Vintage Stockings

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Vintage stockings usually refer to stockings that were manufactured in the 1940s or 1950s, or modern-day stockings that are manufactured according to the same techniques. These stockings have a distinctive style which is no longer produced in the commercial stockings of today, as well as a particular name: "fully fashioned stockings" (sometimes called "full fashioned stockings").

"Vintage stockings" sometimes also refers to genuine Victorian-era stockings, as well as modern-day replicas of those styles. For the most part, however, the term "vintage" is used for stockings from the World War II era, which is considered by many to be the pinnacle of stocking quality and popularity.

Vintage Fully Fashioned Stockings

Stockings from the '40s and '50s were manufactured according to a unique knitting process in which each stocking leg is knitted flat. The ends of this single flat panel are then joined together with a single seam which runs down the length of the back of the stocking leg. The tops of the stockings are finished by folding them over, creating a top welt. Finally, a small hole, called the finishing hole, is left at the top of each stocking leg seam.

The finishing hole enables the top welt to stretch perfectly to the thigh's proportions, which is crucial to the precise and comfortable fit of the stocking. The finishing hole, like the distinctive back seam and the top welt, also serves another function: verification that the stocking is truly of the fully fashioned style. There are many knockoffs on the market that, on the surface, resemble fully fashioned stockings, but are not.


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