I wanted to sew woven fabric stockings for a long time, and now I’ve finally sewn a pair of medieval fabric stockings! I like how they turned out. And they’re really comfortable to wear!
Elizabethan stockings were usually made of silk, linen or wool. But because these were my first pair of woven fabric stockings I just used unbleached cotton fabric.
The leg part is cut on the bias so that the stockings fit close to the leg, and the sole is cut on the straight so that it doesn’t distort in shape. I used the same pattern for the right and left foot.
The stockings are completely sewn by hand. I used blue and white cotton crochet thread as sewing thread.
For the top (welts) of the stockings I used two layers of fabric to give it strength.
The medieval stockings are held up with ribbon garters.
My main inspiration were these beautiful 1590-1615 woven linen stockings. I used the same stitch to join the foot and leg part of the stockings: It’s called antique or old German seam. On this website is a tutorial for the antique or old German seam. The seams of the medieval linen stockings seam to be topstitched but the seam allowances are left raw.
My stockings are pieced together like the 1590-1615 stockings and these ca. 1800 white woven linen stockings.