I mentioned my plans to design a wrist brace to support my daily activity.
Originally, I was going to go with a similar style as the decorative sleeve I made a while back. It’s simple, easy, and doesn’t take a lot of material. The only issue I have with it is that it’s like a glove, encasing my hand, which means I have to remove it every time I want to wash my hands. That’s annoying, so I envisioned having something I could easily pull back.
I looked at various examples online from weight-lifting accessories to gymnastic braces, and I found I liked the design of the Tiger Paw, because it covered the back of the hand and the wrist. I used the wrap around and attach idea with my first attempt at a support brace, combining it with my existing kickboxing wrist wraps design. My husband suggested I reinforce it with spines, and since I had some lying around from previous corset crafting, I sewed them in.
Unfortunately, the spine closest to my thumb was too close and rubbed uncomfortably on my wrist bone. Not to mention, it wasn’t terribly pretty to look at. I’d chopped up an old canvas bag I got for free to use as my straps because the pleather is stretchy and I felt it wouldn’t provide enough support on its own.
So I set aside that idea and mulled over other options. I wanted something that wrapped the wrist and stretched up the back of the hand to anchor it in place. I also wanted something that looked nice. I dug out scraps from old projects including brocade fabric, lacing that used to belong to my husband’s hoodie, and some fusible interface. The interface made the stretchy pleather not so stretchy and more supportive. I debated between using Velcro or something else to cinch it down. It took some thinking, but I eventually figured out a design that would work. Accent it with some fancy buttons, metallic paint (my husband’s idea), and–of course–gears, and you’ve got my finished project.
This model lets me slip off the lacing to easily wash my hands without removing the whole brace. Plus, in my opinion, it’s rather pretty. The strap is sewn to the backside, loops around the wrist, and then slides through itself to loop around again. The lacing at the wrist goes through a loop attached to the opposite end, and folds back around to hook on the button.
My mom thought it was nice enough that I could make a shop to sell them. Unfortunately, it’s tailored to my wrist and hand size, so it’d be hard to make it one-size-fits-all. Plus, my sewing is good enough for me (and my daughter who conscripted me to make her a skirt amidst all of this since the sewing machine was out already), but I’m pretty sure consumers might complain about the uneven stitching or where I missed the fabric on one of the folds. Plus, I think I’d rather be writing, if I’ve got time to spare.
What projects are you working on lately? Do you like steampunk-styled accessories? If you could design a brace, how would you decorate it?