I have very cold feet and have one particular pair of fleece socks that I like to wear to bed in the winter. I haven't found another pair of commercial socks that I like as much, and the socks I like were a gift many years ago so I can't get more of that particular one. I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands, using Kwik Sew 3968.
These socks are well-drafted and easy to sew. The notches line up perfectly--as you can see on the pattern as drafted at left--and you can cut and sew a pair in well under half an hour.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the symmetrical draft that makes them so easy to cut, sew, and grab a pair to put on any-which-way makes them too uncomfortable for anyone to wear. They flap around in a way that made me feel unstable. If you want socks strictly for sitting on the couch or going to bed, they will be fine. But if you'd like to pad around the house at all, you will need to make them conform to the non-symmetrical shape of the foot.
You can see that the first pair gives me major duckfoot. They felt very floppy on the feet, like they'd fall off at any second. The last thing I want to do when I'm hanging around at home is think about whether or not my socks are falling off!
I sewed the first pair up as drafted, then put them on with the seam allowances in the outside and pinned out the extra along the inner arch of the foot, as well as at the ankle. Then I altered the pattern to fit the foot.
The altered pattern makes a great pair of lounging socks. They conform to the shape of the foot and passively stay in place.
Be warned that if you are going to alter the width around the ankle, you definitely need a stretch fleece. I thought all fleece would have adequate stretch, but with a pair I made out of a less stretchy fleece I had a hard time pulling the narrow ankle over my foot.
You can't make fleece socks attractive, but it amused me to try. I love that they have the female model on the envelope with her feet in a "sexy" pose. I wish they had shown her face, because I'd love to see the expression on it. "All these years of calf raises and pedicures, and *this* is where my foot model career ends up?!"
All photos are here and the pattern review is here.
As I mentioned in my last post, I haven't been able to find much time for blogging lately. Well, then things really got hard. If you can spare any good thoughts for my dad, I'd really appreciate it. He appears to be on the mend now (but it has been a rollercoaster for the past month and I don't want to get complacent). There will be a lot of going back and forth to Texas and not a lot of blogging for the foreseeable future.