STOCKINGS

be less than the numeral used.

For example: A stocking measuring 9½" or 958" or 9¾" may be marked—“Size 9½” but a stocking measuring 938" or 9¼" may not be marked “9½” but may be marked “9” .

The method of measuring the size of foot of Fully-Fashioned and Seamless Hosiery is to lay the stocking out on a flat surface, without tension—with the toe turned to the right,

Fig. 58. Measurement of fully-fashioned stockings.
FIG. 58.
making the heel left. (This is opposite to the American practice, although this does not affect the measurement Fig. 58.) This rule also applies when measuring the length of the leg.
Fig. 59. Measurement of seamless stockings.
FIG. 59.

AMERICAN AND CONTINENTAL PRACTICE

It should be noted that the word “Full-Fashioned” appears under the diagram for American measurement. This is the American version of our term “Fully-Fashioned”.

STOCKINGS

HOW TO MEASURE SIZE OF FEET
AND LENGTH OF LEGS IN WOMEN'S
FULLY-FASHIONED AND SEAMLESS
HOSIERY

The standard length of Women’s Fully-Fashioned and Seamless Hosiery is 30" all sizes, the tolerance for all sizes is ½" less, and this length is furnished by the manufacturer. Special lengths other than this standard, are indicated on the container as being either longer or shorter.

BRITISH STANDARD

This standard was prepared by the National Hosiery Manufacturers’ Federation, and issued under the authority of the General Council of the Institution of British Standards, during April, 1943. The need for the specification arose from, the fact that there had hitherto been no agreed standard of measurement and size classification for knitted footwear.

1. Sizes of Knitted Footwear.

The size of any stocking or other article of knitted footwear shall be determined by the actual length in inches of the foot of the garment, measured in accordance with the method of measurement given in Clause 2.

2. Method of Measurement.

The garment shall be smoothed free of rucks and laid on a flat surface. The length shal1 then be measured from the top of the toe to the turn of the heel, the latter point being defined as follows:

(a) For Seamless Knitted Footwear. The point at which the turning line meets the back of the heel.

(b) For Fully-Fashioned Footwear. The point at which the extension of a line joining the toe and the third fashioning made from the bottom meets the back of the heel.

3. Marking.

(a) Every garment shall contain a mark indicating its size as determined by Clause 1.

(b) The mark indicating size shall be a numeral not less than 18" high on the sole of the garment.

(c) The numeral so used shall be such as will indicate that the length in inches of the garment as determined in Clause 2 shall not