Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tuesday's Tute: Victorian Socks

We've seen these socks in a variety of places recently. Our favorite ones are from Matilda Jane Clothing. As with many things we see from clothing designers, we like to try to make them ourselves, thereby controlling the look and ;) price. With the wide variety of knee socks, lace, buttons available you can be quite creative when creating your own "victorian" socks.

1 pair of knee socks
4 ft. (or so) of flat lace (our's is 3" wide)
2 buttons (they need not match)
elastic thread
hand sewing needle
1. Hand wind the elastic thread onto your bobbin. You won't need a full bobbin. Not loose and not tight...

2. With the elastic thread in your bobbin and regular thread in the needle, sew a gathering (long) stitch 1/4-1/2" from the top edge of the lace. Your lace will gather as you sew.
3. Thread your hand needle with elastic thread. Beginning at the inside center of the sock, place and hand-stitch on the gathered lace. Overlap the ends of the lace about one inch and cut the lace.
4. With regular thread, hand or machine tack the lace ends together in the middle and at the bottom so that it looks like a continuous circle of lace.
5. Sew the button onto the outside center of the sock. Make sure some of the lace gathers are under the button.You can also use small ribbon bows as accents instead of buttons.
Repeat this with the second sock.
Please share your Victorian sock creations with us via our flickr group. You can find our flickr group and directions for it in the left-hand column of this blog.
Happy Sewing!


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