I was fortunate a few years ago to find a great grouping of vintage seamed cotton stockings. They were in great unused condition so I snapped them allllll up. It was about 7 pairs or so. A few I've sold, but most I've kept. They are comfy, but horrible colors.
Next to my skin tone they make my legs look like thick carrots.
The dark brown ones I dyed a while ago. The bottom pair are the ones I'm dyeing. I want to get them into my normal rotation, so I decided to dye another pair to match my two-tone dress. The goal is to have cool colored stockings like in the 40s
when regular nylon was out of the question.
You'd see all sorts of colors for sale. Aimed at the youth, you could brighten up any outfit with a simple pair of cotton or silk colored stockings.
I broke out my pals.
The scarlet dye that I'm saving for my evening gown (I haven't forgotten about it). Some denim dye I forgot I had under the sink, and a big old thing of salt. I call it my craftin' salt.
Heated up the water and added about 1/4 cup of salt.
I just mixed a small batch of dye in a saucer pan (my only one) that I have. I played with the color a tad, adding a bit of the denim and also some yellow so it wouldn't get too purple.
I did a test dip with a paper towel and liked the results. It's like a salty staining soup.
After about 40 min of simmering, I drained the water and rinsed them about 5 times.
I then added salt to some cold water for a cold soak to set the dye. I did that twice then gave them a final rinse. Here they are hanging to dry.
After they dry, I'm going to give them a wash with a delicate soap to knock out the rest of the lingering dye.
I think they will work great with that dress.
This was practice because I bought two all cotton sweaters from LLBean and I'm totally going to change their colors.