So today I would like to present a blog post all about socks.
It’s a sad day for a blogger when you have to write a post a bout socks. But for me, that day has come.
I would suggest reading (or viewing) my previous posts relating this costume before diving into this one. You can also see reference pictures in the part 1 post.
I bet you are sitting there thinking this will be a boring post, because socks are obviously very easy to make.
This is a common mistake.
It is also a mistake I made, and then proceeded to spend 16 hours making a pair of socks, ranting and cursing all the way along.
The file folder with all the information relating to these socks is named ‘satans stockings’ which is pretty accurate.
In case you hadn’t picked up on it, these were very frustrating and difficult to make. I’ll try to keep my anger at bay throughout writing this post- but be warned, it may slip at times.
Despite what I said earlier, making a basic stocking/sock isn’t that difficult. I’ve done/demoed it before, but I’ll show you again so it’s all into one post. These first three pictures are from back when I was making my Mizore cosplay, check that post out here.
If you haven’t done this before you will need to make a pattern, I’m sure there are far better ways of doing this…but this was my “creative method”
I cut out a block that would fit over my leg
I draped it over my leg and pinned all the way up the back until it fit snugly.
I cut around the edges and removed the pins – leaving me with this.
Once I added seam allowances this became a perfect stocking pattern. I drafted it onto newsprint and cut out four pieces, two for each leg since the white knit i’m using is slightly opaque.
I measured out the circumference of my thigh (20 1/2″), cut a length of lace to that size and sewed it into place. This is made slightly tricky since the lace isn’t stretchy and the knit material is (but that’s kind of the point, so)
There we go – the top is now stretched to the right size.
Let’s move away from that and talk about the little blue windows (I later nicknamed these gravestones since I swore they would be the death of me) that decorate her stockings.
I found a size/shape I liked and cut out a bunch of them
But after a lot of playing around and experimenting I discovered that I really didn’t like how they looked at all. They were very flat and lifeless; Not to mention that the braided trim I was using looked really crappy.
On a whim (since i’m ‘Miss.let’s-make-everything-more-difficult-than-it-needs-to-be) I decided to try adding quilt batting to give them more “life” which I thought looked way, way better. (It’s on the left).
I cut a strip of ruffles to the same 20 1/2″ length and sewed them 1 1/2″ down from the top.
Then I started marking out the holes that the gold ribbon threads through. This is easily the most frustrating part of everything, and very time consuming.
Once the holes were cut they got painted with three layers of fray-check
I then sewed a strip of gold trim on to cover the seam of ruffles. This trim is actually home made of plastic foam flooring which had gold spandex stretched and glued over it. It was originally made for a different costume (one that requires thirty some-odd yards of it) but I thought it would work well for this.
The process of making it is stupidly complicated and not something I want to go into right now.
Anyway – it was hand sewed onto the stocking, a very painstaking process since foam flooring, spandex, and hot glue are not nice things to stitch through, especially when doing so with metallic thread.
I also started hand sewing the gold arches into place. A task that was quite easy but, once again, time consuming.
And lastly I glued on little flower cameos which I had painted gold.
Once the backseam was sewn up, they looked like so
and then the realization that I had to make a second one settled in
I wasn’t very happy about that. But luckily, the second one was much easier to make than the first.
Also, I mentioned covered the windows with something, since my braided gold trim idea looked dumb I settled on rhinestone trim.
This stuff is officially tHE BIGGEST PAIN TO SEW ON EVER. But I love how it looks – when in doubt add glitter, right?
The left one is still missing the rhinestone trim, neither of the socks have bows or large cameo pendants (post office still hates me), and the ruffles need to be tacked down. BUT OTHER THEN THAT these are done.
What a stupid amount of work for socks, good god.