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
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