diamond-shaped piece in between the fingers as well as the gusset that most gloves have.

Stamped on the inside you can see the size: 6/3 and then the words "REAL KID". The 3rd line has become blurred through wear; to me, it looks like "--USTRIA ARGENTINA" (the first two letters being completely illegible). The last line is "MADE IN ARGENTINA". Edit: My Spanish-speaking boyfriend informs me that the middle line is "INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA" meaning "Product of Argentina."

Here is a brown satin pair. This is the only satin pair and it has a fold line down the length of the glove, behind the thumb, which several of the kid gloves also have.

Here, the gussets are cut separately for each finger for a total of 6 gusset pieces (two for each side of the middle and ring finger and one for the interior side of the little and index finger).

The gussets are rather wide and want to lie flat, so the fingers overlap when lain flat. I'm not sure if this is because of the construction or because of the way there were stored.

Another interesting feature of these gussets: they meet the front and back
at a point. Most gloves either have a continuous gusset so the front and back don't meet, or the gusset stops and the front and back are sewn only to each other for a few stitches.

The interior side seam is backstitched by hand and the edges are left unfinished.

A light grey kid pair - the fingers were too short for me, but the thumb was too long. As with many of the leather gloves, the cuff is stretched from pulling them on and off.

The usual thumb seam for leather gloves, with the main glove overlapping the thumb, but here there is a double row of backstitching.

A slight irregularity with the gussets. The photo shows the area between my middle and index fingers where there is a continuous gusset and the little diamond piece. However, between the ring and little fingers there is a seam in the gusset with both seam allowances turned to the inside. Unlike the black gloves, where all seam allowances were on the outside, these gusset edges are covered by the main glove body.

The stretched cuff.

A close up of the backstitching on the side seam.

The stamp on the inside with the size, 7 1/2, and "MADE IN FRANCE"

Lots more to come! If you have questions or want any more details (either information or pictures) leave a comment and I'll get that for you.