Medieval Stockings

Elizabethan Stockings

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!

16th Century Hose

A while ago, I turned old leggings into medieval knit stockings. Then I used the pattern to make a pattern for clocked stockings. And finally adjusted the pattern for woven knit fabric.

17th Century Stockings

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.

Renaissance Stockings

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.

Ribbon Garter Medieval Bias Cut Stockings

The stockings are completely sewn by hand. I used blue and white cotton crochet thread as sewing thread.

Top/ Welt Of Bias Cut Woven Fabric Stockings

For the top (welts) of the stockings I used two layers of fabric to give it strength.

Here are three great articles about Renaissance stockings, 16th century hose and 18th century clocked stockings (pdf).

Blue Ribbon Garters Medieval Stockings

The medieval stockings are held up with ribbon garters.

Medieval Stockings
Antique or old German seam to join the sole and leg part

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.

Bias Cut Stockings

My stockings are pieced together like the 1590-1615 stockings and these ca. 1800 white woven linen stockings.

More pictures of extant woven fabric stockings: ca. 1800 woven linen clocked stockings and medieval cut and sewn woven hose.

2 thoughts on “Medieval Stockings

  1. How awesome these are. I never thought of making these for today. They would be great with boots and a long skirt, extra warm. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    1. Thanks, Sherry! I made the stockings as part of a historical outfit but they can totally be worn today. I’m surprised how comfortable they are!

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