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Fully Fashioned Stockings

Easy-to-make fully fashioned socks/stockings for your BJD

Dear Readers,

For a lot of us, winter has come, and so has the time for socks and stockings. I have created a simple tutorial for you to make your own. Just pick fun, colorful, stretchy fabrics, and with my simple directions,  soon enough you will have a collection of wonderful socks and stockings to match your BJD’s every outfit!

~Wednesday

PS: Click any photograph to see it in full size and play a slideshow.

Materials

Materials

  • Ruler
  • Pencil (not pen)
  • Paper
  • Doll
  • Pins
  • Sewing needles or sewing machine
  • Prewashed t-shirt, knit fabric, or stocking material (8×8 to make stockings, 8×4 to make socks)
  • Thread (color matches fabric)

Create the Pattern

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1. Draw a straight line the approximate  length of the sock.

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2. Align the top of the foot with the straight line. Then draw the outline of the bottom of the foot and heel.

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3. Continue the outline. Align the shin with the straight line. Then draw the outline of the calf/leg up to the cuff.

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4. Add (1/4-inch or 6mm) seam allowance to the bottom of the foot, heel, calf, and sock cuff.
Tip: If you add too much allowance, and the sock is too loose, you can tighten it by re-sewing the seam later. If the sock is too tight because there wasn’t enough seam allowance, you have to start over.

Cutting

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1. Cut the paper pattern out with scissors.

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2. Fold your fabric in half. Align the straight line of your pattern with the fabric fold. Pin the pattern to the fabric.

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3. Cut the fabric following the pattern. Do not cut along the fabric fold.

Repeat this process for the second sock.

Sewing

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1. Unfold the fabric and lay it flat.

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2. Fold the cuff over toward the inside of the sock.

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3. Then sew the cuff.  (Optional: Sew lace onto cuff.)

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4. With right-sides facing, fold the sock along the top of the foot and shin (so the sock is inside out).

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5. Sew the seam along the bottom of the foot and back of the leg. Don’t sew the cuff opening shut!

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6. Turn the sock right side out. And VOILA!

Sewing Tips

  • Straight stitch looks better for small socks. The zig-zag stitch is more elastic and forgiving.
  • Match the type of needle with the type of fabric.

FAQ

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