Friday, March 30, 2018

Seamed Stockings

I took a little break from my other sewing projects to make a pair of stockings for myself for this months Historical Sew Monthly challenge: Comfort at home. Make something to wear around the historical house! While this is not the project I first planned for this challenge, I am so pleased that I took the time to make these and they will be certainly be worn a lot. And even better, now I know that I can make stockings and can make more anytime I need some!

These stockings are sewn from The Dreamstress' Rosalie stocking pattern. The stockings are cut all in one piece, darts sewn to fit at the heel and they were fast (even for a novice to knit fabrics, like me) and easy to make. I think the fabric I chose for mine is a little thin, as it was fiddly and wiggly, but a thicker fabric with less lengthwise stretch should make these even easier next time.

This style of stocking can be convincingly worn with 18th-19th century fashions. While I plan to use mine mostly for 1860's, I will probably use these for 18th century too, once I get my outfit finished! (soon).

I finished the edge of these with elastic which seems like a good choice as they stay up quite well. Next time, though, I will just hem them plain and use garters at the knee.

What the Item Is: Sewn stockings
Material: Cotton blend knit fabric
Pattern: Rosalie pattern
Year: Early to mid Victorian for my purposes, but can go up or down a few decades!
Notions: Thin elastic
How historically accurate? Not really completely accurate in terms of construction and the synthetic content in my fabric, but they give a great historically accurate look and fit well.
Hours to complete: about 1
First worn: will be worn next weekend
Total cost: oh gee, less than a yards worth of fabric. . .a few dollars?

Now I need to not wear out these stockings by wearing them around the house all the time, but that will be hard since they are so comfortable!



  1. Is there a tutorial or how to on sewing the socks?

    1. These are very simple. They are cut one piece. You sew the foot up first and then you sew the leg part


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