What is this little hole for in the welt of the vintage backseam stockings?

August 3, 2012 under Vintage

What is this small hole (keyhole) for in the welt of the vintage backseam stockings?

Answer by StockingsHQ on twitter:

“That’s the finishing loop and it is needed so the needle doing the seam can be withdrawn.  It’s the mark of a genuine fully fashioned stocking as opposed to something with just a cosmetic seam.”

Real 100% nylon stockings with a keyhole in the welt – exactly the way it was in the past when ladies would stand in lines for hours to buy some.  There are only a few factories in the world that are capable of producing such vintage-like hosiery.

The thought of fully fashioned stockings and suspender belt. makes me a little bit nostalgic because there is not much of this around.  Valentine’s or your own wedding… that’s when women might give it a try.

1938 – stockings body paint salon!

July 11, 2012 under Vintage

What are these women doing?

They are getting stockings painted on their legs.  In 1938 nylon stockings became rare because all production was needed for the war to make parachutes.

Such salons had stockings paint in all different shades and they would even draw a backseam with a special tool.  You can learn more about this in the history section of this blog.