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This tutorial outlines how to make the leather gloves and teal colored arm bracers for a Cara Dune costume.
- Motorbike gloves
- Faux Leather driving gloves
- Black thread
- Teal thread
- Teal faux leather or other heavy fabric
- Teal cotton
- Pearl finish black paint
- Color shifting teal paint
- Seam ripper
- Rotary tool (aka Dremel)
Assembling the gloves
Cara Dune’s gloves are a faux leather black glove with knuckle and finger guards.
I used the plastic knuckle guards from a pair of motorbike gloves I purchased super cheap from AliExpress. They took about 3 weeks to arrive but the plastic knuckle pieces are almost 100% accurate. You can also get the same motorbike gloves on Amazon if you don’t want to wait on shipping!
The faux leather gloves I purchased from Amazon for $13. I chose these because they have 3 seams that run from the fingers to the wrist — a detail from the Cara Dune display I wanted to match.
Let’s start taking apart the motorbike gloves to remove the plastic knuckle pieces.
To completely remove the knuckle guards, rip the threads along the red line in the picture below. You can use a seam ripper to do this or take an Exacto knife and score along the threads. Do this for the large knuckle guard and the 4 smaller finger knuckle guards.
When you’re done with both gloves, you should have 8 smaller finger guards and 2 large knuckles guards. The finger guards will be a pliable soft rubber and the knuckle guards will be hard plastic.
There will be excess plastic around the edges on the knuckle guards that need to be removed. See the image below that indicates what areas should be removed. This is hard plastic so regular Exacto knives won’t do the trick. I used a knock off Dremel to get the job done. Make sure to wear eye protection and a mask because the Dremel tool will send plastic flying and we don’t wanna breathe that shit in!
Once you’re done sanding off the excess, your large knuckle pieces should like the image below. The smaller finger guards don’t need any alteration.
We’ll need to add a few holes to the large knuckle pieces so we can attach them to our faux leather gloves. I drilled 3 small holes. Two on one side and one on the other side. See the images for placement.
NOTE: Looking back on Step 3, I think drilling two holes on both sides would make for a more secure attachment to the faux leather gloves.
Start with a black base on the large knuckle guard and finger guards. I mixed a bit of aqua into the black for a charcoal color.
Now, let’s add the teal detail to the large knuckle guard. I mixed a minute amount of black with the aqua. I swirled it around but did not completely mix it in. Just give it a marbled effect. Then I used a fan brush to add the teal color, concentrating it on the long sides and using less towards the top.
Time to prepare the faux leather gloves! I removed the lining, but this is optional. It gave me more mobility and kept my hands cooler. To do this, simply pull the lining out towards the wrist. The lining will be slightly stuck to the faux leather, but a very light tug will get it “unstuck.” Gently pull this all the way out of the glove.
Now, cut along the wrist to sever the lining from the glove. You could add some serging or zig-zag stitches to the raw lining edge, but I opted not to. I don’t feel this raw edge will be an issue.
Put on the gloves and mark the knuckles on your fingers and top of your hand.
Now, it’s time to sew the knuckle guards to the faux leather gloves. Align the guards where you marked the gloves in the previous step. I hand sewed the guards with black thread and a needle at the tip on either side. Obviously, for the knuckle guards, sew where you drilled the holes.
Now, you have a completed pair of Cara Dune gloves!
Making the custom fit arm bracers
I can’t say for sure what Cara’s arm bracers are made of. It looks to be the same thing as the teal belt, so I used the same faux leather upholstery fabric that was used in my teal “ammo belt” tutorial.
The teal cotton was used for a lining. I found the faux leather is fairly uncomfortable and doesn’t breathe against the skin. Plus, the cotton creates less bulk at the seams.
I made a custom pattern for the arm bracer by following The Foam Cave’s tutorial. Don’t forget to add a tab on the edge and seam allowance on all sides.
To add a cuff, I traced the top part of the pattern, a few inches down, onto new paper. I slanted it on the left and right edges a bit so the cuff edges would lay nicely and not squish together when the bracer is on. Add a seam allowance to all sides.
Cut 2 of the cuffs from both the leather and cotton fabric. Do the same for the bracer piece.
Align the leather and cotton pieces right sides together. For the arm bracer, sew along the right and left sides and part of the bottom leaving a few inches open to turn right side out later.
On the cuff, sew the shorter curve and the left and right sides together leaving the longer curve open.
Clip the corners of the cuff and turn it right side out. Press the seams flat.
Slide it inside the arm bracer with the cotton side facing the leather of the arm bracer. The image below shows how it will sit inside the arm bracer.
Sew the top opening closed catching the cuff inside.
Clip the corners. Turn the arm bracer right side out through the opening at the bottom. Press the seams flat with the cuff facing the outside.
Press the seam at the bottom, then top stitch 1/4″ around all the edges (except the top) catching the open seam at the bottom.
Add whatever closures work for you. I added velcro at the top and bottom of the left and right edges and on the tab.