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Elegant Victorian stockings

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Elegant Victorian stockings

You need: (for one stocking)
.70 m taffeta, 115 cm wide
12 strips, each 30 x 7 cm (11-7/8 x 2-3/4 in), cut on straight grain from various taffetas, satins or formal fabrics, for patchwork
11 strips, each 30 cm (11-7/8 in) long, of various flat trims, laces and ribbons
1.30 m satin piping, in co-ordinating or contrasting colour
2 pieces of polyester batting, each 60 x 30 cm (23-5/8 x 11-7/8 in)
Matching thread
Ballpoint machine needle
Dressmaker's chalk pencil
Metre stick
Brown paper

To make:
Note: Use a 1 cm (3/8-in) seam allowance throughout.

1. Enlarge pattern by the squaring method, as follows: On brown paper, draw a grid of horizontal and vertical lines 2.5 cm (1 in) apart. Each square on the diagram equals a 2.5 cm square on your paper. Enlarge by drawing each line of the design onto the corresponding square on your paper. Transfer any markings.

2. Arrange fabric strips for patchwork as desired. (Note: Strips run horizontally across stocking front.) With right sides together and using a closely spaced machine stitch, sew one long edge of centre strip and one long edge of adjoining right-hand strip together. Sew other long edge of centre strip to adjoining left-hand strip in same manner. Continue sewing adjoining strips together, alternating from right- to left-hand side to prevent curling, until all 12 strips are joined. Press seam allowances open. Stitch trims as desired to right side of patchwork, covering seamlines.

3. From taffeta, cut the following pieces: one strip 115 x 7 cm (45 x 2-3/4 in); 3 rectangles, each 60 x 30 cm (23-5/8 x 11-7/8 in); one strip 40 x 7cm (15-3/4 x 2-3/4 in). Set 2 strips aside.

4. Lay one taffeta rectangle, right side down, on flat work surface. Centre batting on top. Centre patchwork, right side up, on top of batting. Baste around edges through all layers. Pin through all layers, every 5 cm (2 in) along, and at right angles to, edges of trims. (This prevents fabric from shifting as you quilt.) Working from centre strip outward, machine-quilt as desired, with stitching lines parallel to trims.

5. Lay pattern piece on quilted patchwork. Trace around all edges with chalk pencil. Baste along all edges, 3 mm (1/8 in) in from chalk lines. Cut out stocking front along chalk lines. Having raw edges even, pin piping around curved edge on patchwork side. Baste piping in place. Set aside.

6. Lay one taffeta rectangle, right side down, on flat work surface. Centre batting on top. Centre remaining taffeta rectangle, right side up, on top of batting. Baste around edges through all layers. Measure and mark quilting lines, 5 cm apart, parallel to short edges of rectangle Pin through all layers every 5 cm along, and at right angles to chalk lines. Working from centre line outward, machine-quilt.

7. Lay pattern piece on quilted taffeta. Trace around all edges, with chalk pencil. Baste along all edges 3 mm in from chalk lines. Cut out stocking back along chalk lines.

8. With right sides together, stitch stocking front to back along piped edges. Trim seam allowance to 6 mm (1/4 in). Clip curves. To bind, machine zigzag raw edges of seam allowance. Turn stocking right side out.

9. Press under 1 cm along 1 short edge of short taffeta strip. Beginning with folded end at back seam, and having right side of strip to inside of stocking, pin strip around top edge, overlapping ends. Stitch. Press under 1 cm along long raw edge. Fold over top edge and pin 1 cm down, around outside. Edgestitch. Edgestitch top folded edge.

10. Press under 1 cm around all edges of long taffeta strip. Fold in half so long edges meet. Edgestitch. To make loop, fold in half so short edges meet. Pin loop to back seam at top edge, so ends point down and a 10 cm (4-in) high loop points up. Stitch in place. Tie ends into a bow.

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