How I do a fitting for my compression leg sleeves.

How I do a fitting for my compression leg sleeves.

Sewing how to, fitting for my compression leg sleeves.

When I make my leg sleeves, I have base measurements that I start with, which are oversized, and then before I sew on the upper thigh elastic, I test fit and then tailor them to fit to what snugness or approximate mmHg’s I need.   Making them  oversize then tailor to fit, allows for a much better range of fabric blends, colors and prints I can use.

I do a basting stitch (inner leg seam), then try them on, and use craft clips to mark how much I need to take in along the inner leg seam.  For the inner leg seam (the final seam), I use the triple stretch stitch, with a stitch length of 3mm.  I find it hold up very well, and have not had and seam failures using it.

When doing the ankle hem, it is done before I do the inner leg seam, it is easier to hem flat, then doing in the round.  For bottom hems, I so separate cuff,  a single or double fold hem.

For the medical reason, varicose veins, blood clots, and bad circulation, I need to wear prescription full leg compression stockings.  Due to my wearing them diligently for a year, my heart doc updated my prescription, from 35 -55 mmHg’s down to 30 – 40 mmHg’s.

I make leg sleeves, instead of full stocking, is because I have not been able to make heels with fabric or stitching that I like.   So I wear retail compression socks (usually black), that my current prescriptions calls for, then where the leg sleeve over them.  My heart doctor is fine with them, it is below the knee that I need the most support for, so I have some leeway range more or less with the thigh area

My base pattern for a leg sleeve, is 17" or 43cm upper thigh and a 10" or 25cm ankle measurement. Will fit and taylor before doing the final length seam.
My base pattern for a leg sleeve, is 17″ or 43cm upper thigh and a 10″ or 25cm ankle measurement. Will fit and taylor before doing the final length seam.

 

Finished assembling the other leg slave, now going to do the bottom hem, Then Interlake seen, then upper thigh elastic band
Finished assembling the other leg slave, now going to do the bottom hem, Then inner leg seam, then upper thigh elastic band
Using wonder tape, wash away tape to hem the bottom ankle.
Using wonder tape, wash away tape to hem the bottom ankle.

 

Just did a single fold 587 inch down, going to do the mock reverse cover stitch
Just did a single fold 5/6 inch ot 15mm down, then  mock reverse cover stitch
Hemmed using a mock reverse cover stitch
Hemmed using a mock reverse cover stitch

 

 

Using the decorative stitch, to do a mock reverse cover stitch
Using the decorative stitch, to do a mock reverse cover stitch

 

 

Going to do a basting stitch then try on then modify for best fit
Going to do a basting stitch then try on then modify for best fit

 

 

Basting stitch
Basting stitch
After trying them on and see how much I need to take them in doing the final Inner leg seem

I make them oversized with the basting stitch, this is compared to a finished pair, then I try them on and taiilor it for a better fit

I make them oversized with the basting stitch, this is compared to a finished pair, then I try them on and tailor it for a better fit

After trying them on and see how much I need to take them in doing the final Inner leg seem
After trying them on and see how much I need to take them in doing the final Inner leg seem
Inner her legs seam done, time to trim away extra fabric
Inner her legs seam done, time to trim away extra fabric

 

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