Fully fashioned stockings

Fully fashioned stockings

Fully fashioned stockings are becoming increasingly rare – only a handful of manufacturers worldwide now make them on a regular basis. They are knitted flat and then the two sides are sewn together forming what is the seam – therefore the seam is an integral part of the stocking and not sewn on afterwards as is the case with more modern stockings.

Fully fashioned stockings are sized to the height and shoe size (generally) of the wearer and as such have little or no stretch in them as they have no lycra contained within the yarn.

In addition to the distinctive seam they also come in a number of heel designs (covered below) and the top of the seam where it meets the welt at the top of the stocking is completed by the welt being turned over and a finishing loop applied.

Heel styles vary from the original French (pyramidal) or point heel which was made most famous by the Aristoc Point Heel design to the Cuban and Havana heels – darkened reinforced heel design finishing in a square top rather than pointed top – the Cuban heel being defined by being much thinner and finishing higher up the calf than the Havana heel.

More recently a number of manufacturers have also started manufacturing different heel styles - most specifically the Manhattan heel which is a cross between the two above and French brand Gerbe (lingerie) coming out with some more distinctive designs around the heel.

Most manufacturers now offer fully fashioned stockings in a number of different colours, but also contrast seam designs and also contrast seam and heel designs have become popular, definitely a flash back to the vintage years, generally in champagne/copper with a black seam and heel.

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