Surgical Gloves

by jennine on December 8, 2008

One day I realized all my gloves had holes in the fingers. So I’ve pretty much been looking around from gloves, and with my budget, all the gloves I can afford suck. I’ve had this idea that I wanted leather opera length gloves, but again, out of my budget. And it didn’t help that since Susie Bubble posted about Glovedup Gloves I’ve been drooling over the opera length gloves so much it’s become an obsession. I was going to crochet some, but my crochet skills are nil.

So what to do? Sweater Surgery (the idea of making new things with old sweaters). I have picked up all kinds of sweaters at the flea market, mostly because I like one aspect of it, like texture, material, pattern, but in reality, I can’t wear it. Since my sewing machine is broken, I was afraid of hand sewing the sweaters, but what I didn’t realize, is that sweaters tend to be more forgiving than regular fabric, and the stitch can be bigger so it doesn’t take as long to sew. I made a few things over the weekend, one was a pair of fingerless opera gloves, and they all but took maybe two hours to make.  While getting excited over transforming sweaters, an angora sweater with a horrid collar got transformed into a scarf tube.

How to Make Sweater Opera Gloves

The Scarf Tube

I’m sorry about not getting the ‘before’ photos of this sweater, but the sweater wasn’t very cool, I liked the fuzziness of the angora so that’s why I got it. Also as this is my first attempt, it’s rather lumpy, and there are different widths throughout the tube. I’ll be going back to the market next week for some more sweaters as there is no shortage of gigantic sweaters just waiting to become scarf tubes.

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Ashe Mischief December 8, 2008 at 7:33 am

Your outfit is great! And I love the way you arranged the detail on the opera gloves.

Frankie - Swell Vintage December 8, 2008 at 8:48 am

Genius! x

Miss Glitzy December 8, 2008 at 10:11 am

Such a great ideas, love them.

susie_bubble December 8, 2008 at 10:21 am

Sadly I have no sweaters to kill in this way…. I wish I did htough!

belle fantaisie December 8, 2008 at 10:26 am

love these, i love the gloves you made!

Kate December 8, 2008 at 10:43 am

interesting DIY. the gloves look good.

Noël December 8, 2008 at 11:41 am

What great projects! I’m definitely going to do that sweater tube.

Emlyn December 8, 2008 at 12:31 pm

This is crazy, I just made a skirt out of sweater that could be from the same line as the opera gloves sweater, blogger psychic??
It would be neat to make a sweater tube as big as the ones they sell at American Apparel and wear them the same way.
Thanks for the other DIY ideas!

Kayla December 8, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Like the circle scarf at AA! Only cheaper (I’d imagine) and fuzzier/warmer…nice!

szaza December 8, 2008 at 1:38 pm

How Awesome! I love opera length gloves, and they are so hard to find without paying a bunch. I have been wanting some fingerless gloves for sketching out in the cold and this is a perfect idea! Thanks :) Maegan December 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I love these layers. so great!

jennine December 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

oh my thank you all for your lovely comments! i’ve worn these all day, and they totally saved my life.

violetville December 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm

yay! i love the opera gloves! i have so many icky-shaped sweaters that would make excellent gloves. plus i love the fingerless style. it makes me feel much more tough and productive. so excited to try this!!

Eyeliah December 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm

I should def make some of these, I live in my fingerless gloves. Thx!

Annie Spandex December 8, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I’m so impressed-they look awesome! I’m crazy about denim vests too..

amika December 9, 2008 at 7:14 am

the Gloves look very awesome i would even dare to wear them inside out ;) Great DIY ideas i’m definetly going to try that out on my closet, thanks

Couture Allure December 9, 2008 at 7:44 am

Genius! Did you use the sleeves to make the gloves?

jennine December 9, 2008 at 10:46 am

❤ violettville…oh the fingerless style is so oliver twist! lovelY!
❤ eyeliah cool!
❤ annie, denim vests are so handy
❤ couture allure, oh no, i used the front/back the sleeves were puffed, i think i may make leg warmers instead

alixrose December 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

you are a genius.. i love it!

Coolladyblue December 9, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Have you ever thought of making leg warmers out of old sweaters as well? It looks like they are making a comeback from the 80′s. Might be a way to keep fashionable for very little expense.

jennine December 10, 2008 at 4:34 am

❤alixrose.. t hanks!
❤ ooh yeah, that’s what i think i’ll do with the sleeves…

Paulette Wilson December 11, 2008 at 6:57 am

I absolutely love this DYI idea! I have a couple of sweaters that are really bent out of shape and I was just going to give them to Goodwill. I mean I still am going to give the clothes to Goodwill because I like to give back. But, I will keep one for this DYI project idea!

Songy December 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm

That sweater was ‘born’ to be treated by you J. That’s awesome.

Kathy December 21, 2009 at 4:25 pm

This may seem like a stupid question…but the sweater tube: did you just cut the bottom of the sweater off (so that it was already a big tube)? or did you cut strips using the front/back panels of the sweater and sewed the ends together to make a tube?
Both look lovely- pity its too warm in LA to wear any of it!

jennine December 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

i found it was easier using the whole sweater body made for a good scarf tube.

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