15th July 2018: Bracers I bought red duchess satin from Edinburgh Fabrics and gold heat transfer vinyl from CosCraft and tried making the bracers first as proof of concept.
I first made one in spare fabric to check the fit (this was later recycling as the lining), which was important since I wanted to use a close-ended invisible zip for the closure. I was hoping I could get away with this but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get the bracers over my hands without them unfastening entirely. Thankfully it turned out to be fine.
I sketched out the gold designs on paper first. I used some artistic licence since I was struggling to figure them out exactly (I lost patience with trying to take screenshots and scrutinise them) and I didn’t want to make the designs too complicated so I ensured that they don’t cross the seam where the zip is. Each bracer has the same design, albeit mirrored.
When I was happy with my design, I cut it out, taped it down and traced around it on to the HTV’s backing. I then cut out the vinyl with a scalpel, cutting inside the lines I’d drawn. It was a bit fiddly, but the designs aren’t too difficult to cut by hand and it adhered to the satin fine. I also used the HTV for the trim, so it was all cut as one continuous piece which made aligning it all much easier.