I want to convert my small but treasured hoard of vintage cashmere sweaters (entire hoard seen in the picture above) into unisex patchwork fingerless mitts. Hopefully this project will inspire others to upcycle their own used woolen garments rather than throwing them away! Because the mitts are made of felted cashmere, they are very soft and luxurious. The felting process results in a denser thicker fabric. The joining and sewing techniques that I have developed result in solid firm seams that will wear well over time. Each face is completely different, yet coordinated within the pair of mitts. Check out the second to last photo below to see what I mean.
THREE UNISEX SIZES: I will gather size information from the backers after the project is funded. Size small will be about 7 inches around the knuckles with the hand flat and excluding the thumb. Size medium will be about 8 inches around the knuckles, and size large will be about 9 inches around the knuckles.
I love to sit and sew in the evening, and these mitts are so much fun to make! I made a stack of them for myself a couple of years ago, and wore them every day and even to bed since I keep a cool house. Then regularly I would zip up the whole pile of mitts in a little zippered mesh bag, and throw them in the wash! They have held up very well. Since then I refined the construction techniques so they have a more elegant finish and are ready for public consumption.
The mitts are meant to be worn inside the house if you keep a cool house, as well as outside. Because the fabric has already been felted, they can be machine washed with a cold water gentle cycle. They have a shortish body and thumbs to enable typing, and longish gauntlet style cuffs for extra warmth. They will be made to order by size and color scheme. Each pair takes a few hours to lay out and sew. In these pix the seams are worn on the outside, but they can also be worn with the seams on the inside.
I already have everything I need to make the mitts and don't need the funding to get started. The backer support I'm looking for is to have an excuse to make more mitts and have fun developing the designs. The price for a pair reflects the luxury fabric, time spent during construction, heirloom quality, and bespoke nature of the product.
Risks and challenges
These mitts take me only a few hours a pair to make, and the project is fairly modest in scope. I'm pretty confident the project can be completed well before the Christmas season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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