keskiviikko 21. syyskuuta 2011

Late 18th century stockings

These were sewn from 100% silk knit fabric that I cut in to panels shaped like the frame knitted panels that silk stockings were frequently constructed from in the 18th century. The frame knitted stockings were whip stitched together and I wanted to use the same technique. Luckily it worked well as the fabric didn't ravel easily and the whip stitching finished the raw edges even with just a few millimeters seam allowance. I chose all white coloring, because that seems to have been the most fashionable in the later century. I decorated the stockings with simple silk embroidery.






I drafted the stocking pattern myself based on my leg measurements.


12 kommenttia:

  1. Do you know if we can buy stockings like that somewhere?

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. I don't think you can buy sewn silk stockings anywhere but there are a lot of places that carry stockings for re-enactors.

      http://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/stockings.aspx and http://www.american-duchess.com/historic-shoe-buckles-accessories for example.

      Poista
  2. Thank you
    And how to call the things with which you hold the stockings? Did they use the same things in the 18th century? Because it seems to me that they had not elastic in this time.

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. They are called garters and they were most commonly long ribbons you tied around your legs. Elastic garters came in late 18th century but instead of rubber elastic, they were made from metal springs. Like these: http://coraginsburg.com/antique_accessories.htm#garters

      Poista
  3. I don't understand how the seams are made...

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. I whip stitched close stitches tightly over the the seam allowance so that the stitching enclosed the raw edge and prevents it from raveling.

      Poista
  4. How did you figure out the shape to cut for under the foot and the clock up the ankle? Can you share a source for the knit silk fabric?

    VastaaPoista
  5. These are so impressive that everyone's mostly interested in how you did it, apparently.
    Seriously. Very impressive. Great work!

    VastaaPoista
  6. Where did you buy your silk knit fabric?? I am having very difficult time trying to find something that is not a blend.
    Thanks!!

    VastaaPoista
  7. Do you know where I can find a pattern for these?

    VastaaPoista
  8. Please, can you provide a pattern for these? Everybody in the world of 18th century amateurs is craving for someone to tell them how to make 18th century stockings.

    VastaaPoista