DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

2.08.2011

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

runway photos: Marcio Madeira, Style.com; photo array by me.

Seen on the Spring 2010 runways (more than a year and a half ago, would you believe?) these stirrup socks, gaiters, or whatever you wanted to call them were the quintessential accessory for Alexander Wang‘s 2010 football-inspired sporty-girly aesthetic.  With a little hand-stitchery and some Stop Fraying sealant, they’re a breeze to make.

You Need:DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

*pair of knee-high socks

*marking chalk

*white 1/2″ wide soft, lightweight elastic

*matching thread & hand-sewing needle

*fabric scissors

*Aleene’s Stop FrayingDIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks fabric sealant

How-To:

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

1. Try one  sock on, and mark where you want to cut off the toe.

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

Also mark the back of the sock at the widest points you want your cut-out to be…and at the lowest point you want it to reach.

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup SocksDIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

2. Take off sock and cut off toe, straight across.  Draw a curve on the marks you made at the back of the sock in the previous step, and cut out along the curve.
  Cut the other sock in the exact same way.

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

3. Apply Stop Fraying to cut edges and allow to dry according to instructions.  (If you can use a sewing machine or overlocker, overlocking the edges will create a permanent, washable piece!  With the fabric sealant these are more special-occasion-only socks, and probably won’t stand up to much washing.)

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

4. Sew one end of elastic to one side of the cut part of the sock.  Try on sock again to see the fit, and stretch the elastic to the other side of the cut. Anchor elastic with your needle and take off the sock again.  Sew other side of elastic down.

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks
5. Trim elastic.  Cut other piece of elastic the same length and sew both sides to the other sock.

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup SocksDIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

Wear with a pair of clogs, mules, oxfords, sandals, or anything that acts as a straight-laced counterpart to this sporty legwear.

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

Happy DIY’ing!
xoxox
Carly

*I actually wrote this tutorial for Foam Magazine online, in May 2010.  It unfortunately has been lost somewhere out on the Internet…if anyone has seen it, please let me know!  I also found another tutorial for these exact same stirrup socks, done by the fabulous Jazzi McG, long, loooong prior to me ever doing mine…which I was totally unaware of when Foam asked me to do a tutorial for these socks.  So sorry, Jazzi – you deserve the credit for first DIY!
**and thanks to reader Ejiro for reminding me to post this!



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Tags: Accessories, Alexander Wang, S/S 2010, socks

 

 

6 Comments on DIY: Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

  1. Jazzi M
    2.09.2011 at 12:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the shout-out Carly! Your version came out great – love the grey! (I finally got around to properly finishing a couple pairs on a sewing machine and you’re right, they lasted a lot longer!)
    Jazzi M recently posted..A Rodarte Barrette Moment

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    • carlyjcais
      2.11.2011 at 12:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Jazzi! Actually I was kind of embarrassed about it since I didn’t thoroughly Google those socks prior to making them…usually I won’t post a DIY if it’s already been done somewhere, but I didn’t realize you had DIY’d them already until after I submitted the tutorial… And your presentation was soooo much better, too! Ah well. Thanks for the comment:-)
      xoxo
      Carly

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  2. efenes
    2.21.2011 at 7:14 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Carlyjcais. I like it a lot!! I’m gonna try it as soon as possible!!

    Reply

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