In my internet sleuthing I have gathered literally thousands of images, plans, and patterns of things I would like to make or have for reference. Government documents, like the scans below, are invaluable resources for the maker when they are made public. Who would know how to better and more efficiently make a pair of riding gloves than the U.S. Cavalry. This design is the culmination of more than 110 years in the business.
Click the pattern for the full-sized image. Scale to fit the dimensions shown for the standard sizing or scale them to fit your hand, be it a tiny little paw or oversized ham (note the three sizes on the pattern).
Part of the fun is learning the names of the parts; I had no idea there was even such a thing as a quirk in a glove.
I hope to get around to making a pair soon myself but please let me know if you have any success when you try these. Thanks for reading and please click “Like” or leave a comment if you have one.
It isn’t cheap to find good saddle bags these days but excellent ones can still be made with a little time and dedication. The U.S. Army M-1924 model is the culmination of a century of design improvements and feedback from real field use. This model, in one form or another, saw service across the West, through multiple wars, the staking of trails and the migration of a people across a continent. Being a government contract item the design specifications are readily available through the General Services Administration.
Complex leatherwork projects depend on good plans and these are above and beyond perfect.
The plans are printable and can be scaled or drafted into patterns to transfer to appropriate leather; latigo or veg tanned. Click the image for a full-screen version. Clicking again should provide oversized, printable versions for easy use and reading.
Even if you don’t own a horse, this design works well equally on a motorcycle or scooter and add a touch of class in any case. Mine ride on a Vespa Super Sport. I’ll share the Quartermaster version when I get them loaded.