Frankii's History the Fully Fashioned Nylon Stocking

by Frankii Wilde

Today I’m gonna give you a bit of a history lesson and a little insight into the appeal and allure of the fully fashioned nylon stocking.

It’s no secret that I adore wearing hosiery. In particular stockings. My favorite type of stocking is what is called a ‘fully fashioned’ stocking. If you're not familiar it’s the vintage style that doesn't stretch, is quite delicate and has the seam up the back of the leg.

Hosiery has been around since ancient times however it was the tudors that made knitted stockings fashionable in the 1500s. Stockings started to get really fancy in 1864 when William Cotton patented a ‘flat knitting machine’ in Loughborough England. This new state of the art machine now meant that the knitted fabric could be shaped and tailored to follow the contours of the leg.

Prior to the introduction of nylon in the late 1930s stockings were often made from wool, cotton, silk and in the 1920s Rayon which was a cheaper alternative to silk.

People were really impressed with Nylon. It’s just as sheer and glossy as silk but much harder wearing and you can get them wet. In 1940 the first nylon stockings appeared in stores and over 72000 pairs were sold on the first day. Unfortunately WW2 was happening and nylon had to be used exclusively for war materials. This meant nylon stockings were rare and scarce now and I believe for this reason they became quite the fetish for both men and women. 

Women were so desperate they would use makeup on their legs and draw the seam on the back of their legs with eyebrow pencil. I’ve been there girl, believe me.

Now that’s the history let's find out what the hell an FF nylon is all about….

Fully Fashioned Stockings

Not many people these days are aware that the seam of a fully fashioned stocking actually serves a practical purpose (as well as being very decorative to look at). The stockings are made from a flat sheet of nylon, cut to the shape of a leg and foot and sew together at the back which creates that iconic seam.

They are often knitted quite thin (15 denier) and aren't very stretchy. They always appear quite long when yo