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untilstarsfall
« on: February 26, 2009 01:26:24 AM »

Hello all!

I'm a knitter who wants to get into sewing. I have a few things to hem for now, but when those are finished I want to, somehow, make my tights that look like this:

http://i.americanapparel.net/storefront/images/detail/serve.asp?media=rsaphb_Black.jpg

into ones that reach the top of my thighs, like these. I can only ever find thigh-high fishnets in stores, rather than opaque tights!

My question for all of you is, what can I use to hold the tights up? I once had a pair of those fishnets & inside the lace at the top was a rubbery material that clung to my skin. I have no idea what it was made of, or how to get it. Does anyone know what it is, or what alternatives I can use (other than elastic that will likely just fall down gradually)?

Thanks!
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Lody
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2009 04:26:53 AM »

a garter belt? XD -is so helpful-
Actually, on a sock site they sell "sock garters" which are just adjustable strips of elastic that you put on near the top of your sock, and they hold great... above the knee, but you're right, not higher (obviously, our thighs have a shape that makes stuff slide...).  maybe you can check out various fabrics in a store and find one that feels rubbery enough to stick to skin? Or try and get sock glue! (the only place I've seen that thing is in japan, but with the way japan is "in style" now it might be easier to find)
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009 04:58:38 AM »

I googled sock glue & apparently it's used often for dancers ... maybe I should check out a dance store (though I think I'll look around for materials first; it would be annoying to have to apply something to my skin each time I want to wear them).

Thanks for the ideas!
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009 05:41:15 AM »

You can find already-made belts for holding up stockings, but I think nowadays they're mostly used in sexy lingerie.  A store or website that has a lot of sexy outfits might have them, I think that's where I got mine from.  You could probably make one yourself, but I think the difficult thing would be to find the suspenders for holding up the stockings themselves.  They have special clips at the end, so I feel like you might have to special order them.  One solution, if you don't want any type of sexy number, would be to buy a cheap sexy garter belt and cut off the suspenders for making your own.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2009 06:09:02 AM »

how do you change them from tights to thigh-highs??
i have two pair of youth-size tights (i'm studying abroad and the packaging wasn't in english...) and i want to make them thigh (or close to thigh) highs but i'm afraid of them unraveling/falling apart.  i thought about cutting them and then burning the edges so they don't fray (like you would a ribbon) but i don't know what they're made of or if that would even work.
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2009 08:02:41 AM »

try using clear elastic at the top... or stretch lace...
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2009 03:27:55 AM »

how do you change them from tights to thigh-highs??
i have two pair of youth-size tights (i'm studying abroad and the packaging wasn't in english...) and i want to make them thigh (or close to thigh) highs but i'm afraid of them unraveling/falling apart.  i thought about cutting them and then burning the edges so they don't fray (like you would a ribbon) but i don't know what they're made of or if that would even work.

They don't fray. Or at least not like ribbon at any rate. Some types might get a little ratty on a raw edge but they won't unravel to nothing. (And if you burn the edges they won't be able to stretch!)

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Feywalker
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2009 01:59:10 PM »

Any fabric store (or craft store that carries sewing things) has the belt straps and the clear elastic like the store ones have.  I second the idea of stretch lace, but recommend you use a belt with them if you do.

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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2009 06:53:59 PM »

1. To buy cool thigh highs go here: http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_cat_CategoryID_85.php
I know, not as crafty, but still.

2. The same site sells garter belts http://www.sockdreams.com/_shop/pages/accessories_cat_CategoryID_73.php

I would worry about the tights running once cut, though, so i  have never tried cutting them off.
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