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Hi there guys! Long story short: my best friend's 25th birthday is coming up and I've decided to spoil him rotten. He loves steam punk so because I'm surprising him with a concert, I'm going to be dressing him in a new outfit. He always complains about his lack of excitement in his wardrobe, so I'm getting together all the elements he needs to be a dapper gentleman for the night. I was inspired by the red Dragon vest on Gentleman's emporium, and I would like to try and make him a pair of sleeve garters, so that they'll match whatever vest I happen to purchase.

I'm not terribly skilled with a sewing machine, but the way I understand the sleeve garter, would it just be:
1. Get an extra wide strip of elastic to fit around the arm, sew ends together.
2. Encase elastic in strip of fabric to match, sew up.
3. Run a couple of lines of stitching down around the band for decorative effect. Blunt sewing needle of course, don't want to tear the elastic.

Am I on the right track? Am I way off? I couldn't find any patterns online so I could only assume that it was that easy.


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Jul. 14th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
An arm garter works the same as a leg garter. Just find one that fits the color pattern and color you like, and ensure it isn't frilly and "girly" and then you have an arm garter. When in doubt, go with black.
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Jul. 14th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Alternatively, pick up a bodkin. Mine is indispensable!
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
I need one of those and would have bought one already, had I known they existed! I have always had much frustration with the safety-pin method. Thankyou for your mentioning it
Jul. 14th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
you make the casing first with the fabric you want to use.

1. determine width and length needed for elastic. remember it needs to be smaller than the diameter of his arm. measure and cut fabric 5/8" wider and longer than strip of elastic.
2. fold fabric lengthwise, right side of fabric to the inside.
3. stitch along the length 5/8" seam.
4. trim to 1/4"
5. pull inside out to put seam to the inside and the righ side/pretty side of the fabric to the outside to form a tube
6. pull the elastic through. attach a large safety pin to the end of the elastic to help with the pulling/pushing it through the tube
7. pull the two ends through either end. stitch to the inside.

you can add lace or something decorative to the garter when you sew the tube together by laying it along the seam on the inside. it will be visible when you pull it inside out.

i hope this makes sense.
Jul. 14th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
I don't know if this is true or not.... but it's such a good story, that I'm going to stick with it....

Basically, a sleeve garter started out as a woman's leg garter.... given to a man as a token..... later they became fashionable, and they made them for the gents who couldn't get one the more interesting way......

So with that in mind.... you can either get one from an intimate lady friend, or make one pretty much as described above.....Sew a tube.... add the elastic... sew it all together.... then stretch it flat and add lace.... Hey... they are suppose to look girly... that's who gave it to youin the first place, you scoundrel you.... 8)

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Jul. 14th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
That's what I read on Wikipedia, master of all knowledge. >_< I wish the former story was true though...it's cheeky and romantic at the same time.
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Very much a myth. Men's ready-to-wear shirts once came with sleeves that were one standard length. Garters allowed the gentleman to adjust his sleeve length accordingly.
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
Here's a visual tutorial to sewing your own hair scrunchies. Exact same idea, just change the proportions. http://sewing.about.com/od/freeprojects/ss/scrunchies.htm
Jul. 14th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Well, thank you all for your contribution to my question. I didn't even think about buying just a leg garter because to be honest I've never seen them for sale anywhere. (Well okay, I've seen them at the costume shop that I work at, but I would prefer to get him something nicer than costume garters...) I can check lingerie stores when I go looking for the vest.
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
I like trimming up the fabric first, before sewing into a casing, and inserting elastic-- putting the elastic in is the same as inserting a drawstring in a skirt waist, chemise, etc.
Jul. 14th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
You can also check a bridal store or tux place - they typically have sleeve garters for the groom, and barring the ball-and-chain variety that are meant as jokes (though you could replace the ball-and-chain charms with something more steamy), you can at least pick one up and see how they are made.
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