Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thigh High Socks: How To DIY?

Rhianna's Studio Over the knee socks thigh high socks plus size holiday giftsHey Ladies!
Many of you have commented here on the blog that you are hesitant or have not had a good experience with purchasing thigh high socks due to the size of your thighs when I shared that I was purchasing thigh highs as seen on Erica Pinkett on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. So I got to thinking, there has to be a way to solve this problem and I developed a pattern, tested them out, and I'm sharing them with you today!

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If you are a sewer, then I have the tutorial for you! This tutorial allows you to make a pair of thigh high or over the knee socks custom fit to your leg measurements! If you don't sew contact me to get a custom pair made for you!
Rhianna's Studio Girl Charlee Over the Knee thigh high socks diy holiday gifts
These socks make great stocking stuffers and it will be extra special to your family/friend because you made them!
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Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Thigh High Socks Fabric.com holiday gifts
Tools:
1. Ruler
2. Pencil
3. Fabric Pencil/Chalk
4. Tape Measure
5. Paper
6. Paper Scissors
7. 1 to 1.5 Yards of Fabric
8. Fabric Scissors
9. Pins or Fabric Weights (optional)
10. Crew Sock
11. Elastic .5 to 1 inch wide(optional)

Required Measurements:
Calf - taken around the circumference of the widest part of the calf. Half way between the back of the knee            and the back of the shin. 

Thigh - Measure the circumference of the thigh at the point you wish the Thigh High Sock to stop.

Full Length - taken from the top of the big toe to the spot where the sock will stop (done on top of the foot)

Calf Length - taken from the heel up to the middle of the calf. (done from the back of the foot)

Distance from Calf to Thigh - taken on the back of the leg from the middle of the calf up to where the socks will stop.

Comments About Fabric Choices:
It's best to use a fabric with a 4 way stretch (stretches horizontally and vertically) 
*If you use a double knit or fabric with 2 way stretch, you will need to add additional length to the sock pattern. (4 to 5 inches)*
Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh High Socks Over the Knee Socks
Step 1: Fold your paper in half lengthwise.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh High Socks Over the knee socks
Step 2: Fold the sock in half. Place the center of the sock on the fold of the paper.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh High Socks Over the knee socks
Step 2a: Smooth the heel of the sock out and secure it up to the heel letting the remaining hang off the paper.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh High Socks Over the knee socks

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh High Socks Over the knee socks
Step 3: Measure up from the heel of the sock to the height of your calf and make a mark.

Rhianna's Studio thigh high over the knee socks diy

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts
Step 3a: At the mark made in Step 3. You will need to measure over to the folded line the width that equals half of your calf measurement (14 / 2 = 7). Make any necessary width adjustments to your calf mark made in Step 3 at this time.

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts
 Step 4: Measure up from the mark made in Steps 3 and 3a to the height that equals the Distance between Calf and Thigh (where the thigh high/over the knee sock stops). Measure over from the folded line of the paper and make a mark that equals the width of your Thigh measurement (stopping point of the socks). 


Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts
Step 5: Trace the sock onto the paper starting at the toe.

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts
Step 5a: When you get to the heel of the sock trace up to the mid point that is flat on the paper and then walk the heel of the sock back on the paper until you've traced the full heel.

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts
Step 6: Remove the sock from the paper and connect the heel to the Calf Length mark and the Calf Length mark to the Thigh mark.

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts
Step 7: Square a line across the top of the pattern connecting the folded line to the Thigh width mark.

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts
Step 8:  Label the grain line, name of the pattern (Thigh high/over the knee sock), and Cut One. Add .5 inch seam allowance to the outside of the sock. *If you will use a 1 inch wide elastic, you may want to add 1 inch to the top of the sock*

Rhianna's Studio DIY thigh high over the knee socks holiday gifts
Step 8a:  Cut the sock pattern from paper, cutting through both layers of the paper at once.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea
Step 9: Unfold the pattern and lay it out on a folded piece of knit fabric and cut it out. You should have two socks once cut.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea
Step 10: Fold each sock in half.  Using a straight stitch on the sewing machine sew the sock starting at the toe up to the top edge.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea
Step 11: Align the fold of the sock with the seam you just stitched and sew across 1/4 of an inch down from the toe.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea
Step 12: Cut the seam allowance down to 1/4 of an inch on the entire sock. *If you are not using elastic, skip to step 19 to hem your socks.* Be sure to use a stretch stitch when hemming*

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea
 Step 13: Measure elastic the length of your thigh width minus one inch.  


Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea
Step 14: Overlap the ends of the elastic about 1/4 of an inch and zigzag stitch it together. 

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Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh high over the knee socks plus size holiday gift idea
Step 15: With the sock inside out, align the zigzag with the back seam then fold the elastic in half and mark the center front of the elastic with chalk or pencil.

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea
Step 16: Fold the sock in half and make a snip with the fabric scissors at the center fold. Align the center of the elastic you marked in Step 15 with the snip you just made and pin it. Use the same technique to find the center of the sides of the sock and elastic. (if you need more details click here).

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea
Step 17: Pin the side of the elastic to the sides of the sock. There should be some gapping which will be drawn when you sew. 

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea
Step 18: Zigzag stitch the edge of the elastic to the edge of the socks. 

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea
Step 19:Fold down the elastic and top stitch. Apply a small amount of tension to keep the fabric straight and flat. 

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea
Step 20:  Turn your sock right sides out. Enjoy your socks!

THE END!
Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea Pink and Green
Pink: Thigh High Sock {Made with elastic} Green: Over the Knee Socks {Made with elastic}
Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea
Gray Thigh highs {Made without elastic}
Rhianna's Studio Plus sized Thigh High Socks Over the knee socks holiday ideas

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Over the Knee Socks Plus Size Thigh High Holiday Gift Idea

Rhianna's Studio DIY Thigh High socks holiday gifts
FYI: The seam up the back adds a little sexy feature. However, depending on the fabric used the seam may not be as noticeable. But you could always add a little decoration to it if you wish it to stand out! 

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please share images by tagging me on Instagram. Or use hashtag #RSThighHighSocks


Thank you for Reading!
~xoxo Rhianna's Studio

2 comments:

E. Walker said...

What a great idea. I like to wear knee highs instead of stockings because they are easier to put on than stockings. I wonder is putting a lace elastic would work and add decoration to the top of the knee high socks. I'll give it a try and see how it looks.

Vantica said...

Would you make a video of this?