I was darning the heels of my one last pair of good wool socks today (Which is a chore that sucks ass! Thanks for asking!!!) and I was reminded of this pair of 1920's silk stockings in my collection. Yeah I got vintage nylons too.
The writing on the stocking top says "Thread O Life, full fashioned, leg all silk, top all cotton, foot all silk except 8 1/2 cotton lined, service weight". The little tab off to the side says, "mending thread tab inside hem".
So you got these jazzy silk stockings and you get a hole in them. You can't fix them with sewing thread or yarn and stockings come in lots of different colors making silk darning thread hard to match. So what do you do?
What do you mean you don't care? You're going to care because I say so. At least pretend to care if only to make me feel better.
You ever wonder why in 1920's photos and films the girls all seem to have wrinkly ankles and ill-fitting stockings? Why not? You should wonder about these things! I wonder about these things but then I'm a weirdo with no life. I also wonder about coat buttons, fabric prints, shoe heels, and dress linings. I should get out more often.
Silk stockings wrinkled because the fit was crap, that's why. The old style stockings (even 1950's nylon ones) didn't stretch as much. They're hard to put on because they have to be large enough to fit over your foot but still be tight enough to fit the ankle. So the fit was crap, plus they weren't anywhere near as sheer as nylons so the wrinkles showed big time.
Hotcha! You can see the lovely wrinkles that make you look like you're wearing grandma's supp-hose as well as full-fashioned decreases that resemble surgery scars. Plus a little rectangle up the back of the heel where the yarns are doubled. The whole foot, top of the toe, as well as a couple inches up the heel are doubled for extra strength. I've got 50's stockings that still have that double heel part going up the leg. It was supposed to be sexy or something. There are companies who still make those in black and the shoe/stocking fetishists love the hell out of them.
The color is pretty unnatural and shiny, and there's no way in hell that my legs were ever that color. They're pasty dead white, in case you were wondering. You probably weren't, but I've told you anyhow and you're stuck with it.
No I don't wear these because they're too damned short because women were only like 5 ft tall. The bottom of the stocking top comes right above my kneecap.