Stockings - Proper Care Means Long-Lasting
The wear and care of hosiery is something that is frequently
overlooked. With the proper care and following some basic tips on wearing,
your lovely vintage hosiery will give you extended wearing pleasure.
TIPS FOR WEARING:
To avoid catching your stockings on eyelets, nails, laces
or even finger rings, it is best to wear gloves while putting on your
To put on your stockings, first roll the entire stocking down to the toe
cap, slip over the toe, smooth over foot and adjust the heel. Smooth up
the front of the leg with one hand while you trace the seam with the other.
Fasten garters to the welt fabric only starting with
the back garter clips first, then while sitting, attached the front clips.
Alternate several pairs of the same shade and construction.
"Resting" makes stockings wear longer.
Your stockings will last longer if you wash them gently
by hand, after each wearing, in mild suds and luke warm water. Work the
suds gently through the stockings taking care not to rub, twist or wring.
Rinse thoroughly in cool, clear water. Roll them in a towel to remove
excess moisture. Hang them to dry over a smooth rod or preferably over
a folded towel. Dry at normal room temperature; do not dry in excess heat
or direct sunlight.
Store in smoothly lined box or hosiery box with each
pair wrapped individually in tissue to insure protection against snags.
DENIER: The weight and thickness of the thread.
In nylon, 15 and 20 deniers are used for sheer stockings; 30 denier
is the weight most acceptable for all-around wear.
GAUGE: The number of tiny loops per inch and
a half in a single knitted row. 51 gauge means 51 loops per 1 1/2 inches...60
gauge means 60 loops..etc. The more loops, the higher the gauge.
LENGTHS: Very sheer stockings, 15 denier or
less, are sometimes knit a little longer than 30 denier stockings.
STYLES: RHT or reinforced heel and toe are stockings
that have a reinforced area at the toe and the heel to provide greater
protection against runs.
Full Fashioned stockings usually have a reinforced foot with
the heel going up the ankle and forming a rectangle or Cuban Heel or
a pointed heel or French Heel. From the heel a seam runs up the entire
length of the leg, to include the welt, and a keyhole loop is formed
in the underside of the welt in the seam. These type of stockings come
in many various designs and colors at the foot and heel.
DRESSING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PANTYHOSE:
are put on by gathering up the length of each leg and stepping into the
foot. Draw upward from the ankle so that the garment is equally stretched
from toe to waist.
Squeeze lukewarm suds gently through fabric repeatedly;
do not rub or wring. Rinse well. Roll them in a towel to remove excess
moisture. Shake out and hang them to dry over a smooth rod or preferably
over a folded towel. Dry at normal room temperature; do not dry in excess
heat or direct sunlight.
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